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There’s More Than One Way to Perform a Thermal Stress Analysis

Vince Farrell

By Paolo Olmos

Did you know that there are up to 15 ways to setup and run a thermal stress analysis using the tools in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation? While the goals for a 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, please register for my webinar titled Don't Let A Thermal Static Stress Analysis Stress You Out.  You can also download this chart as a PDF.
 
 
Thermal Stress Analysis - more than one way
Assumptions And Considerations Method Software Package
  • Materials are linear isotropic
  • Temperatures are uniform through all bodies
Linear Static Stress Analysis
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard
  • Materials are linear isotropic
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained.
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Thermal Analysis (Steady State) > Linear Static Stress Analysis
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional
  • Materials are linear isotropic
  • Stresses at a specific time can be obtained
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Thermal Analysis (Transient) > Linear Static Stress Analysis
  • Nonlinear materials can be used
  • Temperatures are uniform through all bodies
Nonlinear Static Analysis
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium
  • Nonlinear materials can be used
  • Stresses over a period of time can be obtained
  • Temperatures are uniform through all bodies
Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis
  • Nonlinear materials can be used
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Thermal Analysis (Steady State) > Nonlinear Static Analysis
  • Nonlinear materials can be used
  • Stresses at a specific time can be obtained
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Thermal Analysis (Transient) > Nonlinear Static Analysis
  • Nonlinear materials can be considered
  • Stresses over a period of time can be obtained
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Thermal Analysis (Steady State) > Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis
  • Nonlinear materials can be considered
  • Stresses over a period of time can be obtained
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Thermal Analysis (Transient) > Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis
  • Materials are linear isotropic
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained
  • Fluid flow effects can be considered
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Flow Simulation (Steady State) > Linear Static Stress Analysis
  • SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard
  • Materials are linear isotropic
  • Stresses at a specific time can be obtained
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained
  • Fluid flow effects can be considered
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Flow Simulation (Transient) > Linear Static Stress Analysis
  • Nonlinear materials can be considered
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained
  • Fluid flow effects can be considered
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Flow Simulation (Steady State) > Nonlinear Static Analysis
  • SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium
  • Nonlinear materials can be considered
  • Stresses at a specific time can be obtained
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained
  • Fluid flow effects can be considered
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Flow Simulation (Transient) > Nonlinear Static Analysis
  • Nonlinear materials can be considered
  • Stresses over a period of time can be obtained
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained
  • Fluid flow effects can be considered
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Flow Simulation (Steady State) > Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis
  • Nonlinear materials can be considered
  • Stresses at a specific time can be obtained
  • Temperature gradients can be obtained
  • Fluid flow effects can be considered
  • Temperature dependent material properties can be considered
Flow Simulation (Transient) > Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis

 

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