This model demonstrates the ability to simulate Multibody Dynamics in COMSOL. It comprises a multilink mechanism that is used in an antique automobile as a gearshift lever. It was created out of curiosity to find out how large forces are on the individual components. The model uses flexible parts, i.e. the Structural Mechanics Module was used along with the Multibody Dynamics Module.
This model illustrates the instability of a space arc frame under concentrated vertical loading. A small lateral load is applied to break the symmetry of the structure. Members in the frame are modeled using geometrically nonlinear beam elements. The results are compared with available literature data.