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Fast Start Training Guide

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Table of Contents
Section 1 Introduction
Section 2 My first analysis
Section 3 User interface basic concepts
Section 4 Processing design geometry
Section 5 Creating an analysis
Section 6 Interpreting results
Section 7 Additional topics and sources for more information

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Section 1

INTRODUCTION

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Welcome to SIMSOLID
SIMSOLID is a next generation, high capacity, structural FEA
It uses new computational methods which operate on original, unsimplified,
CAD geometry and does not create a mesh
SIMSOLID can solve very large assemblies on a standard desktop computer.
No HPC or cloud back end is required
SIMSOLID is the perfect complement to your existing CAE specific or CAD
embedded Simulation. It extends their analysis range to larger models and
provides feedback in seconds to minutes

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SIMSOLID removes the big 4 FEA barriers to use


Budget barrier SIMSOLID is extremely affordable. Pay as you go with low monthly
or annual subscription options
Access barrier SIMSOLID is a lightweight (33 MB) downloadable app that
integrates directly with CAD and runs on your standard desktop computer. No
expensive HPC hardware or remotely shared cloud based system required
Know-how barrier SIMSOLID is extremely simple to use. It eliminates geometry
simplification and meshing, the two most time consuming, expertise extensive and
error prone tasks done in traditional FEA
Time to solution barrier SIMSOLID is fast. Typical results are obtained in seconds
to minutes.

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SIMSOLID technology
SIMSOLID is based on entirely new FEA technology
SIMSOLID does not use a mesh but instead applies
classes of higher order functions on both a part and
CAD feature basis
SIMSOLID is an adaptive solver that automatically
iterates to improve accuracy on both a local and
global basis
SIMSOLID algorithms are designed specifically to
handle large assemblies with complex connections
For more information including whitepapers,
validation and theory documents go to:

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SIMSOLID Dos and Donts


SIMSOLIDs unique numerical solution methods do not have many of the limitations found in traditional FEA. With SIMSOLID, there
is no meshing and geometry handling is much easier. Here is a short list of DOs and DONTs hints and tips to help get you going.
Do use the CAD geometry as is SIMSOLID is capable of analyzing all geometric detail including fillets, rounds, holes, imprints
and other small features. Even surface construction complexity such as odd face transitions and small splinter surfaces are OK
to leave in unaltered. SIMSOLID is tolerant of imprecise geometry.
Dont merge assemblies Most traditional FEA applications recommend this step in order to help the meshing process and
eliminate complex and cumbersome specialty element connections. With SIMSOLID this is not done. Merging parts actually
slows down the solution process. Always keep all CAD parts separate.
Dont be afraid of large assemblies With SIMSOLID, it is acceptable to leave in small parts such as bolts, nuts and washers.
Even bolts with threads are OK. SIMSOLID unique adaptive solution process will work efficiently on models with hundreds of
parts.
Dont be afraid of imperfect connection geometry In SIMSOLID, assembly part connections are very tolerant of gaps
(geometry that does not touch) and penetrations (geometry that overlaps). Its assembly connections are industry best at
handling ragged contact surfaces and setup is fast and easy.

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SIMSOLID Editions
SIMSOLID comes in two configurations:
SIMSOLID Standard edition
Static and modal analyses
Standard boundary conditions
Unique multi-CAD analysis model associativity with Fusion 360, SOLIDWORKS, Onshape and STL
Limited to 100 parts and 8-cores for parallel processing
SIMSOLID Power edition (30-DAY TRIAL VERSION)
More analyses thermal, thermal stress and geometric nonlinear static analysis
More connections virtual connectors, spot, laser and fillet welds
More boundary conditions thermal, inertia, inertia relief, hydrostatic, bearing, hinge, remote load
More capabilities rigid parts, bolt/nut tightening, modal participation factors
More result outputs bolt, contact region and spot weld resultant forces
More capacity no limit on number of parts or number of cores for parallel processing

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Section 1

MY FIRST ANALYSIS

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My first analysis
As an introduction, we will do a quick modal analysis to calculate the first 3 flexible
modes of a 30-part assembly of a bridge
More explanation coming, but for now this will provide a view of how few inputs
are actually required
Our 4 steps to accomplish this are:
1. Import STL geometry, create connections
2. Apply material property
3. Create modal analysis & run
4. Examine frequencies and mode shapes

