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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Harnessing the power of topology studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Part 1

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Topology studies, available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium, 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 […]

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“Under the hood” of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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In Part 1 of this two-part blog I highlighted some of the main characteristics of SmartCells, the unique technology found ‘under the hood’ of SOLDWORKS Flow Simulation that provides for speed, accuracy and ease-of-use of the software. To recap, the five most important features are: SmartCells are Cartesian based meshes that are typically an order of magnitude smaller in size (i.e. cell count) than traditional CFD meshes while still providing the same level of resolution and accuracy SmartCells handle complex […]

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“Under the hood” of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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The field of Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a sophisticated engineering discipline based on the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations that govern fluid flow, heat and mass transfer. CFD has a reputation for being extremely complicated and has typically been the domain of specialists, physicists and academics, using super computers. Typically, the quality of CFD results is greatly affected by the quality of the mesh and the attentiveness of the user to the pre-processing stage. Consequently, traditional CFD software codes […]

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