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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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Draft Quality and High Quality Elements – Part 1

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It’s all about the nodes and the equations!   At least that’s what my office mate, Chris, says. I’m not going to disagree with him, rather I am going to show that he is correct.  That statement arose while discussing meshing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and getting reasonably accurate results with Finite Element Analysis.  That leads to the simple question “can I achieve accurate results using a draft quality mesh”? In SOLIDWORKS Simulation, the easiest method of differentiating between a draft quality […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Joule Heating

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SOLIDWORKS Flow simulation is a fantastic tool for simulating internal or external fluid flows. It also features very robust conjugate heat transfer capabilities; including conduction, convection, and radiation. The combination of these capabilities has made SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation the go-to program to simulate cooling electronic components. It does this fantastically right out of the box, but with the addition of the Electronics Cooling Module, it gets even better! Today I’d like to cover one of the flagship capabilities of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Reaction Moment Using Solid Element

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When running an FEA on an assembly or large part the first thing we normally do is reduce the complexity of the geometry so that the calculation times remain short. At times this would mean that we would get rid of the main structure and only calculate the reaction forces and moments on a subassembly or smaller region of a part. While doing this we may end up using tetrahedron elements, or solid elements, to mesh our geometry. Solid elements […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Causes of Incremental Strain Error

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This problem comes in during the calculation of two consecutive time steps in a nonlinear analysis. If the material deforms drastically without some proportional stress increase, then the software will stop the calculation and throw up an error message. The message may read something along the lines of “Incremental plastic strain is too large”. The solution may not be straightforward as to turning on an option. When you’re working with metals or non-rubber like materials, you should dig into the model […]

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Control Your Flow Mesh

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Mesh control is important no matter what Simulation product you use. The power of mesh control allows refinement of the mesh in areas of importance to the Engineer. This blog will focus on the mesh and mesh control used in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software is a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis tool.  SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation offers users internal and external analysis of fluid systems. Steady State, Transient, and conjugate heat transfer solutions are standard with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.  Flow Simulation works seamlessly inside […]

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Bonded, Bolted, or Pinned – Why You Should Simplify Your Analysis

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Simplify, simplify, simplify!  I cannot count how many times I’ve had this discussion with customers when reviewing their CAD models and listening to what they want to analyze with SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  I know how easy it is to start a new SOLIDWORKS Simulation study and begin setting up an analysis on fully-featured CAD models – click a button and you’re on your way.  Let’s look at an example of starting simple and working towards the complex with SOLIDWORKS Simulation that […]

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 SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation 

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What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now installed through the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager, and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all of your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for […]

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Topology: How to Use Results as a Design Guideline

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Topology optimization in SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows users to make lightweight, strong components. However, the resultant shape is often too complex to manufacture or contains sharp geometry. How do we take the data from Topology optimization studies and make something useful? I have designed an odd looking bracket that we can use to demonstrate a couple techniques. Fair warning, nothing you are about to see will blow you away, but you just might find a few tips to make things easier. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Stress Averaging at Mid-side Nodes – #SW2019

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Stress Averaging at Mid-side Nodes is one of several new features in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019.  If you’ve been digging through the What’s New documentation for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019, I would be willing to bet this addition has you stumped.  I was when I first read about the new feature and started investigating how this option functioned.  In fact, I had to reach out to a couple of good friends who work in SOLIDWORKS Product Definition for clarification of this new […]

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