Optimise products by using SOLIDWORKS design validation tools to simulate real-world conditions and test multiple "what if" scenarios.
SOLIDWORKS has a number of Simulation packages available to simulate different scenarios such as static stress analysis, thermal analysis, fatigue, buckling, non-linear analysis. These packages are grouped into main products as follows:
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium software provides a full range of simulation capabilities to test product durability and bolsters the depth of Simulation Professional with additional features,
including tools for simulating nonlinear and dynamic response and dynamic loading.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional goes beyond core simulation and expands the virtual test environment to product durability and natural frequencies, heat transfer and buckling, and pressure analysis and complex loading.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard gives you an intuitive virtual testing environment for linear static, time-based motion, and fatigue simulation, so you can answer common engineering challenges with a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD embedded solution
Included with the SOLIDWORKS Premium 3D CAD design package, SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides core simulation tools to test strength and safety, analyse the kinematics, and simulate real world performance to help you make the decisions that improve quality.
SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress is a first-pass basic stress analysis tool that comes with every SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional software package.
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Glossary of Simulation and Analysis Terms
Linear Static Analysis
Linear static analysis software allows engineers to test different load conditions and their resulting stresses and deformation. Knowing how a design will perform under different conditions allows engineers to make changes prior to physical prototyping, thus saving both time and money.
The word optimum means "best or most favourable" in the English dictionary. To design engineering professionals, an optimum design would be one that saves material and does not break or overheat in its normal course of operation during its life cycle. In the process of coming up with an optimum design, a design engineering professional normally would go through a few series of prototypes, which may incorporate lab or field-testing and some intuition.
Allow design engineering professionals to easily share files between SOLIDWORKS Simulation and most other analysis software programs.
Parts and structures subjected to cyclic mechanical and thermal loads will suffer from fatigue. Whether you design engine parts or bridges, the Fatigue module can help you predict how fatigue will affect the overall life of the product, and identify the areas that may be critically damaged. To make the modelling process faster and easier, you can consider stresses associated with load conditions previously calculated through load cases or time-steps. You may also modify the stored stresses in the standard database or specify your own stresses to create the most realistic model for fatigue analysis.
Advanced Dynamics Analysis
The Advanced Dynamics module, performs linear dynamic analysis of systems subject to all types of dynamic excitations. The effect of loads due to earthquake excitation and other complex dynamic conditions can be considered easily and accurately. The program performs analysis on the basis of the normal mode method, which requires natural modes and frequencies to be calculated a priori.
Thermal analysis allows design engineers and analysis experts to perform heat transfer analysis of simple models or complex 3D assemblies. Thermal analysis allows engineers to study temperature changes encountered by mechanical parts and structures in their normal operating conditions, which influence a product's performance.
Frequency Buckling Analysis
Frequency and buckling analysis is a critical component of a design, but is often overlooked. Inherent vibration modes in structural components or mechanical support systems can shorten equipment life and cause unexpected failures. Frequency and buckling analysis allows design engineers and analysis experts to evaluate natural frequencies or critical buckling loads and their corresponding mode shapes of their SOLIDWORKS models.
Drop Test Analysis
The Drop Test feature in Simulation Professional helps engineers design products that are likely to be dropped. It indicates the effect of impact on SOLIDWORKS models when dropped from various heights. Performing drop tests virtually on the computer provides a low cost alternative to physical drop testing. SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional is the only mainstream analysis program to offer drop test functionality.
In the real world, most engineering problems contain some kind of nonlinear effect. In the past it was impractical to solve these with nonlinear algorithms because of the limitations of existing analysis software programs. Analysts were forced to use simplified linear approximations as a faster and more efficient alternative, however, the resulting solutions were not always valid.