Is there any way to simulate the force of a magnet of an assembly & measure the actual holding force, Does anyone know of a reasonable solution or software to perform magnetic simulation studies? Please Advise
Consider using the gravity property. It can have any value and be oriented in any direction.
The gravity idea is interesting, but I would like to a the pulling force of the magnet to be isolated to the area of the magnet, I believe gravity is applied to the overall model
If I could apply a force similar to gravity to a face or area, might get me where I want
Concentrate your mass in the face and specify material "air" for the remainder of the bodies.
I have a custom material "heavy metal" which I use to simplify tasks.
Unfortunately simulation doesn't support magnetics. You might consider looking at FEMM. It's free.
currently SolidWorks Simulation doesn't have magnetic filed calculation functionality.
Magnetic force is generated by a magnetic field, which is everything but constant along the volume of your component.
You might probably get an approximation by creating many split lines, and then apply different constant forces on each split surface. The problem is hypotizing force distribution. The more this piece of information is accurate, the better will be your results.
To find reliable values I might advise you to take a look at EMS, which is a SolidWorks Solution partner and has an interface that is very similar to SolidWorks Simulation. It's specific for calculating electro-magnetic fields and it would give you the real force distribution.
I've used it a couple of years ago, when it already had some good multi-physics features (for example coupled thermal). At that time you could transfer magnetic force to SolidWorks Simulation through the SolidWorks Simulation API's. Maybe today's version has some ability to transfer those magnetic forces to a SolidWorks Simulation study.
I am currently searching for the same solution. I have a small assy. that is basically a housing for the magnet with a hole to guide what is being magnetized. The problem for me is that I am trying to design the "steel" part to have a specified pull force and do not know how to calculate the required surface contact to achieve it?
One of the websites that i visited that helped me is-->K&J Magnetics - Magnet Calculator this calculator is pretty useful!!
On a public note, if anyone ever hears of SW coming out with a magnetic simulation that could help others in this kind of a situation please post ASAP
This software will calulate magnetic force:
ElectromagneticWorks EMS: electromagnetic simulation for SolidWorks made easy
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