SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017 Mass Properties of Simulation Studies

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE, last updated on March 21, 2017

With SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017 you now have the ability to calculate the Mass Properties of your Simulation studies.  This is useful as the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties in each study may be different than the overall model due to different materials, excluded components, defined shell thicknesses, etc.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties

Included in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties

The following items are included in the Mass Properties calculations within a Simulation study:

  • Solids, beams, and sheet metal bodies with materials assigned in the study
  • Surface bodies and solids defined as shells, provided shell thicknesses and materials are assigned in the study (mass is based on the shell thickness definition)
  • Composite shells with materials assigned
  • Remote Load/Mass feature set to ‘Load/Mass (Rigid Connection)’ and a Mass value assigned
  • Mass assigned to bolt and pin connectors

How to access SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties

To access the Mass Properties in your Simulation study, right-click on the study name at the top of the Simulation tree and choose ‘Mass Properties’.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties Command

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties Command

This will provide a similar interface as the standard model Mass Properties, providing the properties:

  • Mass
  • Volume
  • Surface Area
  • Center of Mass
  • Moment of Inertia

You can remove specific components from the mass calculation by deselecting their ‘X’ boxes in the first column.

 

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties More Details

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties More Details

Including Pin and Bolt connectors

In order for pin and bolt connectors to be included, you must enable the option to ‘Include mass’ in the connector definition and provide its weight.

Include mass option

Include mass option

Pin and bolt connectors are now included in the mass properties dialog and results as shown below:

Includes Bolt and Pin connectors

Includes Bolt and Pin connectors

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

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