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4-step analysis calculate first 3 flexible modes


Import geometry, create connections
Apply material property
Create modal analysis & run
Examine frequencies and mode shapes

Start by picking here

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4-step analysis calculate first 3 flexible modes


Import geometry, create connections
Apply material property
Create modal analysis & run
Examine frequencies and mode shapes
Pick material

Select apply
material

Start by picking here

Then apply it to all parts in


assembly and press OK

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4-step analysis calculate first 3 flexible modes


Import geometry, create connections
Apply material property
Create modal analysis & run
Examine frequencies and mode shapes

Create new modal analysis Press here to start


from the main window toolbar Ask to find 3 flexible modes modal analysis

Make sure modal


workbench is active

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4-step analysis calculate first 3 flexible modes


Import geometry, create
connections
Apply material property
Frequencies
Create modal analysis
& run Pick Displacement
magnitude
Examine frequencies and
mode shapes
Pick Show deformed shape

Pick here to animate


mode shape

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Section 3

USER INTERFACE BASIC CONCEPTS

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User interface basic concepts


Screen areas
Mouse buttons
Main menu toolbars
Graphics window
Project tree
Workbench toolbars
Bookmark browser
Specifying units

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Main toolbar

Project Tree Workbench


toolbar

Graphics Area

Bookmark Browser

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Mouse buttons View manipulation


Model Rotation left mouse button (LMB) click
+ drag to rotate model
Model Translation right mouse button (RMB)
click + drag to pan model.
Model Zoom rotate the mouse wheel to zoom
the model.
Model Zoom Extents (Fit): either pick the fit to
window button on the main toolbar or click the
window background with RMB and select Fit
geometry to window
Box Zoom use the "Box zoom" button from
the main window toolbar then click and drag
box using LMB. As faster alternative, just hold
SHIFT key and drag with LMB.
Alternative CAD system mouse mappings are
available from Settings>Mouse setting menu

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Mouse buttons Entity selection


Single select Select a single entity using the
left mouse button (LMB)
Multiple select Select multiple entities by
holding down Ctrl key and select with LMB
Box select Holding down Ctrl key and drag to
select items within the box
Drag box down any entities partial
enclosed within the box will be selected
Drag box up all entities must be fully
enclosed within the box to be selected

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Standard & custom views


Standard views User defined views
Standard views top, bottom, front,
back, etc.
Available on pulldown menu in Select arrowhead to point
Y axis normal to screen
main toolbar, or
by selecting main axis X, Y or Z
arrowheads
Z-up or Y-up definition defined in
the Settings>Screen coordinate Select arrowhead to
reverse (Z into screen)
system menu
User defined views
Available on main toolbar button
Are added to bottom of Standard
views pull down menu
Double click to edit name
User defined views are model
specific are saved in Project file

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Main menu toolbar


Show sectioning
plane

Import Project Box zoom Show parts Show hidden Measurements


from cloud tree on/off on/off shaded parts as ghosts tool
Import Show part Help window
Highlight items Fit geometry Precise Show
from file edges on/off
with comments to window rotation hidden parts

Open, close, Create new analysis


save project User defined Show parts Box selection static, modal, thermal or
views translucent on/off nonlinear static

Bookmark Standard Show part in Selection


browser on/off views random colors filter

Show boundary
conditions

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Graphics window

Immovable constraint
on part face
Loaded part
face

Entity context menu select


part with RMB. CTRL-select to
select multiple parts

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Project tree SI

Select Assembly to
set workbench focus

The project tree contains multiple workbenches.


A workbench is a related set of project tree entities
All workbench entities
to which certain actions can be applied. shown in bold

Entities in the workbench will be bolded when


active and a workbench toolbar will appear to the Workbench toolbar

right of the project tree.


