This tech tip para-pharses, and expands on material taken directly from the What’s New 2013 Solidworks Simulation pdf. You can refer to that document in order to access the example file. Use this as a visual guide to work with the example outlined in the what’s new document to trial and observe performance and quality benefits of Submodeling. Submodeling is available in Simulation professional or above.
Why would you want to use Submodeling in Solidworks Simulation?
1.) Increase Your Simulation Productivity
Run studies with many parts, where you need loading contribution from all the components, but you need improved Simulation quality on certain components while;
- Maximizing mesh quality
- Minimizing solve time (for completely equal mesh size for all parts)
2.) Creating the Submodel Study – The Button Clicks and Screens
Run the parent study with course mesh >> Create a Submodeling study & Refine the mesh. Refining mesh inside the Submodel independent of the initial solve of the parent study.
What is a “QUALIFIED PARENT STUDY” ?
• The parent study type must be Static linear/nonlinear ONLY.
• No penetration contact are NOT ALLOWED with unselected bodies.
3.) Important Constraints Using Submodeling – Don’t Do That
Cut boundary of the Submodel cannot cut through a bonded contact. (Where defined by either beam-to-beam joints or shell edge-to-shell edge joints).
The boundaries of the Submodel must be adequately far from stress concentration areas.