2023-03-25 02:43 PM - edited 2023-03-26 09:06 AM
In some scenic spots in Hangzhou, China, chains are used as railings, and the top of pagodas is fixed with iron chains. Like the picture. This kind of iron chain is written in GDL language. The hot spot at one end can be dragged, and the sag arc in the middle can also be controlled. Another key parameter is that each iron ring rotates by 90 °
2023-03-25 05:46 PM
Interesting - i tried to code somethng like that, but unfortunately, i was not able to do the maths on that. How can we get this?
2023-03-26 07:04 AM
The math for the curve should be pretty straight forward.
I believe it is called a catenary curve.
The link in the chain is another matter, and one I probably wouldn't attempt.
The link itself would be quite easy and the rotating 90° for each alternate link is also quite easy.
In a straight line it would be no problem.
But for each link in the curve, you will have to calculate the position in the curve and how much it deviates along the length axis for that particular link.
That will be the tricky part, and I am sure it can be done mathematically, but it is a bit beyond me (a bit of Googling or chatGPT maybe?)
The coding may or may not end up quite concise and not too large, but the polygon count of the final object cold be a great hindrance to your model.
I would consider modelling as a TUBE (either square profile or thin rectangle rather than round) and applying a chain surface material (might not map correctly on a round profile).
2023-03-26 07:24 AM - edited 2023-03-27 07:03 AM
i did somethings like this: https://bimcomponents.com/GSM/Details/25256
You discribed my "mathematical problems" on that very well. You have the curve, but You must get the same distances for the Chain-link-parts ON THIS CURVE. I could not solve that by myself.
2023-03-26 07:47 AM
The current version is an arc curve, not a gravity parabola😥. The calculation of the distribution of each link on the circular arc curve is relatively easy.
I will send the gsm file later.
2023-03-26 08:09 AM
2023-03-26 08:13 AM
Wow.Great ! This is the real gravity curve
2023-03-26 09:00 AM - edited 2023-03-26 09:04 AM
Its a very simple solution and nobody will see the difference to "a real catenary curve" as long, as its sufficiantly tightened. Well done. Very well done!
2023-03-28 02:50 AM
It seems that ChatGPT doesn't understand GDL yet, so GDLer hasn't been replaced so quickly 🤔
2023-03-28 02:59 AM
ChatGPT can only learn from resources it can find on the web, and we struggle with that when it comes to understanding GDL. 😂
It can't help you with the GDL side of things, but it might be able to give you a formulae to calculate the angle of each link in the curve.