Join Tony Abbey for an in-depth discussion in this video Truss: Beam differences, part of SOLIDWORKS: Shell and Beam Modeling in FEA.
- [Instructor] In this video, we're going to investigate…the difference in the setup of models…which incorporate trusses, which we've just been covering,…and those which include beam elements.…We're going to look at the differences in the approach,…and the requirements of those two types of elements.…Now if you got SolidWorks version 2018 or later,…we go to the exercise folder, and open the SolidWorks file,…taper_and_constant SolidWorks part.…If you're working with a SolidWorks version prior to 2018…or don't have this SolidWorks file available,…then choose all files in the dropdown…to enable you to see all the file types,…and choose the Parasolid instead.…
So we're going to open up the SolidWorks part,…and we can see that there are three solid bodies present.…If we look at them, they are Loft1, Loft2, and Loft3.…They're just being created by lofting…between simple sketches.…Now some of the characteristics we're interested in,…Loft1 tapers from front to back.…Loft2 is a constant cross section, but it is a short length.…
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