Solid Edge Simulation is built-in finite element analysis (FEA), allowing design engineers to digitally validate part and assembly designs within the Solid Edge environment. Based on proven Femap finite element modeling and NX Nastran solver technology, Solid Edge Simulation significantly reduces the need for physical prototypes, which lowers your material and testing costs, and saves design time.
Solid Edge Simulation significantly reduces the need for physical prototypes, which lowers your material and testing costs, and saves design time.
Automatic creation of finite element models
With Solid Edge Simulation you can create finite element models for solid and sheet metal structures automatically, as well as make adjustments to refine the mesh to improve accuracy of the results. For assemblies, Solid Edge Simulation offers automatic contact detection and sets up realistic component interaction, including iterative linear and glued contact.
Boundary condition definitions for realistic environments
Solid Edge Simulation provides all of the boundary condition definitions that you’ll need to model realistic operating environments for analysis. Loads and constraints are geometry-based and easy to set up using Solid Edge’s Quick Bar input options and handles.
Comprehensive graphical post-processing tools
Interpret and understand the resulting model behavior quickly with the comprehensive graphical post-processing tools in Solid Edge Simulation. If the results show that a design refinement is needed, then Solid Edge Simulation lets you easily accomplish this by utilizing Solid Edge’s synchronous technology to make the required model changes.
Full motion simulation
Combines advanced gear and motor relationships with a timeline control that allows design engineers to check for full range of motion, clearance and collisions automatically.
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.
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.
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.
Both steady state heat transfer analysis and thermal stress analysis, allowing designers or engineers to analyze thermal conditions on mechanical or electro-mechanical assemblies.
In this video demonstration, we review Solid Edge’s embedded simulation capability–for ensuring designs are appropriate for their purpose – strong enough, but not over built. In the demo, an engine hoist assembly is stress tested using various mesh types, and optimized for purpose, all from the perspective of a design engineer.
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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