The Pressure vessel design tool inside Solidworks is a useful component that allows combination of the results from static studies carried out on a component. To run this Pressure vessel design tool, you must first carry out static analysis on the part.
I went with a cylinder supported at the ends by two rigid supports.
Once you have equip the Solidworks simulation add-in in the add-ins folder all you require to do create a new study and select static study.
Afterwards perusing the static study, at the head of the feature manager tree the first task is to assign a material to the part. I went with Plain carbon steel for this illustration. Solidworks has a large collection of materials to choose from the materials library.
Next we are required to define the loads and fixed supports.
My load is in terms of pressure inside the vessel acting against the walls of the vessel. I considered a pressure of about 8000N.
Solidworks automatically calculates and generates the mesh required to run analysis on the model. Factors considered include the size of mesh and number of nodes. The designer has the option of adjusting the size of the mesh by toggling from fine to coarse mesh.
Once the mesh is created you can proceed to run the static analysis.
Once this is done you can combine this static analysis with another by simply moving to the pressure vessel design study and specifying which studies you would like to combine, and the type of combo whether SRSS or a linear combination.
SRSS stands for square root of the sum of squares. This feature is pretty useful especially when you have multiple design studies since it combines these results using linear combination.
Solidworks never ceizes to amaze with its diverse capability.
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