SOLIDWORKS Simulation

SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Linkage Rod Connectors

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Included with SOLIDWORKS 2022 is a new kind of connector called a linkage rod. The linkage rod is a convenient way to connect components in your assembly without having to model physical geometry. Linkage rod connectors are available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and Premium. To access this functionality, right click on your “Connections” folder in the Simulation study tree and then select “Linkage Rod”. At the top of the Property Manager are selection boxes for specifying geometry at each of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION – Blended Curvature-Based Mesher

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2022, like we have seen in several prior releases, includes updates to the meshing algorithms.  Let’s face it.  When it comes to finite element analysis, “it’s all about the mesh”, as one of my co-workers often chides.  Digging in to new features of SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2022, using the Blended Curvature-Based meshing algorithm, we can now apply a mesh control that has a larger element size than the global mesh settings.  This is an interesting change and, in my […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Simulation Bonding and Contact Architecture

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In this 2022 release of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation software code changes related to contact resulted in additional performance improvements. These are happening “behind the scenes”, but their effect is evident in faster solution times, especially for studies that use the FFEPlus iterative solver with a large percentage of nodes participating in bonded contact interactions. In summary, the code changes reduce the overhead by 1) removing duplicate degrees of freedom in the bonding and contact equations, 2) optimizing a parameter associated […]

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Are you ready for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2022?

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 is coming!  What does that mean for you and me?  Simple.  New features, functionality, User Interface changes, performance improvements, and possibly a whole host of other changes to SOLIDWORKS CAD, but also SOLIDWORKS Simulation, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, and SOLIDWORKS Plastics.  As I write this, I am unfortunately not able to mention what’s coming.  You will find that content in several upcoming blogs written by me and several other of my Simulation colleagues by searching the Computer Aided Technology […]

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How to Automate Bolted Connections in the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform!

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The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is an extensive solution platform with multiple roles and software applications that can be a great compliment to SOLIDWORKS desktop. Among the many great applications on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, are the simulation roles: Structural Performance Engineer (SFO) and Structural Mechanics Engineer (SSU). Both simulation roles contain numerous simulation applications to solve advanced Finite Element Analysis (FEA) problems. In today’s blog I am going to show some automated meshing techniques on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform that make applying connections very easy! […]

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Calculating critical shaft speeds in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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It is essential to understand the critical speed of rotating machinery to ensure safe and reliable operation of the equipment. Critical shaft speed is the speed at which a shaft becomes resonant. At this speed, vibration can cause the machinery to function incorrectly and cause issues such as loosening of parts, poor vibration characteristics and even bearing and foundation damage. Unexpected downtime because of a mechanical issue can cost a company thousands of dollars in lost productivity. Critical speed occurs when […]

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Gyroscopic Precession in SOLIDWORKS Motion

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If you’ve ridden a bicycle, you’ve benefitted from the gyroscopic force that helps keep you upright. You may have also seen or participated in a demonstration of pivoting in a chair simply by applying torque to the axle of a spinning wheel. It’s fascinating to experience such a force acting in a very non-intuitive way! I put SOLIDWORKS Motion to the test to see how well it simulates this physics concept known as gyroscopic precession. As you’ll see below, I […]

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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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