How analysis testing can dramatically impact your business offering.
SIMULATION CONTENTS WHAT IS SIMULATION?
WHAT IS SIMULATION? 2
SIMULATE 3 WHAT CAN I TEST FOR?
WHAT TESTS CAN SIMULATION SOFTWARE DO?
4 KEY BENEFITS OF SIMULATION
3D Simulation software for CAD designers and engineers comes under many guises; Analysis Testing, Virtual Prototyping, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Failure Mode Analysis and Design Validation and it can be used in many contexts for example safety engineering, testing, training and computer experiments to name but a few.
SIMULATE, VERB: TO PRODUCE A CONVINCING RE-CREATION OF A REAL LIFE EVENT OR SET OF CONDITIONS
However when it comes to making things, Simulation’s key purpose is about getting the design right first time, before any expensive prototyping or manufacturing begins. By simulating how your product will work in the real world, you can virtually test new ideas, push innovations further and evaluate performance from the safety of your screen before you even have to cut a piece of metal.
SIMULATION WHAT CAN I TEST FOR? PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING, BUT HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES TO GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES WORKING.
WASHING MACHINES Will your washing machine last for 5 million cycles or just one? Find out which parts need strengthening, so your design will perform efficiently for a predefined warranty period.
PACKAGING – By how much can you reduce the thickness of a plastic water bottle before it fails?
Can you stop your beer bottle warming up if you use a different material or make the top smaller?
If you hit a golf ball at 40m/s will the ball’s surface last longer if you use a different material? CARS Be more aerodynamic but do it with confidence. Test the air-flow over your designs before hauling an expensive prototype into a wind tunnel.
Finding the optimal thickness can mean huge material savings through mass production.
IN THE PAST, YOU MAY HAVE ANSWERED THESE TYPES OF QUESTIONS WITH TIME-CONSUMING HAND CALCULATIONS AND A FEW BUILD/ TEST/REDESIGN CYCLES. BUT NOW THE TECHNOLOGY IS HERE TO DO IT FOR YOU IN A FRACTION OF THE TIME AND WITHOUT THE GUESSWORK.
SCUBA TANKS How deep can a SCUBA tank go before overloading the metal tank becomes a problem?
STRUCTURAL STRENGTH Verify the earthquake resistance of structures such as a chemical storage tank and identify problems before they become an issue.
Reduce warpage and defects by seeing how melted plastic flows during the injection moulding process.
PACKAGING How can I be confident my product will be delivered safely, even if someone accidently drops the box off the back of a lorry?
DRILLING Will the spindle speed of oil well-drilling machinery keep the system in a safe operating region without vibrating apart?
SIMULATION WHAT TESTS CAN SIMULATION SOFTWARE DO?
There is an extensive selection of simulation packages out there to cover a wide range of scenarios. You can test against a broad range of parameters during the design process, such as durability, static and dynamic response, assembly motion, heat transfer, fluid dynamics and plastics injection moulding. Here is a quick guide to some of the more widely used tests in the design and engineering industry: MOTION SIMULATION
When you are working with a design with moving parts, it is important to check how the design will function before you make it and avoid costly mistakes. Motion analysis lets you move your assembly to accurately determine the physical movements of the assembly under load as well as the timing (time-based motion) or sequencing (event-based motion), which can enhance produ