FEA using Solidworks

This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of FEA. The tool that will be used is Solidworks. The student will be provided with the necessary technical support to complete the course.

  • Pre-requisites : Mechanical
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A Quick Overview

FEA or Finite Element Analysis is a method of using virtual simulation technology generated by complex mathematical formulae to test how a product design will react to physical effects. The physical effects include bending, heating, vibration, fluid flow, and other impacts. With FEA tools, an engineer can evaluate and identify any design flaws early in the design cycle. This will help us to determine premature failures and allow us to prevent it. This also allows us to quickly explore new design changes to reduce cost and weight, and also determine the product’s factor of safety. FEA when coupled with design software makes it especially easy for an engineer to make the said decisions and also within a very small amount of time. This is where solidworks simulation package comes into play. As most you would be well aware of, solidworks has a very robust and well made design package which allows you to generate complex 3D models, Surfaces, Sheet metals and many more. This allows us to seamlessly transition between the design interface and into the simulation interface. This vastly reduces the total time spent in the design phase and allows the user to take up many more projects. In solidworks simulation you can predict a product’s real world physical behaviour by virtually testing it. You can run linear, non-linear, static and dynamic analysis in Solidwork Simulation suite.

The course work is designed to touch the basic knowledge required to perform FEA simulations in Solidworks. The course is well suited for someone just beginning with FEA.

In this coursework you will be learning

  1. Week1- In this week, you will be learning what FEA is and what are the different types of FEA analysis.
  2. Week2- In this week, you will be introduced to the solidworks software. Here, we will have a small discussion on the Solidworks modelling interface and we’ll transition into the Solidworks Simulation environment. We’ll then perform a few basic FEA simulation like- simulation of a cantilever beam
  3. Week3- In this week, we will be doing 1D, 2D and 3D FEA simulations in Solidworks. We’ll then perform a parametric study on a given model to optimise it’s study with help of simulation data.
  4. Week4- In this week, we will be discussing the different FEA simulation modules we have in solidworks and will be performing simple simulations.

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COURSE SYLLABUS

1Introduction to FEA

There’s no better place to start a topic than at the basics. In this video, we talk about the basics of FEA simulations in Solidworks and the different types of modules available. In specific we talk about

  1. What is FEA?
  2. Different types of Analysis methods
    1. Analytical Method
    2. Experimental Method
    3. Numerical Method
  3. FEA explanation with cantilever beam
  4. Stress-Strain plot
  5. General steps followed in fea
  6. Mesh elements
    1. H-refinement
    2. P-refinement
  7. Summary

2Introduction to types of FEA analysis

In this session we will take a look at the different types of FEA analysis that are available. In specific, we’ll look into

  1. Structural Analysis
  2. Static Analysis
  3. Dynamic Analysis
  4. Difference between Static and Dynamic analysis
  5. Linear and Nonlinear analysis

3Introduction to Solidworks Simulation Environment

Jumping into the simulation interface can be a bit overwhelming for some users, keeping that in mind in this video we will initially have a recap of the main important features available in solidworks modelling. In specific we’ll look into

  1. Recap of important solidworks modelling features
    1. Solidworks Sketch
    2. Solidworks Features
  2. Introduction to Solidworks Simulation
  3. Performing a simple cantilever load analysis

 

4Performing basic FEA analysis using solidworks simulation

During this session, we will be discussing the various structural simulations available in solidworks simulation. In specific we will be talking about

  1. Static Linear analysis
  2. Static Nonlinear analysis
  3. Dynamic Linear and Nonlinear analysis.

51D/2D and 3D FEA analysis

This session is made to explain to you how to simplify complex 3D simulations into simple 1D or 2D simulations based on the input. In this session we will be covering

  1. Situations where 1D, 2D and 3D simulations are used
  2. Performing 1D simulation in solidworks
  3. Performing 2D simulation in solidworks
  4. Performing 3D simulation in solidworks

6Parametric/Design Study

Solidworks has a very interesting feature called the “Design Study”. Here, the user can create a Design Study of their model’s design. This is done to perform an optimization or evaluate specific scenarios of a design. This feature offers a uniform workflow for Optimization and Evaluation studies. In this session we will be

  1. We will be discussing what a parametric study is and why is it used?
  2. Advantages of performing a parametric study
  3. How to access parametric study in solidworks
  4. Performing a parametric study on a wine bottle

7Buckling Analysis

Buckling analysis is probably one of the most important FEA simulations used in structural engineering. So, what is buckling? Buckling is the sudden change in the shape of a component which is under load. A good example of buckling is the bowing of a column which is under compression or the wrinkling of a plate under shear stress. Buckling generally occurs when an object is subjected to a gradually increasing load, when the load reaches a critical level, then the member may suddenly change its shape and deform. Since the explanation is a tad confusing, we made a dedicated session to explain to you the nuances behind it. In this session, we will be discussing

  1. What is buckling?
  2. Difference between bending and buckling
  3. The relationship between buckling shape and types of fixtures
  4. Performing a buckling analysis in solidworks

8Fatigue Analysis

A Fatigue analysis is an analysis method which is used to establish whether your model is susceptible to fatigue damage when subjected to a varying load. The main reason behind fatigue damage is fatigue failure. When components are subjected to loads which vary with time, they tend to fail at stresses well below their ultimate yield strength. This is known as fatigue failure. This is due to the formation of microscopic cracks in the surface of the material. As we continue our cyclic load, the crack continues to increase in its size and once it reaches a certain length, it leads to fracture. In this session, we will be looking into

