SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Troubleshooting Common Errors

In this course you'll be provided with the knowledge required to troubleshoot most common errors seen by new users in the static study add-in. Also, you'll be given the ideas to remove singularities if applicable. Software required: SOLIDWORKS 2016.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 8, 2016
Duration
58m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 8, 2016
Duration
58m
Description

Designers and engineers primarily use structural simulation to determine the strength and stiffness of a product by reporting component stress and deformations. In this course, SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Troubleshooting Common Errors, you'll learn how to modify geometry and learn techniques to prevent mesh failures, and to prevent other failures associated with mesh size. First, you'll learn about fixing broken faces due to bad imports. Next, you'll learn about mesh failures and about solver instability warnings. Then, you'll learn about result accuracy questions and will learn about idealization errors. Finally, you'll learn how to troubleshoot if your study will not completely solve, and how to trust and prove your conclusions numerically. By the end of this course, you'll know how to prepare your model for simulation, modify it or the simulation if mesh failures occur. Software required: SOLIDWORKS 2016.

About the author
About the author

Shivani Patel is an Application Engineer at GoEngineer, which delivers software, technology, and expertise that enable companies to unlock design innovation and deliver better products faster. An aerospace engineer by training, she has been using SOLIDWORKS and other CAD tools for 6 years.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello. My name is Shivani Patel. Welcome to my course, SolidWorks Simulation - Troubleshooting Common Errors. I'm an elite application engineer at GoEngineer who is a SolidWorks reseller that sells to and supports customers on the West Coast, South-Central United States, and the Rocky Mountain area. As an application engineer, I teach, support, and demonstrate SolidWorks simulation and many other SolidWorks add-ons. In this course, we are going to modify geometry, learn techniques to prevent mesh failures, different ways to troubleshoot solver instability, and discuss best practice when considering accuracy. Some of the major topics that we will cover include fixing broken faces due to bad imports, mesh failures, solver instability warnings, result accuracy questions, and idealization errors. By the end of this course, you'll know how to prepare your model for simulation, modify it or the simulation if mesh failures occur, how to troubleshoot if your study will not completely solve, and how to trust and prove your conclusions numerically. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with linear static analysis on parts and assemblies. And, hopefully, you've already run into some of the problems this course will cover. I recommend watching SolidWorks Simulation - Linear Static Part Analysis and SolidWorks Simulation - Static Assembly and Multi Body Analysis. Thanks, guys, for tuning in, and I hope you'll join me in this deep dive into troubleshooting techniques with the SolidWorks Simulation - Troubleshooting Common Errors course here at Pluralsight.

Modifying Geometry to Prevent Mesh Failures
Designers and engineers primarily use structural simulation to determine the strength and stiffness of a product by reporting component stress and deformations. This is the static study within SolidWorks simulation. This course will provide the knowledge required to troubleshoot the most common errors seen by new users in the static study add-in. And by the end of the course, students will know various techniques to pinpoint setup errors in their model. Within module 1, we will modify geometry and learn techniques to prevent mesh failures and to prevent other mesh failures associated with mesh size. Let's go to our overview. The most common mesh failure occurs when one body out of many fails to mesh. This usually is due to one of two reasons. First, either there are failing faces or edges or, second, there are small features requiring higher resolution. We will start the course with a handful of fast techniques to deal with broken faces. And then we will move into a series of mesh resolution changes and the best order to do them in. We'll close by modifying and simplifying our part geometry. Because of limited computational power, in general we cannot refine our mesh to the level we need for solution convergence while keeping full part detail. I'll show configurations within SolidWorks and why you should use them if you're performing FEA analyses.