SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

Length: 4 days; 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Prerequisites: Knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and basic mechanical engineering concepts is recommended.
Description: This course is designed to make SOLIDWORKS users productive more quickly with the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional analysis package. This class provides an in-depth coverage on the basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), covering the entire process from meshing to evaluation of results for parts and assemblies. It discusses linear stress analysis covering the entire analysis process from meshing to evaluation of results for parts and assemblies, gap/contact analysis, and best practices. 4th day covers heat transfer analysis,frequency analysis,fatigue, stability analysis based on linear buckling concepts, 2D simulations (plane stress, strain and axisymmetry) and pressure vessel modulus. Examples of parts and assemblies including those with various gap/contact conditions are reviewed.

Topics covered in SOLIDWORKS Simulation course:

The Analysis Process

  • Stages in the Process
  • Case Study: Stress in a Plate
  • Preprocessing
  • Meshing
  • Processing
  • Postprocessing
  • Multiple Studies

Mesh Controls, Stress Concentrations and Boundary Conditions

  • Mesh Control
  • Case Study: The L Bracket
  • Case Study: Analysis of Bracket with a Fillet
  • Case Study: Analysis of a Welded Bracket
  • Understanding the Effect of Boundary Conditions

Assembly Analysis with Contacts

  • Case Study: Pliers with Global Contact
  • Pliers with Local Contact

Symmetrical and Free Self-Equilibrated Assemblies

  • Shrink Fit Parts
  • Case Study: Shrink Fit
  • Analysis with Soft Springs

Assembly Analysis with Connectors and Mesh Refinement

  • Connecting Components
  • Connectors
  • Mesh Control in an Assembly
  • Case Study: Cardan Joint
  • Part 1: Draft Quality Coarse Mesh Analysis
  • Part 2: High Quality Mesh Analysis

Compatible / Incompatible Meshes

  • Case Study: Rotor

Analysis of Thin Components

  • Case Study: Pulley
  • Part 1: Mesh with Solid Elements
  • Part 2: Refined Solid Mesh
  • Solid vs. Shell
  • Part 3: Shell Elements – Mid-plane Surface
  • Creating Shell Elements
  • Case Study: Joist Hanger

Mixed Meshing Shells & Solids

  • Case Study: Pressure Vessel

Beam Elements – Analysis of a Conveyor Frame

  • Element Choices
  • Beam Elements
  • Truss Elements
  • Slenderness Ratio
  • Section Properties
  • Connected and Disconnected Joints
  • Sphere Diameter Defining Beam Joint
  • Beam Joints: Locations
  • Beam Joint Types
  • Render Beam Profile
  • Cross-section 1st and 2nd Directions
  • Bending Moment and Shear Force Diagrams

Mixed Meshing Solids, Beams & Shells

  • Case Study: Suspension Design
  • Part 1: Multiple Load Cases
  • Part 2: Geometry Modification

Design Study

  • Case Study: Suspension Design
  • Part 1: Multiple Load Cases
  • Part 2: Geometry Modification

Thermal Stress Analysis

  • Case Study: Bimetallic Strip
  • Examining Results in Local Coordinate Systems (Optional)
  • Saving Model in its Deformed Shape

Adaptive Meshing

  • Case Study: Support Bracket
  • h-Adaptivity Study
  • p-Adaptivity Study
  • h vs. p Elements – Summary

Large Displacement Analysis

  • Small vs. Large Displacement Analysis
  • Case Study: Clamp
  • Part 1: Small Displacement Linear Analysis
  • Part 2: Large Displacement Nonlinear Analysis

Appendix A: Meshing, Solvers, and Tips & Tricks

  • Meshing Strategies
  • Geometry Preparation
  • Mesh Quality
  • Mesh Controls
  • Meshing Stages
  • Failure Diagnostics
  • Tips for Using Shell Elements
  • Hardware Considerations in Meshing
  • Solvers in SOLIDWORKS Simulation
  • Choosing a Solver
  • Email Notification Settings

Topics covered in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Pro course:

Frequency Analysis of Parts

  • Modal Analysis Basics
  • Case Study: The Tuning Fork
  • Frequency Analysis With Supports
  • Frequency Analysis Without Supports
  • Frequency Analysis with Load

Frequency Analysis of Assemblies

  • Case Study: The Engine Mount
  • All Bonded Contact Conditions
  • Bonded and Allow Penetration Contacts

Buckling Analysis

  • Linear vs. Nonlinear Buckling Analysis
  • Buckling Factor of Safety (BFS)
  • Buckling Analysis Considerations
  • Case Study: Particle Separator

Load Cases

  • Case Study: Scaffolding


  • Case Study: Scaffolding
  • Part 1: Parent Study
  • Part 2: Child Study

Topology Analysis

  • Case Study: Rear Bike Shock Link
  • Goals and Constraints
  • Manufacturing Controls
  • Mesh Effects
  • Load Cases in Topology Studies
  • Export Smoothed Mesh

Thermal Analysis

  • Thermal Analysis Basics
  • Case Study: Microchip Assembly
  • Steady-State Thermal Analysis
  • Transient Thermal Analysis
  • Transient Analysis with Time Varying Load
  • Transient Thermal Analysis using a Thermostat

Thermal Analysis with Radiation

  • Case Study: Spot Light Assembly
  • Steady State Analysis

Advanced Thermal Stress2D Simplification

  • Thermal Stress Analysis
  • Case Study: Metal Expansion Joint
  • 3D model

Fatigue Analysis

  • Stages of Failure due to Fatigue
  • High vs. Low Cycle Fatigue
  • Stress-life (S-N) Based Fatigue
  • Case Study: Pressure Vessel
  • Fatigue Terminology
  • Fatigue Study
  • Fatigue Study with Dead Load

Variable Amplitude Fatigue

  • Case Study: Suspension

Drop Test Analysis

  • Case Study: Camera
  • Rigid Floor Drop Test
  • Elastic Floor, Elasto-Plastic Material
  • Elasto-Plastic Material Model
  • Drop Test with Contact (optional)

Optimization Analysis

  • Case Study: Press Frame
  • Static and Frequency Analyses
  • Optimization Analysis
  • Design Study

Pressure Vessel Analysis

  • Case Study: Pressure Vessel
  • Pressure Vessel Analysis
  • Manhole Nozzle Flange and Cover