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04 Simulation Testing Posts

Showing Global Min and Max Values of Results in Fl
Have you ever wondered whilst using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - “How do I know where the minimum and maximum values are on my model?”If so, then you're in luck as this blog will explain how to easily find these extreme values.
What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 Top 10
Discover the top 10 enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2018.View the Video here
So how accurate is SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation?
Applications Engineer Chris Boyles explores the accuracy of SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
Set Your Fluids Free
A look at the new Free Surface feature coming in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2018.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation
How accurate is SOLIDWORKS Simulation? Elite Applications Engineer Chris Boyles investigates.
The Coanda Effect
Can you take advantage of the Coanda Effect & can SOLIDWORKS Flow simulate it? Applications Engineer Romel Cumare investigates in his latest blog post.
SOLIDWORKS Motion - Dominoes
Applications Engineer Jassim Alali presents 'SOLIDWORKS Motion – Dominoes'.
Getting to Grips With Setting Up A Simulation Stud
Jassim Alali presents 'Getting to grips with setting up a simulation study'.
Radiation in Flow Simulation - Part 2 Refraction
Technical Manager Andy Fulcher explores 'Radiation in Flow Simulation, Part 2 : Refraction'
Radiation in Flow Simulation
Technical Manager Andy Fulcher explores 'Radiation in Flow Simulation, Part 1 : Reflection'
Idealisation Error Within SOLIDWORKS Simulation
Idealisation Error Within SOLIDWORKS Simulation by Applications Engineer Tom McHale
Submodelling using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professio
Applications Engineer Rodion Radchenko, delivers this weeks webcast on 'Submodelling'.
Will it roll?! - A SOLIDWORKS Motion Case Study
Elite Applications engineer, Rodion takes us through his motion study.
Holding a tune with SOLIDWORKS Simulation
Applications Engineer, Chris Boyles experiments with SOLIDWORKS Frequency Simulation.
Round the Bend with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
Applications Engineer Chris Boyles shows us how SOLIDWORKS can calculate velocity changes and pressure losses in piping.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation of a Boat
Last month, I built a six-metre rowing boat in SOLIDWORKS. I was interested to know just how much I could find out about this boat using Simulation- for example, how many people could fit in here before it sank?
An Introduction to SimulationXpress
A first look at running a stress analysis on part documents using the simulation package available with all levels of SOLIDWORKS.
Robot Wars – Design your own robot with SOLIDWORKS
Robot wars returned this year to the BBC with great excitement and destruction. See how you could use SOLIDWORKS to design your own Robot in this Blog.
Earthquake analysis with SOLIDWORKS Dynamics
SOLIDWORKS Simulation (dynamics) can help us predict the effects from earthquakes, the resultant stresses and displacement ultimately show us whether the structure is fit for purpose. We will look at how to use the response spectrum analysis within a...
The link between SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and SO
Taking the data collected from SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation we will process that into an FEA study to see what stresses can appear from the results obtained from the Flow Simulation.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Olympic Weightlifting
Now the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio is over, we can reflect on the strength and determination athletes require to compete and be the best in the world. Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation we'll take a look at how an Olympic barbell is loaded for world record...
The Inside Story Of A Placement Student - Week 3
University Of Cambridge student Jonathan Pawson updates us on his placement progress with Solid Solutions. Week 3
Fatigue Simulation
A colleague asked me to help her with some Fatigue hand calculations on a simple test piece. No problem I thought – quite straightforward, except it did not turn out that way and I discovered a hole in my understanding that is critically important to...
Simulation Hacks!
A typical static analysis simulation starts off by first choosing the material, selecting fixing points, applying loads and finally running our set up. However, what if we could change this type of workflow and continue with our design when some basi...
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Quadcopter Design Study
In this Blog post SOLIDWORKS Simulation has been coupled with the ‘Design Study’ tool to run a batch of static studies and optimise a quadcopter frame.
Load Case and Shell Managers
SOLIDWORKS 2015 introduced two great enhancements for Simulation. The Load Case Manager in Simulation Professional to create load inout variations and the shell manager to better handle analyses of thin walled parts. Learn more about these features i...
