SS-T: 2010 Adhesives

Create Adhesives in SimSolid.

SimSolid performs meshless structural analysis that works on full featured parts and assemblies, is tolerant of geometric imperfections, and runs in seconds to minutes. In this tutorial, you will do the following:
  • Learn how to create Adhesives for an entire connection area.
  • Learn how to create Adhesives for a local area by adding adhesives to tubular parts.
Model Description
The following files are needed for this tutorial:
  • Rearview mirror.x_b
  • Rearview mirror_AdhesiveSolids.x_b

Figure 1.

Import Geometry

  1. Open a new SimSolid session.
  2. Click Import from file .
  3. In the Open geometry files dialog, choose Rearview mirror.x_b.
  4. Click Open.
    The assembly will load in the modeling window. The Automatic connections dialog opens.

Create Connections

  1. In the Automatic connections dialog, specify Gap and Penetration tolerances as 1.1.
  2. Set Connection resolution level to Normal.
  3. Click OK.
    • SimSolid creates connections even in areas with overlapping geometry.
    • SimSolid automatically identifies bolts, nuts and washers.
    • Sliding contact is applied automatically in bolt shanks, bonded is applied otherwise.

Apply Adhesive to Connection Area

  1. In the Project Tree, right-click on Connection 1 and choose Apply adhesive from the context menu.

  2. In the Apply material dialog, expand the Generic materials folder and select Adhesive or any available material from the database.

    Figure 2.
  3. Click Apply to selected connections.
    In the Project Tree, Connection 1 is Replaced with Adhesive 1. A new Adhesive folder is created.

    Figure 3.
  4. Click OK to close the Apply materials dialog.
  5. Click to close the project.

Import Geometry

  1. Click the (Import from file) icon.

    Figure 4.
  2. In the Open geometry files dialog, hold down Control and multi-select Rearview mirror.x_b and Rearview mirror_AdhesiveSolids.x_b.
  3. Click Open.

    Figure 5.
    The Automatic connections dialog will open upon import.
  4. Use default gap and penetration tolerances to create automatic connections.

    Figure 6.
  5. Click OK.
  6. When the disconnected groups warnings appears, click OK to dismiss them.

    Figure 7.

Create Adhesives

  1. On the Connections workbench toolbar, click (Create adhesive connections from solids).

    Figure 8.
  2. In the dialog, for Adhesive width enter 10 mm.
  3. In the Project Tree, under Assembly, select the two cylinders.
    Tip: You can also select the cylinders in the modeling window.
  4. In the dialog, click Find connections.
    Found Adhesives will appear in the dialog.
  5. Click Select to apply material to found adhesives.
  6. In the Apply material dialog, expand the Generic materials folder and select Adhesives or any available material from the database.

    Figure 9.
  7. Click Apply adhesive material.
    Tip: If needed, you can edit Adhesives to apply new materials.

    Figure 10.
  8. Click OK.

Review Connections

  1. On the Connections workbench, click (Find and show disconnected groups of parts).

    Figure 11.
    A message appears stating that the model has no disconnected groups of parts.

    Figure 12.
  2. Click OK.