Learn a wide range of nonlinear structural/mechanical analysis topics


  • CLASSROOM LENGTH:   2 days


PREREQUISITES: Must have attended the basic SOLIDWORKS Simulation class or have similar experience with SOLIDWORKS and a working knowledge of finite elements and of basic mechanical principles.

DESCRIPTION: This class will raise your SOLIDWORKS Simulation FEA skills to the next level. It offers hands-on experience for the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium nonlinear module. It provides an overview on a wide range of nonlinear structural/mechanical analysis topics. You will learn how to deal with models that exhibit large displacements and/or yielding, discuss and practice the use of many material models available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and how to drive a non-linear analysis to successful completion.

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Lesson 1: 
Large Displacement Analysis

  • Case Study: Hose Clamp
  • Linear Static Analysis
  • Nonlinear Static Study
  • Linear Static Study (Large Displacement)

Lesson 2: 
Incremental Control Techniques

  • Case Study: Trampoline
  • Linear Analysis
  • Nonlinear Analysis - Force Control
  • Nonlinear Analysis - Displacement Control
  • Lesson 3: 
    Nonlinear Static Buckling Analysis

    • Case Study: Cylindrical Shell
    • Linear Buckling
    • Linear Static Study
    • Nonlinear Symmetrical Buckling
    • Nonlinear Asymmetrical Buckling

    Lesson 4: 
    Plastic Deformation

    • Case Study: Paper Clip
    • Linear Elastic
    • Nonlinear - von Mises
    • Nonlinear - Tresca’s

    Lesson 5: 
    Hardening Rules

    • Case Study: Crank Arm
    • Isotropic Hardening
    • Kinematic Hardening  

    Lesson 6: 
    Analysis of Elastomers

    • Case Study: Rubber Pipe
    • Two Constant Mooney-Rivlin (1 Material Curve)
    • 2 Constant Mooney-Rivlin (2 Material Curves)
    • 2 Constant Mooney-Rivlin (3 Material Curves)
    • 6 Constant Mooney-Rivlin (3 Material Curves)

    Lesson 7: 
    Nonlinear Contact Analysis

    • Case Study: Rubber Tube

    Lesson 8: 
    Metal Forming

    • Bending
    • Case Study: Sheet Bending

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