SOLIDWORKS Drop Test Analysis
Find out quickly and efficiently how dropping a product onto a “floor” will affect its structural integrity using drop test analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Understanding impact strength is an important consideration to ensure an adequate service life for many portable products. Multiple drops must be accounted for to ensure that the product continues to perform correctly and meets requirements for strength and safety.
Tightly integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, drop test analysis using SOLIDWORKS Simulation can be a regular part of your design process—reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework or delays, and saving time and development costs.
Drop Test Analysis Overview
In a drop test analysis, the time varying stresses and deformations due to an initial impact of the product with a rigid or flexible planar surface (the floor) are calculated. As the product deforms, secondary internal and external impacts are also calculated, locating critical weaknesses or failure points, as well as stresses and displacements. Drop test analysis using SOLIDWORKS Simulation enables you to visualize the elastic stress wave propagating through the system so that the correct assembly methods are used.
The maximum “g force” experienced by individual components is one of the primary unknowns before a drop test. This is a critical parameter since many electronic and mechanical components are not rated for further use above a specified maximum g force. Using drop test analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation, designers and engineers can measure the time varying accelerations (g force) at any location within the product, providing critical design information and reducing the number of physical tests needed. A design team can easily verify performance while they design and select the correct materials, component shape, and fixture methods to ensure that critical components stay within their “max g force” limits.