## Analysis of Machine Elements Using SolidWorks Simulation 2010Analysis of Machine Elements using SolidWorks Simulation 2010 is written primarily for first-time SolidWorks Simulation 2010 users who wish to understand finite element analysis capabilities applicable to stress analysis of mechanical elements. The focus of examples is on problems commonly found in an introductory, undergraduate, Design of Machine Elements or similarly named courses. In order to be compatible with most machine design textbooks, this text begins with problems that can be solved with a basic understanding of mechanics of materials. Problem types quickly migrate to include states of stress found in more specialized situations common to a design of mechanical elements course. Paralleling this progression of problem types, each chapter introduces new software concepts and capabilities. Many examples are accompanied by problem solutions based on use of classical equations for stress determination. Unlike many step-by-step user guides that only list a succession of steps, which if followed correctly lead to successful solution of a problem, this text attempts to provide insight into This approach amplifies two fundamental tents of this text. The first is that a better understanding of course topics related to stress determination is realized when classical methods and finite element solutions are considered together. The second tenet is that finite element solutions should always be verified by checking, whether by classical stress equations or experimentation. Each chapter begins with a list of Learning Objectives related to specific capabilities of the SolidWorks Simulation program introduced in that chapter. Most software capabilities are repeated in subsequent examples so that users gain familiarity with their purpose and are capable of using them in future problems. All end-of-chapter problems are accompanied by evaluation "check sheets" to facilitate grading assignments. |

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### Contents

1-1 | |

Creating a Static Stress Analysis Study | 1-3 |

Assigning Material to the Model | 1-5 |

Applying Fixtures | 1-6 |

Applying External Loads | 1-8 |

Meshing the Model | 1-11 |

Running the Solution | 1-13 |

Examination of Results | 1-14 |

Mesh the Model | 4-33 |

Solution | 4-35 |

von Mises Stress Analysis | 4-37 |

Tangential Stress Analysis | 4-38 |

Adjusting Stress Magnitude Display Parameters | 4-40 |

Using Section Clipping to Observe Stress Results | 4-43 |

Exercises | 4-47 |

Interference Fit Analysis | 5-1 |

Results Predicted by Classical Stress Equations | 1-16 |

SolidWorks Simulation Results for Stress in YDirection | 1-18 |

Using the Probe Tool | 1-20 |

Customizing Graphs | 1-27 |

Summary | 1-29 |

Exercises | 1-31 |

Curved Beam Analysis | 2-1 |

Creating a Static Analysis Study | 2-2 |

Assign Material Properties to the Model | 2-5 |

Applying Fixtures | 2-6 |

Applying External Loads | 2-8 |

Inserting Split Lines | 2-9 |

Applying Force to an Area Bounded by Split Lines | 2-12 |

Meshing the Model | 2-13 |

Solution | 2-15 |

Examination of Results | 2-16 |

Verification of Results | 2-19 |

Comparison with Finite Element Results | 2-21 |

Assessing Safety Factor | 2-25 |

Alternate Stress Display Option | 2-31 |

Reaction Forces | 2-32 |

Logging Out of the Current Analysis | 2-33 |

Exercises | 2-34 |

Stress Concentration Analysis | 3-1 |

Create a Static Analysis Study | 3-2 |

Defeaturing the Model | 3-3 |

Assign Material Properties to the Model | 3-4 |

Meshing the Model | 3-6 |

Solution | 3-7 |

Creating a Copy of a Plot | 3-11 |

Displacement Plot | 3-13 |

Creating New Studies | 3-15 |

Study Using High Quality Elements and COARSE Mesh Size Method 1 Item by item Copying | 3-17 |

Study Using High Quality Elements and DEFAULT Mesh Size Method 2 Copying Multiple Items Simultaneously | 3-20 |

Study Using High Quality Elements and FINE Mesh Size Method 3 Duplicating an Entire Study | 3-22 |

Study Using High Quality Elements and MESH CONTROL | 3-25 |

Summary | 3-30 |

What Can Be Learned From This Example? | 3-33 |

Comparison of Classical and FEA Results | 3-37 |

Exercises | 3-38 |

Thin and Thick Wall Pressure Vessels | 4-1 |

Understanding System Default Settings | 4-4 |

Creating a Static Analysis Using Shell Elements | 4-10 |

Converting a Solid Model to a Shell Model | 4-11 |

Open a New Simulation Study | 4-15 |

Assigning Fixtures and External Loads | 4-16 |

Pressure Load Applied | 4-20 |

Mesh the Model | 4-21 |

Solution | 4-22 |

Thick Wall Pressure Vessel | 4-28 |

Defining the Study | 4-29 |

Assign Material Properties | 4-30 |

Interference Check | 5-2 |

Creating a Static Analysis Study | 5-3 |

Assign Material Properties to the Model | 5-4 |

Defeature and Simplify the Model | 5-5 |

Apply Fixtures | 5-6 |

Define Symmetry Restraints Fixtures | 5-7 |

Apply Fixtures to Eliminate Rigid Body Motion | 5-8 |

Define a Shrink Fit | 5-10 |

Mesh the Model and Run the Solution | 5-13 |

Examination of Results | 5-14 |

Stress Plots in a Cylindrical Coordinate System | 5-17 |

Radial Stress | 5-20 |

Verification of Results | 5-22 |

Stress Predicted by Finite Element Analysis | 5-23 |

Circumferential Stress Comparison | 5-25 |

Quantifying Radial Displacements | 5-26 |

Generating a Report | 5-29 |

Exercises | 5-32 |

Contact Analysis in a Trunion Mount | 6-1 |

Preparing the Model for Analysis | 6-2 |

Add Reference Planes | 6-3 |

Insert Split Lines | 6-4 |

Creating the Assembly Model | 6-5 |

Cut Model on Symmetry Plane | 6-10 |

Create a Finite Element Analysis Study | 6-12 |

Assign Material Properties | 6-13 |

Connections Define Contact Conditions | 6-14 |

Apply a Directional Load | 6-16 |

Meshing the Model and Running the Solution | 6-19 |

Iso Clipping | 6-20 |

Animating Stress Results | 6-22 |

Displacement Results | 6-23 |

Contact PressureStress | 6-24 |

Exercises | 6-26 |

Bolted Joint Analysis | 7-1 |

Create a Static Analysis Study | 7-2 |

Apply External Load and Fixtures | 7-3 |

Define Bolted Joint Restraints | 7-4 |

Define Local Contact Conditions | 7-11 |

Mesh the Model and Run Solution | 7-13 |

Results Analysis for the Downward External Load | 7-16 |

Bolt Forces for Downward Load | 7-18 |

Define a New Study with the Applied Force Acting Upward | 7-19 |

Results Analysis for the Upward External Load | 7-20 |

Bolt Forces for Upward Load | 7-23 |

Bolt Clamping Pressure | 7-26 |

Summary | 7-30 |

Exercises | 7-31 |

Organizing Assignments using MS Word | A-1 |

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