SOLIDWORKS Simulation Nonlinear

How to deal with models that exhibit large displacements and/or yielding

Training Course Contents

This class will raise your SOLIDWORKS Simulation FEA skills to the next level! It offers hands-on experience on the use of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Nonlinear module.

The course provides an overview on a wide range of nonlinear structural/mechanical analysis topics. You will learn how to deal with models that exhibit large displacements and/or yielding; discuss and practice the use of many material models available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and, most importantly, how to drive a nonlinear analysis to successful completion.

Course Info at a glance

In-class 2 day course (7 hours/day)

Or Online 2 days (7 hours/day)

Intermediate Level

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Requirements & Benefits


At least 1 month using software

Able to take time out for training

Features Targeted

Nonlinear Static Buckling Analysis

Large Displacement Analysis

Plastic Deformation

Skills you will acquire

Test your parts and assemblies for a variety of nonlinear situations

Apply nonlinear materials

View nonlinear analysis results and understand the effects

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Nonlinear Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course


  • About This Course
    • Prerequisites
    • Course Design Philosophy
    • Course Length
    • Using this Book
    • Laboratory Exercises
    • About the Training Files
    • User Interface Appearance
    • Conventions Used in this Book
    • Use of Colour
  • What is SOLIDWORKS Simulation?
    • Premium: Nonlinear
  • More SOLIDWORKS Training Resources
    • Local User Groups

Introduction to Nonlinear Structural Analysis

  • Introduction
  • Types of Nonlinearities
  • Geometric Nonlinearities
  • Material Nonlinearities
  • Solving Nonlinear Problems

Geometric Nonlinear Analysis

  • Introduction
  • Small Displacement Analysis
  • Large Displacement Analysis
  • Finite Strain Analysis
  • Large Deflection Analysis
  • References

Material Models and Constitutive Relations

  • Introduction
  • Elastic Models
    • Linear Elastic Model
    • Nonlinear Elastic Model
    • Hyper-elastic Models
  • Elasto-Plastic Models
    • Basic Characteristics
    • Essential Concepts of Elasto-plasticity
    • Elasto-Plastic Models
  • Super Elastic Nitinol Model
    • Flow Rule
  • Linear Visco-Elastic Model
  • Creep Model
  • References

Numerical Procedures for Nonlinear FEA

  • Overview
  • Incremental Control Techniques
    • Force Control Method
    • Displacement Control Method
    • Arc-length Control Method
  • Iterative Methods
    • Newton-Raphson (NR)
    • Modified Newton-Raphson (MNR)
  • Termination Criteria
  • References

Contact Analysis Introduction

  • Global Contact / Gap Conditions
  • Local Contact / Gap Conditions
  • Troubleshooting for Gap / Contact Problems
  • References

Lesson 1: Large Displacement Analysis

  • Objective
  • Case Study: Hose Clamp
  • Problem Statement
    • Stages in the Process
  • Linear Static Analysis
    • Auxiliary Boundary Conditions
    • Solvers
    • Geometrically Linear Analysis: Limitations
  • Nonlinear Static Study
    • Curves (Load Functions)
    • Fixed Incrementation
    • Large Displacement Option: Nonlinear Analysis
    • Analysis Failure: Large Load Step
    • Fixed Time Incrementation Disadvantages
    • Autostepping Incrementation
    • Autostepping Parameters and Options
    • Advanced Options: Step/Tolerance Options
  • Linear Static Study (Large Displacement)
  • Summary
  • Questions

Lesson 2: Incremental Control Techniques

  • Objective
  • Incremental Control Techniques
    • Force Control
    • Displacement Control
  • Case Study: Trampoline
  • Project Description
    • Stages in the Process
  • Linear Analysis
    • Membrane Structures
  • Nonlinear Analysis - Force Control
    • Initial Instability of Thin Flat Membranes
    • Restart Function
    • Analysis Progress Dialog Box
    • Analytical Results for Membranes
  • Nonlinear Analysis - Displacement Control
    • Displacement Control Method: Displacement Restraints
    • Single Degree of Freedom Control Limitation
    • Loading Mode in Displacement Control Method
  • Summary
  • Questions

