SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Distributed Coupling for Remote Load and Mass – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS regularly strives to create a more accurate representations of real world features. This year the Remote Load feature got an update that will give you more control over how the translations and rotations are applied to the geometry. The resultant forces and moments are now distributed over all the nodes on the selected face/edges/vertices equally as they are applied at the referenced location. The user interface has also gotten a face lift. Now it’s easier to see and apply […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Enhanced Remote Load/Mass Property Manager – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation offers a wide range of Loads to best mimic real-world conditions. Within this list of loads is the Remote Load/Mass. Remote Load/Mass is a load type that allows a user to define a load outside of the geometry being analyzed. The user specifies the location that the Load/Mass is applied and the load values. The connection between the Load/Mass and the geometry can be rigid (includes moments), or directly transferred. New for 2019 the Remote Load/Mass property manager […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Export to Mesh Body – #SW2019

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Last year SOLIDWORKS 2018 and SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 introduced two incredible features, the ability to work with Mesh Bodies and Topology Study. Mesh bodies are BREP, or Boundary Representation, bodies made up of facets, much like what we see when exporting an STL file. Topology Study allows us to utilize SOLIDWORKS Simulation to determine the best shape possible to meet our optimization goals and geometric constraints. With SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019, these two features have been improved upon allowing us to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Simulation Customized Numerical Format – #SW2019

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In a growing global business environment, we are forced to work across different standards of punctuation and unit systems. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 now allows all end users to change the way they punctuate numbers. You have the option to use commas’ or decimals for separators. This is all done through the Microsoft Windows system options. Go to the control panel and select Region and Language. Under the Formats tab, select Additional Settings. Within the Customize Formats window you can change […]

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How to display part level simulation results in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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There will be a point when you have a cluttered assembly and viewing your SOLIDWORKS simulation results can be difficult. In the past I have resorted to hiding and showing certain parts just to get a good view of the stress or displacement results. This method can be tedious but effective. Let’s take a look at the process. In Figure 1 we have an assembly that has all its parts shown. Now if you want to show the stress results […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Tracer Study Checklist

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation contains a wide variety of capabilities. In this blog article we will focus on the Tracer Study. Tracers allow you to study the flow of a certain admixture (tracer) in the existing carrier fluid under assumption that the presence of the admixture has a negligible influence on the carrier fluid flow. Such assumption is justified if the concentration (mass fraction) of the admixture is relatively low. Steps to a Tracer Study: Run Steady State Analysis for full […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Hand Calculations

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Recently, I was discussing the use of hand calculations in conjunction with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) with one of our customers. His belief is that hand calculations are a waste of time, that they are never accurate enough to represent what he designs. Simply put, how can an equation referencing material properties, geometric characteristics, or section properties needed in many structural analysis calculations represent the complex designs he creates today. That is a strong and fair argument that I cannot […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Nonuniform Force and Pressure Loading in Spherical Coordinate Systems

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In previous posts “SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Nonuniform Force and Pressure Loading“, and “SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Nonuniform Force and Pressure Loading in Cylindrical Coordinate Systems” I showed how to apply boundary conditions based on Cartesian and cylindrical coordinate systems (CS). I varied the water pressure with depth on the walls of an aquarium in the first post. In the second, I varied the wind load on a horizontal storage tank. Let’s now look at nonuniform pressure loading using the third option, a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Result Plot Tips

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The SOLIDWORKS simulation solved successfully! It must’ve been setup correctly or else it would’ve given an error and, even better, my max stress is below yield! Next problem, please. Pump the brakes! Neither of the statements you just read are indicators of a successful stress study. When the study solves our job, as analysts, this is just beginning. We must analyze the results plots to confirm that the stresses we see are real and not stress singularities and we must […]

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