SolidWorks® Simulation Professional
Powerful FEA/CAE/Design Analysis Software
SolidWorks Simulation Professional offers a wide spectrum of powerful tools to help FEA/CAE/Design Analysis Engineers who are familiar with design validation concepts to perform virtual testing and analysis of parts and assemblies.
Engineers who need more specific design analysis capabilities can use SolidWorks Simulation Professional to predict the physical behavior of practically any part or assembly under any loading condition.
Additional functionality over SolidWorks Simulation
In addition to the design validation capabilities included with SolidWorks Simulation Standard, SolidWorks Simulation Professional offers drop test and impact, design optimization, thermal heat transfer, thermal stress, vibration, buckling, simulate repeat loading and pressure vessel design.
Regardless of industry application, from aerospace to medical, SolidWorks Simulation provides significant product quality benefits; enabling engineers to detect design problems in less time than a prototype could be built.
Features & Benefits
With SolidWorks Simulation Professional, you can:
- Test your design with extensive structural analysis
- Optimize designs based on structural, motion, or geometric criteria
- Have your CAD toolbox fasteners translated automatically into connectors for fast and accurate assembly analysis
- Combine load cases and test structural performance for multiple load combinations with
the Load Case Manager
- Analyze how dropping a product will affect its structural integrity
- Assess large assembly behavior focusing on critical zones with submodelling
- Evaluate complex problems early in the design cycle with plane stress, plane strain, and axisymmetric linear static analysis
- Access an extensive materials database with metal properties and fatigue curves
- Understand the effects of temperature on your design
- Study conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer
- Utilize isotropic, orthotropic, and temperature-dependent material properties
- Determine the combined stresses and deformations due to structural and thermal loads
- Analyze assembly motion for process and task workflow with event–based simulation
- Define motion studies based on model event and assembly actions
- Trigger actions through new motion sensors, time, or the completion of a previous task
- Evaluate characteristics like actuator force and joint loads for motion optimization
- Gain greater control of model actuators with servomotors
- Simulate frequency or buckling in your designs
- Examine how vibrating or unstable modes can shorten equipment life and cause unexpected failures
- Assess the effects of load stiffening on frequency and buckling response
- See how your assemblies will move before you build them. Using the physics-based motion simulation of SolidWorks Motion, you can study part interferences and gain insight into the real-world working conditions of your SolidWorks assemblies.
- Seamlessly transfer motion loads from SolidWorks Motion to SolidWorks Simulation for stress analysis.
- Determine power consumption and how contacting parts behave.
- Lay out linkages, develop cams, and understand gear drives.
- Pressure Vessel Design. In a Pressure Vessel Design study, you combine the results of static studies with the desired factors. Each static study has a different set of loads that produce corresponding results. These loads can be dead loads, live loads (approximated by static loads), thermal loads, seismic loads, and so on. The Pressure Vessel Design study combines the results of the static studies algebraically using a linear combination or the square root of the sum of the squares (SRSS).
When using a solid mesh, the software provides a stress linearization tool to separate bending and membrane components. One can separate and linearize membrane and bending stresses between two locations in a sectional plot of pressure vessel study. The results can be used in accordance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. The functionality is used for solid meshes only. For shells, you can plot and list membrane and bending stresses separately.
A number of our scientists prefer SolidWorks simulation because of its simplicity. The software basically tells us if we’re on the right track. With new software, there’s always a learning curve, but with SolidWorks Simulation, it’s shorter when compared with others.
Bob Saric, Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Nanometrics Seismological Inc.