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Simulation Fundamentals Training Agenda

Length: 1 Day

Prerequisites:
  • A basic familiarity with the Microsoft Windows Operating System.
  • Basic experience of SOLIDWORKS, being able to freely navigate around the user interface.
Description:

This course is designed for those less familiar with the broader concepts of stress analysis and is divided in to three main sections. Initially attendees will be introduced to the engineering terminology associated with stress analysis and how they relate to each other. Hand calculated examples will be used to reinforce these principles.

The course will then move on to explain the background of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) using the Simulation Xpress module found in SOLIDWORKS Standard. Using this functionality and learning how to interpret the results obtained will close this section.

Finally, attendees with be introduced to the capabilities offered by the further Simulation products that are available to our customers. This will give users an understanding of how the functionality on offer relates to the real life Failure Modes they are trying to anticipate. To finish the course general advice for preparing CAD modelling in preparation for Simulation is given.

Lesson 1: Fundamental Definitions

This lesson introduces definitions of various engineering terms: Force, Pressure, Moments/Torque, Deflection/Displacement, Stress, and Strain. The concept of number notation will also be introduced. Knowing the definitions, attendees will consolidate their knowledge by using equations containing these terms in worked examples.

Lesson 2: Material Definitions

Users will be introduced to the various parameters associated with common materials and understand how these properties relate to each other. The lesson will then focus on the material properties required by SOLIDWORKS in order to successfully solve a simulation. The attendees will then create custom materials that will be used throughout the rest of the course.

Lesson 3: What is Finite Element Analysis?

Upon successful completion of this lesson, attendees will understand the principles behind Finite Element Analysis (FEA). They will understand key pieces of terminology and appreciate the assumptions made when carrying out any form of Simulation. Attendees will setup and run their first Simulation Xpress Study and the results will be interrogated before being presented in a report.

Lesson 4: Making sense of Stress results

Through the use of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Xpress, attendees will become familiar with the different types of results that are available when performing stress analysis. The attendees will be introduced to the concept of stress concentration and taught how to accurately simulate them. Additional information is given about typical problems that can occur.

Lesson 5: Other Considerations

This lesson shows the additional capabilities found in the further Simulation products – SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, Professional and Premium. This will also be an introduction to some of the other types of failure that our designs can be susceptible to.

Lesson 6: Recommendations

This is the final chapter of this course and it offers general advice in relation to ‘model preparation’. In many cases, simple changes can be made to aid the Simulation; this lesson advises attendees when this would be appropriate. In the last section of this lesson, you will be showed how to use your Simulation Xpress results to optimise the design of your parts using a Design Xpress Optimisation Study.

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