Utilizing 2D Simplification in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Article by GoEngineer on Jan 30, 2016

SOLIDWORKS Simulation can set up 2D analysis for static, thermal, and nonlinear studies. This allows for a large reduction in the computational resources needed to solve the FEA analysis. This is especially true when running nonlinear analysis which can be very resource-intensive when running a 3D analysis. This article will cover the different types of 2D simplification analysis available for the static and nonlinear study modules.

Use 2D Simplification Option

At the bottom of the new study dialog window, check on the option Use 2D Simplification.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2D Simplification Static Study      SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2D Simplification Nonlinear Study

Static and Nonlinear Analysis

There are three different 2D simplification study types available for static and nonlinear analysis.

Plane Stress

This simplification technique is appropriate for models with thin geometry. There are no loads defined normal to the section plane so stress does not vary normal to the section plane. A thin latch plate can be analyzed using this study type.

Plane Stress Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Plane Stress Analysis

Plane Stress Analysis Example Example of Plane Stress in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Plane Strain

This simplification technique is appropriate for models that extend a long distance on either side of the section plane. There are no loads applied normal to the section plane so strain does not vary normal to the section plane. A long plate can be analyzed using this study type.

Plain Strain SOLIDWORKS Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Plane Strain

Plane Strain Example in SOLIDWORKS Simulation SOLIDWORKS Simulation Plane Strain Example Part

Axi-symmetric

This simplification technique is appropriate for models created with revolved geometry. The geometry, fixtures, and loads are symmetric in 360 degrees about an axis. A cover seal can be analyzed using this study type.

Axi-symmetric SOLIDWORKS Simulation

2D Simplification Axi-Symmertric in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Axi-Symmetric Example in SOLIDWORKS Simulation  Example of Axi-Symmetric in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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