Entity selection can be made in project tree or
directly on object in graphics window
Select using left mouse button (LMB)
Group select using shift-LMB or Ctrl-LMB
Display entity context menu using right mouse
button (RMB) selection in either the graphic
window or project tree
Double-click project tree entity to open Edit dialogs
TIP: The Project tree is the primary way to manage all SIMSOLID entity interaction
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Workbench toolbars

Assembly toolbar Connections toolbar


Apply material Auto create
property connections
Resume suppressed Manually create
parts connections
Create rigid part Create Spot and Laser Welds
Power Edition only Power Edition only
Review Connections

Create spot Create virtual connectors


Create local Power Edition only
coordinate Show disconnected
system groups of parts
Review and clean
assembly
Check for geometry
defects

NOTE: The toolbar displayed is based on the currently selected


workbench in the project tree
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Workbench toolbars
Structural analysis toolbar
Immovable
support
Sliding
support
Hinge support Run the
Power Edition only analysis
Check rigid
Spring support --
motions
Power Edition only

Create result
Pressure load contour plot
Result point
Uniform load or
probe
displacement
Gravity load Create XY plot
Inertia load Bolt/nut forces
Power Edition only Power Edition only
Spot weld forces
Remote load Power Edition only
Power Edition only Reaction
Thermal load forces
Power Edition only Bearing load
Power Edition only
Hydrostatic load
Power Edition only
Bolt tightening
Power Edition only
Nut tightening
Power Edition only

NOTE: The toolbar displayed is based on the currently selected


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Bookmark browser
Save images and
Saves the current graphics state along animations to media
files
Create new
bookmark
RMB select thumbnail to
with any overlaid windows (such as display context menu
summary dialogs)
Increase/decrease
Great way to document your work thumbnail size

Bookmarks are saved in the project file Triangle indicates


Update bookmark with contents
of current graphics window
animation bookmark
Bookmark images and animations can
be exported to media files to use in
reports. Files are saved in .png and Adds onscreen caption. Drag
Double-click caption to reposition in
.mp4 formats name to edit graphics area

To save animation,
create new bookmark Select any thumbnail to
while animation is restore graphics view
active

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Interface Synchronization
The project tree,
bookmark browser and Project tree workbench
graphics window states will synchronize as well

are always synchronized


The focus will be
consistent for all user
interface controls
Select any one and the
others will update

Graphics area will


synchronize with bookmark
Select bookmark

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Specifying units

Double-click here to
open units dialog
Set the number format of result
output here engineering,
scientific or concise mix
Both input and output
units can be set

Check here to make these settings


the default for new projects

TIP: SIMSOLID manages all units. These are the default values only. They can still be overridden
on most data input forms. Mixed unit input is fully supported throughout the product.
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Section 4

PROCESSING DESIGN GEOMETRY

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Processing design geometry


Design Studies
Geometry import
from SOLIDWORKS
From Autodesk Fusion 360
from Onshape
From STL
Creating connections
Adjusting visualization styles
Assigning materials

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Design studies
Design Studies allow you to quickly evaluate and BASELINE Study this is the
SI
source for all material
compare the structural performance from different properties, connections and
geometric configurations. A single SIMSOLID Project file analysis conditions

can contain multiple Design Studies each with their own


unique set of geometry and analyses.
Every time geometry is imported, it is placed into a new
design study and SIMSOLID will attempt to reapply
existing material property, connection and analysis
definition data. The source for this data will be the Each time new geometry
is read in, the data
BASELINE design study. attributes from the
baseline study will be
The first design study defaults to BASELINE but this can applied here

be changed at any time by selecting the right mouse


button (RMB) menu Set as baseline on any design
study root node in the project tree.

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Design studies - Managing associativity


Every time geometry is imported, it is placed into a new
design study and SIMSOLID will attempt to reapply existing
BASELINE material property, connection and analysis
definition data.
Items that cannot be reapplied will be marked in red
All red entities must be resolved before a new analysis can
be started
For contact conditions, SIMSOLID will bond automatically.
Review to make sure this is what you want. Either, RMB
select then pick Accept contact condition(s) in red or
double-click to Edit
For boundary conditions, double-click and reselect the
location (face, edge, spot, etc.)

