What’s on your Simulation Calendar?

A picture is worth a thousand words.  In Simulation it may be worth 10,000 words.  I’ve gone into a year review of our Simulations Blogs and needed a teaser image that could not be found in a simple search.  I wanted something powerful.  The best way to do that … make it.
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I wanted to display simulation results on a calendar because it went along with my “What A Drag! Simulation Stresses the Situation” headline.
Please read on to see what I did to accomplish an elaborate teaser image.
Model a calendar.
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All the months were setup to be multibody and I varied the height of the month to give some delta on force that would be later applied.
Once the model was complete I needed to start the simulation study.  Selecting the static study and then assigning the basic minimum details.
What are they?  1. Material 2. Connections 3. Fixtures 4. External Loads 5. Mesh –>RUN
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Simulation should always be approached as a crawl, walk, run.  When you get out of that order, you typically fail.  That’s not fun and frustrating at the same time.
Is this really that easy?  Sort of.  You need to know what your end goal is.  For me, I wanted a colorful plot.  The numbers really did not matter.
I’m going to follow up with a Simulation Basics Series on this, so in this case we are not going into much detail on each setting.
Step 01 – Set the material.  I used alloy steel.  Make sure to apply to all bodies
Step 02 – Connections – Use a default global bonded connection
Step 03 – Fixtures – I fixed the bottom edge of each side of the calendar model.
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Step 04 – External Loads – I started with a simple 10 pound load on the bottom face of my calendar model.  A low load is a good crawling application.  More on that later.
Step 05 – Mesh it! – SOLIDWORKS allows us to use a Draft quality mesh to run a quick study and see if the model behaves as we would expect it too.  Crawling is important.  Not many can run before they crawl.
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I adjusted the load once I had confidence in the simulation response.  At this point I was simply wanting a good color gradient on the calendar model.  I could see that my thick January month was limiting the model and so I adjusted the thickness to allow the stress to increase.  This is an odd approach to using Simulation but it sure helps a user understand how to apply settings to get the desired result.
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I’ll be transparent.  Using Simulation for a teaser image may be an over kill, but it sure grabs user attention.  If you are interested in more please visit us!
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Jonathan Weisz – SOLIDWORKS Application Engineer
Symmetry Solutions
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