Did you know that there are up to 15 ways to set up and run a thermal stress analysis using the tools in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation? While the goals for thermal stress analysis are the same, the assumptions you make and what you want to consider in your analysis all play a role in choosing a method and the final results you obtain. Below is a handy table that outlines some of the assumptions and considerations you can make for a particular method along with what minimum Simulation software package is needed. For more on how to approach a thermal static stress analysis, check out this Webinar. You can also download this chart as a PDF that is linked below.
Assumptions And Considerations  Method  Software Package 

Linear Static Stress Analysis 


Thermal Analysis (Steady State) > Linear Static Stress Analysis 


Thermal Analysis (Transient) > Linear Static Stress Analysis  

Nonlinear Static Analysis 


Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis  

Thermal Analysis (Steady State) > Nonlinear Static Analysis  

Thermal Analysis (Transient) > Nonlinear Static Analysis  

Thermal Analysis (Steady State) > Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis  

Thermal Analysis (Transient) > Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis  

Flow Simulation (Steady State) > Linear Static Stress Analysis 


Flow Simulation (Transient) > Linear Static Stress Analysis  

Flow Simulation (Steady State) > Nonlinear Static Analysis 


Flow Simulation (Transient) > Nonlinear Static Analysis  

Flow Simulation (Steady State) > Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis  

Flow Simulation (Transient) > Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis 
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