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.
At the bottom of the new study dialog window, check on the option Use 2D Simplification.
There are three different 2D simplification study types available for static and nonlinear analysis.
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.
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.
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.
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