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SOLIDWORKS Elite Specialists

SOLIDWORKS Simulation FEA Training Agenda

Length: 3 days


This course is designed to make SOLIDWORKS users productive more quickly with the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bundle. This course will provide an in-depth coverage on the basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), covering the entire analysis process from meshing to evaluation of results for parts and assemblies. The class discusses linear stress analysis, gap/contact analysis, and best practices.

Who should attend:

All SOLIDWORKS Simulation users wishing to create better designs in SOLIDWORKS by performing analysis and evaluating the behavior of their parts and assemblies under actual service conditions.


About This Course | What is SOLIDWORKS Simulation? | What Is Finite Element Analysis? | Build Mathematical Model | Build Finite Element Mode | Solve Finite Element Model | Analyse Results | Errors in FEA | Finite Elements | Degrees of Freedom | Calculations in FEA | Interpretation of FEA Results | Units of Measurement | Limitations of SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Lesson 1: The Analysis Process

The first lesson of this course introduces the SOLIDWORKS Simulation interface. The user will execute a linear static analysis using solid elements and be taught how to recognise the influence of mesh density on displacement and stress results. Finally the user will learn various methods to present FEA results and understand how to manage SOLIDWORKS Simulation result files.

Lesson 2: Mesh Controls, Stress Concentrations and Boundary Conditions

Upon successful completion of lesson 2 the user will be able to illustrate the differences between modelling and discretisation errors, as well as describe when a lack of convergence of results may occur. The user will learn how to use mesh controls and understand stress concentrations. Finally the user will be taught how to analyse a model in different SOLIDWORKS configurations as well as run multiple studies in batch mode.

Lesson 3: Assembly Analysis with Contacts

Lesson 3 teaches the user how to perform structural analysis of simple assemblies as well as how to apply and define contact conditions.

Lesson 4: Symmetrical and Free Self-Equilibrated Assemblies

In lesson 4 the user will learn how to utilise symmetry within their study as well as how to display results using a cylindrical coordinate system. The user will be introduced to the soft springs and inertial relief options, they will learn how to use the What’s Wrong feature to locate problems and finally, present their analysis results in eDrawings.

Lesson 5: Assembly Analysis with Connectors and Mesh Refinement

In lesson 5 the user will be taught how to analyse a more complex solid mesh assembly with various contact conditions and connectors. Attendees will also use initial clearance in definitions of local No penetration contact conditions. The user will analyse and judge the quality of solid finite element mesh and use the remote load feature to simplify the analysis. Finally the user will learn how to use and define the Design check plot as well as apply restraints and analyse results in a local coordinate system.

Lesson 6: Compatible/Incompatible Meshes

Upon completion of lesson 6 the user will understand mesh compatibility in solid element meshes with various contact conditions as well as advanced incompatible mesh bonding algorithm. The user will then learn about applying cyclic symmetry.

Lesson 7: Analysis of Thin Components

In lesson 7 the user will learn how to create mid-plane shell element mesh and how to create shell mesh from selected surfaces. They will be taught how to perform structural analysis on 'thin' geometry and analyse results when using shell elements.

Lesson 8: Mixed Meshing Shells & Solids

Lesson 8 teaches the user how to construct a good quality mesh with appropriate mesh controls as well as how to set up shell to shell and shell to solid contacts in a mixed mesh assembly.

Lesson 9: Beam Analysis

Lesson 9 focuses on using beam elements to analyse weldment models as well as defining appropriate joint connections to reflect the real world situation. The user will also learn how to post-process the results for beam elements.

Lesson 10: Mixed Meshing Solids, Beams & Shells

In Lesson 10 the user will be taught how to construct and edit a mesh with beam, shell and solid elements. They will learn how to set up various shell to beam and shell to solid contacts in mixed mesh assembly and display the results obtained with beam elements.

Lesson 11: Design Study

Upon completion of lesson 11 the user will understand and be able to use the Design Study to analyse trends when specific parameters are varied. The user will also learn how to find the optimum value of some design parameters.

Lesson 12: Thermal Stress Analysis

Lesson 12 teaches the user how to perform a static analysis with a temperature load and how to define temperature dependent material properties. In the lesson sensors are used to retrieve results at desired locations and the soft springs option is used in thermal stress analysis. The user will learn how to save the deformed shape of the model and examine results in local coordinate systems.

Lesson 13: Adaptive Meshing

In lesson 13 the user will be introduced to the h-adaptive and p-adaptive solution methods and learn how to compare results obtained from these. They will learn how to use symmetry boundary conditions and how to use the graph tool.

Lesson 14: Large Displacement Analysis

The final lesson of this course teaches the user the difference between geometrically nonlinear, and geometrically linear analyses. The user will be taught how to perform geometrically nonlinear analysis and asses limitations of the linear material model.

Appendix A: Meshing, Solvers, and Tips & Tricks

Meshing Strategies | Geometry Preparation | Mesh Quality | Mesh Controls | Meshing Stages | Failure Diagnostics | Tips for Using Shell Elements | Hardware Considerations in Meshing | Solvers in SOLIDWORKS Simulation | Choosing a Solver