The Value of Simulation Web Series

Last week, we concluded Part 2 of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SIMULIAworks webinar series. We are using unique themes as below to highlight the depth and breadth of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation technologies. If you missed the previous webinars, no worries. You will find the links below to watch the recordings. But first, let us recap Part 2:

Theme # 1 – The Value of Simulation / Which Design is the best.

Part 2: “Got Moving Parts? Motion Simulation can help” focused on understanding and simulating the kinematic and dynamic behavior of moving systems and mechanisms.

The webinar discusses the basics of motion analysis in the context of finding the best actuator design for a vertical lift rack system as shown below.

Next Optimization tools built within the tool set are used to illustrate how motion analysis serves as a design tool as well in addition to enforcing design constraints and goals. A medical couch example is used to highlight this powerful capability. The setup process is shown below.

Next, productivity tools such as Motion 2D Analysis as well as Stress Recovery are covered.

The webinar wraps up discussing key challenges using motion analysis to analyze big complex machines with servos and sensors. These challenges can be easily addressed using Event Based Motion (EBM) analysis. A screenshot of the workflow in EBM is shown below.

Click here to watch the recording of this webinar for complete details.

Click here to watch Part 1 of this webinar series.

You can also register now for any or all of the upcoming webinars.

May 20th: Using CFD to drive Product Performance click here
June 3rd: Can your Plastics Part be Manufactured? click here

Theme # 2 – Improving Productivity using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Part 2: Making the Right Decisions – FEA vs. CFD

Doing thermal analysis to capture conduction, convection and radiation, you can use SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional or Flow Simulation, with pros and cons for each. The choice has implications in terms of the required input, accuracy, meshing, solution time, and output. The main difference is whether the fluid (liquid or gas) surrounding the solid model is included in the simulation or not.

With Simulation Professional using FEA, the fluid is not modeled and convection is approximated by the user-defined convection coefficient and ambient temperature. Doing Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in Flow Simulation, the fluid is modeled and convection coefficient is part of the solution and output among others. In this webinar, you will see some basic concepts of using FEA and CFD in heat transfer as employed by SOLIDWORKS Simulation and Flow Simulation. This is followed by a quick tech tip, a few industry examples and Q&A.

 

Click here to watch the recording of this webinar for complete details.

Click here to watch Part 1 of this webinar series.

You can also register now for any or all of the upcoming webinars:

May 20th: Addressing Vibration Issues – Statics vs. Dynamics click here
June 3rd: Large Assembly Analysis Made Easy click here
June 17th: Topology Optimization – Exploring the AM Space click here

Ramesh Lakshmipathy

Ramesh Lakshmipathy

Senior Territory Technical Manager at Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS