Results Comparison with SolidWorks Simulation Configurations

With SolidWorks Simulation you can simulate your design in advance in order to detect potential failures and issues. At this stage, it is very common to modify the material, the thickness or add a support etc. How to compare all these differences in a single view?

1st Step: Design a part with configurations

Before comparing the simulation results of different part configurations, you need to have a part with a configuration. In the following example there are 3 different configurations:
a configuration with angled grooves, without grooves, and with four vertical grooves.

With angled grooves
With angled grooves
Without Grooves
Without Grooves
With four vertical grooves
With four vertical grooves

 

2nd Step: Create a Simulation of the Three Configurations

Next, you need to do a simulation on one of the configurations by adding forces, fixtures, and connectors. In the following example, a part has been attached to the central shaft with bearings at both ends and two bolt and nut connectors that were added automatically with SolidWorks Toolbox Fasteners. To compare the results, studies must be conducted on other configurations. In this example, the attributes are the same; therefore it is possible to copy the studies on other configurations.

Create a Simulation of the Three Configurations
Create a Simulation of the Three Configurations

Final Step: Compare Results Based on the Configurations

The final step consists of using the “Compare Results” tool listed in the Simulation tab:

The "Compare Results" tool
The “Compare Results” tool

The following option has been selected “All studies in all configurations (slower)”, as well as the type of result that appears on the screen.

Up to 4 plots can be compared from studies associated with different configurations. In this example, only the results of stress analysis has been chosen.

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It is quite apparent to see how the difference of the stress analysis progressed extremely well according to the physical cut added to the part.

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