# 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.

## SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Heat Pipe

A heat pipe is an extremely efficient device for transferring heat from its hotter surface to its colder surface due to evaporating a liquid and condensing its vapor in this device’s inner hollow. In Flow Simulation a Heat Pipe is modeled simplistically as an extremely…

## SOLIDWORKS Simulation Pin Connector

A Pin Connector connects a solid or a shell body to another solid or shell body. The selection entities can be cylindrical faces or circular edges from the same body or two different bodies. The Pin connector is represented with a very stiff beam. Each end…

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## SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Printed Circuit Board

Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are concerned as a special case of solid material having anisotropic thermal conductivity. The integral characteristics of a PCB, i.e. its effective density, specific heat, and components of thermal conductivity, are calculated on the basis of the PCB structure. You can…

## SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION: The Bearing Connector

You define a bearing connector between split cylindrical faces of a shaft and cylindrical or spherical faces of a housing. You can use a bearing connector when the housing is not much stiffer than the shaft. To define a bearing between the shaft and the…

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## SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Bolt Connector

A Bolt can connect two components, multiple components, or a component and the ground. You can define bolts through a mixed stack of solids, shells and sheet metal bodies. You can also define a bolt by selecting entities of the same component. SolidWorks Simulation uses…

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## SOLIDWORKS Simulation Load Case Manager

In SOLIDWORKS Simulation 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. Right-click the top icon of a Simulation static study…

## SOLIDWORKS Composer Tutorial: Fluid Flow Animation

Ever seen a fluid flow animation created in SOLIDWORKS Composer? Here are simple steps you can take to create the illusion of fluid flowing through a pipe in SOLIDWORKS Composer. To begin, apply a texture on an actor that would resemble the presence of a fluid…

## SOLIDWORKS Simulation Incremental Nonlinear Simulation Results

In SOLIDWORKS Simulation you can visualize intermediate results during an Incremental Nonlinear Simulation. By getting visual feedback of the results as the simulation progresses, you can make decisions to either stop the simulation and make adjustments to the input, or let the solver proceed with the…

## SOLIDWORKS Composer Texture by Faces Tutorial [VIDEO]

If you have tried applying SOLIDWORKS Composer texture, you know that textures can be applied on individual actors only. Here is little workaround if you want to apply textures on individual faces rather than the entire actor. Select the desired actor Go to the Geometry…

## SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 Top 10 Enhancements

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…

## SolidWorks Composer Digger 2D Image Quality

The SolidWorks Composer Digger tool allows you to capture detailed 2D images. The quality of the captured image is controlled by the last used setting of the high-resolution image workshop. Watch the video below to learn how to control the image quality of the Digger…

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## SolidWorks Composer – Detect Curves & Align Pivot [VIDEO]

As I was learning to use SolidWorks Composer, one of the tasks I found difficult to master was the transform command. The pivots were aligned in a way that did not follow the assembly direction. I had to use the “detect curves” option and at…

## SOLIDWORKS Composer Coloured Outlines

SolidWorks Composer offers true flexibility when it comes to creating technical documentation. When creating line drawings, you can customize the outline colour of each actor individually. To achieve this: Activate the technical illustration workshop Deselect the option “Same colour for all actors” option for the visible…

## Nonlinear Analysis – Stress / Strain Curves for Material Models

Depending on the settings, nonlinear analysis may require the input of stress / strain curves. When that is the case, the curve should be entered using the correct definition/values for stress and strain. As a matter of fact, several definitions of stress exist: true stress,…

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## When to use Nonlinear Analysis?

A Linear Static analysis can be performed on a problem if the following assumptions are valid: The material is linear elastic, where the geometry will return to its original shape if the load is removed. Deformations are small in relation to the dimensions of the…