After we defined the study type, we can assign material to the model in either the SOLIDWORKS or the SOLIDWORKS Simulation window. If we assign the materials in the SOLIDWORKS window, the SOLIDWORKS Simulation’s materials definition will be the same as SOLIDWORKS window.
To apply material :
Right click on the Part, select Apply/Edit Material. After that, a window will be shown as below.
Furthermore, this windows has a materials list that we can choose for SOLIDWORKS Simulation. In this example, we choose Alloy Steel for simulation study. After selected the material, the “Apply” button must be clicked to apply the material to part. In the windows, we can check the material properties. For examples, Elastic Modulus, Poisson’s Ratio, Shear Modulus and others. Next, which information is important for the simulation study? The required material constant are in red colour. We must filled in all the red colour material properties for the simulation study. Furthermore, the blue colour property is the material constant for some specific load types. For examples, temperature load that need thermal expansion coefficient.
Next we will define the fixtures.
You may follow these steps below to conduct the same example as above:
- Right click on the Part, select Apply/Edit Material. (Simulation Study Tree Area)
- Select Alloy Steel as the Material.