SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 Top 10 Enhancements

Article by Irfan Zardadkhan, PhD, CSWE updated September 10, 2014


SOLIDWORKS 2015 is finally here and I have had the chance to play around with the latest simulation capabilities in SOLIDWORKS. Here are some of the enhancements that you will see in the upcoming release of SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION. I will be showing you each one of these in detail over the coming few days but here is a list for you.
Rotating Mesh

1. Rotating Mesh in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

You can simulate Fluid Driving motion with enhanced rotating regions. The “sliding mesh” mode simulates rotating equipment where fluid flow entering the rotor is highly non symmetric with regard to the axis of rotation. Since angular velocity can be dependent on time, you can simulate motion at a specified angle.

2. Edge-to-Edge Bonding for Shells

You can now create bonded contact between non-touching edges of shell bodies.

3. Self-contact Detection

A new option allows the detection of self-contact for faces of a body or part that have regions that can come into contact with each other during the simulation. The self-contact option is available for nonlinear studies and static studies running with the large displacement option.

4. Fatigue with Vibration

You can predict the damage and remaining life of a part that is exposed to repeated cyclic loading at a given operating frequency or to a random vibration environment.

5. Load Case Manager for Static Studies

A new load case manager interface within a Static study allows you to define (secondary) load combinations from (primary) load definitions quickly and evaluate the effects of the various load combinations on your model.

6. CFD preparation while solving

You can pre- and post-process other Fluid Flow projects while another is calculated.

7. Improved Leak tracking

The connection between components in the Leak Tracking tool is displayed as a two color band to help identify the gap location.

8. Mesh Failure Diagnostic Tool

When meshing fails, you have better visualization tools to display these parts which failed to mesh.

9. Intermediate Results in Nonlinear Analysis

You can visualize intermediate results during a nonlinear solution. By getting visual feedback of the results as the solution progresses, you can make decisions to either stop the simulation and make adjustments to the input, or let the solver proceed with the current settings.

10. Cyclic Symmetry for Nonlinear Studies

Cyclic symmetry is supported for nonlinear studies.
Cyclic Symmetry
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Irfan Zardadkhan, PhD, CSWE

Irfan holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and is as Elite AE. He contributes regularly to the SIMULATION and COMPOSER tech blogs. He has won the TenLinks Top blogger award for SOLIDWORKS. He has presented at local user groups and at SOLIDWORKS World.