SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Tech Tips and Tutorials for Simulation, FEA, and CFD Applications

Simulating Hydrostatic Pressure in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

hydrostatic pressure simulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation lets you create studies that review the effects of hydrostatic pressure of a fluid in a model. The displacements and stresses caused by hydrostatic pressures can be calculated by applying non-uniform force distribution. In the example below, the stresses caused by hydrostatic pressure in a bucket filled with water are investigated. The height…

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Using Symmetry in your SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Studies

solidworks flow simulation symmetry

The size of your SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation studies can be drastically reduced by using symmetry to simplify the study. Symmetric studies saves you time and resources by reducing mesh generation. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation creates mirrored results for symmetric studies. In order to use the symmetry in flow simulation, both the geometry and the boundary conditions…

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Increase Your SOLIDWORKS Simulation Linear Static Productivity in Six Minutes

Linear static analysis

If SOLIDWORKS Linear Static Analysis is top of mind when you hear simulation, this video is for you. In less than six minutes, you’ll learn how to fuel engineering problem solving and innovation with these capabilities: Parametric Optimization to explore variations of a wide range of parameters including multiple CAD dimensions, Boundary Conditions, and Material…

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation demonstrates how social distancing helps limit the spread of COVID-19

Simulate virus spread

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software can analyze and simulate real-life fluid and heat transfer behavior of products. By using CFD, you can also analyze real-life scenarios, including how a virus can easily spread when people are in close proximity. Simulation software can also contribute to bringing innovative medical devices to market faster,…

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Changing the Direction of a Beam in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

When you model a beam in SOLIDWORKS, you can set up the cross section to align with the default coordinate system. The contrived beam shown below was modeled with the bottom face parallel to the x axis: If a simulation study is created and the beam is modeled using beam elements, SOLIDWORKS Simulation will automatically…

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How to use SOLIDWORKS Thermal Simulation Results in a Static Stress Analysis

Did you know that you can use the results of your thermal simulation in your static stress analysis? The temperature fields from the thermal simulation can be imported and applied to your static analysis, therefore you can see the effects of the applied temperatures on the stress fields. In the example below, we have run…

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Do you need to create a Local Bonded Contact Set for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Shell Bodies?

Local Bonded Contact Set

Let’s assume you have a SOLIDWORKS simulation study and you have decided to represent your model using shell elements to optimize your resources. The two bodies that are modeled with shell elements are going to be rigidly bonded to each other in your actual model. You also have a global bonded contact in your simulation…

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When to use 2D Simplification for SOLIDWORKS Thermal Simulation Studies

Utilizing the 2D simplification method reduces the size of your SOLIDWORKS simulation thermal studies drastically and allows you to use a more refined mesh in order to achieve more accurate results. Many 3 dimensional problems can be represented in 2D without loosing the accuracy of the simulation. The switch from 3D to 2D leads to…

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Modifying a Joint Group for Beam Elements in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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When setting up your SOLIDWORKS Simulation Study with beam elements, you may sometimes need to modify the joint group that connects the structural member together. This modification can be done only for a single joint (to add or remove a member from that joint), or you may need to change add/remove multiple joints at the…

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