SOLIDWORKS Simulation White Papers

WhitePapers

White papers are an excellent way to understand and verify the capabilities of the SolidWorks Simulation product family. We have everything from CFD, to FEA, to rigid body kinematics, to design-based LCA. If you are not quite sure which product is right for you, look under Industry Guides to see how other customers have already leveraged SolidWorks design validation tools in the past. Explore the tabs below to investigate each respective topic further.

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Putting the Spin in CFD

Engineers who design equipment with rotating components need to analyze and understand the behavior of those components if they want to improve performance. Computational Fluid Dynamics is a perfect tool for studying rotating components. It helps eliminate expensive physical prototypes, and find serious flaws much earlier in the design process. This article explains the operation of one such CFD tool…

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The Role of CFD in Real Life Designs

This paper relates two heat sinks, a medical suction device, a house-hold oven, and an industrial control valve as examples that illustrate how SolidWorks Flow Simulation can help design engineeers create the b est possible product designs when dealing with heat transfer and fluid flow problems. SolidWorks flow Simulation is an intelligent, easy-to-use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) program that will facilitate the work of design engineers who use SolidWorks for design creation.

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Why is SolidWorks Flow Simulation the Right Choice for Product Engineers

Engineering Fluid Dynamics (EFD) is a new breed of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software that enables mechanical engineers to simulate fluid flow and heat transfer applications with powerful, intuitive, and accessible 3D tools. Engineering fluid dynamics is driven by engineering criteria and goals so every product engineer can get the technical insights necessary to answer the questions faced in the product development process. SolidWorks Flow Simulation is based on the same mathematical foundation as traditional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, but key benefits set SolidWorks Flow Simulation apart, making it quicker and easier to use, while still delivering a robust and highly accurate solution.

 

Enhanced Boundary Cartesian Meshing Technology in SolidWorks Flow Simulation

SolidWorks Flow Simulation is an intelligent, easy-to-use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) program that facilitates the work of design engineers who use SolidWorks 3D CAD software for design creation. This paper details the approach and theory behind the Cartesian mesh generation used in SolidWorks Flow Simulation. Detailed explanation and examples will support how this choice of mesh generation algorithm enables SolidWorks Flow Simulation to offer a best-in-class CFD solution centered upon simplicity, speed, and robustness.

 

Enhanced Turbulence Modeling in SolidWorks Flow Simulation

SolidWorks Flow Simulation is a powerful, intelligent, and easy-to-use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) program that facilitates the work of product engineers who use SolidWorks 3D CAD software for 3D design creation. This paper details the approach and theory behind turbulence modeling as used in SolidWorks Flow Simulation to simulate complex industrial turbulent flows with heat and mass transfer. Detailed explanations and examples will support how SolidWorks Flow Simulation’s turbulence model coupled with the immersed boundary Cartesian meshing techniques allow for accurate flow field resolution and enable Flow Simulation to offer a best-in-class CFD solution.

 

Solve Heat Transfer Challenges Quickly and Cost-Effectively with Flow Simulation

Finding effective solutions to heat transfer problems has become an increasingly important part of new product development. Almost everything experiences heating or cooling of some kind, and for many products, such as modern electronics, medical devices, and HVAC systems, managing heat is a critical requirement for avoiding overheating and achieving functional success. Manufacturers who can efficiently resolve heat transfer issues will have a distinct competitive advantage. With an easy-to-use, fluid-flow analysis application like SolidWorks® Flow Simulation software, you will have the tools that you need to solve even the most difficult heat transfer problems, while saving time and money in the process.

 

Simulating Drop Tests in SolidWorks Software

SolidWorks software now makes it possible for design engineers to run upfront drop tests on their designs easily and quickly, despite the fact that running them involves studying tens of thousands of very short time steps to capture the results within microseconds of the impact. This paper will look at what you need to do to perform such a test, the kinds of results you will obtain, and at the technology behind such simulations. For you, running drop tests looks and feels just like doing any other SolidWorks software analysis.

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Design to Prevent Fatigue

This paper relates two heat sinks, a medical suction device, a house-hold oven, and an industrial control valve as examples that illustrate how SolidWorks Flow Simulation can help design engineeers create the best possible product designs when dealing with heat transfer and fluid flow problems. SolidWorks flow Simulation is an intelligent, easy-to-use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) program that will facilitate the work of design engineers who use SolidWorks for design creation.

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Driving Better Product Design with SolidWorks Simulation

The SolidWorks Simulation suite provides the advanced capabilities you need to get to market faster—designers can catch mistakes sooner, change course quickly, and create better-performing products at a lower cost.

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SolidWorks Software Optimization

Optimization is the calculation of weight, stress, cost, deflection, natural frequencies, and temperature factors, which are dependent on variables such as dimensions, loads and restraints, materials, and manufacturing requirements. The challenge is that we seldom know these inputs at the early stages of the design process. This paper reviews some key concepts in optimization, tools now available for FEA-driven optimization, and then focuses on how design engineers can get the most out of optimization in their day-to-day work.

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Streamlining Design with Real-World Vibration Analysis

Mechanical designers often use vibration simulation as a timesaving and cost-efficient alternative to the traditional approach of building, testing, modifying, and retesting their designs. By identifying the factors that influence the response to a dynamic load in a computer model, designers have the data needed to make the right improvements before they even cut a single piece of metal. In addition to greatly decreasing the number of actual prototypes required, vibration analysis also significantly reduces the costs involved.

