SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium – Nonlinear Training Course

Course Description: This class will raise your SOLIDWORKS Simulation FEA skills to the next level! It offers hands-on experience on the use of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium nonlinear module. This course provides an overview on a wide range of nonlinear structural/mechanical analysis topics. You will learn how to deal with models that exhibit large displacements and/or yielding, discuss and practice the use of many material models available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and, most importantly, how to drive a non-linear analysis to successful completion

Course Length: 2 Days

Prerequisites: Must have attended the basic SOLIDWORKS Simulation class, or must have an experience with SOLIDWORKS + working basic knowledge of finite elements and of basic mechanical principles

Who should attend: Designed for users who would like to become productive fast, the nonlinear course offers hands-on experience on the use of SOLIDWORKS Simulation nonlinear module. The two-day course provides an overview on a wide range of nonlinear structural/mechanical analysis topics.


About This Course

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What is SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

Introduction to Nonlinear Structural Analysis

  • Introduction
  • Types of Nonlinearities
  • Solving Nonlinear Problems

Geometric Nonlinearities

  • Introduction
  • Large displacements problems
  • Small Displacement Analysis
  • Finite Strain Analysis
  • Large Deflection Analysis
  • References

Material Models and Constitutive Relations

  • Introduction
  • Elastic Models
  • Elasto-Plastic Models
  • Super Elastic Nitinol Model
  • Linear Visco-Elastic Model
  • Creep Model
  • References

Numerical Procedures for Nonlinear FEA

  • Overview
  • Incremental Control Techniques
  • Iterative Methods
  • Termination Criteria
  • References

Contact Analysis

  • Introduction
  • Global Contact / Gap Conditions
  • Local Contact / Gap Conditions
  • Troubleshooting for Gap / Contact Problems
  • References

Geometric Nonlinearities

  • Large displacements problems
  • Large strain formulation

Material Nonlinearities

  • Nonlinear elasticity
  • Hyperelasticity (Mooney-Rivlin, Ogden)
  • Plasticity (von Mises, isotropic/kinematic/mixed hardening rules)
  • Temperature dependent material properties
  • Visco-elasticity and creep

Contact (Boundary) Nonlinearities

  • 3D nonlinear gap/contact analysis (with or without material nonlinearities).

Numerical Procedures

  • Solution control techniques (force, displacement,and Arc-Length controls)
  • Equilibrium Iterations schemes (Newton-Raphson, modified Newton-Raphson)
  • Termination schemes (convergence and divergence criteria)

Special Topics

  • Adaptive automatic stepping algorithm
  • Prescribed non-zero displacements associated with time curves
  • Deformation dependent loading
  • Analysis stabilization techniques

Viewing the Results

  • Deflected shape plots
  • Displacement and stress color filled contour plots
  • Animation of deflected shape, displacement, and stress contour plots
  • X-Y plots for response quantities Isoplanes and sectioning

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