Other than the tutorials and tooling around the previous threads are there any other resources that you guys know of to learn how to properly analyze assemblies in simulation?
Example assemblies, videos, other tutorials?
These would get you started:
Then there are plenty of videos on Youtube
Deepak, do you know where I could find any example models of bolted assembles that have been analyzed?
HI Mike: There are in the Simulation Courses that SW Corp publishes, but you'd have to take a course from a VAR to get them. I believe there may not be many examples out there in internet-land, due in part to the fact (with actual bolts modeled into the assembly) there are typically loads of contact surfaces that provide BIG nonlinear issues in the algorithms, and in many cases take a long time to solve and occasionally require numerical adjustments along the way. Conducting multi-bolted contact problems is similar to a graduate-level student research project which might be done over an entire semester. This is not the case if you use the "Bolt Connectors" in Simulation. They can simulate bolts in a "virtual" manner and get around all the contact issues. If you're just needing bolt loads (axial, bending, shear, etc.), it is a very useful way to go. If not already done, you can look-up the Bolt Connectors in the Help file, and there is (or are) some tutorials included with the software, too. Hope that helps.
Thanks for the help. I saw a video that showed it modeled with bolts and then with the bolt connectors. The video said that it was more accurate to do it with bolts, but that the bolt connectors was pretty accurate too. I will go with the bolt connectors, and see how that works.
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