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 November 28, 2011, 06:09 Linking two floating objects #1 New Member   Join Date: Nov 2011 Posts: 2 Rep Power: 0 Hello, Could someone tell me how to constrain two floating objects, when a rope or spring is not suitable? I want to modelize a constrained motion in X and Y translations (the two objects move together), but free in rotation (at least aroud Y) and in Z translation. At least one of the two object should have a coupled motion (i.e. floating) Thany you for your help!

 December 12, 2011, 01:44 #2 Senior Member   michael barkhudarov Join Date: Mar 2009 Posts: 331 Rep Power: 9 What do the two objects represent?

 December 12, 2011, 04:55 Re #3 New Member   Join Date: Nov 2011 Posts: 2 Rep Power: 0 Hello, there is a pushing boat and a barge. In the actual world, they are connected by claws on the pushing boat side hung on cylinders on the barge side so that they can translate in the Z direction. For the moment, I decided to precribe the same speed for the two floating objects in X, and let them adjust in Z height and Y rotation. To accurately simulate the link, I think the simplest would be to insert control forces on the pushing boat (Xdrag of pusher + barge on the helixes location, and Xdrag of the barge only on the claws location). My problem here is to have Flow tell me the drag value... if you know how to do it... If you have any better idea, I would be glad to hear it

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 Originally Posted by chatluthier Hello, there is a pushing boat and a barge. In the actual world, they are connected by claws on the pushing boat side hung on cylinders on the barge side so that they can translate in the Z direction. For the moment, I decided to precribe the same speed for the two floating objects in X, and let them adjust in Z height and Y rotation. To accurately simulate the link, I think the simplest would be to insert control forces on the pushing boat (Xdrag of pusher + barge on the helixes location, and Xdrag of the barge only on the claws location). My problem here is to have Flow tell me the drag value... if you know how to do it... If you have any better idea, I would be glad to hear it
What is you use small stiff springs to attach the two objects to each other? Three should be enough, but can be more to achieve proper coupling.

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