Understanding beam diagrams in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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When conducting a finite element analysis (FEA) of a weldment structure in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, the software will default to meshing each structural member using beam elements. Beam elements are one dimensional finite elements, where the section properties of the beam (inertia, cross sectional area, torsion constant, etc.) are accounted for in the mathematical model as opposed to the geometrical model. In other words, when we use beam elements to mesh an extruded shape, we don’t subdivide the cross section of […]

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Importing a custom material into SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics comes preloaded with an extensive library of plastic materials to use in your plastic simulation studies. The vast database includes thousands of unique materials, grouped into 133 resin families. Alternatively, they can be sorted by the 196 different manufacturers that provided their plastics material data to SOLIDWORKS Plastics. For most simulations, assigning a plastic resin to the model is a simple matter of searching the database, choosing your material, and applying it to your injection molded part. However, […]

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Tips and Tricks for Post Processing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation makes the process of setting up, solving and post-processing a simulation study easy and intuitive. In this blog I will share some of my favorite tips and tricks for the post processing stage. Tip #1: Start post processing with displacements not stresses When the SOLIDWORKS Simulation solver is complete, the results are automatically loaded into the results folder. Typically, the results folder will include default plots of von Mises stress, displacement and strain (in that order) and after […]

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What Can I Learn in a Buckling Study?

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Like most of the central United States, the Chicago area (where I live) experienced a brutal February 2021 with frigid temperatures and lots of snow. We got whacked with a serious blizzard that lasted about 36 hours. This was the scene outside my back door when the blizzard was over. That’s 22 inches of fresh powder on my patio table. After the backbreaking work of shoveling the driveway was complete, I started to wonder whether my patio table was in […]

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Modeling fans in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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There are a few ways to model fans or impellers in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. The most accurate method involves modeling the actual fan/impeller blades and solving the study as a sliding mesh (rotating reference frame) problem. In this type of analysis, the mesh moves from one time-step to the next. This is a transient analysis and consumes a considerable amount of computational resource, typically resulting in exceedingly long solution times. This type of analysis is recommended for fan manufacturers who […]

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Fastener Functionality in SimSolid

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SimSolid by Altair is comprehensive, fast, accurate and easy-to-use software that can perform advanced structural analyses on complex, fully featured CAD assemblies within minutes. SimSolid eliminates geometry preparation and meshing: the two most time-consuming, expertise-extensive and error-prone tasks performed in a conventional structural simulation. A great example of this functionality is how fasteners are handled in SimSolid. As part of the preprocessing phase, most other FEA programs require simplification of the CAD model before the study can be solved. Regarding […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SW Plastics – Enhanced Modeling of Baffles and Bubblers

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In recent years, the developers of SOLIDWORKS have exerted significant time and effort into improving the functionality, interface and usability of SOLIDWORKS Plastics. The 2021 release of SOLIDWORKS Plastics continues that trend with improvements in all areas, including a redesigned plastics manager tree, multi-material over molding processes, improved solver performance, an expanded material database, added functionality to co-injection processes and more. This blog will focus on enhanced modeling capabilities of baffles and bubblers. A baffle is a type of cooling […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Meshing Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 includes several improvements to the meshing algorithms and workflows. These meshing improvements fall into three categories; faster meshing algorithms, improved default options and enhanced capabilities to rapidly resolve any mesh failures. Improved options for default mesh settings Default options in SOLIDWORKS Simulation are automatically applied to new studies. A common use of default options is to set-up standardized result plots that always display in the results folder once a study has finished solving. We can also use default […]

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Adding Riser Components in Inspire Cast

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Inspire Cast by Altair is a comprehensive, fast, accurate and easy-to-use software for analyzing metal casting components. Inspire Cast can handle a variety of casting processes such as gravity sand, gravity die, investment, high pressure, low pressure die casting, and tilt pouring. By analyzing cast parts prior to the construction of any tooling or prototypes, users can improve the quality of their products and improve profitability by preventing predictable casting defects such as porosity and micro-porosity. Inspire Cast is extremely […]

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Harnessing the power of topology studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Part 2

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Topology studies, available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, are a highly effective way for design engineers to create lightweight, optimized parts. Topology studies can be used to explore a variety of design iterations to satisfy an optimization goal, subject to a set of geometric constraints. Topology studies start with a maximum design space which represents the maximum allowable size for the component. The topology optimization then seeks a new distribution of material, within the boundaries of the maximum allowable geometry, considering all the […]

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