Weld Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Connector Series

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I have been asked a lot lately about how SOLIDWORKS Simulation can help with weld analysis. Welding is a crucial joining method in many designs. However, the actual welding process is quite complex as is the resulting material microstructure. The heat affected zones (HAZ) in welds are a big consideration, and SOLIDWORKS wrote a very good blog about approximating weld distortion due to the HAZ. In this blog, we are going to ignore that microstructure phenomenon and focus more on […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Electronics Cooling Part 3: Heat Pipes

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Welcome to part 3 of the blog covering the added capability the Electronics Cooling Module offers to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. If you have not done so yet, I recommend reading Part 1 and Part 2. In these previous blogs, we talked about Joule heating, improved PCB definitions, Two Resistor Components and more. This final blog in the series is reserved for the Heat Pipe functionality included in the Electronics Cooling Module. Heat pipes are a critical component in any modern […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Electronics Cooling Part 2: PCB & Two-resistor Components

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Welcome back to this discussion about the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Electronics Cooling Module. Find a link to Part 1 Here. In part one we discussed Joule heating. Using my neat CATI Printed Circuit board model we were able to simulate the heat generated from electrical power flowing through PCB busses. In that study, we left the heat generated by the IC chip out of the analysis. The purpose of this blog is to take the analysis a bit further. We […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Joule Heating

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SOLIDWORKS Flow simulation is a fantastic tool for simulating internal or external fluid flows. It also features very robust conjugate heat transfer capabilities; including conduction, convection, and radiation. The combination of these capabilities has made SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation the go-to program to simulate cooling electronic components. It does this fantastically right out of the box, but with the addition of the Electronics Cooling Module, it gets even better! Today I’d like to cover one of the flagship capabilities of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Database Files

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This blog is not the most glorious topic, but an important one nonetheless. Anyone who has ever run a Flow Simulation has probably seen the slew of files that the simulation creates. Myself, I always wondered about these files and which ones are actually necessary. These files can be quite large and take a large amount of storage on your local machine or server. In this blog, I will lay out the different types of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation database file […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Improved Pin Connector – #SW2019

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Last year SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 introduced a great improvement to the virtual pin connector used in FEA studies. The improved connector added the ability to define the pin for more than two (up to ten) concentric circular edges or cylindrical faces. This was revolutionary, as before a single pin connector would have to be defined at every circular/cylindrical joint manually. You can read all about it here. This year, with the release of SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019, they have done it […]

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SIMULATION Topology study- Driving your results.

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 came the addition of a new study type, the topology study. For those of you unfamiliar with Topology Optimization it is a simulation algorithm that specializes in minimizing mass of structures while still resisting loads. It often generates organic looking shapes that traditional engineering practices would not. After a few months of experimenting with it and 3D printing some great stuff with the help of STRATASYS 3D Printers, I have become experienced in […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Non-Linear Study of Carabiner Clip

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I have always loved climbing, and at the heart of every climb is safety. The gear used should be strong enough to keep a climber safe through any sort of accident. A crucial piece of a climber’s gear is the carabiner. It is used to hook climbers to ropes, to hook ropes to an anchor, basically to hook anything to anything else. I have always been curious though, what would happen if the “gate” or the piece that closes and […]

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Understanding Contact Hierarchy in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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In SOLIDWORKS Simulation, contacts are crucial to the performance of assemblies. It can be said that in SOLIDWORKS Simulation there exists a rule of three. Three types of mesh, three types of global contact, three levels of contact, and so on. The purpose of this blog is to make sense of the hierarchy of contact in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Anyone who has taken training or used SOLIDWORKS Simulation extensively knows that 3 “levels” of contact exist: Local, Component, and Global. The […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Design Studies are for More than Mass Reduction

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Since the release of the Topology Study for SOLIDWORKS 2018, there have been a lot of questions as to the difference between a Topology Study and a Design Study since they are both used for mass reduction. Indeed, a Topology Study is used for mass reduction and in most cases, it is far better at it than a Design Study. However, a Design Study is capable of far more than simply mass reduction and in this blog, I would like […]

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