A Brief guide to Simulation results and Reports
Generating high quality results and reported outputs is the key to communicating your analysis results- there are many formats available so learn some of the options and how best to extract key results.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation 101
SOLIDWORKS simulation can be a powerful means of validating your designs. Discover the general processes and tips to get the best results in the most efficient time.
Introducing SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard
Simulation Standard is a new package of Simulation tools from SOLIDWORKS that enable engineers and designers to test their parts and assemblies, not only for strength and stiffness, but now also for FATIGUE failure (repeated cycling loading) and rigi...
Simulate the Solar Eclipse with SOLIDWORKS!
Last week there was a cosmic conjunction in my thinking! The partial solar eclipse in the UK coincided with my son needing help with his "Gravitational Field Theory". Could SOLIDWORKS help me understand both?
New solver in SOLIDWORKS 2015 is over 40% quicker!
The new “Intel Direct Sparse” solver was an enhancement that didn’t receive much attention at the 2015 launch event this year, but running some in-house tests has shown this new solver is over 40% faster than the standard Direct Sparse.
Flow Simulation 2015
This wasn’t included in the release notes for Flow and is just another example of the really cool gems that SOLIDWORKS give away when you start digging around!
Periodic Domain in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
The 'Periodic' computational domain option in Flow is little known - but it can be a great tool to use and a real time saver. This blog gives an example of a rack of PCBs in an electronic enclosure to illustrate how it works.
Bendy Phone
Have you recently broken your new phone by sitting on it accidently? SOLIDWORKS Simulation can help prevent design flaws by stress testing components in a virtual environment to prevent the costly process of trying to correct faults after manufacture...
Using Design Studies Can Save You Hours!
This blog describes how to add a transient time step into a Simulation Design Study. This enables users to graph stress results across time steps to see worst case.
Stress Values in Specific Places - Sensors
An easy way to monitor stress values in critical areas of your model.
Materials Boot Camp for Simulation Users
This blog has 6 very useful links to You Tube videos for anyone wanting to know the basics of material science and, in particular, any SOLIDWORKS users who want a refresher before attending a Simulation training course.
The Secret to Putting at the Masters at Augusta!
Putt too slow and you will leave the ball short - putt too fast and it will skip the hole. What are the max and min values for a successful putt? Is there an optimum speed for the ball to easily fall into the centre of the hole? This blog shows how S...
Robotics using SOLIDWORKS Motion
Robotics isn’t an area many of us are familiar with, but on a recent SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation course we had someone who was very interested in the subject! One of our customers from Loughborough University has dedicated many hours of research to ...
Radiation in Thermal Simulation Studies
Radiation is an important means of heat transfer. This blog explains how to set radiation up so that heat can be transferred from one body to the next. A customer recently emailed in a Thermal simulation study to our Technical Support help line with ...
Creating Rigid Body Groups in Motion
Rigid Groups in SOLIDWORKS MotionSOLIDWORKS Motion is a great tool for simulating the movement of complex mechanisms. It allows engineers to quantify kinematic and dynamic performance parameters such as velocity, acceleration, energy, torque, power e....
How to Obtain Pin Slip Force in SOLIDWORKS Simulat
Many engineering applications require the use of pins which hold components together by an interference or friction fit.  Knowing how much force it takes to make the pin slip is a key area of the design.  This can be obtained in using ....
Even after the hype of launch events has died down, we’re still spotting little nuggets of improvement that SOLIDWORKS have put into their latest release. When using simulation to create a 2D shell mesh, it is now possible to “previe....
Guy Martin and the 112 mph Push BikeOur blog of 6th Jan (Can a Push Bike Be Ridden at 112Mph?) has caused a good deal of interest in a slightly crazy English guy (literally a 'Guy') who has broken the UK land speed record for a push bike. Thi....
On August 13th 2013 Guy Martin reached 112.94mph on bicycle cycling behind a modified racing truck at Pendine Sands, South Wales and became Britain’s fastest cyclist. For the preceding eight months Guy Martin had been working with Dr. Jason Hil....
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be used to create transient studies where the fluid boundary conditions vary with time. This means that inlet and outlet parameters such as velocity, pressure or temperature can vary over a defined time period. An ....
