Physics Fun with Jamie: Best Practices for Obtaining Accurate Results

Article by Jamie Hill, CSWE updated May 10, 2023


Welcome back to “Physics Fun with Jamie” series. SOLIDWORKS FEA (Finite Element Analysis) is a powerful tool for simulating and analyzing the behavior of structures and mechanical components. However, obtaining accurate results in SOLIDWORKS FEA can be challenging, and there are several best practices that you should follow to ensure that your simulations are as accurate as possible. Here are some tips for obtaining accurate results in SOLIDWORKS FEA:

  1. Start with a good mesh: A good mesh is essential for obtaining accurate results in SOLIDWORKS FEA. Make sure that your mesh is fine enough to capture the geometry of your model, but not so fine that it slows down your simulation unnecessarily. You should also use a mesh type that is appropriate for your model.
  2. Choose the right material properties: SOLIDWORKS FEA allows you to choose from a wide range of material properties for your simulations. It’s important to choose the right material properties for your model, as using incorrect or inaccurate material properties can lead to significant errors in your results.
  3. Check your boundary conditions: Boundary conditions play a crucial role in SOLIDWORKS FEA, as they define the loads and constraints that your model is subjected to. It’s important to check your boundary conditions carefully to ensure that they are correctly defined and that they accurately represent the real-world conditions that your model will experience.
  4. Run convergence tests: Convergence tests are essential for ensuring that your SOLIDWORKS FEA simulations are accurate. Convergence tests involve running the same simulation multiple times with different mesh sizes, and comparing the results to see if they converge on a consistent solution. If your results don’t converge, it may be necessary to refine your mesh or adjust your simulation parameters.
  5. Use realistic loading conditions: Finally, it’s important to use realistic loading conditions in your SOLIDWORKS FEA simulations. This means using loads and constraints that accurately represent the real-world conditions that your model will experience and avoiding overly simplified or unrealistic loading scenarios.

By following these best practices, you can ensure that your SOLIDWORKS FEA simulations are as accurate as possible, and that you obtain reliable results that you can use to make informed engineering decisions.


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Jamie Hill, CSWE

Jamie is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert working in the Javelin Oakville, Ontario, Canada office.