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
Skill Level Intermediate
- [Tony] Hi, my name's Tony Abbey and I've been using FEA in design and analysis of structures for many years. Now, during that time, I've covered a wide range of structural components. Some have been solid, chunky-looking structures, however, a lot of them have been thin-walled, or beam-like. In this course, I wanted to illustrate how to handle these types of structures efficiently, within SOLIDWORKS simulation, by using shell and beam elements. Now, it's always been a bit of a judgment call on how we idealize a structure. In many cases, we'll stick with traditional solid element meshing, but by following the ideas in the course, you can open up your own options considerably.
I hope you'll find these alternative methods of using beams and shells to be a powerful addition to your analysis toolkit. It may take a little practice, but combined with a good knowledge of SOLIDWORKS geometry, it will put you in a strong position, so now sit back and enjoy the course.