Crash helmet makers have stringent safety requirements when designing new helmets.  Often this can take many design cycles to get right; which means a lot of time and money is spent on practical testing! SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium can be....
The SOLIDWORKS 2014 discs now have content for multiproducts on them as standard! New additions to the installation manager include SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS Composer, so there is no need to download these separately any more! Simply tick ....
Christmas is getting close and the pressure to produce the turkey and stuffing whilst getting those little pigs in blankets on the table before the Queen’s speech is mounting and for those with lots of family coming over it’s a certainty ....
HOWZAT!!! Our nation will soon be in mourning when the Australian cricket team claw back those coveted ashes. How can our acclaimed 11 be blown away with such ease by the Aussie bowlers? It is tempting to be critical when you see the ultra-slow-mo of....
SOLIDWORKS Plastics is able to calculate and illustrate the phenomenon of ‘Jetting’ within injection moulded parts. ‘Jetting’ occurs when there is a large amount of empty space in the mould cavity at, or close to, the injectio....
Buoyancy Calculation in SOLIDWORKS   I have added this blog as it might prove useful to anyone who wants to work out how far beneath the water surface an assy will float. This came up in a training course with our customer Manuplas of Plymo....
If you have ever run a SOLIDWORKS Simulation study with a large number of parts you will be aware that it can take a little time to assign the correct materials to each part.   A useful, but often overooked, technique is to drag/copy materials f....
This is a really useful gem that is hardly noticed or used - but can come in very handy, especially for anyone doing an animation or Motion study.   Suppose you want to illustrate a movement of an assy - some sort of mechanism. Obviously you wil....
What is it? Most users will be aware that the Toolbox included in SOLIDWORKS Professional allows for user to quickly add bolts and connections to assemblies, with automatic sizing and mating applied, however the Toolbox also includes some additi....
A new feature has been added to SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and Premium 2013. Submodelling allows you to improve the results at local regions of large models without having to rerun the analysis for the whole model. Refining the mesh for selec....
Just discovered this useful nugget! This is not in the Help files nor in any training course so SOLIDWORKS have hidden it well :)   My discovery relates to the input load to a 'Modal Time History' study in Linear Dynamics (Simulation Pre....
It is surprising what you discover when you browse the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base!   Today, whilst searching for an answer to a customer problem, I came across a useful article that clarified for me how friction works in Simulation. I had sometim....
  Recently several customers have commented that Simulation Reports are fantastic - except for one annoyance: that you can't show a bespoke orientation or zoom state for the results images. I understand their point as often you need to show ....
HiDesign Studies and Optimisation are great tools for exploring how you can improve the design of a part. Design Studies allow you to make changes to Simulation parameters (e.g. loads, materials etc.) as well as dimensions and then monitor the b....
Just found a new capability while teaching the Simulation 2013 training course. This seems to have skipped my attention and is not in any of the 'What's new' documents. The new capability is that you can use the Symmetry Fixture on shells as wel....
Previous to SOLIDWORKS 2011 modelling carbon fibre in SOLIDWORKS Simulation was pretty limited.  Practically, if the component was anthing other than flat, fibres weren't able to follow the contours of the surface!Since then, model laminated mat....
If you're interested in efficiency with SOLIDWORKS, check out  the new Dell Precision M6700!!  Running a performance test in Flow Simulation compared against a Dell Precision M6500, the M6700 gives around double the speed!The tests were car....
Do you worry about the cost of fuel? I drive a Honda Civic with a diesel engine that gives me about 45mpg - not bad - but not brilliant. Recently, when driving up the M6 I had a little extra time so I decided to stick to 60mph and see how the consump....
SOLIDWORKS eDrawings for iPad was a long time coming but was well worth the wait. Now, eDrawings Professional for iPad adds to the functionality you have available, including measure and mark up, viewing exploded views in SOLIDWORKS files and al....
HiA customer recently asked me if there is a way of combining stress or displacement results in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. The reason you might need this is as follows. Suppose we have 3 load cases: A, B and C. If we solve these we get 3 sets of results ....
