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How to solve complex simulations to enhance product performance

Solve complex simulations

Engineering successful, innovative products in today’s competitive environment requires simulation power. The ability to analyze the multifaceted physical performance characteristics of a design before making a prototype can substantially increase productivity. Companies need to solve complex simulations to efficiently overcome time, budget, and quality demands. SOLIDWORKS® Simulation delivers powerful simulation capabilities that can solve complex…

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Customize SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Input Data Folder

Generating a new Flow Simulation project brings up the default analysis tree.  The SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Input Data Folder by default only includes Computational Domain, Fluid Subdomains, Boundary Conditions, Goals and Mesh.  These are the most common selections when setting up the study. If you are constantly adding other features found in the CommandManager or…

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Estimate required Bolt Strength using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bolt Connectors

SOLIDWORKS Bolt Connectors

In SOLIDWORKS Simulation  bolt connectors allows us to define bolts without the need for a physical bolt modeled and meshed in our assembly. We can define preload for these bolts, pitch value, factor of safety, etc.  For more information on bolt connectors visit the SOLIDWORKS help. As bolts are usually much smaller than the size of…

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How to Analyze Truss Problems in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

This article will show you how to model and analyze truss problems in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. This article might be more useful for mechanical or civil engineering studies. However, any engineer dealing with structural member analysis can use this functionality to save time on design or evaluation of their structures. Truss elements are special beam elements that…

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How to show a Deformed Shape as an Alternative Position View in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

In a part or assembly environment we can show the deformed shape of a model, from SOLIDWORKS Simulation analysis results, alongside the original model before the load was applied, an example is shown in the figure below. However, if you need to show the deformed shape in a drawing in order to add dimensions measuring…

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Manage SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mesh Refinement using an Energy Norm Error Plot

When it comes to computation with SOLIDWORKS Simulation finite element analyses, we are always looking at integrals. Evaluating those integrals need numerical methods. Gauss-Legendre numerical integration is commonly used in finite element codes for this purpose. The reason is this technique shows a higher ratio of accuracy on computing side. Stress results in SOLIDWORKS Simulation are first calculated…

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Structural Analysis is a breeze with SOLIDWORKS Simulation software!

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Advisor

Linear Structural Analysis can be very costly and time consuming depending on the route you’re taking, especially if tests are being carried out on physical models! Undertaking virtual prototyping instead of testing a physical model provides huge time and cost savings! Linear Structural Analysis is available in SOLIDWORKS Premium and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard software. Simulation…

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How to Estimate Weld Size using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

There are two types of edge welds in SOLIDWORKS simulation: Fillet Weld and Groove Weld. Each weld type can be single-sided or double-sided. Fillet weld is a triangular weld that joints two metal parts at a right angle. Whereas, groove weld is applied in a preformed opening or groove. Edge weld results are calculated for all mesh…

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