Finite Element Analysis

Tight Fit Option with Bolt Connectors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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How often do you utilize a bolt connector in your analysis work?  Have you ever investigated the multitude of options available with this virtual connection?  If you have, how many of the options were intuitive?  In a prior blog, I wrote about the bolt series option to fasten more than two components.  In that article, I truncated the bottom portion of the Advanced Options section of the bolt connector property manager.  The full Advanced Options section is shown in Figure […]

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How many ways can I simplify an analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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Imagine the following machine design scenario.  I am tasked with generating early validation data for a machine that flips barrels from one conveyor to another.  The barrel is constructed of American Oak wood staves that are charred, then filled with liquid that will be stored for a very long time.  Years, in fact, if done correctly!  The machine will flip the barrel from one side to the other in three seconds.  Finally, the mass of the barrel and contents are […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SIMULATION Contact Terminology Changes

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If you have read through the What’s New document for SOLIDWORKS 2021, I am sure you noticed the many updates and improvements listed for SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Blog title aside, if you think this is only about terminology changes, think again!  I can assure you nomenclature is only a part of what I will describe for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021.  If you want to know more about this topic, start with my colleague Matt Sherak’s blog Understanding Contact Hierarchy in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  […]

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How Would You Like a Bolt Sandwich from SOLIDWORKS?

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Bolted connections are used in many industries for a wide variety of applications.  Look around and you will see fasteners used in automobiles, furniture, appliances, electronics, medical devices, construction, and many other design applications.  If you have worked in Engineering and design long enough, chances are you have designed a non-permanent joint using fasteners.  Like me, you may have needed to solve a finite element model that included fasteners and get accurate results for design verification and validation activities.  I’m […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Result Plot Tips – Part 2

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In a previous CATI blog accessible here, several tips were presented related to post-processing SOLIDWORKS Simulation results. It featured stress plots on mixed mesh models, showed how to present results on selected entities, and highlighted the Stress Hot Spot Diagnostics tool to locate stress singularities. Here I will mention others that I use nearly every time I conduct an analysis. Controlling plot display via the color bar The image below shows the items that are available via right mouse button […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Draft and High Quality Mesh Definition

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In the search for faster and more efficient simulations, SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 introduces new meshing functionality for linear static studies that is sure to help. We can now mix draft and high quality solid element meshes in the same study. Individual bodies can be meshed with either formulation to help reduce the total degree of freedom (DOF) count, resulting in quicker solutions. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, here’s a brief overview. Tetrahedral-shaped elements are formed when you mesh […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Material Properties

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How do you obtain the material property data utilized in your analysis work?  Do you only use the materials in the SOLIDWORKS Material Library?  Are you one of the many SOLIDWORKS Simulation users that believe SOLIDWORKS Corporation should provide several hundred more materials in the built-in material libraries?  To me, this is a serious question that I often debate with other SOLIDWORKS Simulation users.  How often?  As recently as a few days ago I was engaged in a slightly heated […]

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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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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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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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