FEA

SolidWorks Simulation Database Files Description

For SolidWorks Simulation Files, the results are contained in one file with the extension CWR. Other information like study properties, materials, restraints, loads, and contact conditions are saved, in the SolidWorks part or assembly document. Many files are created by the solver during an analysis. Some of them are temporary files automatically deleted when the analysis is complete, others are result files which are meant to be put together and saved in the CWR file before being deleted when the model is closed. In case of abrupt termination of the solver or of SolidWorks, the deletion of the files will not take place, leaving many unnecessary files behind. They can be deleted manually, as only the CWR file is required to access the mesh and results. SolidWorks…

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Don’t Settle for Anything Less with Mirrored Results about Planes of Symmetry in SolidWorks Simulation 2014 [VIDEO]

We have all used symmetry to boost our simulation times, whether it be planar or cyclic and were happy to have achieved the results in a short time, only to be told by the manager to run the simulation for the full model so it makes more sense to him and to the customers. Here is a new feature in SolidWorks 2014 which will keep both you and your boss happy. You now have the option to apply the symmetry for the analysis and the software will mirror the results for you and show you the results in the entire model. These new results will actually serve as a double check for the symmetry assumptions that made. In the PropertyManager of the desired result quantity,…

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The reaction moment on a fixed face [VIDEO]

Reaction moments are only applicable to element with nodes having degrees of freedom in rotation. This is not the case for solids as they only have 3 degrees of freedom per node (3 translations, but no rotation). So how can we get reaction moments on fixed faces of Solid Bodies?

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Shell Elements Symmetry [VIDEO]

Have you ever tried imposing symmetry for shell elements in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2012 or older? If you have then you would probably know it is a very tedious process and requires exact knowledge of what the symmetry condition actually does to impose it for shells….

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Show SOLIDWORKS Simulation Results on Selected Entities [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Results on Selected Entities

SOLIDWORKS Simulation adds a new post-processing capability which allows the user to show SOLIDWORKS Simulation results on selected entities. These entities can be either bodies or faces. To view the plot on a selected entity, open the plot Property Manager and, under Advanced Options, select Show…

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What is SOLIDWORKS Simulation Submodeling and how do I use it?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Submodeling

Perhaps the best enhancement for simulation studies is the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Submodeling capability. For studies with a large number of bodies, this feature allows users to improve results at critical areas without having to rerun the analysis in the entire model. It can allow mesh…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Render Shell Thickness in 3D

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Render Shell Thickness in 3D

With SOLIDWORKS Simulation you can display the mesh and results of shells using a 3D representation of shell bodies. There is a new option to display the thickness of shells in result plots (stress, displacement, and strain) and when viewing the mesh. To view the…

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Fatigue? You mean my assembly is tired? (A Glossary of Terms used in FEA)

New to stress analysis? Ever wondering what they mean by yield or creep or fatigue when performing Simulation studies? Joe Galiera, SolidWorks Simulation Technical Manager, started a series of blog posts with the intention of discussing the meaning of 150 “good to know” analysis terms. Joe writes: I thought it might be a good idea to provide some basic definitions of terms that are used in analysis that are good to know, to be able to communicate intelligently about Simulation.  These are not meant to be definitive technical definitions but more fundamental knowledge of these terms You can find this glossary of analysis terms in the SolidWorks Simulation Blog. As of today there are 3 posts, covering the first 29 terms: Terms used in analysis – Set…

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