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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Nonlinear Result Options to Save Disk Space

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Nonlinear studies include Result Options that can be defined before running the study to minimize the filesize of the results (.CWR file).  You can choose how often to save results of Stresses and Strains over the time steps.  Displacement values will always be…

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Simulate Efficiently with the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Load Case Manager

Primary load cases can use all, none, or any combination of the specified loads and fixtures. Secondary load cases can then use any combination or multiple of the primary loads.

Getting valid, informative, and useful results is the goal of any design validation and verification activity, whether it be through simulation or physical testing. However, getting these results efficiently is the difference between getting a product to market, or watching your competitor get there first….

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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…

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How to add a Point Load along a Beam in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

When applying External Loads to a beam element, you can apply it to the entire beam which distributes the load.  You can also apply it to a joint at the end of a beam element.  But what if you need to apply a point load…

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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…

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SOLIDWORKS Design Analysis is NOT just for Experts anymore

Design Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation

SOLIDWORKS design analysis provides the greatest benefits when implemented very early in the design cycle because that’s when it is easiest and most cost-effective to make design changes. When analysis is performed in conjunction with solid modeling, design engineers can leverage analysis results to fix, improve,…

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Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Sensors and Selection Sets for common location results

After running a Simulation study you may have common areas of interest where you need to extract results.  Whether it be using the Probe tool in plots or List Result Force, you are probably selecting the same faces each time.  These selections can be saved…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Accuracy (?)

A common concern I hear when presenting SOLIDWORKS Simulation is whether or not the results are accurate. This is a difficult – if not impossible – thing to prove without empirical data to back up the results. To reassure those concerned, I usually rely upon the…

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Happy New Year from the Javelin Simulation Team

It has been an exciting year for SOLIDWORKS Simulation, and, as always, we’ve seen some incredible changes happen to the software. The biggest change in the last year has to be the release of a new package of simulation tools: Simulation Standard. This is a great…

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