SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Linear Static Part Analysis

Linear static stress analysis of a part 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 a part. Software required: SOLIDWORKS 2016.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 11, 2016
Duration
1h 10m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 11, 2016
Duration
1h 10m
Description

To complete a linear static analysis of a part in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, many steps need to be followed. In this course, SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Linear Static Part Analysis, you will be guided through each of these steps to ensure accuracy from start to finish. First, you'll see the basics of Finite Element Analysis. Then, you will learn the standard options and settings within Simulation. From there, you will complete the setup of materials, fixtures, loads, and mesh. After you run the analysis, you will interpret the results and finally refine the mesh and reach convergence. After completing this course, setting up and running a linear static stress analysis on a part will be much easier and you'll be prepared to do it on your own in the future. Software required: SOLIDWORKS 2016.

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 Part 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-ons. In this course, we will complete all of the steps necessary for a linear static part analysis. Major topics we will learn are the setup, which includes materials, fixtures, loads, and mesh. We will look at results, which includes plots, plot tools, measured results, and output options. We will look at mesh refinement and convergence, which includes global mesh refinement, local mesh refinement, and stress singularities. By the end of this course, you will be able to set up and run linear static part analysis. Before beginning this course, you should be comfortable with the SOLIDWORKS interface and FEA basics. I hope you will join me on this journey with SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Linear Static Part Analysis at Pluralsight.

Study Setup
Hello. This is Corey Bower, and welcome to the SOLIDWORKS Simulation course on Linear Static Part Analysis. In this course, we will learn how to set up a linear static stress analysis for parts. Let's look at some of the topics we will cover. Finite Element Analysis or FEA basics. This is a method to analyze CAD models for displacements, stress, temperature, vibrations, and many other results. We will look at study setup starting with materials, then restraints, then loads, and then the meshing. After that, we will look at the results. We have many different plots available and we'll look at the options on all of those. Last thing we will look at is mesh refinement and convergence. We'll look at the options on how we can refine the mesh in the study and to determine whether the model has converged or not. When we are done with this course, you will have the tools to run a linear static stress analysis on a single part. In this first module, we will look at the FEA basics, CAD to mesh to analyze. We will also look at the simulation options for the studies. We will look at the materials in the library and creating custom materials. We will then look at the fixtures for the model. We'll then look at the loads we can apply to the model. And then we will mesh the model. This course is taught using SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2016, which has had new features added in. If you're using an older version of SOLIDWORKS Simulation, you may not have everything shown in this course.

Results
In this module, we are going to look at the results of a linear static stress analysis for parts and all of the result options. We're going to look at the common plot types that we can choose from and create. We're going to look at the plot options for each of these plots. We're going to look at probing specific areas in the structure for results. We're going to look at some of the common additional plots that we will create. We can look at the result options. And we'll look at some different ways of saving results out.

Mesh Refinement and Convergence
This module will cover Mesh Refinement and Convergence. We are going to look at global mesh refinement and convergence of stress. We're going to look at local mesh refinement and convergence. And then we're going to look at stress singularities, which cause artificially high stress regions.