In many systems, portions of the pipe are supported by spring cans. Spring cans perform the same function as spring hangers, except that they are below the pipe, pushing up. In some models, spring cans slide on their foundation, subjecting the system to friction forces.
Each spring can support requires:
A rigid element from the pipe center to the top of the can. Length equals pipe radius + insulation thickness + cladding thickness + shoe height + any trunnion height.
A CNode to connect to the spring. Except for the vertical spring stiffness, all other displays of freedoms are rigidly connected.
A rigid element representing the height of the spring can.
These points are illustrated in the example below.
Alternatively, element 15-20 can be omitted with the +Y restraint (with friction) placed directly on node 15.
This modeling technique can also be used in situations where the shoe or trunnion slides on top of a bolted spring can.