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In this article, we share some tips and tricks that can help speed up SOLIDWORKS Simulation analysis preparation, runtimes, and improve accuracy. The tools we show allow designers and engineers to make smart design decisions and trim down their solve time, leaving more room for other projects and improving designs even further.


Buckling is a mode of failure where sudden large displacements happen due to compressive loads. When slender structures are subjected to compressive loads, a sudden displacement can occur. This can happen even though the high stresses in the structure are well below the yield point.


When performing a Variable Amplitude Time History Fatigue Study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, a user can view a Rainflow Matrix. What this matrix is and how it’s made may be a question you need to answer. If that is the case, look no further. Rainflow counting is used when performing Variable Amplitude Fatigue studies. In essence, Rainflow counting takes the raw load data and converts it to an equivalent set of constant amplitude stress reversals. 

Showing stress in loads involving bolts can be critical in the process of production when they are in use. In SOLIDWORKS Simulation, one way to do this is by using a small steel pin and block assembly. Using axial tension load on the pin can be used to investigate the stress distribution along the length of the fastener. This could be considered a fully engaged thread or an adhesive bond line could serve the same purpose.


If you are considering a problem involving thermal analysis, SOLIDWORKS has two tools that you can use. SOLIDWORKS Simulation (FEA software) and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation (CFD software) are both capable of solving heat transfer and thermal analysis problems. Both CFD and FEA can perform analysis for all modes of heat transfer. That is conduction, convection, and radiation.


There are two ways to create Stress-Strain Curves in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, an “easy” way and a “custom” way. In this article, we will discuss each of those processes. Regardless of which method you use, the information gained can be inputted by the user for however many rows are needed using various unit types.

I recently talked to a customer with validation concerns about an analysis - were the results and setup correct? With SOLIDWORKS Simulation and Simulation Professional, it is possible to verify the phenomenon of Thermal Expansion using Static Analysis tools. In this article, I'll compile the methods I used to diagnose and assist this customer's concern. 

There have been a few changes to how SOLIDWORKS handles Remote Loads. In this article, we discuss Remote Loads in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, how it has changed, and what makes it such a useful tool.

When experiencing mesh failures in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, we can resolve mesh errors using the Mesh Failure Diagnostics tool and Mesh Controls. Typically, if a study is not meshing, we need to refine the mesh by reducing the element size.