SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional Capabilities

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional Featured Capabilities 

Ease of Use/Intuitiveness

As with many of the other SOLIDWORKS tools, Simulation Standard is easy to get familiar with. The Simulation Study Advisor guides the user through analysis setup by asking simple questions involving analysis types, goals, and component interactions. Getting up to speed with FEA is fast and easy with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard.

Concurrent Engineering

Decrease your product's time to market by running design validation analysis during the development of your CAD model. This allows your company to narrow in on the best prototype during the earliest stages of the design.

Finite Element Analysis

Finite Element Analysis for Stress, Strain, and Displacement of engineering materials is a universal method of testing the capabilities of your design in a virtual environment. SOLIDWORKS Simulation uses robust automatic mesh and calculation tools to solve your FEA studies quickly, and with accuracy.

Contacts and Connectors

Define how your components work together using contact types such as Bonded, No Penetration, or Shrink fit. Connect parts together using connectors such as pins, bolts, springs, and welds to help you save time in calculation, but still produce accurate study results.

Post Processing

When results are calculated, the SOLIDWORKS Simulation post processing capabilities allow engineers to review their results using intuitive color charts. Stress, strain, displacement, and factor of safety are some of the values that may be obtained from color charts or numerical results. These easy to use post processing tools will help you quickly understand the performance of your product.

Communication and Reporting

Easily communicate your simulation results using automatically generated Microsoft Word reports or eDrawings files with result plots. These reports will allow you to pass your results along to other engineers or customers, while minimizing the time you spend to create your simulation report.

Linear Static Simulation for Assembly

Apply static loads such as force, torque, gravity, remote loads, or bearing loads to your part or assembly models.

Time Based Mechanism Motion Simulation

Use motors, actuators, or forces to simulate a working kinematic mechanism. Combined with FEA results, the SOLIDWORKS Motion tools allows engineers to test moving parts, range of motion, and strength of material in an easy time based event setup.

Design Comparison Studies

Find out which revision of your design is best suited for a final production run. After running your FEA studies for several configurations of the design, compare post processor results for up to 4 designs side by side.

Trend Tracker

Trend Tracker analysis allows for easy comparison of FEA results as the design is modified. By using the first analysis as a baseline, engineers can compare trend data for stress, displacement, and even mass properties each time the design is modified. Trend tracking tools help to determine exactly which design changes will result in the best performance of your product.

Fatigue Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard can save you time before physical testing for material fatigue. With simple fatigue calculation for repetitive loading, Simulation Standard will help you take your first look at material fatigue information, and determine if complete fatigue analysis should be involved in your virtual testing.

Design Optimization (based on Simulation data)

After testing your design using the static, thermal, or frequency solvers, you can optimize your design to help improve product quality and reduce waste. Design optimization allows engineers to specify design constraints such as allowable stress, displacement, or factor of safety to help drive design changes.

The optimization solver can be used to automatically adjust design variables such as boundary conditions or part dimensions to improve performance of the design, while reducing material usage within allowable limits.

Advanced Contacts & Connectors

Simulation of part interaction is made simpler with a variety of contact and connection types in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional. Contacts such as bonded, no-penetration, shrink-fit, and more will allow for more accurate analysis of part interactions.

For fasteners and welded connections, you can easily simulate part interaction using Edge Weld, Spot Weld, Spring, Bolt, and Pin connection types complete with material strength data and stress preload options.

Event-Based Motion Simulation

Use analysis tools for kinematics to simulate the functional capabilities of your design. With Motors, actuators, and contact conditions, it is easy to simulate simple mechanisms or complex machines using a kinematic time study.

Frequency Simulation

The frequency solver helps engineers and designers understand the effects their design changes will have on the fundamental frequencies of the product. SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional helps you to understand natural vibration modes of a structure to promote safety and quality in your products. 

Fatigue Simulation

Understand how your design will perform under repetitive load cycles or daily operating conditions that may weaken or damage the material. Fatigue analysis allows engineers to gain insight into material life and damage by incorporating allowable stress limits for materials used in your products.

Buckling or Collapse Simulation

For long slender structures, the potential for failure in buckling can be important information for making key design decisions. Buckling analysis allows engineers and designers to gather insight into potential modes of buckling failure, as well as safety factor information to help prevent buckling during operation.

Structural Thermal Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional includes Thermal analysis capabilities for conjugate heat transfer. Using a variety of thermal loading conditions for conduction, convection, and radiation, engineers will easily understand how to improve their design for optimal heat transfer.

Drop Test Simulation

Investigate the effects on your product after a drop from a given height or velocity. With the ability to incorporate target material stiffness, products can be analyzed for their response to a drop in many scenarios. Results such as Acceleration, stress, and displacement will provide information about what happens to the design after the moment of impact.

Pressure Vessel Design Simulation

For companies that design pressure vessels in accordance with ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes, this analysis type will allow engineers analyze a multitude of scenarios to ensure the safety and performance of the vessel is at its best. Pressure vessel analysis will combine thermal loads, nozzle end forces, moments, gas pressure, and support conditions for complete design validation in accordance with Pressure Vessel codes.

Sub-modeling Simulation

Sub-modeling is a great time saving technique to allow for best accuracy of your FEA results in the shortest amount of time. Transfer loading conditions from a much larger static analysis to a smaller, more refined study for accuracy in the areas of the design where you need to focus your analysis efforts.

2D Simplification

For models with planar symmetry, 2D simplification allows for incredibly fast analysis with great capabilities for study refinement. Using a 2D Cross section of your design, you can analyze in-plane boundary conditions for your static, dynamic (Simulation Premium), and thermal load conditions in less time than ever before.

Load Case Manager

The new Load Case Manager in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional 2015 changes the game for setting up multiple load scenarios in your FEA study. The load case manager allows you to choose which loads need to be applied in your analysis, as well as create equations to combine load cases directly from an easy to use the table. These tools make it easy to test a wide variety of use cases for your product.