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Geometry considerations
SIMSOLID does not import CAD surface or solid geometry. CAD face structure
Instead it uses a more efficient faceted geometric approach.
From CAD (SOLIDWORKS, Fusion 360 or Onshape)
Full CAD hierarchical assembly tree structure used
CAD part faces used (preferred)
Facets are based on CAD add-in faceting parameters
From STL
Multi-body STL used. Flat assembly tree structure only
SIMSOLID determined part face structure based on surface curvature (will miss
fillet faces, see example on right)
Facets are based on STL file export parameters (must take care, as some CAD
system export poor quality STL)
When possible, the direct CAD integrated paths are preferred
over generic STL. Geometry quality is better and solver solution STL face structure
speed will, in most cases, be faster.
Faceting best practice use a level of tessellation that is
sufficient to capture the general part shape but not be overly
fine. Too much detail does not improve the solution accuracy
and only slows down the solution sequence.

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Design studies Copying analyses


Analyses may be easily copied between
design studies.
RMB select the analysis and pick Copy to
and the location target.
Power Edition only - static analysis contact
and boundary conditions can be copied to
a new non-linear analysis. RMB select the
analysis and pick Copy to non-linear
analysis
Note: when doing nonlinear analysis, you have the
option to use follower loads. Simply double-click
the load to Edit and select the follower icon next to
the load value.

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Geometry and material property import from SOLIDWORKS


Pick here to load the current
SOLIDWORKS visible geometry Pick here to save model to SIMSOLID
into SIMSOLID uses shared formatted file use this method if SIMSOLID
memory (preferred method) is on a different machine from SOLIDWORKS

Pick here to adjust face


facet settings
Choose which active SIMSOLID
project to load the design
study geometry into.

Inside of SOLIDWORKS,
make sure SIMSOLID
add-in is activated

TIP: Install SIMSOLID on same machine as SOLIDWORKS


and installer will also load SIMSOLID SOLIDWORKS add-in
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Geometry & material property import from Fusion 360

Choose which active


Pick here to load the current Fusion 360 SIMSOLID project to load
visible (body or mesh body) geometry into the design study geometry
SIMSOLID uses shared memory into.
(preferred method)

Pick here to save model to SIMSOLID


formatted file use this method if SIMSOLID
is on a different machine from Fusion 360

Pick here to adjust face


facet settings

Inside of Fusion 360, make sure


SIMSOLID add-in is activated

TIP: Install SIMSOLID on same machine as Fusion 360 and


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Geometry import from Onshape Open browser to


log into Onshape
Select cloud settings to
and authorize
authorize Onshape account
(required one time)
Select here to open
Onshape document. Right
mouse button select here
to change Onshape
workspace.

Select Import
from cloud

Most of the time, Standard face facets are OK.


Select here to select part Should only need to change for complex
or assembly studio curving geometry. NOTE: too many facets will
slow down the analysis. Adjust with caution.

Select here to import assembly into SIMSOLID. Or better


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Geometry import from STL file

Select the Import from file button


from the Main Toolbar. Browse to
where your file (or files) are located, Select Import
from file
select all of them and the press Open.

SIMSOLID knows all about units, but


unfortunately STL does not. A dialog
allows you to specify the units that the
file is in. Bounding box dimensions are
displayed to help you decide.

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Automatically Create Connections


Once the geometry is read in, SIMSOLID will display a dialog to
prompt for connection tolerances. The Automatic connections
operation tries to create connections between all parts using these
tolerances as a guide.
Once complete, you will see a list of all parts and connections in the
Project tree.
If there are parts that SIMSOLID cannot connect, a dialog will be
displayed to notify you and give you the option to suppress or
delete the unconnected entities.
Connections can be created manually as well see icons in the
connections workbench toolbar
Auto create
connections
Manually create
connections
Show disconnected
groups of parts

NOTE: A best practice it to make the gap and penetration tolerance as


small as possible. Values that are too big can over constrain the model.
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Review Part Connections


METHOD 1
To see where a connection is on the model, simple select
it in the project tree. The model turns transparent and
the connection is highlighted by a red cross-hatch
pattern.
For instances where the model is more complex, use the
Zoom In command on the Context menu (use RMB to
select the connection). Now the view will zoom in to the
connection location and only the two parts associated
with the connection are displayed. A +and Zoom
button will appear on the connection to allow you to fine
tune the view.
METHOD 2
An alternate method is to RMB pick a part and select the
Review part connections menu item. This display a
dialog listing all connections associated with the selected
part only.

