SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard Capabilities

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard Featured Capabilities 

Ease of Use                                 

  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation is fully embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD for ease of use and data integrity. Using the same user interface (UI) paradigms as SOLIDWORKS with toolbars, menus, and context-sensitive right-click menus, ensures rapid familiarization. The Simulation Study Advisor guides the user through analysis setup by asking simple questions involving analysis types, goals, and component interactions. 

Design Data Reuse                                              

  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation supports SOLIDWORKS materials and configurations for easy analysis of multiple loads and product configurations.

Static Studies                                           

  • Solve part and assembly structural analysis problems for stress, strain, displacements, and Factors of Safety (FOS). Problems are limited to static loading, elastic linear materials, and small contact displacements. For the solution to be valid, the resulting deformed shape after loading must exhibit small displacements and rotations.
  • Premium only: Static studies are extended to incorporate components built up by composites materials. Component setup includes ply orientation and sandwich definition. Results include ply failure index as well as stress and deflections.

Fatigue Studies                                      

  • Estimate components fatigue life under high-cycle varying loads where the peak stress is below the material yield stress. Cumulative damage theory is used to predict locations and cycles to failure.

Motion Analysis                                     

  • Use a time-based, rigid body kinematic and dynamic motion tool to calculate the velocities, accelerations, and movements of an assembly under operational loads.
  • The motion analysis tool calculates component body and connection loads that can be imported into a Static Study.
  • Professional and Premium only: Use an event-based rigid body kinematic and dynamic motion tool to calculate the velocities, accelerations, and movements of an assembly under operational loads where actions and movements are triggered by the location or movement of components.
  • The motion analysis tool calculates component body and connection loads that can be imported into a Static Study.

Design Studies                                        

  • A design study is used to perform wide-ranging “what if” analyses. In a design study, both the parameters of a design (model) and simulation setup (materials, loadings, and fixtures) can be varied to assess the impact of change on the model.

FEA Modelling                                        

  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation includes solid, shell, and beam modeling using h- and p-adaptive element types with mesh control and failure diagnostics.
    • A customizable material library is included with simulation data:
      • Parallel computing (multi-core)
      • Batch Run
      • Professional and Premium only:
      • 2D Simplification
      • Plane Stress
      • Plane Strain
      • Axisymmetric
      • Sub-modeling Simulation
      • Sub-Modelling: analyze the structural resistance of a sub model from a main assembly
    • Premium only:
      • Off-loading computing

Loads and Restraints                                        

  • Fixtures to prescribe zero or non-zero displacements
  • Force, pressure, and remote structural loads
  • Temperature loading
  • Import Flow/Thermal Loads
  • Load Case Manager: evaluate the effects of various load combinations on your model

Assembly Connectivity                                   

  • Component contact
  • Bonded contact condition
  • Node-to-node, surface-to-surface contact condition
  • Shrink Fit condition
  • Virtual Wall condition
  • Self-contact
  • Connectors: bolt, spring, pin, elastic support, and bearing
  • Connectors Safety Check

Professional and Premium only:

  • Edge Weld
  • Thermal contact resistance condition
  • Insulated condition
  • Edge and spot weld connector

Results                                           

  • Study results are dependent upon the type of study but are displayed as Contour, Iso-Surface, Surface, and Section plots.
  • Quantity point and line distribution given by the probe tool.
  • The Design Insight plot shows loaded material.
  • FEA results can be compared to test data.
  • Deformed shape results can be animated and the animation saved.
  • Overlay Simulation results onto SOLIDWORKS graphics.
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation results can be communicated to non-SOLIDWORKS users via eDrawings®, a shareable 3D file format.

Help and Support                                 

  • In-product tutorials, online help, and knowledge base.

Communication                                     

  • Customizable simulation report
  • eDrawings of Simulation results