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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Course

Prerequisites: SOLIDWORKS Essentials or Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) and basic mechanical engineering concepts

Description: This course will provide an in-depth coverage of the basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), covering the entire analysis process from meshing to evaluation of results for parts and assemblies. The class discusses linear stress analysis, gap/contact analysis, and best practices.

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Topics Covered:

Introduction
About This Course
What is SOLIDWORKS Simulation?
What Is Finite Element Analysis?
Build Mathematical Model
Build Finite Element Model
Solve Finite Element Model
Analyze Results
Errors in FEA
Finite Elements
Degrees of Freedom
Calculations in FEA
Interpretation of FEA Results
Units of Measurement
Limitations of SOLIDWORKS Simulation
Summary

Lesson 1: The Analysis Process
Objectives
The Analysis Process
Case Study: Stress in a Plate
Project Description
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Options
Preprocessing
Meshing
Postprocessing
Multiple Studies
Reports
Summary
References
Questions

Lesson 2: Mesh Controls, Stress Concentrations and Boundary Conditions
Objectives
Mesh Control
Case Study: The L Bracket
Project Description
Case Study: Analysis of Bracket with a Fillet
Case Study: Analysis of a Welded Bracket
Understanding the Effect of Boundary Conditions
Summary
Questions

Lesson 3: Assembly Analysis with Contacts
Objectives
Contact Analysis
Case Study: Pliers with Global Contact
Pliers with Local Contact
Summary
Questions

Lesson 4: Symmetrical and Free Self-Equilibrated Assemblies
Objectives
Shrink Fit Parts
Case Study: Shrink Fit
Project Description
Analysis with Soft Springs
Summary

Lesson 5: Assembly Analysis with Connectors and Mesh Refinement
Objectives
Connecting Components
Connectors
Mesh Control in an Assembly
Case Study: Cardan Joint
Problem Statement
Part 1: Draft Quality Coarse Mesh Analysis
Part 2: High Quality Mesh Analysis
Summary
Questions

Lesson 6: Compatible/Incompatible Meshes
Objectives
Compatible / Incompatible Meshing
Case Study: Rotor
Summary

Lesson 7: Analysis of Thin Components
Objectives
Thin Components
Case Study: Pulley
Part 1: Mesh with Solid Elements
Part 2: Refined Solid Mesh
Solid vs. Shell
Creating Shell Elements
Part 3: Shell Elements - Mid-plane Surface
Results Comparison
Case Study: Joist Hanger
Summary
Questions

Lesson 8: Mixed Meshing Shells & Solids
Objectives
Mixed Meshing Solids and Shells
Case Study: Pressure Vessel
Summary
Questions

Lesson 9: Mixed Meshing Solids, Beams & Shells
Objectives
Mixed Meshing
Case Study: Particle Separator
Beam imprint
Summary
Questions

Lesson 10: Submodeling
Objectives
Submodeling Basics
Case Study: Scaffolding
Part 1: Parent Study
Part 2: Child Study
Summary
Questions

Lesson 11: Design Study
Objectives
Design Study
Case Study: Suspension Design
Part 1: Multiple Load Cases
Part 2: Geometry Modification
Summary

Lesson 12: Thermal Stress Analysis
Objectives
Thermal Stress Analysis
Case Study: Bimetallic Strip
Examining Results in Local Coordinate Systems
Saving Model in its Deformed Shape
Summary

Lesson 13: Adaptive Meshing
Objectives
Adaptive Meshing
Case Study: Support Bracket
h-Adaptivity Study
p-Adaptivity Study
h vs. p Elements - Summary
Summary

Lesson 14: Large Displacement Analysis
Objectives
Small vs. Large Displacement Analysis
Case Study: Clamp
Part 1: Small Displacement Linear Analysis
Part 2: Large Displacement Nonlinear Analysis
Summary
Questions

Appendix A: Meshing, Solvers, and Tips & Tricks
Meshing Strategies
Geometry Preparation
Mesh Quality
Mesh Controls
Meshing Stages
Failure Diagnostics
Tips for Using Shell Elements
Hardware Considerations in Meshing
Solvers in SOLIDWORKS Simulation
Choosing a Solver

Appendix B: Customer Help and Assistance

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