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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Study Intermediate Results

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 now allows Topology Studies to be stopped during intermediate iterations and keep its results.  The results may not be fully optimal as the solver is interrupted before reaching convergence. NOTE: If you terminate the solver before reaching convergence, rerunning the study will need to start from the beginning.  It cannot carry on…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Study Mesh BREP Export

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 introduces an option to export the smoothed mesh from a Topology Study directly as a mesh BREP body.  The exported mesh boundary representation body (aka BREP) are created from mesh facets (triangles) to generate surfaces based on limits.  A solid body generates a watertight boundary mesh where surfaces bodies would just be…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Study Constraints

Topology studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation give you insight to help determine the best design for a set of constraints (included in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and Premium packages).  SOLIDWORKS 2019 now adds SOLIDWORKS Simulation Topology Study Constraints to achieve the desired results.  You can control the Frequency and Stress/Factor of Safety. Frequency Constraint Frequency constraints can…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Remote Loads/Mass Distributed Coupling

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Remote Loads / Mass Rigid Connection

SOLIDWORKS 2019 has improved the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Remote Loads / Mass feature.  The previous user interface was split into categories of Direct Transfer and Rigid Connection. The option for Displacement (Direct Transfer) was previously only available in Nonlinear studies.  This is now available in Static Linear studies in SOLIDWORKS 2019. New SOLIDWORKS 2019 PropertyManager The…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Stress Averaging at Mid-Side Nodes

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 now includes an option that enables an improved stress averaging method for mid-side nodes of a high quality (second order) solid element.  A solid element is made up of a four-corner tetrahedral shape.  Each corner has an associated node.  High Quality elements include mid-side nodes to better represent curved geometry and allow…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Pin Connector in Nonlinear

SOLIDWORKS 2019 adds Simulation Pin Connector improvements to Nonlinear Static and Nonlinear Dynamic studies that was introduced in Simulation 2018 for Linear Static, Frequency, Buckling and Linear Dynamic studies. You can apply a single pin connector to up to ten coaxial cylindrical faces in Nonlinear studies.  These can be part of a single body or…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Solver Performance

SOLIDWORKS Simulation performance has been improved for the 2019 release as it now relies on the latest Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018, replacing previous Intel Fortran compilers used (MKL and MPI).  These are used for the code preparing data for FFEPlus, Direct Sparse and Intel Direct Sparse solvers and then to compute strain and stresses.  This…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation No Penetration Contact Advanced Options

When defining a No Penetration Contact Set in SOLIDWORKS Simulation you have some Advanced Options.  There are 3 available: ‘Node to Node’, ‘Node to Surface’ and ‘Surface to Surface’.  There are some key things to know about each SOLIDWORKS Simulation No Penetration Contact option. Firstly, if you don’t see these options you must go to…

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