Solid Edge Simulation

Simulation Analysis | FEA

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in Solid Edge

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.

Capabilities

Powerful simulation functionality embedded inside Solid Edge

Solid Edge Simulation significantly reduces the need for physical prototypes, which lowers your material and testing costs, and saves design time.

Buckling Simulation

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.

Thermal Simulation

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. 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 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.

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

Both steady state heat transfer analysis and thermal stress analysis, allowing designers or engineers to analyze thermal conditions on mechanical or electro-mechanical assemblies.

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Simulation in Solid Edge

In this video demonstration, we review Solid Edge’s embedded simulation capabilityfor ensuring designs are appropriate for their purposestrong 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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