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RecurDyn Chain

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RecurDyn/Chain automates the process of defining a chain system and supports standard chain entities such as sprockets, rollers (idlers), guide rails and lateral guards. Roller chain and silent chains can be modeled and analyzed in this toolkit.


  • Model & simulate sophisticated products quickly
  • Obtain dynamic load history for stress & fatigue analysis
  • Perform "what if" studies in order to refine:
    • sprocket teeth profile design
    • chain link design
    • guide design
  • Study product dynamics:
    • vibration excited by contact with discrete links
    • failure conditions at high speed
  • Design tensioning devices to optimize chain tension.


  • Graphical user interface for fast & easy model generation
  • Library of geometric entities
  • Graphical or spreadsheet design of sprocket teeth profile
  • Automatic chain assembly with automatic contact
  • Efficient contact algorithms
  • Subsystem concept for efficient interaction with other model assemblies, such as in a complete engine model
  • Fast & robust solver
  • Plotting of contact forces and chain tension

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