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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.
 
*This course is eligible to be part of the DASI Solutions Apprenticeship Program, certified by the U.S Department of Labor.

buy now buttonLength: 3 days
Prerequisites: Knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and basic mechanical engineering concepts is recommended.

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  • IIntroduction to FEA 
    About This Course
    What is SOLIDWORKS Simulation
    What is Finite Element Analysis? 
    Build Mathematical Model
    Build Finite Element Model
    Solve Finite Element Model 
    Analyze Result
    Errors in FEA 
    Finite Elements
    Degrees of Freedom
    Calculations in FEA
    Interpretation of FEA Results
    Units of Measurement
    Limitations of SOLIDWORKS Simulation
  • 01The Analysis Process
    Objectives
    The Analysis Process
    Project Description
    SOLIDWORKS Simulation Options
    Pre-Processing
    Meshing
    Processing
    Post-Processing
    Multiple Studies
    Reports 
  • 02Mesh Controls, Stress Concentrations and Boundary Conditions 
    Objectives
    Mesh Control
    Project Description
    Understanding the Effect of Boundary Conditions 
  • 03Assembly Analysis with Contacts
    Objectives
    Contact Analysis
    Pliers with Local Contact
  • 04Symmetrical and Free Self-Equilibrated Assemblies 
    Objectives
    Shrink Fit Parts 
    Project Description
    Analysis with Soft Springs 
  • 05Assembly Analysis with Connectors and Mesh Refinement
    Objectives
    Connecting Components 
    Connectors 
    Mesh Control in an Assembly 
    Problem Statement 
    Draft Quality Coarse Mesh Analysis
    High Quality Mesh Analysis
  • 06Compatible /Incompatible Meshes 
    Objectives
    Compatible / Incompatible Meshing 
  • 07Analysis of Thin Components 
    Objectives
    Thin Components 
    Mesh with Solid Elements 
    Refined Solid Mesh
    Solid vs Shell 
    Creating Shell Elements 
    Shell Elements - Mid-Plane Surface
    Results Comparison
  • 08Mixed Meshing Shells and Solids
    Objectives
    Mixed Meshing Solids and Shells 
  • 09Beam Elements - Analysis of a Conveyor Frame 
    Objectives
    Project Description
  • 10Mixed Meshing Solids, Beams and Shells 
    Objectives
    Mixed Meshing
    Beam Imprint
  • 11Design Study 
    Objectives 
    Design Study
    Multiple Load Cases 
    Geometry Modification
  • 12Thermal Stress Analysis 
    Objectives
    Thermal Stress Analysis
    Examining Results in Local Coordinate Systems
    Saving Model in its Deformed Shape 
  • 13Adaptive Meshing
    Objectives
    Adaptive Meshing 
    h-Adaptivity Study
    p-Adaptivity Study
    h vs. p Elements - Summary 
  • 14Large Displacement Analysis 
    Objectives 
    Small vs Large Displacement Analysis 
    Small Displacement Linear Analysis 
    Large Displacement Nonlinear Analysis 
  • AApependix 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 
  • BAppendix B: Customer Help and Assistance