Oh that might be what I need...
Is that going to try to optimize my drawing though? I don't want to do that, as this is an existing part that I am redrawing.
I have access to SolidWorks Student Edition, but its the version that they give to college SAE teams, so it has a lot more packages than the standard student version. Id have to look and see what I got though,
Guess that is a WRX that received a huge load from the driver having a good time (as is normal for Subaru enthusiasts)! Is the component still twisted, or did it spring-back to normal shape? if still twisted, that would indicate a "permanent set", or plastic flow (yield) of the metal. This falls into realm of nonlinear, which you can simulate with the SolidWorks Simulation Premium package. This is an iterative procedure. You could set up a nonlinear static (even though this was an impact loading) just to get an idea of the forces involved in twisting and deforming that metal. You will need to ramp-up the load rather gradually, then ramp it back down to zero, turn-on large displacement option, and choose a yield material model in the material definition box. A common one to use is the "von Mises Plasticity" model, which can show yield, and then permanent set after the load is removed. There is a very good tutorial on how to set it up in the Simulation Tutorials, Nonlinear section.
We did create a summary video of that tutorial on GoEngineer's YouTube channel, here:
SolidWorks Simulation - Metal Yield Tutorial
Hope that helps! - Tony
Yes, I still have my Subaru-blue SVX from 1994!
I believe that the piece stayed twisted, but the owner twisted it back before I ever got to see it (using the chromoly subframe as leverage) and it has stayed straight since then, even under harder driving. Im not sure how I feel about this practice but its not my place to say.
Anyway, that seems really helpful thanks a lot! Ill take a look at it this afternoon when I get a chance and get back to you.
PS- its a base impreza from the 90s, so it has a few mods done to it in order to cause the twisting
Edit- I just watched that video, very cool. I do have one question though, which is, since I do not know the applied load, should I just pick a number and keep increasing it until I get what I want?
OK, so I tried the permanent deformation process, and for some reason it keeps stopping at 1% of the analysis run. Is there anything that I might be missing?
Heres the fixture (the back face of the part):
Heres the torque:
And the results info: