SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Linear Static Assembly Analysis

Linear static stress analysis of an assembly is a core element of the design process. This course will teach you how to set up and run a linear static stress analysis of an assembly. Software required: SOLIDWORKS 2017.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 13, 2017
Duration
58m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 13, 2017
Duration
58m
Description

To complete a linear static analysis of an assembly in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, many steps need to be followed. In this course, SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Linear Static Assembly Analysis, you will be guided through each of these steps to ensure accuracy from start to finish. First, you will see the basics of Finite Element Analysis. From there, you will complete the setup of materials, connections, fixtures, loads, and mesh. After you run the analysis, you will interpret the results. After completing this course, setting up and running a linear static stress analysis on an assembly will be much easier and you will be prepared to do it on your own in the future. Software required: SOLIDWORKS 2017.

About the author
About the author

Corey Bower is Simulation Manager at GoEngineer, which delivers software, technology, and expertise that enable companies to unlock design innovation and deliver better products faster. A mechanical engineer by training, he has been using SOLIDWORKS for over 10 years.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, my name is Corey Bower. Welcome to my course, SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Linear Static Assembly Analysis. I am an elite application engineer at GoEngineer, who is a SOLIDWORKS reseller that sells to and supports customers on the West Coast, South Central United States, and the Rocky Mountain area. As an application engineer, I teach, support, and demonstrate SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Simulation, and many other SOLIDWORKS add-ins. In this course, we will complete all of the steps necessary for a linear static assembly analysis. Major topics we will learn are contacts, which define the interaction between components, connectors, which virtually connect components together, and advanced boundary conditions, which can simulate complex, real-world conditions. By the end of this course, you will be able to set up and run a Linear Static Assembly Analysis. Before beginning this course, you should be comfortable with the SOLIDWORKS interface and Linear Static Part Analysis. I hope you will join me on this journey with SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Linear Static Assembly Analysis, at Pluralsight.

Contacts
Hello, this is Corey Bower. Welcome to the SOLIDWORKS Simulation course on Linear Static Assembly Analysis. In this course, we will learn how to set up a linear static stress analysis on assemblies. Let's take a look at some of the topics we will cover. We will start with contacts, which include global contact, component contact, and contact sets. We'll look at connectors, such as bolt, pin, and spring. We will also look at advanced boundary conditions, such as gravity, remote mass, remote load, and friction. When we're done with this course, you'll have the tools to run a linear static stress analysis on assemblies. In this module, we will learn model preparation, so we'll look at Interference Detection and touching faces. We'll look at Global Contact, which globally affects the top level of assembly. We'll look at Component Contact, which affects selected components. We will look at Contact Sets, which affect the items that we select. We'll also look at Shrink Fit, and we'll look at hiding and isolating parts to view the results. This course is being taught with SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2016, and new items have been added. If you're using an older version of SOLIDWORKS, you may not have everything shown in this course.

Connectors
In this module, we're going to look at Connectors. Connectors are another way of defining interactions between the components in our assemblies. We're going to look at bolt connectors, pin connectors, spring connectors, we're going to look at some of the results we can get from the connectors, and we're going to look at contact force and contact pressure.

Advanced Boundary Conditions
In this module, we're going to look at Advanced Boundary Conditions. Some of these boundary conditions include gravity, remote mass, remote loads, friction, and centrifugal force. Let's look at these advanced boundary conditions in more detail. Gravity, applies linear accelerations to a part or assembly for structural analyses. When we define gravity, we select the direction and set the magnitude that we want applied to the structure. Remote mass, applies the equivalent force from a removed structure's mass at its center of gravity and connects it to the selected faces of the remaining structure with rigid bars. This is used when we want to remove a structure from the analysis, but we still want its effect on the remaining structure. Remote load, connects a load applied at a defined location to the center of the selected faces by a rigid bar. This is also used when we want to remove a structure from the analysis to simplify it, but we still need the loading effect as if it was still there. Friction, applies a force on a structure based on friction coeffient and normal force. Friction is defined within a no penetration contact set. Centrifugal force, applies an angular velocity and/or acceleration to a structure. The centrifugal force is applied to the entire structure based on the reference that we select.