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Structural Simulation Packages Updated!

SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Written by: Shaun Bentley, Application Engineer

Read below for a summary of the the structural simulation packages available in with SOLIDWORKS. Latest update (October, 2017)

SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional

  • Simulation Xpress – Determine stresses and deflections on single-body parts
  • Basic Motion – Rigid body motion of assembly with simple motors and basic collisions

SOLIDWORKS Premium

  • Linear Static for Assembly – Calculate stresses and deflections on assemblies
  • Time-Based Motion – Rigid body motion with forces, connectors, motors, and complex contact

 

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Packages

 

Simulation Standard

  • Linear Static for Assembly – Calculate stresses and deflections on assemblies
  • Time-Based Motion – Rigid body motion with forces, connectors, motors, and complex contact
  • Fatigue Calculator – Select a material with an SN curve or enter your own to estimate fatigue life
  • Trend Tracker – Track the results of multiple simulations and analyze trends

 

Simulation Professional

  • Frequency (Modal analysis) – Determine resonant frequencies and mode shapes
  • Thermal – Apply heat and thermal resistance to determine temperatures and heat flow
  • DOE Optimization – Use a Design of Experiments (DOE) approach to optimize for a goal (usually minimize mass)
  • Topology Optimization – Automatically removes material from regions that don’t contribute to optimization goal
  • Event-based motion – Rigid body motion using proximity sensors to control motors
  • Materiality – Expanded material database
  • Buckling – Determine how much compressive load may cause a structure to become unstable
  • Drop Test – Determine impact stresses and accelerations from dropping your assembly
  • Submodeling – Reduce your simulation model to a critical region and re-run the study with a finer mesh
  • Contact Visualization – Highlights and color-codes contact regions to make assembly modeling easier
  • Pressure Vessel – Combine load cases from static studies (SRSS or linear combination) and linearize results
  • Load Case Manager – Combine load cases from static studies using equations
  • 2D Simplification – Run a static, thermal, or nonlinear simulation on an extruded or revolved sketch
  • Convert Toolbox – Automatically convert SOLIDWORKS Toolbox fasteners to simulation bolt connectors
  • Edge Weld Connector – Weld plates together and determine weld sizing

 

Simulation Premium

  • Nonlinear – Determine stresses and deformations on assemblies with complex geometry, material, contacts, and boundary conditions.  Can be run as static or dynamic
  • Dynamic – Determine time-dependent stresses and deformations using modal superposition method
  • Composites – Determine stresses and deformations of a composite material using shell element stack-up
  • Offload – Send your large simulation to another workstation for processing