SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

In-depth training on the advanced topics in FEA

Training Course Contents

This course is designed to make SOLIDWORKS Simulation users productive with the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional extension. This course will provide an in-depth coverage on the advanced topics in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) including heat transfer analysis, frequency analysis, fatigue, stability analysis based on the linear buckling concepts, and pressure vessel modulus. Examples of parts and assemblies including those with various gap contact conditions are reviewed.

Who should attend:

All SOLIDWORKS Simulation users wishing to create better designs in SOLIDWORKS by performing analysis and evaluating the behavior of their parts and assemblies under actual service conditions.

This training course will help you to:

  • Test your parts and assemblies for a variety of different applications
  • Run drop tests on your designs
  • Optimize your designs to reduce material cost
  • Test your designs for fatigue and improve your designs.

Course Info at a glance

In-class 2 Day course (8 hours/day)

Or Online 2 Day (8 hours/day)

Intermediate Level

Course Preview

Take a look at some of the studies you will be conducting

Requirements & Benefits


At least 1 month using software

Able to take time out for training

Features Targeted

Drop Test

Frequency & Fatigue Analysis

Thermal Stress Analysis

Skills you will acquire

How to optimize your designs

Test designs for fit for purpose

Ensure your designs meet requirements

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course

Lesson 1: Frequency Analysis of Parts

  • Objectives
  • Modal Analysis Basics
  • Case Study: The Tuning Fork
  • Project Description
  • Frequency Analysis With Supports
  • Frequency Analysis Without Supports
  • Frequency Analysis with Load

Lesson 2: Frequency Analysis of Assemblies

  • Objectives
  • Case Study: The Engine Mount
  • All Bonded Contact Conditions
  • Bonded and Free Contact Conditions

Lesson 3: Buckling Analysis

  • Objectives
  • Buckling Analysis
  • Case Study: Particle Separator

Lesson 4: Load Cases

  • Objectives
  • Load Cases
  • Case Study: Scaffolding

Lesson 5: Submodeling

  • Objectives
  • Case Study: Scaffolding
  • Part 1: Parent Study
  • Part 2: Child Study

Lesson 6: Topology Analysis

  • Objectives
  • Topology Analysis
  • Case Study: Rear Bike Shock Link
  • Project Description
  • Goals and Constraints
  • Best Stiffness to Weight ratio
  • Minimize Maximum Displacement
  • Minimize Mass with Displacement constraint
  • Manufacturing Controls
  • Add Preserved Region
  • Specified Thickness Control
  • Specify De-mold Direction
  • Specify Symmetry Planes
  • Mesh Effects
  • Load Cases in Topology Studies
  • Export Smoothed Mesh

Lesson 7: Thermal Analysis

  • Objectives
  • Thermal Analysis Basics
  • Mechanisms of Heat Transfer
  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Radiation
  • Material Properties for Thermal Analysis
  • Case Study: Microchip Assembly
  • Steady-State Thermal Analysis
  • Interfacial Conductance
  • Insulation
  • Initial Temperature
  • Thermal Results
  • Heat Flux
  • Heat Flux Results
  • Heat Power
  • Transient Thermal Analysis
  • Importing Convective Effect from SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
  • Transient Data Sensors
  • Results Comparison
  • Transient Analysis with Time Varying Load
  • Time Curves
  • Temperature Curves
  • Transient Thermal Analysis using a Thermostat
  • Symmetry Boundary Condition in Thermal Analysis

Lesson 8: Thermal Analysis with Radiation

  • Objectives
  • Case Study: Spot Light Assembly
  • Project Description
  • Stages in the Process
  • Steady State Analysis
  • Review of Analysis Parameters
  • Heat Flux Singularities

Lesson 9: Advanced Thermal Stress 2D Simplification

  • Objectives
  • Thermal Stress Analysis
  • Case Study: Metal Expansion Joint
  • Thermal Analysis
  • 2D Simplification
  • Prescribed Temperature Condition
  • Meshing Considerations in Thermal Analysis
  • Importing Temperatures and Pressures from SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
  • Reference Temperature at Zero Strains
  • 3D model
  • Summary
  • Exercise 8: Thermal Stress Analysis of a Microchip Testing Assembly
  • Exercise 9: Thermal Stress Analysis of a Gas Tank
  • Exercise 10: Thermal Stress Analysis of a Thermoelectric Cooler

Lesson 10: Fatigue Analysis

  • Fatigue
  • Stress-life (S-N) Based Fatigue
  • Case Study: Pressure Vessel
  • Thermal Stress Study
  • Fatigue Terminology
  • Fatigue Study
  • Fatigue Study with Dead Load

Lesson 11: Variable Amplitude Fatigue

  • Objectives
  • Case Study: Suspension
  • Fatigue Study
  • Variable Amplitude Fatigue Event
  • Rainflow Cycle Counting Method
  • Variable Loading Curve
  • Bins for Rainflow Counting
  • Noise in Random Loading History
  • Fatigue Strength Reduction Factor
  • Rainflow Matrix Chart
  • Results
  • Fatigue Literature

Lesson 12: Drop Test Analysis

  • Objectives
  • Drop Test Analysis
  • Case Study: Camera
  • Rigid Floor Drop Test
  • Drop Test Parameters
  • Dynamic Analysis
  • Damping
  • Solution Time
  • Graphing Results
  • Linear vs. Nonlinear Solution
  • Elastic Floor, Elasto-Plastic Material
  • Elasto-Plastic Material Model
  • Elasto-Plastic Model Parameters
  • Processing Elasto-Plastic Results
  • Discussion
  • Drop Test with Contact (optional)

Lesson 13: Optimization Analysis

  • Objectives
  • Optimization Analysis
  • Case Study: Press Frame
  • Static and Frequency Analyses
  • Optimization Analysis
  • Design Study

Lesson 14: Pressure Vessel Analysis

  • Objectives
  • Case Study: Pressure Vessel
  • Pressure Vessel Analysis
  • Manhole Nozzle Flange and Cover


"From an engineering and SOLIDWORKS perspective the instructor knew the subject very well."

— Mal Readhead, Armtec.

"Dedicated Instructor; clear, prompt explanations. Excellent knowledge of the subject."

— Liviu Radulescu, Conestoga College.

"I can apply the knowledge gained from the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional course straight away on my work projects."

— Martin Leung, IPEX.

"The instructor is an expert beyond expectations!"

— Wayne Taylor, Hamilton Kent.

Training Methods

Choose from three different training methods available to you

SOLIDWORKS Group Training

Group/Public Training

Receive SOLIDWORKS training as a group in a traditional classroom environment.

Classes can be taken in one of our 12 training locations across Canada using SOLIDWORKS approved training content and methodologies.

  • Cost effective training method.
  • Leave the office to concentrate on learning.
  • Learn more through group questions and feedback.
SOLIDWORKS Online Training

Live Online Training

With our online training you will experience an interactive learning environment where you can give feedback, gain access to the SOLIDWORKS training files and get time to work on training exercises.

  • Online courses are typically half day sessions.
  • More effective than video based training, with recorded videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
SOLIDWORKS Onsite Training

Onsite at your location

Receive training at your place of work. This style of flexible training is perfect for teams or individuals who are faced with a specific challenge and require personalized courses with on-the-job coaching.

  • Use our state-of-the-art mobile classroom at your facility.
  • Bring your team up to a consistent level of knowledge by having them take the same training at the same time.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling options.

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