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Thermal Analysis

In this white paper we define and then outline the concept of thermal analysis as it relates to product design. We discuss the principles of conduction, convection, and radiation using real-life products as examples. We will also describe ways to perform thermal analysis, specifically how you can use design validation software to simulate thermal conditions. We will also list the desired capabilities in thermal design validation software and demonstrate through examples how you can solve design challenges using Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. products.

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Accurate Design Simulations Improve Product Development

Creating innovative products requires insights into design performance, and design engineers who can predict design behavior are more efficient, innovative, and successful. With SOLIDWORKS Simulation 3D CAD integrated analysis solutions, you can intuitively, accurately, and cost-effectively simulate how a product will perform, enabling you to dimension precisely and optimize designs while reducing prototyping and time-consuming trials processes. SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows you to accurately solve complex analysis problems, helping you overcome time, budget, and quality challenges.

 

Check Plots Find the Problem Fast

SolidWorks software helps you move through the design cycle faster. With quick and easy check plots, your team will be able to effectively target problem areas for further analysis—and streamline the comprehensive design validation process.

 

Preventing Mechanical Fatigue

Fatigue is the most common cause of catastrophic failure in metals and can occur in other materials as well. SolidWorks Simulation provides a fast, reliable, and cost-effective way to predict and resolve fatigue-related problems before they happen.

 

Solve Complex Simulations to Enhance Product Performance

Engineering successful, innovative products in today’s competitive environment requires simulation power. The ability to analyze the multifaceted physical performance characteristics of a design before making a prototype can substantially increase productivity. Companies need robust simulation tools to efficiently overcome time, budget, and quality demands. SolidWorks® Simulation delivers powerful simulation capabilities that can solve complex analysis problems, helping you design better, more innovative products faster and more cost-effectively.

 

Understanding Connectors

SolidWorks® helps you move through the design cycle smarter. With fast and accurate virtual connectors, your team will be able to focus on the behavior of the design as a whole, instead of wasting precious time modeling and remodeling hundreds of pins, bolts, springs, and welds.

 

Understanding Nonlinear Analysis

In this paper you will learn about the differences between linear and nonlinear analysis and realize there are optimum times to use one type of analysis versus the other. We will discover that neglecting nonlinear effects can lead to serious design errors. After reviewing the examples taken from everyday design practice, you will see how nonlinear analysis can help you avoid overdesign and build better products.

 

Analysis Guide for Electronics/Electical Product Designers

In this paper we outline the key design performance issues facing electronics and electrical product manufacturers, and identify the benefits of using SolidWorks® Simulation software for electronics and electrical product design. The paper describes the types of analyses that SolidWorks Simulation software can perform and proves why these analyses are critical to electrical and electronic product engineering.

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Analysis Guide for Machine Designers

This guide describes the key design performance issues facing machine designers and manufacturers, and identifies the benefits of using SolidWorks® analysis software in the product development cycle. SolidWorks software can be applied to almost any machine design field, from automation tooling to wrapping machines, to analyze a broad range of concerns. Its powerful analysis types—static, motion, thermal, vibration, fluid-flow, and nonlinear—will ensure that your product meets design requirements and is reliable in the field.

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Analysis Guide for Medical Product Designers

This guide to maximizing productivity gains in the medical design industry provides an overview of the challenges facing medical product designers. With examples from medical devices already developed, you will learn how SolidWorks® Simulation and virtual prototyping tools can help you solve these simultaneous challenges and gain assurance of product quality, reliability, and safety.

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Grow your Business with Integrated Simulation

Design and engineering consulting firms can take advantage of emerging opportunities for business and revenue growth by implementing integrated simulation technologies. In response to a challenging economic climate, more and more manufacturers seek engineering service providers to help them evaluate design performance, as well as consult on other facets of product development and manufacturing. With integrated SolidWorks® Simulation software, you can position your consultancy to reap the rewards of this trend, securing valuable customer partnerships and improving your operations at the same time.

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Integrating 3D Mechanical Design and Analysis with Physical Testing

SolidWorks software solutions make it possible for analysis and testing teams to work together in a closed-loop cycle, which allows your design team and company to reap multiple rewards. This article provides an overview of the traditional tasks in analysis and testing, and outlines options for you to close that loop. Through the use of detailed case studies we will prove the benefits of combining analysis and test data.

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Event Based Simulation Put Your Designs in Motion

SolidWorks software helps you move through the design cycle smarter. With flexible event-based simulation, your team will be able to integrate design and controls—and streamline your live prototype and testing process.

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Understanding Motion Simulation

What is motion simulation? What problems can it solve? How can it benefit the product design process? This paper addresses some of these issues and looks at sample problems that motion simulation can solve. It also presents real-life applications of motion simulation used as a CAE design tool.

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Drive Growth and Innovation with Sustainable Design

Manufacturers that effectively adopt sustainable design practices will position themselves to successfully respond to increasing consumer demand for “greener” products. They also will spark innovation in product development, control energy and material costs, and grow revenues. Yet, implementing a sustainable design strategy can be challenging because of misconceptions about costs versus benefits, as well as questions about how to effectively implement sustainable design. You can facilitate the implementation of sustainable design by using product life cycle information to leverage sustainability as a competitive advantage.

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