Design Simulation

After creating a 3D model of your design, the next most important step is to impress constraints, loads and define the contact relationships on the model. To prepare for the finite element simulation, you will also be called upon to convert the region occupied by the material to simplified meshes of tetrahedrons or other simple geometrical entities. Fusion 360 provides the Simulation Work Space that gives you the facilities you need to do these and much more as we shall see. The attached video takes you through this process for the simple hinge we created early on after briefly introducing the governing equations the embedded Finite Element package are designed to solve.

Furthermore, you can also download the Mathematica Notebook that can provide you the governing equations in any coordinate system desired once you supply the tensor equations.
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2 comments on “Design Simulation

  1. SUNDAY, Ernest Eromosele (13BE002725) says:

    Recheck you link! That’s a wrong link to the Mathematica’s Notebook.

  2. Thank you sir,
    I practically can see the value of the Von mises stress theory as this is a ductile material and I’m very grateful for your in depth and detailed explanation of the four stages of this simulation.

    Working on my simulation of the Hinge as guided, I noticed that the thinner parts of the “outer” seem to also be more stressed, could the thickness be a factor that determines failure?
    Please, what other factors can affect failure here?
    Also what would have been best for a brittle material like glass or will the von mises theory option work too?

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