FEA Made Simple


Leverage Your FEA Studies!

If you’ve ever thought you’d like to learn how FEA works, this is the course to watch. It uses simple and common sense methods of leveraging the power of SolidWorks’ FEA module. You also don’t need to learn heavy mathematical procedures. If you can handle basic algebra that’s all you need.

That said, you will learn the full extent of FEA found in SolidWorks Premium. You’ll know what stress risers are and how to deal with them. You’ll learn simple methods of determining if your studies are accurate, and you’ll practice using tips and trick to simplify the analysis of your parts.

Your first simulation will be simple and focused more on simulation settings than the simulation itself. You’ll learn where simulations settings are set and as you proceed through the course you’ll learn how these settings affect the outcome of your studies.

When you begin studying stresses you’ll start with fundamental stresses like normal stress and shear stress. With the help of a stress sensor, you’ll study these stresses on a specific point of the model. You’ll also plot the normal and shear stresses to create a Mohr’s Circle. The Mohr’s Circle is a great tool for studying stresses because you can see how different stresses are related.

You’ll use the Mohr’s Circle to learn about Principal Stress and then you’ll use the concepts you learned to understand Von Mises Stress. Von Mises Stress is sort of a catch all stress that’s typically the default stress in FEA studies, but that won’t be good enough for the level of understanding you’ll attain. Von Mises Stress can be misleading and produce misinformation if you don’t understand it. To truly understand FEA studies you need to know the details of all the stresses. But don’t worry; this course makes it easy to learn about all the stresses. You’ll know which stresses are the best to use for specific studies.

The FEA Made Simple course also shows you how to analyze trusses. It explains how all types of FEA elements work, and it explains all you’ll need to know about controlling meshes. The course is packed with tips and tricks designed to help you make the FEA module a productive tool. It’s also easier than it sounds and far more powerful than you might think.

49 Lessons (Listed Below)
4.3 Hours

The SOLIDWORKS 2014 courses above install on your computer and never expire. Purchase it one time and have the training for life.

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FEA Made Simple

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FEA Made Simple
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SOLIDWORKS 2014: FEA Made Simple

Simulation Setup
Basic Static Simulation
Basic Static Study Results
Normal Stress
Shear and Normal Stresses
Principal Stress Intro
Simulation Number Types
Mohr’s Circle
Coordinate Systems
Principal Stresses
Von Mises Stress
Normal vs Von Mises
Calculating Bending Stress
Equivalent Moments and Forces
Couples and Moments
Common Sense Deduction
Torsion and Shear
Combined Loads and Stresses
Point vs Area Loads
Hand vs FEA Calculations
Separate Bending and Torsion
Iso Clipping
Mesh Elements

Second Order Elements
Mesh Controls
Automatic Mesh Transitions
Curvature Based Meshes
Beam Slenderness Ratio
Understand Direction 1 2
Beam Analysis
Profile Stresses
Tapered Beams
Tapered Beam Elements
Introduction to Trusses
Method of Joints
Force Propagation
Constraining Trusses
Truss Study Details
Fixing Truss Joints
Solving Short Beam Problems
Fixing Unstable Models
Shell Elements
Convert Solid to Shell
Shell Study Details
Design by Displacement
Factor of Safety