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Simulating a spring for design

Question asked by Haley Anderson on Mar 12, 2015
Latest reply on Mar 20, 2015 by Bill McEachern

When designing a spring (compression or extension) and putting a load on it in simulation to check the stresses is it necessary to have the non-linear solidworks simulation premium package?  Or can I use the static linear analysis, add a load, and do a simple stress plot to get accurate results?  It seems like as long as the spring isn't deforming permanently a linear analysis should work?  Can anyone explain to me why it wouldn't work?

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