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Review Part Connections


METHOD 3
Use Review connections dialog.
Allows you to sort all connections by attribute.
Just pick the column headers
Any connection selected will be highlighted in
the graphics window

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Adjusting visualization styles


Parts can be displayed as shaded, wireframe or transparent
Parts can be hidden Show parts
shaded
Show hidden
parts as ghosts
Hidden parts can be shown as ghosted (light transparent) Show part Show
edges hidden parts
To hide part:
select one or more parts in either the project tree or graphics
region. Use CTRL key to multi-select
RMB select Hide menu
To show hidden parts, RMB in a blank area of the graphics Show parts
translucent
window and select show all hidden parts
Show part in Show boundary
random colors conditions

TIP: Use bookmarks to save a favorite graphics style or visual grouping

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Visualization Examples

Random colored parts Translucent parts Results plot with hidden parts shown
as ghosted

Edge only display Hidden parts shown as ghosted (light Edges on (undeformed), deformed
transparent) shape with continuous contour plot

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Assign Material Properties


NOTE: CAD materials will be imported
Select Select Assign
with model geometry, if defined.
Assembly material

Select
material

Material name listed


next to parts

Select here and OK to assign selected material to


Select here and OK to assign
selected parts. Parts can be selected in either
selected material to all parts
the project tree or the graphics window.

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Using default materials


If you change your mind and find you
no longer want a default material,
Pick material RMB select and pick Clear

SI SI

Double-click here to
open materials dialog
NOTE: Default materials will be
applied to any parts without
material when an analysis is run.
TIP: This only needs to be set up
one time. Will be saved as a user
preference.
Pick OK

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Review material property assignment


Large assemblies can have many material
properties. SIMSOLID makes it easy to SI
review material property assignments.
RMB pick Assembly and select:
Show>Materials This will show a list of
all material property assignments. Pick a
material name and all parts with that
material property will be highlighted.
Show>Parts without materials This will
hide all part with materials and only show
parts without material property
assignments.

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Suppressing and deleting parts


Suppressing parts removes them from
inclusion in related analyses but leaves
them in the Project file
Deleting parts removes them from the
project file. Use caution as delete cannot
be undone.
Parts may be suppressed or deleted from
current or all design studies
Parts are suppressed or deleted using
right mouse button (RMB) selection of a
group of parts in either the project tree
or the graphics window.
Suppressed parts are shown in the
project tree as crossed out and grey
Use RMB menu Resume to unsuppress
a part and reactivate it.

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Section 5

CREATING AN ANALYSIS

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Creating an analysis
Create new analysis
Specify contact conditions
Create boundary conditions
Specify solution settings
Run the analysis

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Create new analysis

Create a new analysis by selecting from either the Analysis menu or main toolbar.
NOTE: Thermal and Structural non-linear analysis available in SIMSOLID Power edition only.

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Specify contact conditions


SIMSOLID contact conditions can be bonding, sliding or
disabled
Contact conditions are created automatically but can
be changed by user
RMB pick a connection then select Edit

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Create boundary conditions


Select analysis
workbench
Select where
to apply to

Select
boundary
condition

(optional) select units for this


boundary condition

Toggle between load and


specified displacement

Enter load or
displacement value

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Select Spot as rectangle, circle, triangle
location

Using Spots
Many traditional FEA systems require
faces to be split to create localized
loads and constraints Select existing or pick

SIMSOLID has a better way Spots here to create new spot Define shape
attributes
Spots can be rectangular, circular or
triangular. They can even be points,
lines or arcs
Spots are projected onto parts normal
to the screen
Pick part face to orient part and If necessary, fine Pick OK to
center view tune location project onto
part(s)
Spots can be projected onto more
than one face or more than one part
Specify what to
project Spot onto

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Specify solution settings


The Settings> Solution settings menu item is used to specify solution
accuracy control values. Three solution levels are possible Standard,
Detailed and Custom.
The default setting is Standard. This will provide three adaptive solution
passes and is intended to provide the best trade-off of solution speed to
solution quality. In most cases, this will be all that is required for general
load path calculation. A best practice is to always start with this setting.
The second solution quality level is Detailed. This will provide four adaptive
solution passes and also has additional controls to refine stresses more
completely. A best practice is to use this setting in local parts where
additional stress detail is desired. Part based solution settings are applied by
right mouse button (RMB) selecting a part (or parts) in either the Project
tree or directly in the graphics window and picking the Part solution
settings menu item.
The third solution quality level is Custom. This is an expert mode that allows
individual control of all solution settings. This should only be used for parts
with unusual characteristics or when fine degree of control is desired.

TIP: Solution settings can be applied globally to


the entire model or locally to a group of parts.
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Solution settings details


Stress refinement this setting controls the methodology used to refine stresses. Both advanced options are
slightly more computationally expensive to run. A best practice is to use them locally on a part by part basis.
These apply only to structural linear and nonlinear statics, they are not used in modal or thermal analyses.
Options include:
Standard uses default methodology
Adapt to features uses special logic that has more aggressive adaptivity for stress distribution in local feature areas
Geometry complexity Options include: Standard, Increased or High. This represents the initial size of the
equation set used on a part by part basis. For most parts Standard is the best choice. In most cases, this only
needs to be increased for parts with extreme aspect ratios such as long narrow parts or thin complex curved
shells. This is best done on a part by part basis. Increasing the geometry complexity globally can slow down
solution time significantly.
Max number of adaptive solutions SIMSOLID is an adaptive solver that makes multiple solution passes. With
each pass the equations are solved, global and local error measures are calculated and based on these measures,
the equations are locally enriched. Increase this value to increase accuracy. Typical values are 3 to 6 passes.

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Solution settings for global-local analysis


Note: Solution settings define a strategy of solution adaptation when multiple solution passes
are performed. The strategy is defined by two things:
1. by the settings itself set in the dialog
2. by the geometrical scale (size) of the objects they are applied to
Global solution settings define the solution refinement strategy on the whole assembly
assuming that accuracy requirements are approximately equal on all parts. Global solution
settings scale is the size of the whole assembly. Local solutions setting define the solution
refinement strategy on a part or group of parts. The scale of the settings is the size of the parts
in the group.
Therefore, the same solution settings applied to the whole assembly or to a specific part will
have different effects on the accuracy. The local settings will always drive solution to be more
locally accurate for a given set of parts because the scale is smaller. This facilitates the ability to
do Global-local analysis and to focus the adaptive refinement on particular areas of interest.
This implies that both a Global and Part local solution setting can have the same settings value
but because of scale differences will provide slightly different results.

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Start
Here

Want to find
overall system Considerations for
performance? Considerations for
global-local stress
geometric complexity
studies

Got equal size parts Got small parts with


Got small parts with Got thin shells with
with non-local fine geometric
local stresses? bending?
stresses? detail?

Typical
3 to 6 passes

Want to do additional
solution convergence
studies?

Solution setting roadmap


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Run the analysis

Pick analysis
workbench

When done, pick


here to display
analysis summary

Pick here
to run

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Section 6

INTERPRETING RESULTS

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Interpreting results
Creating a contour plot
Fast results switching
Other display results
Safety factor plots
XY plots
Point probes
Reaction forces
Spot weld forces

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Creating a contour plot


Pick and hold
Once the analysis is complete, a Result with LMB
entity icon will appear in the Project
Tree and the Result Plot button will no
longer be greyed out.
To create a contour plot, click and hold
with the left mouse button (LMB) on
the Result Plot button, then select the
desired result type from the pop-up Pick type of contour
menu. to display

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Contour legend controls Select Value to


Set Upper
Contour Bound

Contour legend controls are on plot dialog


Parts can be hidden during results display. Just RMB select on the
model or in the Project tree and pick Hide. Hold down the CTRL
key to select more than one part.
Contour can be on deformed or undeformed part geometry Lock
Max Min
Pick Show part edges button in main window toolbar to display Bounds Select Value to
Set Lower
undeformed edges Contour Bound
Set
Max/Min labels can be displayed on model. Drag to reposition. Output Show Min/Max
Units Labels
Legend controls can be hidden and legend can be dragged to any
Show
place in graphics window. Click on legend to bring back controls Deformed
Set Contour Colors
Max/Min legend bounds can be locked during Fast results Shape
8, 16 or Continuous
switching see next slide. NOTE: this lock only works when switch Show
between identical results. Undeformed Set Max
Shape Deform Scale

