Solid Edge Simulation

Simulation Analysis | FEA

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in Solid Edge

Solid Edge Simulation is a built-in finite element analysis (FEA) solution that allows design engineers to digitally validate part and assembly designs within the Solid Edge environment. Based on proven Femap finite element modeling and NX Nastran technology, Solid Edge Simulation significantly reduces the need for physical prototypes, which lowers your material and testing costs, and saves design time.

Capabilities

Powerful simulation functionality embedded inside Solid Edge

Best-in-class simulation capabilities provide powerful tools to digitally validate designs.

Buckling Simulation

Automatic creation of finite element models

Create finite element models for solid and sheet metal structures automatically, and make adjustments to refine the mesh to improve accuracy of results. For assemblies, Solid Edge Simulation offers automatic contact detection and sets up realistic component interaction, including iterative linear and glued contact.

Thermal Simulation

Boundary condition definitions for realistic environments

Leverage the boundary condition definitions needed to model realistic operating environments for analysis. Loads and constraints are geometry-based and easy to set up using Quick Bar input options and handles. Validate thermal and cooling performance such as transient heat transfer with time history results.

Motion Simulation

Comprehensive graphical post-processing tools

Interpret and understand the resulting model behavior quickly with the comprehensive graphical post-processing tools. If results show that a design refinement is needed, synchronous technology makes it easy to accomplish the required model changes.

Full motion simulation

Evaluate and visualize how parts will interact in an assembly. Understand how a product will perform throughout its operational cycle, and how it will function in the real world.

Stress analysis and simulation

Beam analysis checks to see if assemblies are overbuilt, based on the amount of stress exerted on them, saving manufacturing resources.

Vibration simulation

Determine the natural frequencies of a part or assembly in free vibration, as well as the expected relative displacements of the structure when at the natural frequency.

Buckling simulation

Determine the load at which a structure becomes unstable, which is especially critical for models that contain slender parts or assemblies that contain slender components.

Thermal simulation

Perform steady state heat transfer analysis and thermal stress analysis to analyze thermal conditions on mechanical or electromechanical assemblies.

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Best-in-class simulation capabilities in Solid Edge provide design engineers with powerful tools to help digitally validate their designs to build better products in less time by front loading the simulation process.

Designers can quickly conduct a finite element analysis (FEA) study to evaluate structures against load criteria, in order to meet strength requirements whilst minimizing material usage. This leads to a design which is structurally sound and cost-effective.

Ben Monkton, Lead Mechanical Engineer, Calder

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