Tutorial - Analysis of Bracket in SolidWorks Simulation?


Here is the tutorial.

  1. Step 1:

    Open the bracket part in SolidWorks.

  2. Step 2:

    Click New study under study advisor in Simulation tab.

  3. Step 3:

    Input name Bracket and click OK.

  4. Step 4:

    Click Apply material.

  5. Step 5:

    Select alloy steel. Click apply and then close.

  6. Step 6:

    Select fixed geometry under fixture advisor.

  7. Step 7:

    Select the circular faces of the holes. Click OK.

  8. Step 8:

    Select Force under external loads advisor.

  9. Step 9:

    Select the top face of the bracket and input force of 1000N.

  10. Step 10:

    Select Create mesh under run.

  11. Step 11:

    Change mesh density to fine. Since this is not a big geometry we can decrease the mesh size and increase precision. Even then it's upto you to define the mesh size. Click OK.

  12. Step 12:

    Now our model is meshed.

  13. Step 13:

    Click Run to start simulation.

  14. Step 14:

    Now the solver will start solving the problem.

  15. Step 15:

    After solver is finished we have our plots. Default is Stress (von-Mises) plot.

  16. Step 16:

    Double click Displacement for displacement plot.

  17. Step 17:

    Double click Strain for strain plot. Now we have successfully completed the analysis of the bracket model in SolidWorks.


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    It can give an idea about the behaviour of the deformation and stresses.
    However, in some cases results can be dangerously wrong - or other way around it can be over design.

    For plate to plate contacts you are using bonded contact.
    But in reality it is the weld edge providing the contact. Especially for shear and tension loads that must be considered.

    But I guess for such a minor assembly results would be fine


    June 11th, 2017 13:18
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    Adam Pohl

    Good tutorial, I would add that you should aim for at least 2 elements across the thickness of the material, as you have shown in your mesh

    March 18th, 2017 19:24