Mechanical Stress and Thermal Analysis
SimWise FEA is a Finite Element Analysis tool that performs stress, normal modes, buckling, and heat transfer analysis on mechanical parts. It is highly automated and handles much of the complexity associated with FEA while offering powerful features for users who are steeped in the intricacies of the Finite Element Method.
It imports geometry from your CAD system and allows you to add structural and thermal specific entities to the model resulting in a functional structural prototype of your design. It simulates that prototype using advanced physics and mathematical techniques and presents the results of the simulationin various graphic and numeric formats. You can quickly determine whether your design is robust enough to operate as intended or if modifications are necessary. All on the computer, all without costly and time-consuming physical prototypes and before warranty issues arise.
SimWise FEA has a rich set of functional objects that are added to your CAD model to build a functional structural prototype. These objects include:
▸ Concentrated loads, distributed loads, torques, and pressures
▸ Restraints and enforced displacements
▸ Prescribed temperatures, conductive and convective heat flux, and radiation
All of these values can be driven by the SimWise formula language. All of these objects are applied to the underlying geometry, not to nodes and elements as in a traditional FEA product.
SimWise uses a fast iterative Finite Element Analysis solver that takes advantage of multi-core processors and which is based on a Preconditioned Conjugate Gradient method. SimWise FEA exclusively uses ten-node tetrahedral elements and the solver is optimized for this type of problem.
SimWise FEA performs the following types of analyses:
▸ Linear Static Stress
▸ Steady State Thermal
▸ Trasient Thermal
▸ Normal Modes
▸ Combined Thermal/Structural
SimWise FEA can display FEA results as shaded contours, deformed shapes, or animations. In addition to these engineering values, SimWise FEA also calculates factors of safety and errors in the stress results and both of these can be displayed as
The error results can be used to drive an iterative solution process called h-adaptivity where the error results are used to refine the Finite Element mesh in areas with large error values and use that new mesh to run another solution. The errors in the new solution are compared to a goal and if error values in the model still exceed the goal, the process is repeated with successive mesh refinements and analyses until the error goal is achieved. Confidence in the results are increased and no special knowledge about appropriate meshing techniques is required.
If more control over the mesh is required, SimWise FEA provides mesh controls that can be attached to geometric faces or edges. The control allows the mesh size to be specified on that particular feature and the resulting 3D mesh will be the specified size along or across the geometric feature.
Initial Mesh – Error 13%
Refinement 1 – Error 8%
Refinement 2 – Error < 5%
h-Adaptivity refines the mesh until an error threshold is achieved