Tightly integrated with SolidWorks CAD, structural analysis of assemblies can be a regular part of your design process, reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework and delays, and saving time and development costs.
Assembly Structural Analysis Overview
Every product is made of several parts or bodies. Defining how these parts connect to each other is crucial for an accurate structural simulation during the product development process.
- Bonded contact conditions to simulate entities as if they were welded
- Node-to-node, surface-to-surface conditions to prevent entities interference, but allows gaps to form
- Shrink Fit, to simulate Shrink Fit between two bodies
- Virtual Wall to define contact between an entity and a virtual wall
- Thermal contact resistance to simulate a thin layer of epoxy by its resistivity
To enable fast definition of contact for large assemblies, SolidWorks Simulation automatically detects contact sets for touching faces or non-touching faces within a defined clearance.
With an intuitive color code, engineers can inspect all contacts created in the model with the Contact Visualization Plot. This tool enables you to easily understand how an assembly has been defined for structural simulation.
Powerful tools such as the Safety Check empower engineers to validate if the connections will sustain the applied loads or if these connectors need resizing for performance and quality.
For an assembly with a large number of parts or bodies, the unique and powerful submodeling feature of SolidWorks Simulation Professional allows users to improve the results at critical areas without having to rerun the analysis for the whole model. Refining the mesh for a selected portion of the model and/or defining connectors for this portion and rerunning the analysis only for the submodel saves computation time during the product development process.