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What is Buckling or Collapse Analysis?
Test your design’s buckling strength

SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows you to test your design’s buckling strength both with and without environmental loads improving product strength, performance and safety.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation integrates seamlessly with the design process, allowing you to run buckling analysis directly from your SOLIDWORKS CAD model resulting in fewer costly prototypes, reduced rework and delays and greater time and cost efficiency.

When predicting possible failure understanding buckling strength is crucial, buckling analysis is able to calculate critical failure loads of slender structures when compressed.

Forces acting perpendicular to the “thin” direction of slender structures are membrane forces, which have the potential to affect the bending stiffness of a structure. Tensile membrane forces increase lateral stiffness whilst compressive membrane forces decrease lateral stiffness.<br.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation analyses for linear elastic buckling, where there is a critical load (Pcrit) after which the structure is incapable of supporting any incremental load. When a design reaches this point any slight disturbance makes the structure unstable.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is able to calculate the buckling load factor, the scale factor applied to obtain the critical load, similar to the stress factor of safety (FoS).

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