Step By Step, Multiple Sequential Loads in SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium has always been able to apply multiple loads in sequence if the model does not move position. This means cold forming operations generally could not be simulated using multiple dies. With the introduction of SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS now we can. Let us look at the setup for the model and the desired output. In this model we have a metal tube, and a die set (Stations 1 & 2). The intention is to press the tube into […]

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Napkin Sketches, Hand Calculations and… SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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Why do we Designers and Engineers resort to napkin sketches and hand calculations?  Some people would say it is because we are gluttons for punishment!  Other people might recognize that a napkin sketch is a great way to convey a new idea quickly.  Still others might voice an opinion that hand calculations provide quick insight into performance.  Whatever your reason for resorting to a napkin sketch or hand calculation is, I say keep doing it!  What do either of these […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Making Contact Interactions

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Which contact interaction should I choose? SOLIDWORKS Simulation is fun and easy to use. But there are times when you may find that it can get confusing on what path to take when setting up the pre-processing stage of an analysis. One area that tends to stand out with SOLIDWORKS Simulation users is when you are setting up contact interactions with either multibody part files or assemblies for linear or non-linear static analysis. Contact interactions can get confusing on what […]

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How to use the ruler tool in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation!

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is an extremely powerful tool. Studies can be setup quickly and run efficiently and accurately. As a result of its ease of use, customers can iterate and solve a variety of scenarios quicker than if they were performing physical testing. In today’s blog, I will show you a great tip on how to validate the computational domain and understand distances in results via the ruler tool in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation! The computational domain in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS Simulation and Flying – Watch your approach!

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Think for a minute, if you will, about what it takes to fly and land an airplane. In this blog, I’ll use the analogy of flying an aircraft to present some fundamental considerations related to performing finite element analysis (FEA) with SOLIDWORKS Simulation, or any FEA tool for that matter! As you will see, these two activities have much in common! Cessna 152 vs. 340 – Two very different aircraft. First of all, an important consideration is to know what […]

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Fluid-Structure Interaction- Fluid Cavities and SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS

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In today’s rapidly changing tech world, there is a growing demand for simulation to be performed early and often in the design process. Furthermore, simulations are becoming more complex as the programs that are used can handle coupling multiple types of physics together. One of the most common demands that I experience is the need for Fluid-Structure Interaction, or FSI for short. These types of problems usually involve coupling a fluid dynamics solver with a structural solver. With the power […]

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Give Cyclic Symmetry a Spin in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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If I told you that it was possible to make your analysis solve faster, would you be interested?  You absolutely should be!  Faster solve times allow you to analyze more iterations and make better informed decisions to improve your designs.  Today I am going to explain how to use another method of reducing your finite element model using Cyclic Symmetry in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Hopefully you are familiar with using a symmetry boundary condition in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Symmetry allows you to […]

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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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Rolling Motion – It’s a race in SOLIDWORKS MOTION!

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Since we are currently in the middle of the high stakes horse racing season here in America, I was inspired to have a virtual race! I am an engineer, so instead of horses, I am going to use SOLIDWORKS Motion to race two solid cylinders down a ramp under the influence of gravity, soap box derby style – go ahead and call me a geek, it is OK. With full rigid body dynamics capabilities including inertia, gravity and solid body […]

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