6 Steps to your first SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation has been around for years tracing its roots back to 1982 and the Structural Research and Analysis Corporation (SRAC). SOLIDWORKS Simulation used to be called COSMOS Works, and since its early days, the Finite Element Analysis program has strived to be powerful, accurate, and EASY to use. Part of SOLIDWORKS Simulation’s ease of use are the simple Six Steps that every Simulation Study shares. Step 1: Define your Study. Static, Thermal, Frequency, etc. Step 2: Assign your Materials […]

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Bike Component Design with Remote Loads in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Do you perform analyses of assemblies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation that incorporate off-the-shelf components? We can usually exclude such items in the analysis, since they are typically rated for a certain load limit. I love cycling, so I’ll use the design of a bicycle drive system to demonstrate the use of Simulation’s remote load feature. The system consists of a pedal and crank arm on either side of the bike frame’s bottom bracket and one or more chain rings on the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Radiation! A Follow-up Blog

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A few weeks ago, I published a blog that discusses the basics of radiation in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. The link to the blog can be found here. In that blog, we used a very simple example of a one square meter plate to demonstrate the accuracy of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation compared to well-established hand calculations. In short, a 1 square meter plate with an emissivity of 1 at 300 Kelvin should have a radiative heat transfer rate of 459.29 [W], […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Remote Solver Setup

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Think about the last time you needed to solve a very large SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation project.  Did your workstation have enough horsepower to solve the project in a reasonable amount of time?  If not, did you have access to a high-end workstation elsewhere in your office that you could have connected to?  If the answers to those questions are ‘no’ and ‘yes’, respectively, then you could have taken advantage of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation’s Remote Solver capability.  Utilizing the Remote Solver […]

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Hot Air Goes Up, Right? Confirmed With SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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Warm air rises, and Cold air descends. This is a simple concept that we learned early on in life. We can feel it if we place our hand above a hot stove, or notice our basement is always the coldest part of the house. But why does this happen, and what does this have to do with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation? Warm air rises and cold air sinks due to gravity. Yes, gravity the invisible force that holds all of us […]

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Beam Diagrams in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Are you aware that you can produce beam shear and bending moment diagrams in SOLIDWORKS Simulation? This useful plot type allows for quick visualization of these results along the entire length of a beam. I’ll show you the functionality using a classic example from any Civil Engineering text on strength of materials, the case of a simply supported beam of length “L” with a centered load “P” applied at the center of the span. In the analytical solution for shear […]

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Radiation in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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I have been asked a lot recently about the radiation capabilities in Flow Simulation. No this isn’t the type of radiation depicted in the recent smash hit Chernobyl on HBO. In our case, we are concerned about electromagnetic (EM) radiation. In particular, the capability of EM radiation to transmit heat energy. Of the 3 modes of heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation), radiative transfer is perhaps the most overlooked in simulation. I decided to go into a bit more detail […]

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Holes In Your Model? No Worries with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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When dealing with different customers or vendors you will inevitably run into a situation where you need to import a model from another CAD software. With advancements in import technology, models open better than ever. But there are times when you get a hole in your model. This can be troublesome as SOLIDWORKS Plastics requires the Mold Cavity to be watertight. This can be fixed by using the SOLIDWORKS modeling tools but may require some surfacing techniques. Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS Plastics […]

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A Beginner’s Look at SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress. Part Two

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Welcome back! For a refresher on SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress and setting up a simulation study, click here. Today we’re going to cover running a simulation study, reading the results and optimizing the design. 4. Run the Study After applying fixtures, loads and materials you are now ready to run a study! Without getting too in depth, SimulationXpress takes your part file and divides the whole component into simple triangular volumes, also known as elements, that are connected at common points, or […]

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Flow Simulation: Computational Domain Editing Part 2 – Periodicity

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In Part 1 of this blog series, I covered the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation computational domain symmetry condition setting to reduce the size of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) problem to be solved. The result is a decreased solution time and required computer memory. This blog will show how another computational domain condition, periodicity, can be used in those situations where you have a pattern of identical components in the flow field. I’ll continue to use the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth […]

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