Thursday, 8 December 2011

SolidWorks Simulation - Structural Loads

As we baton down the hatches here in Scotland preparing for 90mph winds, I thought it would be interesting to see how tools contained within SolidWorks Simulation assist engineers in predicting structural failures due to severe weather conditions.  Most of us have seen the Tacoma Narrows footage of "gallopin gertie" rolling and swaying before collapsing during a storm in 1940:

This event caused engineers to think about other factors that may affect the building of bridges including vibration and harmonics.  Now if you're in the business of bridge design or other structures that are load bearing, you might want to have a look at the capabilities of SolidWorks Simulation Premium here

Here are some examples of the data you can collect:

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