Join Tony Abbey for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know, part of SOLIDWORKS: Shell and Beam Modeling in FEA.
- [Instructor] Now in this short video, I'm going to cover the things that you need to start the course. So first thing, is what you need to know, and a basic familiarity with SOLIDWORKS geometry will be quite important. Now there are several topic areas we want to concentrate on, and that will be manipulating surface geometry independently, weldments, and sheet metal bodies. If you can practice those, research those, that's really gonna help you on this course. You also need a basic understanding of FEA principles, and optionally, I have a course on LinkedIn called SOLIDWORKS: Simulation for Finite Element Analysis.
I'd recommend you take a look at that. Now what you need to have is the SOLIDWORKS Simulation add-in. I'm using version 2018, so to open the exercise files, you'll need 2018 or later for both the part files and results files. What I have done, though, is to put parasolid geometry files as an equivalent, so if you don't have version 2018 or later, you can open up those and rebuild the models, or in some cases, we actually build the geometry from scratch. What you won't be able to do, though, is import the mesh or the results if you're starting from the parasolid geometry.
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