Symmetry

Give Cyclic Symmetry a Spin in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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If I told you that it was possible to make your analysis solve faster, would you be interested?  You absolutely should be!  Faster solve times allow you to analyze more iterations and make better informed decisions to improve your designs.  Today I am going to explain how to use another method of reducing your finite element model using Cyclic Symmetry in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Hopefully you are familiar with using a symmetry boundary condition in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Symmetry allows you to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: A Tesla Cybertruck Case Study

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When Tesla launched their Cybertruck pickup model in November, I was intrigued by its unique shape. Given the very angular, wedge-like styling, the first thought that came to mind was that I could have designed the exterior shape in SOLIDWORKS in 5 minutes with a few extrudes, cuts and draft features. I have no doubt that I could have saved Tesla millions of dollars spent on their exterior stylists and designers! I also pondered whether this shape performed well aerodynamically […]

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Flow Simulation: Computational Domain Editing Part 1 – Symmetry

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As with any engineering analysis project, efficiency is very important. If you use SOLIDWORKS Simulation for your structural finite element analyses (FEA) studies, you are probably familiar with the symmetry boundary condition, which greatly reduces the size of the problem and the time to solve it. Flow Simulation has a similar capability, and it is just as important to leverage this functionality because the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method in use with Flow can take a while to solve for […]

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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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SIMULATION TECH TIP: Visualizing Results on Full Model of Analysis Using Symmetry (Sim 2014)

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SolidWorks Simulation 2014 will let you visualize results on the full model of an analysis using symmetry. In an analysis, you can use symmetry to create a portion of the model instead of using the full model. You just need to cut the model in half and apply Symmetry restraints on all the cut faces. Also, when appropriate, taking advantage of symmetry can help you reduce the size of the problem and obtain more accurate results. Up until now, results […]

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How to Handle Symmetry Fixtures on Shell Elements in SOLIDWORKS

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If you have ever used symmetry on a surface body or solid body on which shell elements are defined, you would have had to use a special technique using an advanced fixture. The Symmetry Fixture would not work, as it required you to select a face for the symmetry definition. If you had tried to apply a Symmetry restraint on the cut face of a component defined with shells, you would have received the following warning message. Therefore, in order […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation-Using Symmetry

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Geometric and Loading Symmetry Some geometric shapes possess the property of symmetry. If a body, or an assembly of components, is able to be cut such that mirroring or patterning the remaining portion can be used to represent the entire body, then the body or assembly is said to be symmetric. Symmetry in the loading application is also present if the loading can be cut such that mirroring or patterning of the remaining portion can be used to represent the […]

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