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ENME414 Computer Aided Design Introduction to SD/Simulation: Modeling of a Cylindrical Support & Perform FEA Analyze the stress

distribution and the deformation pattern of a cylindrical support, as shown below:

Step 1: Create a 3D solid model for the cylindrical support. File > New > Part > OK.

In the Feature mode, click the icon of Revolved Boss/Base > pick the FRONT datum plane as the sketch plane. The orientation of this sketch plane is automatically set.

Pick the icon of Centerline > Vertical > For construction > Infinite length. Sketch a vertical centerline through the origin of the default coordinate system. Press the Esc key.

Click the icon of Corner Rectangle > sketch a rectangle with its left side along the vertical axis, as shown.

Select the icon of Smart Dimension. Click the vertical centerline first and click the vertical line on the right side, move the cursor to a new location, which is on the left side of the vertical centerline, and left-click to place the dimension. Upon the placement, a box will appear that shows the diameter value. Change the value to 100 mm. To define the second dimension, just click the vertical line on the right side and move the cursor to a new location. Change the value to 80. Click the check mark. Afterwards, click the icon of Done and Return.

Done and Return


The software system goes back to the Revolve window of the Feature mode (if not, click the icon of Feature), and click the check mark or Done.

Done and Return

Step 2: Add a round at the corner along the top edge. Click the icon of Fillet and pick the top edge. Specify 10 as the radius value. Click the check mark or the icon of Done and Return.

Done and Return

Step 3: Create a thin wall structure using the Shell tool. Pick the icon of Shell and specify 5 as the thickness value. Pick the bottom surface. Click the check mark or the icon of Done and Return.

Done and Return

Click the icon of Save and type cylindrical_support as the file name > Save.

Step 4: FEA analysis. Click the SIMULATION tab, which is listed together with the Feature tab. Expand the Study tab and click New Study.

Type shell_1 as the Study name. Select Static as the Analysis type > click the check mark.

Click the Apply Material tab > From library files > search for Alloy Steel > OK.

To define the constraint condition, click the Fixtures tab > select Fixed Geometry. pick the bottom surface of the cylindrical support > Click the check mark.

To define the load condition, click the External Load tab > Force. Pick the top surface, as shown > specify 1000 N as the magnitude. Click the check mark.

Step 5: Create mesh To create the mesh for this beam model, highlight Mesh listed in the model tree, and right-click > Create Mesh > pick the icon of OK to accept the default setting and click the check mark.

Step 6: Run the FEA program. Click the Run tab > Run.

Step 6: Post Processing. After the static analysis is complete, the software system automatically creates several new folders in the simulation model tree. These folders are Stress, Displacement, Strain, etc. Users may directly open those folders to view the stress or displacement distributions. Under circumstances, those folders may not be displayed in the model tree, click the Result tab > New Plot. At this moment, let us first show a plot of displacement. Click the Result tab > New Plot > Stress > select VON (vonMises) > click the check mark or Done.

To show the displacement distribution, click the Result tab > New Plot > Displacement > select mm as the unit > click the check mark.