  1. What is a Fatigue Analysis?
    1. Applications of fatigue analysis
  2. Application of SN curve in fatigue analysis
    1. Endurance Limit
  3. Stress analysis of S-hook
  4. Fatigue analysis of S-hook
    1. Constant Amplitude fatigue study
    2. Variable Amplitude fatigue study
    3. Harmonic (fatigue of sinusoidal loading)
    4. Random Vibration (fatigue of random vibration)

9Drop Test

A drop test is a procedure which is used to test and quantify how well a certain object will fare when dropped from a certain height. Drop test is also used to identify locations at which a component can have damages when dropped. The drop test is mostly performed on electronic components to identify how much damage they will undergo. In this session we will be discussing

  1. What is a drop test?
  2. How do you access drop test in solidworks?
  3. Performing a drop test of a PCB board
  4. Discussion of results

10Frequency Analysis

A frequency analysis is used to determine the vibration characteristics of a structure or component that is being designed or is already designed. All physical structures have natural frequencies. These are the frequencies at which the structure will tend to vibrate when subjected to certain external forces. These frequencies are dependent on the way mass and stiffness are distributed within the structure.In this session we will be discussing

  1. Reason for performing a Frequency Analysis
  2. Natural Frequency and Resonance
  3. Mode shapes
  4. Types of Solvers in Solidworks Frequency Analysis
  5. Frequency analysis of support brackets.
  6. Discussion of results


Projects Overview

Project

Highlights

In order to qualify for a merit certificate, you will have to work on an independent project. This cannot be a Simulation/Program/Design that was demonstrated by the instructors. There are 3 phases to this project.

 

Phase 1 - Provide the project title and objectives (Maximum of 2 slides) 10% of the total score

Phase 2 - Complete the simulation and project presentation (Maximum of 20 slides) 30% of the total score

Phase 3 - Project live presentation (40 minutes) 60% of the total score

 

Phase 1 

  1. Pick up a physical system or setup which you want to analyze using simulation tools, design software or computer programs
  2. Explain what you plan on calculating through this simulation/program/design
  3. Explain the engineering significance of your project

 Phase 2

  1. Provide detailed objectives and motivation for the project
  2. Provide geometry information, if applicable
  3. Provide information on Physical model selection, Boundary and Initial condition selections, if applicable
  4. Provide information on your code structure, module and libraries used, if applicable.
  5. Provide information on how engineering outputs are calculated
  6. Provide detailed post-processing results
  7. Validation with experimental data is preferred but not required

 Phase 3

  1. You will present your project before a technical panel via online conference
  2. Your project score will be based on this presentation

 

Rules for working on the independent project

  • You can get guidance on finalizing your topic and outputs that you wish to calculate
  • You CANNOT get guidance from SKILL-LYNC or any other sources on finishing your project
  • You need to create a detailed project report and presentation. The project report should be hosted on projects.skill-lync.com
  • You SHOULD NOT Plagiarize. Copying work from others will result in 0 scores. There will be no appeal process
  • During support hours, you can discuss results from the projects. You SHOULD NOT ask for a walkthrough to help finish the project
  • SKILL-LYNC will not provide the final topic. You will have to make the selection on your own.
  • You need to finish this project within 4 months of your course enrollment. If you think this rule should not apply to you, get in touch with us.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR ?


  • Students who have completed three semesters in mechanical, aerospace or automotive engineering
  • Freshers who passed out of the college recently.
  • Professionals who are looking for an introductory course in FEA and the FEA tools in SOLIDWORKS

SOFTWARE COVERED

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS is a 3D modeling tool with integrated analytical tools to help stimulate physical behavior such as kinematics, dynamics, stress, deflection, or fluid flow. SOLIDWORKS simulation add-ins will be covered in this course.


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$92.89

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  • Access Duration : 2 months
  • Mode of Delivery : Online
  • Project Portfolio : Available
  • Certification : Available
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  • Forum Support : Available
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  • Access Duration : Lifetime
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  • Individual Video Support : 12/month
  • Group Video Support : 12/month
  • Email Support : 12/month
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  • Dedicated Support Engineer : Available

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Frequently Asked Questions

1Who can take this course?

Engineers who are currently working in the industry and are looking for upskilling themselves. Engineering students in their pre final year of undergraduate.

2What is included in your course?

In this course, you will be learning 6 FEA simulations modules in solidworks

  • Static Analysis
  • Dynamics analysis
  • buckling Analysis
  • Fatigue Analysis
  • Drop test
  • Frequency Analysis

3What will the student gain from your course?

The student will learn how to perform FEA analysis using the Solidworks Simulation module. the students will also be given a brief introduction about the FEA method of solving problems.

4What software skills are you teaching and how well are these tools used in the industry?

SOLIDWORKS is the software that is taught in this course.  It is widely used in Mechanical, Electrical & Civil structure Companies who do CAE analysis to reduce design cost and time.

5What is the real world application for the tools and techniques will you teach in this course?

With the help of SOLIDWORKS we can mesh and assemble entire vehicle and perform CAE analysis like Structural, Dynamic, and Thermal Analysis.

6Which companies use these techniques and for what?

Solidworks is used in almost every place where 3D modelling is required. This includes(but not limited to) Automotive OEMs, Aerospace companies andPower Production industries.

7How is your course going to help me in my path to MS or PhD?

You will have an edge over your peers by working extensively on industry-relevant projects, practice on tools and software that will set you apart and help you in getting ahead of the competition. Our course will strengthen your portfolio to get better grants and scholarship opportunities for MS Admits

8How is this course going to help me get a job?

This coursework transfers a more industry-related experience to approach day-to-day design issues and process. It will help to get the job in the mechanical design field.


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