Thanks for the post!
But there is one thing which you could try. You may run a case where the cable sits perfectly on the chute with the Links taking no tension. Once you achieve this profile, you pull out the X, Y and Z values (from Positions) under Results. I believe you are currently using the Spline statics method? Now you may change the statics method (found in the Line Data) to User Specified. Input the X, Y and Z values -- from the results you obtained earlier -- in the table under "User Specified Starting Shape."
I was trying exactly the same for the last few days and I was getting some decent results that I can trust
What I did was put in several lines (say 4 lines) got a static condition for all of them at the location of the chute. connected a winch. used spline, varied tension and then user specified starting shape.
Works quite well so far.
Just trying to setup the model using Excel now.
I want to create cases where the water depth varies ( say 1m steps, 5m to 25m). that should be possible right?
I am thinking it would be a bit difficult, as the anchor points of the cable for each case will have to change (or cable length or both).
Am I thinking right?
The manual is not a 100% clear how to do the pre processing setup.
I need to specify the cases in water depth in the "create batch script" option right?
Thanks once again!