Lesson 3: Nonlinear Static Buckling Analysis

  • Objective
  • Case Study: Cylindrical Shell
  • Problem Statement
    • Stages in the Process
  • Linear Buckling
    • Linear Buckling: Assumptions and Limitations
  • Linear Static Study
  • Nonlinear Symmetrical Buckling
    • Arc Length: Parameters
    • Discussion
    • Symmetrical vs Asymmetrical Equilibrium, Bifurcation Point
  • Nonlinear Asymmetrical Buckling
  • Summary
  • Questions
  • Exercise 1: Nonlinear Analysis of a Shelf
    • Problem Statement
    • Linear Buckling Analysis
    • Nonlinear Buckling Analysis
    • Discussion
    • Summary
  • Exercise 2: Nonlinear Analysis of Remote Control Button
    • Problem Statement
    • Summary

Lesson 4: Plastic Deformation

  • Objective
  • Plastic Deformation
  • Case Study: Paper Clip
  • Problem Statement
    • Stages in the Process
  • Linear Elastic
  • Nonlinear - von Mises
  • Nonlinear - Tresca’s
    • Discussion
  • Stress Accuracy (Optional)
    • Mesh Sectioning
  • Summary
  • Questions
  • Exercise 3: Stress Analysis of a Beam Using Nonlinear Elastic Material
    • Problem Statement
    • Summary
  • Exercise 4: Oil Well Pipe Connection
    • Problem Description
    • Materials
    • Loading Conditions
    • Goal

Lesson 5: Hardening Rules

  • Objective
  • Hardening Rules
  • Case Study: Crank Arm
  • Problem Statement
    • Stages in the Process
  • Isotropic Hardening
    • Discussion
  • Kinematic Hardening
    • Discussion
  • Summary
  • Questions

Lesson 6: Analysis of Elastomers

  • Objective
  • Case Study: Rubber Pipe
  • Problem Statement
    • Stages in the Process
  • Two Constant Mooney-Rivlin (1 Material Curve)
    • Coefficient of Determination
  • 2 Constant Mooney-Rivlin (2 Material Curves)
  • 2 Constant Mooney-Rivlin (3 Material Curves)
  • 6 Constant Mooney-Rivlin (3 Material Curves)
  • Summary
  • Questions

Lesson 7: Nonlinear Contact Analysis

  • Objective
  • Case Study: Rubber Tube
  • Problem Statement
    • Instability in Assemblies
    • Stabilization
    • Releasing Prescribed Displacement
    • Validity and Limitations of Static Analysis
  • Summary
  • Questions
  • Exercise 5: Gear Assembly
    • Problem Description
    • Materials
    • Loading Conditions
    • Goal
  • Exercise 6: Ring
    • Problem Description
    • Materials
    • Loading Conditions
    • Goal

Lesson 8: Metal Forming

  • Objective
  • Bending
  • Case Study: Sheet Bending
  • Problem Statement
    • Stages in the Process
    • Plane Strain
    • Large Strain Formulation Option
    • Convergence Problems
    • Automatic Stepping Problems
    • Discussion
    • Small Strain Vs Large Strain Formulations
    • Summary
    • Questions
  • Exercise 7: Large strain contact simulation - Flanging
    • Problem Description
    • Materials
    • Loading Conditions
    • Goal

Appendix A: True and Engineering Stress and Strain

  • Engineering Stress and Strain
  • True Stress and Strain
  • References


"The instructor has a phenomenal knowledge of the material. It was a pleasure taking the course, "

— Wayne Taylor, Hamilton Kent.

"I can apply what I learned from this course right away, on a few simulation projects I have at work."

— Martin Leung, IPEX Technologies Inc.

"The instructor was very enthusiastic, and I can't wait to get back and explore the different applications for the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Nonlinear module."

— Aiden Aird, Developing Innovations.

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