TIP: Use bookmarks to save a contour plot settings, Current


Start/Stop Animation
including animations Animation Frame

Animation Speed
Animation
Steps
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Fast results switching

While contour is displayed, pick


another analysis. Contour will
fast results switch to new data

While contour is displayed, pick


new result entity. Contour will
fast results switch to new data

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Display results - Safety factor plot


Pick and hold
with LMB 2. Pick Material name. Safety factor contour
will be shown for all parts with this material.
Others will be ghost hidden (transparent).

3. Pick number to edit


contour band value then
enter to adjust

1. Pick Safety Factor

3. Or, use sliders to dynamically


adjust contour bands

HINT: CTRL-Select multiple material names to show


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Display results - XY plot


While a contour plot is active, use the Graph button in
the Workbench Toolbar to display the XY Graph dialog.
Simply pick two or more points on the model to get an
XY plot of the result.
Drag on the plot to pan or use the mouse wheel to
zoom.
The Refit button get you back to the original plot scales.
Use Save As to save the plot in a variety of graphic or
text formats.

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Display results - Point probe tool


While a contour plot is active,
use the Pick Info button in the
Workbench Toolbar to display the
point probe tool.
Simply pick one or more points
on the model to get numeric
values at those locations.

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Display results - Reaction forces


Pick the Reaction force button in the Workbench
toolbar to display the Reaction Force dialog.
Select any boundary support to get the reaction forces
summary.

Pick here to open


Reaction force dialog

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Display results Spot weld forces


Pick column name
to sort list

Pick single Spot weld to


view resultant force
vector on the model

Or, CTRL-Select and SHIFT-Select


multiple values to sum forces

Pick here to open Spot


weld forces dialog
Power edition only

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Refine results plot on a face


A right mouse button (RMB) option is available to
locally refine result contours on a single part face.
This can be useful for long narrow regions that
may not have enough plotting resolution.
Note that this does not affect the accuracy of the
results. It only provides more sampling points to
map results to.
May be applied more than once to some faces.
There is an upper limit on the resolution that is
allowed. Once reached, this command will notify
the user that no more refinement on the face is
possible.
Use with caution. Once additional points are
mapped, you cannot go back to the original
plotting resolution.

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Section 7

ADDITIONAL TOPICS AND SOURCES FOR


MORE INFORMATION

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Additional topics - Not covered here


Thermal & thermal stress analyses Modal participation factors
Geometric nonlinear analysis Personalize the user interface
Bolted connections Virtual connectors
Specified displacement in local Creating custom materials
coordinate systems Importing materials from .csv files
Rigid parts Measuring distance and gaps
Standard and user defined views Adding/editing/viewing project tree
Hydrostatic loads comments
Inertia loads Creating a MS PowerPoint report
Bearing loads and hinge constraint Spot and laser welds
Exporting animations Fillet/seam welds

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Sources for more information


SIMSOLID Blog https://www.simsolid.com/blog/
SIMSOLID Forum https://www.simsolid.com/forum/
SIMSOLID Learning videos https://www.simsolid.com/learning/
SIMSOLID White papers http://www.simsolid.com/white-papers/

Follow us online at: IMPORTANT: Please subscribe to our YouTube


Web www.simsolid.com channel. Once we get 100 subscribers, Google
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Twitter https://twitter.com/simsolid
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LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/company/simsolid-corporation
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClPw2mUaQ-Ih86Vq26D5XTw

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Next Steps
Go ahead and try SIMSOLID for yourself.
Compare it with an analysis done using traditional FEA methods. But when using
SIMSOLID, use the full CAD geometry and not the geometry that has been
simplified for FEA.
Next, try it on an large assembly. Remember, never merge parts. Just leave them in
their original design state and use SIMSOLID connections.
Then, modify the geometry and reimport it to create a 2nd design study. See how
fast and easy it is to evaluate change on actual CAD designs.
And finally, have a question, please post it in the User forum or just contact us
directly. We would love to hear from you.

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