SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a design analysis tool based on a numerical technique called Finite Element Analysis or FEA. It is also an easy-to-use portfolio of structural analysis tools that use Finite Element Analysis (FEA). It is used to predict a product’s real-world physical behavior by virtually testing CAD models. The portfolio provides linear, non-linear static and dynamic analysis capabilities.
A simple simulation study need some key stages to be conducted.
- Create a study
- Each analysis performed on a model is a study. We can have multiple studies in each model.
- Apply Material
- We apply material properties such as yield strength to the model.
- Apply Fixtures
- Fixtures are added to represent the way the physical model is held.
- Apply loads
- Load represent the forces on the model.
- Mesh the model
- The model is divided into finite elements.
- Run the study
- The solver calculates the displacement, strain and stress in the model.
- Analyze the results
- The results are interpreted.
As per picture above, this is the simple simulation study sample. It have a fixed support at left handed side and a tensile force applied on right handed side. Will the part break under the operation loads?
Next, we will define our study type.