This SOLIDWORKS Simulation Essentials class provides a first looks at the basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA).


  • LENGTH: Self-Paced

PREREQUISITES: Knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and basic mechanical engineering concepts is recommended.

DESCRIPTION: This SOLIDWORKS Simulation Essentials class provides a first look at the basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

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Lesson 1: 
the analysis process

  • Stages in the Process
  • Case Study: Stress in a Plate
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Interface
  • Preprocessing
  • Meshing
  • Processing
  • Postprocessing
  • Multiple Studies

Lesson 2: 
mesh controls, stress concentrations and boundary conditions

  • 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

Lesson 3: 
assembly analysis with contacts

  • Case Study: Pliers with Global Contact
  • No Penetration or Bonded Contact
  • Pliers with Local Contact
  • No Penetration Local Contact: Accuracy 

Lesson 4: 
symmetrical and free self-equilibrated assemblies

  • Shrink Fit Parts
  • Case Study: Shrink Fit
  • Project Description
  • Analysis with Soft Springs

Lesson 5: 
assembly analysis with connectors and mesh refinement

  • Connecting Components
  • Connectors
  • Mesh Control in an Assembly
  • Case Study: Cardan Joint
  • Part 1: Draft Quality Coarse Mesh Analysis
  • Part 2: High Quality Mesh Analysis

Lesson 6: 
compatible / incompatible meshes

  • Case Study: Rotor
  • Centrifugal Force
  • Cyclical Symmetry

Lesson 7: 
analysis of thin components

  • Case Study: Pulley
  • Part 1: Mesh with Solid Elements
  • Part 2: Refined Solid Mesh
  • Solid vs. Shell
  • Part 3: Shell Elements – Mid-plane Surface
  • Creating Shell Elements
  • Case Study: Joist Hanger

Lesson 8: 
mixed meshing shells & solids

  • Case Study: Pressure Vessel

Lesson 9: 
beam elements - analysis of a conveyor frame 

  • Element Choices
  • Beam Elements
  • Truss Elements
  • Slenderness Ratio
  • Section Properties
  • Connected and Disconnected Joints
  • Sphere Diameter Defining Beam Joint
  • Beam Joints: Locations
  • Beam Joint Types
  • Render Beam Profile
  • Cross-Section 1st and 2nd Directions
  • Bending Moment and Shear Force Diagrams

Lesson 10: 
mixed meshing solids, beams & shells

  • Case Study: Particle Separator 
  • Beam Imprint 

Lesson 11: 
design study

  • Part 1: Multiple Load Cases 
  • Part 2: Geometry Modification 

Lesson 12: 
thermal stress analysis

  • Case Study: Bimetallic Strip
  • Examining Results in Local Coordinate Systems (Optional)
  • Saving Model in its Deformed Shape

Lesson 13: 
adaptive meshing 

  • Case Study: Support Bracket
  • h-Adaptivity Study
  • p-Adaptivity Study
  • h vs. p Elements – Summary

Lesson 14: 
large displacement analysis

  • Small vs. Large Displacement Analysis
  • Case Study: Clamp
  • Part 1: Small Displacement Linear Analysis
  • Part 2: Large Displacement Nonlinear Analysis

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