2D Simplification Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Sebin P K, Application Engineer - Simulation Apr 15th, 2024

2D simplification is a feature in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional that allows users to simulate
3D models in 2D. This allows for a significant reduction in the computational resources needed to solve
the FEA analysis.

There are three different 2D simplification study types available for static and nonlinear analysis.

  • Plane Stress
  • Plane Strain
  • Axi-symmetric

At the bottom of the new study dialog window, check on the option Use 2D Simplification.

You select from the available plane stress, plane strain, extruded, or axisymmetric options. After selecting a 2D simplification assumption, the workflow for solving the problem is similar for all options.

Plane Stress
In plane stress, one of the dimensions of the object is negligible compared to the other two dimensions. There are no loads defined normal to the section plane, so stress does not vary normal to the section plane.

Plane Strain
This simplification technique is appropriate for models that extend a long distance on either side of the section plane. There are no loads applied normal to the section plane, so strain does not vary normal to the section plane. A long plate can be analysed using this study type.

Axi-Symmetric
This simplification technique is appropriate for models created with revolved geometry. The geometry, fixtures, and loads are symmetric in 360 degrees about an axis.

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AUTHOR: Sebin P K, Application Engineer - Simulation

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