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Finite Element Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation


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1. Introduction. Geometry: 3D Solids Model. Configure Options for the Simulation. Material Property Values. Restraints: Values, Locations, and Directions. Loads: Values, Directions, Locations, and Types. Mesh. Execution and Results. Investigation and Interpretation of Results. Investigation Activity. Potential Errors. FEA Application. 2. 1D Spring Element Model. Introduction. Problem Definition. General Exact Solution. Specifically Valued Exact Solution. Solution with Finite Elements. Investigation Activity. 3. Truss and Beam Element Models. Truss Element Models: Introduction. 2D Spring-Element Model. Pin and Roller Restraints. FEA Rules. Creating Truss-Element Models. Analysis of a Truss-Element Model. Investigation Activity. Defeaturing. Beam-Element Models: Introduction. Beam Directions and Sign Conventions. Analysis of a Beam-Element Model. Interpretation of Results. 4. 3D Tetrahedral Element Models. Introduction. Mesh Design. Adaptive Methods. 3D Stress. Poisson Effect. Investigation Activity. Interpretation of Results. 5. Solid Model Loads. Simulating Physical Reality. Edge Loads. Split-Surface Loads. Vertex and Point Loads. Distributed Force Loads. Remote Loads. Pressure. Torque. Bearing Loads. Gravity. Centrifugal Loads. Distributed Mass. Thermal Effects. Combined Loading. 6. 3D Solid Model Restraints. Introduction. Degrees of Freedom. Restraint Types and Symbols. Planar Reference Geometry. Cylindrical Reference Geometry. Spherical Reference Geometry. Nonzero Displacement. Advanced Restraint Group. Contradicting Restraints. Model Stability. Axially Loaded Bar Example. 7. Failure Criteria. Introduction. Brittle and Ductile Materials. Von Mises Failure Criterion. Tresca (Maximum Shear Stress) Failure Criterion. Maximum Normal Stress (Coulomb) Failure Criterion. Mohr-Coulomb Failure Criterion. FOS Results. Custom Materials. Interpretation of FOS Results. 8. Symmetry Models. Introduction. Plate-with-Hole Mode. Reflective Symmetry. Cyclic Symmetry. 9. Assembly Models. Introduction. Beam Assembly Model Example. Positioning Components. Beam Assembly Solid Model. Assembly FEA. Beam Assembly FEA Example. Local Analysis of Assembly Models. 10. Special Topics. Shell Element Models. Frequency Analysis. Buckling Analysis. Heat Transfer. Appendix A: Simple 3D Solid Models. Appendix B: Simple PTC Mathcad Worksheets. Appendix C: Special Mechanical Connectors.

About the Author

Dr. King is an Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He has a BS in mining engineering and a BS in geological engineering from the University of Utah and an MS and PhD in mining engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in industry, for a government agency, and at a national lab in addition to his academic appointments at Penn State and the Colorado School of Mines, where he has taught since 1981. Dr. King's scholarly work integrates automated measurement systems and modeling in a variety of subject areas including mobile robotics, automated regolith handling, bat-habitat microclimates, and automated mine equipment and systems. A recent success was accurate prediction of a structural failure in a NASA lunar excavator with a finite element model. Working with faculty colleagues and graduate students, Dr. King has written more than 150 publications and a textbook, Introduction to Data Acquisition with LabVIEW, 2nd Edition. Dr. King's work also includes the development of the award-winning Multidisciplinary Engineering Laboratory course sequence. In addition to automated measurement systems, the course focuses on enhancing thinking maturity, open-ended problem solving, self-learning, writing skills, and teamwork. Dr. King has taught more than 30 different courses in several disciplines during his 40-year academic career. The most recent course is an introductory finite elements course, called Computer-Aided Engineering.


"For senior undergraduate students, it is written in a very appropriate language and logic. For practical examples, this new book is much clearer in presentation. I love the example problems."
"I think the topics are in a very clear and logical order. The language was appropriately technical such that any junior who has taken statics and mechanics of materials would be able to fully understand. The author uses enough detail such that the students should fully understand what they are doing. I found the writing style to work well with this topic. This book does give much more theoretical background to help motivate what is being done. For most students, this should not impact the clarity, and in fact should improve the clarity assuming they understood statics and mechanics principles. I like that the beam example is used throughout, but then other examples are used later in the chapters. I could see this being a great book for continuing education."
"The method to present the problem and how to solve them is good. The examples are really clear, and the students can follow them easily."

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