Perhaps the best enhancement for simulation studies is the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Submodeling capability. For studies with a large number of bodies, this feature allows users to improve results at critical areas without having to rerun the analysis in the entire model. It can allow mesh refinement for a selected portion of the model and rerun analysis only in the selected region. This feature can act as a huge time saver.
Submodeling capability is available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and above.
How does SOLIDWORKS Simulation submodeling work?
In the initial stage, a coarse study can be run on the entire model. The submodeling study is then created by selecting the critical components and re-running the analysis only on the selected components. The displacements from the parent study are transferred in as boundary conditions.
A submodeling study is derived from an eligible parent study. The parent study should meet these conditions to be eligible for a submodeling study:
- The study type must be Static or Nonlinear static with more than one body and not be a submodeling study itself.
- The parent study cannot be a 2D Simplification Study.
- The selected bodies that compose the submodel may not have No penetration contact with unselected bodies that result in contact pressure across the cut boundary.
- The selected bodies that compose the submodel may not share connectors with unselected bodies.
Here is a quick demo on how to create a submodeling study.
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