The Analysis Tools Sanity Check

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Let’s call it a ‘sanity check’.  Sometimes you need to prove to yourself, or possibly your boss, that your analysis tools are calculating results correctly.  Maybe you’re reviewing the results and something doesn’t look quite right.  There are plenty of scenarios where you may be called upon to use hand calculations to back up what your workstation and software can do for you in seconds, minutes or hours.  With our designs becoming increasingly more complex, this can definitely seem like […]

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Natural Frequency Analysis

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Natural Frequency analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows us to efficiently investigate the resonant frequencies of a design.  This analysis type helps us ensure that the natural modes of vibration are well away from environmental forcing frequencies that a design might encounter during service.  Like all analysis work, effective post-processing of your Natural Frequency analysis is key to communicating results to others.  The standard output of a Natural Frequency analysis are the resonant frequencies and associated mode shapes of the design, […]

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Natural Frequency Analysis

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Natural Frequency analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows us to efficiently investigate the resonant frequencies of a design.  This analysis type helps us ensure that the natural modes of vibration are well away from environmental forcing frequencies that a design might encounter during service.  Like all analysis work, effective post-processing of your Natural Frequency analysis is key to communicating results to others.  The standard output of a Natural Frequency analysis are the resonant frequencies and associated mode shapes of the design, […]

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Natural Frequency Analysis

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Natural Frequency analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows us to efficiently investigate the resonant frequencies of a design.  This analysis type helps us ensure that the natural modes of vibration are well away from environmental forcing frequencies that a design might encounter during service.  Like all analysis work, effective post-processing of your Natural Frequency analysis is key to communicating results to others.  The standard output of a Natural Frequency analysis are the resonant frequencies and associated mode shapes of the design, […]

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Show Plot on Selected Entities

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Show Plot on Selected Entities vs Isolate Command Post-processing your SOLIDWORKS Simulation results is an important step of your analysis work.  It is also the step that most of us spend the least amount of time on because we’ve focused our efforts in the pre-processing phase.  While there are several options available to you for improving your post-processing efforts, I’m going to discuss a Simulation tool that you can use instead of a SOLIDWORKS tool.  Specifically, I’m going to describe […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – Favorite Materials

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I like simple UI changes that save time.  The favorite materials list within SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 is one new example.  We’ve been creating custom lists of our favorite materials in SOLIDWORKS for some time now.  How long?  Well, I had to go back through all of the What’s New PDFs to find out.  The Materials Editor Property Manager was added in SOLIDWORKS 2004!  This screen capture shows what we’re used to seeing in our SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree for adding materials […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – Favorite Materials

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I like simple UI changes that save time.  The favorite materials list within SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 is one new example.  We’ve been creating custom lists of our favorite materials in SOLIDWORKS for some time now.  How long?  Well, I had to go back through all of the What’s New PDFs to find out.  The Materials Editor Property Manager was added in SOLIDWORKS 2004!  This screen capture shows what we’re used to seeing in our SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree for adding materials […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – Self Contact

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There were a number of new features added in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 to help improve our analysis work.  One of those cool features is the ‘Self Contact’ option, available in Simulation Professional and Simulation Premium.  In Simulation, a contact describes the interaction between components that occur, either as an initial condition or a result of the applied loading.  Failure to properly define contact conditions between components may result in a number of outcomes, normally incorrect results or the Finite Element […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – Self Contact

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There were a number of new features added in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 to help improve our analysis work.  One of those cool features is the ‘Self Contact’ option, available in Simulation Professional and Simulation Premium.  In Simulation, a contact describes the interaction between components that occur, either as an initial condition or a result of the applied loading.  Failure to properly define contact conditions between components may result in a number of outcomes, normally incorrect results or the Finite Element […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – FEA Solvers

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A few years ago I wrote an article regarding Solver Selection for SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  At that time we had two solver choices – FFEPlus and Direct Sparse.  Last year, SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2014 introduced the Large Problem Direct Sparse Solver.  Now with the introduction of SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 there are improvements to the FFEPlus solver as well as a new solver, the Intel Direct Sparse Solver. Per the SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New documentation, the FFEPlus solver has improvements to connector formulation […]

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