SS-T: 4040 Multi-loadcases Workbench

Learn to use the Multi-loadcases workbench.

Purpose
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 the Multi-loadcases workbench.
  • Learn how to add load cases by importing forces and remote loads, and creating each subcase manually.
  • Learn how to review results by plotting and picking info.
Model Description
The following model files are needed for this tutorial:
  • MultipleLoadcases.ssp
  • ImportLoads.csv
  • Import_RemoteLoads.csv


Figure 1.
The model (.ssp) file has the following specifications:
  • Material is set to Steel for all parts.

Open Project

  1. Start a new SimSolid session.
  2. On the main window toolbar, click Open Project .
  3. In the Open project file dialog, choose MultipleLoadcases.ssp
  4. Click OK.

Create Multi-loadcases Workbench

  1. On the main window toolbar, click Structural Analysis .
  2. Select Multi-loadcases from the drop-down menu.
    The workbench appears in the Project Tree.
  3. On the workbench toolbar, click Inertia relief .

Import Forces

  1. In the Project Tree, select the Multi-loadcases 1 workbench.
  2. On the workbench toolbar, select > Import Forces.
  3. In the Imported forces dialog, click Import from CSV.
  4. Select ImportLoads.csv from the file explorer and click Open.
    The imported forces are shown in the dialog and mapped in the modeling window. You can edit the values in the table if necessary.


    Figure 2.
  5. In the Load Case pull-down menu, review the loads.
  6. Click OK.
    The loadcases appear in the Project Tree. The original .csv file appears as shown in Figure 3. The loadcase names are taken from the .csv file.


    Figure 3.

Import Remote Load

  1. In the Project Tree, select the Multi-loadcases 1 workbench.
  2. On the workbench toolbar, select > Import remote loads.
  3. In the Imported remote loads dialog, click Import from CSV.
  4. Select ImportRemoteLoads.csv from the file explorer and click Open.
    The imported remote loads are shown in the dialog and mapped in the modeling window. You can edit the remote coordinates, force and moment components in the table. You can also edit face mapping if needed.


    Figure 4.
  5. Optional: Edit face mapping.
    1. In the table, select the row with the incorrect face mapping.
    2. Double click on the row, or click the Edit load button.
      The Remote load dialog opens in edit mode.


      Figure 5.
    3. In the dialog, delete the incorrect face.
    4. Pick the correct face in the modeling window.
    5. Click OK.


      Figure 6.
  6. In the Imported remote loads dialog, click OK.
    The loadcases appear in the Project Tree. The loadcase names are taken from the .csv file.


    Figure 7.

Create Loadcases Manually

  1. In the Project Tree, select the Multi-loadcases 1 workbench.
  2. On the workbench toolbar, select > Create new.
    A new Loadcase is listed in the workbench. With manual creation, you can add Pressure, Force, and Remote loads.
  3. On the workbench toolbar, click (Pressure).
  4. Select the faces highlighted in orange in Figure 8.


    Figure 8.
  5. For units, choose MPa from the drop-down menu.
  6. In the Pressure textbox, enter 1.
  7. Click OK.

Edit Solution Settings

  1. In the Analysis branch of the Project Tree, double-click on Solution settings.
  2. In the Solution settings dialog, for Adaptation select Global+Local in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click OK.

Run Analysis

  1. On the Project Tree, open the Analysis Workbench.
  2. Click (Solve).

Review Results

  1. On the Analysis Workbench, select > Displacement Magnitude.
    The Legend window opens and displays the contour plot. All loadcases on the workbench are listed in the Load cases dialog.


    Figure 9.
  2. In the dialog, select the desired loadcase to display the results.
  3. Pick point info.
    1. On the workbench toolbar, click (Pick info).
    2. In the modeling window, select points of interest.
    3. In the Pick info dialog, select the desired loadcase to view the result.


      Figure 10.
  4. When you are finished, click Close.