Once you create the mesh and select the analysis type, you can set up the analysis:
- Select the element type for each part of the model. The element type availability depends on the analysis type. You also define all parameters relevant to each element type.
- Define the material properties for each part. The property availability depends on the analysis and element type you select. An extensive set of common materials is available. The Material Library Manager is also available so you can define material properties for custom materials. These material properties are saved in a new library and you can assign them during the analysis set up.
- Apply loads and constraints to the model. The loads and constraints availability depends on the analysis and element type that you select.
- Define the analysis parameters. You define general parameters for use during the analysis. For many analysis types, you can use the default settings. For some analysis types, especially time-dependent analyses, you will define load curves and other parameters.
After you follow these steps, you are ready to perform the analysis.
NoteBefore you mesh your CAD solid model, you can apply mesh-independent functions. For example, you can select surfaces and apply loads or boundary conditions. When you mesh the model, the function applies to each of the nodes. Functions such as nodal forces require the model to be meshed before they can be applied.
For descriptions of the various analysis types, refer to the appropriate pages within the Autodesk Simulation: Analysis Types branch of the Help.
Click the links below to find analysis setup and performance concepts that are common to multiple analysis types:
Click the links below for analysis setup and performance information that is specific to the particular analysis types:
Click the links below for more information regarding the setup and performance of multiphysics analyses. The multiphysics analyses combine the options available for two or more individual analysis types:
Finally, click the links below to access information regarding several advanced topics: