How to Create Stress-Strain Curves in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Article by Krystal Petersen on May 17, 2022

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.

The “Easy” Way

To create a stress-streain curve the easy way, right-click on the part file, then edit the material. 

Select a customer material folder, then set the units to one of the three types that use Stress-Strain curves (Non-Linear Elastic, Plasticity-Von Mises, Plasticity-Tresca). A button will appear and will create a Stress-Strain curve from the material information.

Easy Way to Create Stress-Strain Curves in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

The “Custom” Way

It’s not hard, but it is a little bit slower. Within the Material Properties window, once you have clicked on a material, you will find the Stress-Strain curve under the Tables and Curves tab within the property window.  

There is still the ease of a Stress-Strain Curve selection which will again allow you to easily input your numbers to produce the Stress-Strain curve you need.

How to Create Custom SOLIDWORKS Simulation Stress-Strain Curves

Notes of Interest

When using the Stress-Strain curve, the first point of 0,0 (yield point) is the point of elasticity and anything beyond that is the stress strain curve.

Make sure that you input the information under the correct Unit type.

GoEngineer YouTube Video SOLIDWORKS Simulation - How to Create Stress Strain Curves For a visual of this process, watch our YouTube video here.

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About Krystal Petersen

Krystal Petersen is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer based out of Auburn Hills, Michigan. Krystal studied Product Engineering at Oakland Community College and has earned her CSWA and CSWP Certifications. She joined the VAR channel in 2015 with DASI (now GoEngineer). Krystal is a huge fan of Star Wars and likes to spend her off time fishing and camping.

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