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Adding thermal effects to bolted static study

Question asked by Garrett Casey on Mar 23, 2011
Latest reply on Mar 31, 2011 by Paul Kellner

I have a static study that is shown in the image below.  It comprises of a resonator (top piece) and a housing (bottom piece).  The resonator is bolted to housing.  To simulate this in solidworks I have applied a "Bolt Connection".  Now if I take out the thermal effects, this simulation runs fine and gives me fairly accurate results.  However, once I apply thermal effects and an initial temperature (85 Celcius) to both the housing and resonator, the simulation blows up.  Can anyone direct me down the right path, I have looked into the other threads about thermal effects but they seem to be for non-linear analysis and I don't have that package.  Thanks for any help you can provide.