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Introduction to Finite Element Analysis Using SolidWorks Simulation 2012

Published January 12, 2012
445 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-58503-704-9


Key Features

  • Uses step-by-step tutorials to introduce users to SolidWorks Simulation 2012
  • Incorporates theoretical aspects of Finite Element Analysis
  • Covers all the most important Finite Element Analysis techniques and concepts

In Detail

The primary goal of Introduction to Finite Element Analysis Using SolidWorks Simulation 2012 is to introduce the aspects of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) that are important to engineers and designers. Theoretical aspects of FEA are also introduced as they are needed to help better understand the operation.

The primary emphasis of the text is placed on the practical concepts and procedures needed to use SolidWorks Simulation in performing Linear Static Stress Analysis and basic Model Analysis. This text covers SolidWorks Simulation and the lessons proceed in a pedagogical fashion to guide you from constructing basic truss elements to generating three-dimensional solid elements from solid models. This text takes a hands-on, exercise-intensive approach to all the important FEA techniques and concepts.

This textbook contains a series of thirteen tutorial style lessons designed to introduce beginning FEA users to SolidWorks Simulation. The basic premise of this book is that the more designs you create using SolidWorks Simulation, the better you learn the software. With this in mind, each lesson introduces a new set of commands and concepts, building on previous lessons.

Table of Contents

  1. The Direct Stiffness Method
  2. Truss Elements in Two-Dimensional Spaces
  3. 2D Trusses in MS Excel and the Truss Solver
  4. Truss Elements in SolidWorks Simulation
  5. SolidWorks Simulation Two-Dimensional Truss Analysis
  6. Three-Dimensional Truss Analysis
  7. Basic Beam Analysis
  8. Beam Analysis Tools
  9. Statically Indeterminate Structures
  10. Two-Dimensional Surface Analysis
  11. Three-Dimensional Solid Elements
  12. Three-Dimensional Thin Shell Analysis
  13. Dynamic Model Analysis


Up until this year the Student Design Kit (SDK) was included with each SolidWorks textbook from SDC Publications. However, the SDK Program has been terminated by SolidWorks Corporation.

Students will now have access to free copies of SolidWorks through a different mechanism. When a school purchases its SolidWorks license a number of free licenses are available for students. In order to determine how many free licenses are available for students, instructors need to contact SolidWorks directly.

The contact person at SolidWorks is Chris Morse. Her telephone number is (781) 810-5443. Her email address is She will provide software license codes and work with you to make sure that you have enough licenses for every student.


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