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Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Software Integrated with SOLIDWORKS

Limit the expense of prototypes and physical testing. SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides you with a powerful but easy-to-use virtual environment where you can test and analyze your product designs directly within your SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD interface. Overcome your largest design challenges, increase product reliability, and reduce the amount of physical testing you need as you virtually test against real-world environments during the design phase to predict potential design issues early.

Our suite of SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools comes in three levels: Standard, Professional and Premium. These solutions include a variety of study types to test different modes of failure on your CAD model. Whether the tests you need to run are linear, nonlinear, or dynamic structural effects, the Hawk Ridge team can help you select the best tool.

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  • Fully Integrated Analysis

    SOLIDWORKS Simulation is fully integrated into the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD environment leveraging common features like configurations to allow for testing of different design iterations.

  • Validation Tutorials and Benchmark Examples

    SOLIDWORKS Simulation come stocked with a multitude of examples to familiarize yourself with the common features and to ensure confidence that it can provide valid results.

  • Meshing Controls

    There are 3 mesh element types: solids, shells, and beams. Each is used to ensure accuracy in your results but also to help solve the analysis with its greatest efficiency. Mesh controls are also available to help narrow down the scope in areas of concern for added accuracy.

  • Body Interactions

    There are a variety of different body interactions available that include:

    • Bonded
    • Contact (formally known as “no penetration”)
    • Free (formally known as “allow penetration”)
    • Shrink fit
    • Virtual wall
    • Self contact
  • Virtual Connectors

    To decrease solve time, manual creation of virtual connectors to replace physical bodies include:

    • Bolt
    • Pin
    • Spring
    • Bearing
    • Elastic support
    • Self contact
  • Body Restraints

    A variety of fixture options to control the degrees of freedom of every body to reflect most accurately how the real-life scenario is restrained.

  • Loads and Prescribed Displacements

    Load options include:

    • Force
    • Pressure
    • Torque
    • Gravity
    • Virtual remote loads
    • Temperature
    • Prescribed displacements
    • Import of pressures and temperatures from SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
    • Import of thermal study temperatures from Simulation Professional
  • Communication and Reporting

    SOLIDWORKS Simulation has embedded templates to output analysis reports that include details of the study setup and images of the results. Analysis results can also be shared using eDrawings.

  • Linear Static Analysis for Parts and Assemblies

    Check for stress, strain, displacement, and factor of safety (FOS) under linear assumptions. These include:

    • Small displacements
    • Load is applied slowly and gradually
    • Response is proportional to the load
    • Material behaves linear elastically
    • No permanent deformation
  • Stress Hot Spot Diagnostics

    Check for irregular stress gradients to pinpoint stress singularities.

  • Fatigue Analysis

    By referencing the baseline structural analysis, this study assumes high-cycle fatigue and uses S/N material data to output life cycles and cumulative damage.

  • Time-Based Motion

    Intended for moving mechanisms, this rigid body kinematic and dynamic motion tool allows you to gain insight on velocities, accelerations, torque, and overall movement under different load and motor conditions.

  • Trend Tracker

    Track your study design iterations of a static study and view the trend of desired result outputs.

  • Buckling Analysis

    Calculate the buckling load factor on tall and slender bodies to determine how much more load your structure can take before buckling.

  • Drop Test Analysis

    Determine the stress and displacement effects of your design upon impact on a rigid or flexible virtual surface.

  • Parametric and Topology Design Optimization

    Automate the process to find the optimal design combination by varying dimensional and FEA based parameters while adhering to design constraints and reducing the overall mass. Topology optimization determines a unique shape alternative to help reduce the mass while following design and manufacturing constraints.

  • Pressure Vessel Analysis

    Using the methodologies of ASME International Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code ASME BPVC-VIII-2, this study combines baseline static studies using linear combination or the square root of the sum of squares (SRSS).

  • Event-Based Motion Analysis

    Similar to time-based motion, this replaces the control of different sequences based on time with event-triggered motion controls by incorporating different combinations of sensors.

  • Thermal Analysis

    This study uses an FEA approach to determine the temperature of bodies excluding the effects of moving air. Options include steady-state and transient effects.

  • Submodeling

    Increase the resolution of results in a subset of parts that references and transfers the boundary conditions from a top-level assembly.

  • Load Case Manager

    View the effects of different load combinations on your designs.

  • 2D Simplification

    Reduce the size of the problem and calculation times by converting the 3D shape to a 2D plane stress, plane strain, or axi-symmetric condition.

  • Automated Toolbox Fasteners Conversion to Virtual Bolts

    SOLIDWORKS Simulation includes Toolbox integration features to automatically convert physical hardware to virtual components.

  • Extended Material Database

    With active subscription on a Simulation Professional or Premium license, you gain access to the materiality database for more downloadable material options.

  • Linear Dynamic Studies

    Building upon the frequency study, calculate the stresses and displacements due to forcing vibrations and calculate the response of dynamic and shock loading for linear elastic materials. These study types include:

    • Modal time history analysis
    • Harmonic analysis
    • Random vibration analysis
    • Response spectrum analysis
  • Nonlinear Analysis

    Nonlinear analysis lets you analyze complex material behavior, such as post-yield metals, rubbers, and plastics, as well as to account for large deflections and sliding contact-in components.

    A nonlinear static study assumes static loads with loads that can be sequenced so that the dynamic effects of the varying load do not affect the study. The complex material models in nonlinear static studies can be used to calculate permanent deformation and residual stresses due to excessive loads, as well as predicting performance for components, such as springs and clip fasteners.

    A nonlinear dynamic study accounts for the effect of real-time varying loads that are included in calculations and results. In addition to solving nonlinear static problems, nonlinear dynamic studies can also solve impact problems.

  • Composite Material

    Define the material properties and orientation of composite laminates.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Simulation require a SOLIDWORKS CAD license?

Yes. Simulation is integrated into the SOLIDWORKS interface, making it easy to learn by being in the familiar CAD environment. This allows for quick and easy testing of different design iterations and getting results to make better design decisions.

Are there different levels to SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

Yes. Like SOLIDWORKS CAD, Simulation is broken into 3 levels: Standard, Professional, and Premium. Each is a stepping stone to include unique study types to allow testing of different modes of failure. These include but are not limited to static, nonlinear, vibration, buckling, and drop tests. For more information, take a look at the Simulation Buyers Guide.

How confident can I be in the simulation results?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is one of the leading finite element analysis (FEA) software offerings in the industry. Simulation is embedded with many real-world validation and benchmark examples showcasing how close results come to traditional hand calculations. One Hawk Ridge Systems Customer, Forgeline Motorsports, was able to predict accuracy to 99.5% compared to how a part performs in a real physical test.

Can I lease a license of SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

Yes. SOLIDWORKS Simulation has options to be purchased as a perpetual license or term. Term licenses are offered for 3 months or 1 year. Hawk Ridge Technical Support can also be purchased with term licensing.

Is there training available for Simulation?

Yes. Hawk Ridge Systems offers great Simulation training options and bundles that are taught by experienced, degreed engineers and designed to get you up-to-speed with the software quickly.

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