SolidWorks Simulation Tech Tip: Avoiding Analysis Paralysis

By Jonathan Culm, Applications Specialist at CAD MicroSolutions There might be times when you are asked to run a simulation study to determine specific outcomes but aren’t sure what type of study will work best. Did you know that SolidWorks has a built in “Study Advisor” which will ask questions about what results you are looking for! The challenge with the Advisor is it only asks certain questions that might not always lead you to the correct study for your specific scenario. To keep you from staring at the new study screen trying to pick the right tool for the job, I thought I would give a little summary on the different studies available, and what you might use them for.
Study Results
Static Stress
Strain
Displacement
Factor of Safety
Thermal Temperature
Thermal Flux
Frequency Natural Frequency
Modal Shapes
Buckling Buckling Load Factor - factor of safety specific to buckling
Drop Test Stress With time
Strain
Displacement
Fatigue Cycles to failure
Pressure Vessel General Primary Member Stress Intensity
Design Study Results with varied dimensions
Submodeling Any part of a larger study in finer detail
Nonlinear Stress For Nonlinear materials
Strain
Displacement
Factor of Safety
Linear Dynamic Stress With time based on: Modal Time History, Harmonic, Random Vibration, and Spectrum Analysis
Strain
Displacement
Factor of Safety

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