SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Beam Joint Reactions [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Beam Joints

My tech tip of the day is the new functionality for obtaining SOLIDWORKS Simulation Beam Joint beam joint reactions. Now it is possible to list reaction forces and reaction moments at beam joints that have fixed translations or rotations. After the simulation is completed, right click on Results and choose the List Result Forces. Now…

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Irfan’s SW 2013 Flow Simulation Pick of the Day: Flow Leakage Browser [VIDEO]

My SolidWorks Flow Simulation 2013 pick of the day is the new leakage browser functionality. Hidden within the lids creation tool is the leakage tracking functionality. It helps you quickly locate holes or displacement gaps within the flow models. The tool works by selecting a pair of faces, one on the inside of the flow domain and…

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Simulation: Shell Elements vs. Solid Elements

A number of people are quite reluctant to use shell elements vs. solid elements. Shell elements can be a huge time save since they allow the modelling of thin features with relatively much fewer elements than solid elements. They are also easier to mesh and less prone negative Jacobian errors which might occur when using…

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Even a Nonlinear Nincompoop can validate a design with SOLIDWORKS Simulation software [VIDEO]

Nonlinear FEA

Until recently, most FEA applications undertaken by design engineers were limited to linear analysis which provides an acceptable approximation of real-life characteristics for most problems design engineers encounter. Nevertheless, occasionally more challenging problems arise, problems that call for a nonlinear FEA approach! Historically, engineers were reluctant to use nonlinear analysis, because of its complex problem…

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Bowling in SolidWorks Motion

It isn’t easy to make a strike in bowling (for me anyways).  I also tried an experiment in SW Motion and it was not easy to make a strike in virtual world. I created a model with correct sizes and weights representing the actual bowling environment.

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Beam Element Improvement in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

There are some improvements I would like to talk about for beam element in SolidWorks 2012. Let’s use the particle separator model as example.  The machine has solid and shell elements.  The majority of the structure has beam elements.  At the bottom, 4 plates are meshed as solids.

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Designing a Labyrinth game with SolidWorks

I’ve been a fan of the game of Labyrinth for a while.  I spent hours as a kid mastering the X-Y controls to move the steel sphere from Start to Finish to Start to Finish, back and forth continuously.  It was almost an obsession. I started helping at a youth group and found that they…

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Error: “Face is not laying on the boundary between the solid and fluid region.”

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Error

Usually when you receive the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Error: Face is not laying on the boundary between the solid and fluid region It is related to the geometry of the model (assuming the boundary conditions are done correctly). There are two things you can check in your model: Look for “edge-edge” or “point-face” contacts as…

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Taking the deformed model out of Simulation (FEA) and using it!

Let’s see what we can do with the simulation deformed model.  It can be saved as a new solid model shown below. In this example I will take a cushion from a sofa and deform it by making a dummy sitting on it.

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