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SOLIDWORKS® Simulation is an easy-to-use portfolio of structural analysis tools that use Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to predict a product’s real-world physical behavior by virtually testing CAD models. The portfolio provides linear, non-linear static and dynamic analysis capabilities.

•    CAD-embedded structural analysis solutions using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to predict real-life performance.
•    Easy to use, comprehensive capabilities solve everything from a simple linear analysis of single components to complete simulations of full assemblies with contact and non-linearities.
•    Understand product performance early in the design process to innovate more and avoid rework.


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Fatigue Studies
Estimate components fatigue life under high-cycle varying loads where the peak stress is below the material yield stress. Cumulative damage theory is used to predict locations and cycles to failure.
FEA Modelling
SOLIDWORKS Simulation includes solid, shell, and beam modeling using h- and p-adaptive element types with mesh control and failure diagnostics. A customizable material library is included with simulation data: Parallel computing (multi-core) Batch Run Professional and Premium only: 2D Simplification Plane Stress Plane Strain Axisymmetric Sub-modeling Simulation Sub-Modelling: analyze the structural resistance of a sub model from a main assembly Premium only:
Loads And Restraints
- Fixtures to prescribe zero or non-zero displacements - Force, pressure, and remote structural loads - Temperature loading - Import Flow/Thermal Loads - Load Case Manager: evaluate the effects of various load combinations on your model. (Available on Profession and Premium packages only)
Thermal Analysis
Solve steady-state and transient part and assembly thermal problems for temperature, temperature gradient, and heat flux. With the Thermal Analysis completed, you can import temperature loads into a Static Study.
Frequency Studies
Frequency Studies determine a product’s natural modes of vibration which is important for products that experience vibration in their working environment.
Buckling Studies
A possible failure mode for long and slender components is by collapse at a load below material yield stress. The buckling study predicts the components buckling load factor.
Pressure Vessel Studies
Linearized stress, a key for safe pressure design, is calculated in the Pressure Vessel Study.
Topology Studies
Enables you to discover new minimal material design alternatives under linear elastic static loading while still meeting component stress, stiffness and vibrational requirements.
Linear Dynamic Studies
Builds upon the Frequency Study to calculate the stresses due to forcing vibrations and calculating the effects of dynamic loads, impact or shock loading, for linear elastic materials. Study types are: - Modal Time History Analysis - Harmonic Analysis - Random Vibration Analysis - Response Spectrum Analysis
Non-Linear Analysis
Non-Linear 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.
Fully Compatible With SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
- Fully embedded in SOLIDWORKS for ease of use and data integrity. - Supports SOLIDWORKS materials and configurations for easy analysis setup. - Same user interface as SOLIDWORKS (toolbars, menus, and context-sensitive right-click menus). SOLIDWORKS users can get up to speed rapidly with SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
Communication With Reports And EDrawings
Customizable Simulation report. eDrawings of Simulation results.
Linear Static Analysis
Solves part and assembly structural analysis problems for stress, strain, displacements, and Factors of Safety (FOS). Typical analysis assumes static loading, elastic linear materials, and small displacements. SW SIM Premium: Composite materials are added for to Static studies. Component setup includes ply orientation and sandwich definition. Results include ply failure index as well as stress and deflections.
Interactions And Connectors
• Bonded, Contact, Shrink Fit, Free and Virtual Wall conditions. • Node-to-surface and surface-to-surface contact. • Self-contact. • Connectors: bolt, spring, pin, elastic support and bearing • Connector safety check
Stress Hot Spot Diagnostics
• Regions of model with irregular stress gradients can be detected between adjacent elements. • The cause of the irregular stress gradients could be stress singularities. Patent awarded in 2020.
Time-Based Motion
• Rigid body kinematic and dynamic motion tool used to calculate velocities, accelerations, and movements of assembly under operational loads. • With motion analysis complete, component body and connection loads can be included in linear analysis for a complete structural investigation.
Design Comparison Studies
"What if" scenarios based on defined variables (dimensions, mass properties, simulation data).
Trend Tracker
Detection of trends in results from different iterations of a static study.
Automatic Conversion Of Toolbox Fasteners To Bolts
Automatic conversion of Toolbox fasteners from SOLIDWORKS CAD models to simulation bolt connectors. Patent awarded in 2018.
Design Optimization
• Based on a Design of Experiments (DoE) method, Design Optimization finds the optimum design according to design variables and user-defined goals such as minimize mass, stress, deflections. • Design variables can be CAD dimensions, material properties or load values.
Load Case Manager
Effects of various load combinations on your model can be evaluated.
Advanced Interactions And Connectors
• Thermal contact resistance condition • Insulated condition • Edge weld connector • Link Rod connector
Event-Based Motion Simulation
Motion analysis generated by event-triggered motion control using any combination of sensors or events or time schedule.
Drop Test Simulation
Ability to analyze effect of impact of part or assembly on target surface.
Submodeling Simulation
Ability to analyze structural response of subset of main assembly.
2D Simplification
Dramatic reduction in amount of time needed to solve problem by simplifying 3D models to 2D in plane stress, plane strain or axi-symmetric models.
Composites Simulation
Analysis of structural response of composite, which is mixture of two or more materials.

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