Join Tony Abbey for an in-depth discussion in this video Beam modeling background, part of SOLIDWORKS: Shell and Beam Modeling in FEA.
- [Instructor] In this chapter we're going…to look at the second type of special element…which is the beam element.…And as a reminder, a beam element is…another type of one dimensional element…in the same family as the truss element.…And just like the truss, the beam has no representation…of space around its one dimensional axis.…Parametrically, it just knows the Area, Moments…of Inertia and the Torsional Constant.…The beam can carry end loads, like the truss,…but in addition it can carry moments,…shear forces and torsion.…Each end of the beam has six degrees of freedom…so it can carry these loads internally.…
Applications of the beam element include…pipe-like assemblies where the joints are very stiff,…like in the oil rig jacket here,…in the construction industry…where many girder-like assemblies are used,…and there are many cases where shaft, legs,…and stanchions can all be modeled as beams.…For example, in the heavy section shown here.…The conrod shown here could be greatly simplified…just down to its axial bending…
In this course, instructor Tony Abbey explains how to work with shell and beam models in SOLIDWORKS. Learn when to use shell, beam, and specialized truss elements; understand the fundamentals of modeling with them; and find out how to mesh, postprocess, and model components with these tools. Tony shows how to set up and run these FEA simulations to test the integrity of your designs and view results such as stress, force, and displacement.
- Modeling beams and trusses
- Using weldments
- Modeling shells
- Using surfaces
- Using solid bodies
- Using sheet-metal bodies
- Setting up and running FEA simulations