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This course is designed to make SolidWorks users more productive more quickly with the SolidWorks Simulation Bundle. It offers a comprehensive hands-on training on the applications of SolidWorks Simulation. This three day course will provide an in-depth coverage on the basics of Finite Element Analysis, 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. Analysis features are discussed using an integrated approach of the SolidWorks Simulation software from within the SolidWorks environment. Finally, examples of parts and assemblies including those with various gap/contact conditions are reviewed.

Course details and prerequisites:

Duration: 3 Days
Type: Instructor Led
Level: Basic


  • Mechanical or Industrial design experience
  • Attended the SolidWorks Essentials or equivalent level of knowledge
After the training you will be able to:
  • Create better designs by performing analysis and evaluating the behavior of your parts and assemblies under actual service conditions







Course Outline

Introduction to FEA

  • About This Course
  • What is SolidWorks Simulation?
  • What Is Finite Element Analysis
  • Build Mathematical Mode
  • Build Finite Element Mode
  • Solve Finite Element Mode
  • Analyze Result
  • 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

  • Objectives
  • The Analysis Process
  • Case Study: Stress in a Plate
  • Project Description
  • SolidWorks Simulation Options
  • Preprocessing
  • Meshing
  • Postprocessing
  • Multiple Studies
  • Reports

Lesson 2: Mesh Controls, Stress Concentrations and Boundary Conditions

  • Objectives
  • Mesh Control
  • Case Study: The L Bracket
  • Project Description
  • Case Study: Analysis of Bracket with a Fillet
  • Case Study: Analysis of a Welded Bracket
  • Understanding the Effect of Boundary Conditions

Lesson 3: Assembly Analysis with Contacts

  • Objectives
  • Contact and Gap Analysis
  • Case Study: Pliers with Global Contact
  • Pliers with Local Contact

Lesson 4: Symmetrical and Free Self-Equilibrated Assemblies

  • Objectives
  • Shrink Fit Parts
  • Case Study: Shrink Fit
  • Project Description
  • Analysis with Soft springs

Lesson 5: Assembly Analysis with Connectors

  • Objectives
  • Connecting Components
  • Connectors
  • Case Study: Vise Grip Pliers

Lesson 6: Compatible/Incompatible Meshes

  • Objectives
  • Compatible / Incompatible Meshing: Bonded contact
  • Case Study: Rotor
  • Case Study: Compatible/ Incompatible meshing: No
  • Penetration contact

Lesson 7: Assembly Analysis Mesh Refinement

  • Objectives
  • Mesh Control in an Assembly
  • Case Study: Cardan Joint
  • Problem Statement
  • Part 1: Draft Quality Coarse Mesh Analysis
  • Part 2: High Quality Mesh Analysis

Lesson 8: Analysis of Thin Components

  • Objectives
  • Thin Components
  • Case Study: Pulley
  • Part 1: Mesh with Solid Elements
  • Part 2: Refined Solid Mesh
  • Solid vs. Shell
  • Creating Shell Elements
  • Part 3: Shell Elements - Mid-plane Surface
  • Results Comparison
  • Case Study: Joist Hanger

Lesson 9: Mixed Meshing Shells & Solids

  • Objectives
  • Mixed Meshing Solids and Shells
  • Case Study: Pressure Vessel

Lesson 10: Mixed Meshing Solids, Beams & Shells

  • Objectives
  • Case Study: Particle Separator
  • Mixed Meshing

Lesson 11: Design Scenarios

  • Objectives
  • Design Scenarios
  • Case Study: Suspension Design
  • Part 1: Multiple Load Cases
  • Part 2: Geometry Modification

Lesson 12: Thermal Stress Analysis

  • Objectives
  • Thermal Stress Analysis
  • Case Study: Bimetallic Strip
  • Examining Results in Local Coordinate Systems (Optional)
  • Saving Model in its Deformed Shape

Lesson 13: Adaptive Meshing

  • Objectives
  • Adaptive Meshing
  • Case Study: Support Bracket
  • h-Adaptivity Study
  • p-Adaptivity Study
  • h vs. p Elements - Summary

Lesson 14: Large Displacement Analysis

  • Objectives
  • Small vs. Large Displacement Analysis
  • Case Study: Clamp
  • Part 1: Small Displacement Linear Analysis
  • Part 2: Large Displacement Nonlinear Analysis

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

Appendix B: Customer Help and Assistance

  • Customer help and assistance

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