The ball is set to be dropped 9.25 inches off the floor, which is defined by the zero location (zero limit). Trydragging this ball around, and you will see that it truly does stop between two invisible planes. Why 9.25?The height we are starting at is actually 10” off the ground, but since the location of the ball is specified at itscenter, we needed to adjust our drop to ensure the diameter of the ball didn’t sink into the floor. The ball is1.5” in diameter, hence the 9.25 drop to account for the .75 radius. Make sure that the ball is set at the top of the limit (at the maximum height) – which in this case is “0”.NOTE: The positive direction of the slider is downwards, so 9.25 represents a drop of 9.25. In the joint axis settings window, you will also see that a
Coefficient of Restitution (e)
has been set for thisjoint. If you recall from a much earlier lesson, an “e” value of 1.0 is completely elastic. A value of 0.0 iscompletely plastic – similar to dropping a ball of clay. Therefore, we want to use something closer to the elastic range, but not perfectly elastic, or this ball willcontinue to bounce forever. Instead we chose
. Click on
to exit out of the joint settings. Notice that we did not have a servo motor defined? For apurely gravity induced analysis, no servo motor is needed, as long as we are using a
analysis, andwe define gravity.
On the feature toolbar, there is an icon that looks like the following. We will click on this to reveal the following.
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