Physics Fun with Jamie: Setting Up a Static Analysis

Article by Jamie Hill, CSWE updated May 16, 2023

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Welcome back to “Physics Fun with Jamie”. A static study in SOLIDWORKS FEA is used to analyze the behavior of a structure under a static load. It can help engineers determine if a design is capable of withstanding the loads it will experience in its operating environment. Here are some steps to follow when setting up a static study in SOLIDWORKS FEA.

  1. Define the model: Define the 3D model of the structure you want to analyze. This can be done in SOLIDWORKS or imported from other CAD software.
  2. Assign the material properties: Assign the appropriate material properties to the model. The material properties should be defined accurately to ensure accurate results.
  3. Define the loads and boundary conditions: Define the loads and boundary conditions that the model will experience in its operating environment. In a static study, the load should be constant.
  4. Generate the mesh: Generate the mesh for the model. The mesh size and type should be selected based on the complexity of the model and the accuracy required.
  5. Choose the analysis type: Select the static analysis type in the SOLIDWORKS FEA menu. SOLIDWORKS FEA provides different options for static analysis, including linear static and nonlinear static.
  6. Set the solver options: Set the solver options in the SOLIDWORKS FEA menu, including convergence criteria, maximum iterations, and other options.
  7. Run the analysis: Run the static analysis and review the results. SOLIDWORKS FEA provides graphical representations of the results, including stress and displacement.
  8. Evaluate the results: Evaluate the results by comparing the stress levels in the structure with the material’s yield strength. If the stress exceeds the yield strength, then there is a risk of plastic deformation or failure.
  9. Refine the model: Refine the model by adjusting the loads, boundary conditions, or material properties, and re-run the analysis.
  10. Finalize the design: Finalize the design by adjusting the geometry or material properties to ensure that the structure can withstand the loads it will experience in its operating environment.

In conclusion, setting up a static study in SOLIDWORKS FEA is an essential step in evaluating the behavior of a structure under a static load. By following these steps, you can ensure that your static study is accurate, efficient, and effective in identifying any potential failure points in your design.

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Jamie Hill, CSWE

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