I am running Linear static FEA in Solidworks simulation for an assembly in which all the parts are made up of ASTM A36 Steel (SolidWorks Library Material).
I usually consider only Von mises stresses as failure criterion for this assembly.
But now I want to know the maximum tensile and compressive stress in the assembly and its location.
1. Does the extreme values in the P1 plot indicate max tensile and P3 extreme indicate max compressive stress?
2. Or Can I consider Directional stress (SX,SY,SZ) for Tension & Compression ?