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This class will raise your SolidWorks Simulation FEA skills to the next level! It offers hands-on experience on the use of SolidWorks Simulation nonlinear module. The two-day course provides an overview on a wide range of nonlinear structural/mechanical analysis topics. You will learn how to deal with models that exhibit large displacements and/or yielding, discuss and practice the use of many material models available in SolidWorks Simulation and, most importantly, how to drive a nonlinear analysis to successful completion.

Course details and prerequisites:

Duration: 2 Days
Type: Instructor Led
Level: Intermediate


  • Attended the SolidWorks Simulation Essentials Course
  • Knowledge of SolidWorks
After the training you will be able to:
  • Test your parts and assemblies for a variety of different non-linear situations
  • Apply non-linear materials
  • View non-linear analysis results and understand the effects to your SolidWorks designs







Course Outline

Lesson 1 : Geometric Nonlinearities

  • Large displacements problems
  • Large strain formulation (rubber-like materials)

Lesson 2 : Material Nonlinearities

  • Nonlinear elasticity
  • Hyperelasticity (Mooney-Rivlin, Ogden)
  • Plasticity (von Mises, isotropic/kinematic/mixed hardening rules)
  • Temperature dependent material properties
  • Visco-elasticity and creep
  • Contact (Boundary) Nonlinearities
  • 3D nonlinear gap/contact analysis (with or without material nonlinearities).

Lesson 3 : Numerical Procedures

  • Solution control techniques (force, displacement, and Arc-Length controls)
  • Equilibrium Iterations schemes (Newton-Raphson, modified Newton-Raphson)
  • Termination schemes (convergence and divergence criteria)

Lesson 4 : Special Topics

  • Adaptive automatic stepping algorithm
  • Prescribed non-zero displacements associated with time curves
  • Deformation dependent loading
  • Analysis stabilization techniques

Lesson 5 : Viewing the Results

  • Deflected shape plots
  • Displacement and stress color filled contour plots
  • Animation of deflected shape, displacement, and stress contour plots
  • X-Y plots for response quantities Isoplanes and sectioning

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