SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Vibration Analysis / FEA

This on-demand webinar covers the simulation of vibration and dynamics using SOLIDWORKS FEA tools. DS discuss some basic concepts in natural and forced vibration, explaining a few different types of linear dynamic analysis types, plus a review of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation linear dynamics study setup, and transition to the benefits of using Structural Mechanics Engineer…

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Accelerate SOLIDWORKS Simulation with SIMULIA Cloud-based Software

SIMULIA Product Design

Learn how SIMULIA, built on industry-leading Abaqus technology, will accelerate SOLIDWORKS Simulation, solving your design problems faster.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Results on Specific Assembly Components

Using assemblies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation can make things more difficult to view the results of the various plots.  Perhaps you only want to see results for specific components in your assembly.  There are techniques to view the results on selected components. Here is a simple assembly with stress results.  We are most interested with the…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Solver Performance Improvements

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Solver

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 has made significant improvements to solver performance that can reduce the solution times of some studies.  The improvements are focused on studies with a large amount of surface-to-surface contact elements. There are three default solvers available: FFEPlus, Intel Direct Sparse, and Direct Sparse The Automatic option will choose between FFEPlus or Intel…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Maximum Annotation in Probe Tool

SOLIDWORKS Simulation colour plots provide the ability to show the Max Annotation flyout which quickly points out the maximum value in the entire plot.  The easiest method to enable the flyout is by clicking on the top number of the colour plot and select the annotation icon. In some scenarios you may want to know…

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Accurate Simulation is not determined by the underlying Finite Element Method (FEM)

Finite Element Method (FEM)

Read the article below to learn how accurate simulation is not solely determined by the underlying Finite Element Method (FEM) mathematics, but by capabilities and features that make correct set up more accessible. Developers of finite element analysis (FEA) software often tout their solutions as being superior to those of competitors, whom they attempt to…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Geometry Corrections for Curved Surfaces in Contact

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Geometry Corrections for Curved Surfaces in Contact

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 has improved the calculations for curved surfaces that come into contact by integrating geometry correction factors. These help improve the accuracy of linear static studies involving cylindrical, spherical and conical contacting surfaces. Take the two cylindrical rings below. After creating a separate configuration with a quarter model of the assembly, the two…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Default Mesh Settings

Default SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mesh Plot

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 increases your control over the default mesh settings for new Simulation studies. Accessed in the menu through Simulation > Options, the default settings provide numerous options to configure studies before they are created. Shown below are the default mesh settings for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020: And the default mesh settings for SOLIDWORKS Simulation…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Mesh Quality Diagnostics Tool

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mesh Quality Tool

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 has added an important tool to help diagnose and efficiently improve mesh quality — the Mesh Quality Diagnostics Tool. Take the hoist ring part below: of particular interest is the area where the ring meets the block. In SOLIDWORKS 2020 and previous releases, we could create a mesh quality diagnostic plot to…

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