SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Beam Joints

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SOLIDWORKS simulation allows users to take advantage of beam elements in order to simplify studies using structural members like pipes, angle iron, etc. We will begin by defining what a beam element is and then defining beam joints. Followed by showing a tip on how to create joints for structures with welding gaps. Finally, we’ll conclude by releasing degrees of freedom at the joints and observe the changes in a displacement plot. Beam definition In SOLIDWORKS Simulation there are 3 […]

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Simulation Verification – How Accurate are My Results?

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Do you need to provide documentation about the accuracy of the Simulation program to support a Quality Assurance (QA) process in your company? Or have you ever asked yourself; “How do I know I’m getting accurate results?” No need to guess or worry, the SOLIDWORKS Simulation team has provided verification problems with comparison to theory to support this need. To access the full list of these problems and open the model files associated with each, navigate within SOLIDWORKS to the […]

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Symmetry with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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If I told you that you could solve an analysis 75% faster, would you be interested?  I think so.  In several of my previous blogs, I have written about time-saving tools to utilize when working with SOLIDWORKS analysis products.  I plan on continuing this practice because knowledge is power!  Plus, if you’re able to analyze more iterations of your design, that will lead to better products for you and your customers! If you are a SOLIDWORKS Simulation user, I’m sure […]

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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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Design Intent, Not Just for Modeling.

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If you have taken a SOLIDWORKS Essentials course from CATI you will have heard the phrase “Design Intent” at least 100 times. Design Intent is not something to be taken lightly in the modeling world. It allows the user to get the most out of their parametric model. So, what is Design Intent? Design Intent is how the model should behave when changed. The way in which the model is created governs how it can change. Automatic sketch relations, equations, […]

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Simulation Walkthrough: Trebuchet cross beam analysis

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Introduction: So, you’re designing a trebuchet and you need to know if the main loading cross beam is strong enough. Where would you begin? What type of study should you use? These questions and others will be answered in this blog. The main objective is to start from an unaltered CAD file and describe the process to set up an appropriate analysis. Now, I do realize that this design is incomplete. Let’s start an analysis anyway. The ability to create […]

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Simulation Studies without Solid or Surface Geometry. Wait, what?

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Take a look at the screen shot below. What do you see? If you said “Nothing!” you’d be partially correct. There are no solid or surface geometry features in this SOLIDWORKS part file. The only thing in the feature manager tree is a single sketch. Now, take a closer look at the tabs along the lower edge. Notice that there is a Simulation study tab, so there’s more here than meets the eye! Although a bit confusing at first, the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Draft Quality and High Quality Elements – Part 2

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Have you ever proofread your own writing a dozen times and not recognized a mistake?  Well, in Part 1 of this blog I did just that.  It must have been the lucky number 13 re-read to realize my blunder!  My original premise was to use the same number of nodes along any edge in the finite element model.  So, when I referenced Part 1’s ‘Figure 5‘ and wrote: “The difference in results between 3 high quality elements and 4 draft […]

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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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Softening Butter with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.

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When it comes to the Warren household, cookies are the dessert of choice (mine anyway), specifically Snickerdoodles. Nothing compares to the soft and buttery, cinnamon-sugar coated discs of deliciousness. I make these from scratch, and usually on a whim. This leaves me with one problem every time I make the cookies; the cold hard butter. I always forget to take the butter out of the fridge and give it time to soften. Then I must wait even longer to enjoy […]

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