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Simulate Weld Joints

Question asked by Aaron Moncur on Aug 27, 2011
Latest reply on May 12, 2016 by Mohamed Abdelnaby



I have read several tutorials regarding beam analysis for weldments using SW simulation, but I have not found anything that addresses how SW treats the welded joint specifically.  It almost seems as if SW assumes a weldment to be a single unified body, and does not take into account the strength of the weld joint itself.  Is that the case?  If not, how does SW know how to treat the weld joint?  For many weldments, the weld joint is the most likely source of failure, not one of the beams. Thus, when performing an analysis on a weldment, I'd like to know that SW is taking into account the type of weld and treating its properties appropriately.  Does anyone have any experience with this that could provide an answer?