SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Meshing – Global Manual Settings: Part 2

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This blog continues the quest to understand the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) mesh settings in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation that I initiated in my first blog. The focus there was on the global automatic settings. I followed that with Part 1 of global manual settings. Here, I continue to describe other manual settings, specifically the Small Solid Feature and Curvature controls. As stated previously, the goal is to create an accurate mesh without an excessive cell count that will allow an […]

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Neutral Axis, Shear Center and Beam Meshing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Beam meshing has been available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation for many years and is an excellent way to represent structural members in the analysis of frame assemblies. Beams are one dimensional line elements that incorporate the cross-sectional properties of the member into the element formulation instead of explicitly capturing the details as with a solid mesh. This allows the efficient calculation of axial, shear and bending stresses within the member, whereas a solid mesh can become prohibitively large since it requires […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SW Plastics Enhanced Modeling of Sketch-Based Runners

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As noted in the many blogs you’ve likely seen in the CATI What’s New series, SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been significantly enhanced in the 2021 release. Check out the two key enhancements to the sketch-based runner design that will contribute to more accuracy in your injection molding simulations! The SOLIDWORKS modeling APIs are now used by the algorithm, resulting in more realistic shapes of the runner cross-sections and junctions. An enhanced meshing scheme applies tetrahedral elements at the runner core and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Simulation Solver Enhancements

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Have you ever wondered how the characters in those sci-fi movies come up with technical calculations so quickly in their head to save the lives of all when in a serious life-or-death situation? “We’ve got just enough fuel to safely reach Planet Xterron if we keep our speed under warp 9.5. We’ll be only 0.0725 light years ahead of the enemy, but out of range of their photon ray guns!” I’d be in a severe panic, misplace more than just […]

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Let’s Go Bowling with SOLIDWORKS Motion – Visualize Pro Render

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In my previous blog on this topic I showed how to use SOLIDWORKS Motion in a virtual simulation to bowl a “Brooklyn Strike.” The simulation presented there was rendered with PhotoView 360. With the introduction of the Visualize program in the SW2016 release we have an alternate way to produce realistic photo renderings of SOLIDWORKS geometry. With Visualize Professional we can export the results of SOLIDWORKS Motion studies directly from SOLIDWORKS. This makes it super easy to bring my Brooklyn […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Result Plot Tips – Part 2

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In a previous CATI blog accessible here, several tips were presented related to post-processing SOLIDWORKS Simulation results. It featured stress plots on mixed mesh models, showed how to present results on selected entities, and highlighted the Stress Hot Spot Diagnostics tool to locate stress singularities. Here I will mention others that I use nearly every time I conduct an analysis. Controlling plot display via the color bar The image below shows the items that are available via right mouse button […]

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