Every struggled to get some good material data from the internet when trying generate accurate simulation models?I found a great page in the SOLIDWORKS help files which has a few websites I didn’t even know about! See below…Metals (gener....
In SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation there are a number of ways in which you can display Result Plots and show them simultaneously on screen. You can simply Right click on each plot and select show from the menu then arrange the plots on screen for bet....
I have been teaching SOLIDWORKS Motion for the best part of 10 years and yesterday was surprised to discover a new capability that I had no idea existed. It is not covered in any of the training material and I haven't seen it used by a customer - so ....
Attention all Flow users!!!I have just been experimenting with the brand new 2013 Flow streamline capability - and am very excited :) This is a brand new way of showing flow lines on surfaces or cut plots. The benefit is that it gives the user a deta....
The bolt connector in SOLIDWORKS is a bit of a mystery if you've never used it.  However here is a quick guide to what the options do if you're ever Simulating an assembly with a bearing in it...Craig HudsonApplications Engineer
Graham Harris from Blatchford Products explains how SOLIDWORKS Simulation helped them design a state of the art carbon fibre leg for Stuart Hughes, a torch bearer for the London Olympics.What does an Oscar Pistorius-style blade feel like?www.bla....
I have just discovered a neat extra in Simulation 2012 that is not described in any of the 'What's New' literature - but could save you time.In a nonlinear study there is often a need to report the Reaction Forces across all the time steps. For insta....
How symmetrical is your part? If you knew, then you could work on the smallest segment and mirror the body after you've made your changes for easy part modifications. Or for Simulation, you could work with that segment alone to speed up an ....
I discovered this by accident recently and can't think why I haven't used this before. If you want to show off an animated simulation result and at the same time be 'inside' the plot, just use a camera view. The workflow is this:1. Create a simulatio....
I was teaching the SOLIDWORKS Motion course recently and was surprised by a comment made by a trainee. He said he had not appreciated beforehand how sophisticated Motion was as a tool for solving engineering problems. Other trainees agreed. It seems ....
If you missed our launch events across the country, this Wednesday there will be a live Webcast going through the highlights of the 20th release of SOLIDWORKS. To register for this webcast, go to http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/solidworks-Training/We....
SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides a variety of tools to show result forces. These can be very useful and informative. For instance, you may want to know what forces are required to 'hold' a part stationary when subject to an external load. This can then....
You may have seen my last blog about Simulation reports. Great! But what about reports in Flow Simulation? Well we can also create very neat custom reports in Flow. The report writer is different from the FEA Simulation but also produces great report....
SOLIDWORKS Simulation has a report writer that generates great looking Word documents - complete with formatted tables, coloured result plots etc. However, did you know you can customise this? Recently I was with a customer who commented he had to ke....
Our 2012 training schedules are currently being uploaded to our website. We are aiming to run more courses than ever next year to ensure you have the best opportunity to attend training as locally as possible. Continue to check our training....
SOLIDWORKS 2012 is now available to download from the SOLIDWORKS Customer portal (http://customerportal.SOLIDWORKS.com)Want to see what's new? Register for a Solid Solutions Launch Event by clicking the banner above or if you can't wait unt....
Many simulations require repeated reruns when you want to change a value. I was doing a Flow simulation of a racing car for an Educational customer who wanted to see the drag forces at varying speeds. Drag force does not vary linearly with velocity s....
Registration for the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch events are now open!Here at Solid Solutions, we are proud to announce registration for the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch events is now open. This year we are pulling out all the stops to make the events for the 20....
As more and more SOLIDWORKS products are developed to meet the design world's needs, have you ever thought, can't someone just give me an overview of what it's all about, in, say, 10 minutes?We thought so, so I did just that:Enjoy,Oliver Duncan - Eli....
Have you ever wanted to add mesh controls to a beam and been disappointed? No longer. I recently discovered this useful capability by accident and was surprised that it quietly slipped into SOLIDWORKS 2011 without any fuss or me noticing in the ....
This is a really neat way of getting a great mesh on thin parts. We all know that if we have thin parts we can use shell elements. However, sometimes you might want a solid mesh but one row of elements through a wall thickness isn't really adequate; ....
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