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Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor Simulation 2011

A step-by-step guide to engineering design solutions

Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor Simulation 2011 provides a clear path to perfecting the skills of designers and engineers using simulation inside Autodesk Inventor. This book includes modal analysis, stress singularities, and H-P convergence, in addition to the new frame analysis functionality. The book is divided into three sections: dynamic solution, stress analysis, and frame analysis, with a total of nineteen chapters. The first chapter of each section offers an overview of the topic covered in that section. There is also an overview of the Inventor Simulation interface and its strengths, weaknesses, and workarounds. Furthermore, the book emphasizes the joint creation process and discusses in detail the unique and powerful parametric optimization function. This book will be a useful learning tool for designers and engineers, and a source for applying simulation for faster production of better products.

Audience

Primary audience: Design engineers and engineering managers in mechanical, manufacturing, product development and design fields needing to take projects to concept level, including basic strength analysis and validation; Engineering design consultants offering a full design package from concept through to digital prototyping, detailed design and manufacture information.
Secondary audience: Instructors and students on engineering courses using Inventor.

Paperback, 464 Pages

Published: April 2010

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-382102-7

Contents


  • Foreword

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    About the Author

    How to Access the Book Exercises Files

        1. http://www.vdssolutions.co.uk

        2. http://vrblog.info

        3. http://www.elsevierdirect.com/companions/9780123821027

    Chapter 1 The Dynamic Simulation Environment

        Simulation overview

        Simulation - Basic theory

        Open-and closed-loop mechanisms

        Redundant mechanisms

        Contact properties

             Restitution

             Friction

        Simulation workflow

        Simulation user interface

             Dynamic simulation browser

             Dynamic simulation graphic window

             Dynamic simulation panel

             Simulation player

             Simulation settings

             More simulation settings

        Joints

             Types of joint

             Joints matrix - a snapshot of joints used throughout the book

             Process of creating joints

             Redundant joints

        Environmental constraints

             Input grapher

             Joint friction

             Environmental constraints (EC) matrix - A snapshot of environmental constraints used throughout the book

             The process of creating environmental constraints

        Analyzing results

             Output grapher

             Output grapher environmental constraints - Snapshot of tools used throughout the book

             Process of using the specialized tools within the output grapher

    Chapter 2 Design Problem 1 - Size a Motor

        Joints introduced/covered in this design problem

        Key features and workflows introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 1

             Joints

        Environmental constraints

        Analyze results

    Chapter 3 Design Problem 2 - Size a Jack

        Joints introduced/covered in this design problem

        Key features and workflows introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 2

             Grouping/welding

             Joints

             Environmental constraints

             Analyze results

    Chapter 4 Design Problem 3 - Size Multiple Actuating Jacks

        Joints introduced/covered in this design problem

        Key features and workflows introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 3

             Grouping/welding

             Restructure components into subassemblies

             Joints

             Environmental constraints

             Analyze results

    Chapter 5 Design Problem 4 - Advanced Simulation Settings

        Joints introduced/covered in this design problem

        Key features and workflows introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 4

             Joints

             Environmental constraints

             Analyze results

    Chapter 6 Design Problem 5 - Size a Spring

        Joints introduced/covered in this design problem

        Key features and workflows introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 5

             Grouping/welding

             Joints

             Environmental constraints

             Analyze results

    Chapter 7 Design Problem 6 - Size a Spring

        Joints introduced/covered in this design problem

        Key features and workflows introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

             Assumptions/restrictions

        Workflow of design problem 6

             Joints

             Environmental constraints

             Analyze results

    Chapter 8 Design Problem 7 - Simulate a Sprocket Chain

        Joints introduced/covered in this design problem

        Key features and workflows introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 7 - stage 2

             Stage 1 - Devising a process for simulating a sprocket chain mechanism

             Stage 2 - Simulate the sprocket chain mechanism

             Joints

             Environmental constraints

             Analyze results

             Stage 3 - Simulate the complete sprocket and chain mechanism

    Chapter 9 The Stress Analysis Environment

        The finite element method (FEM) - an overview

        Types of finite element method (FEM) elements

        Methods to enhance finite element method (FEM) results

             H-P convergence

        Linear and nonlinear analysis

             Linear analysis

             Nonlinear analysis

        Static analysis - an overview

             Stress singularities

        Modal analysis - an overview

             Natural frequencies - Basic theory

             Preloaded modes

        Stress analysis workflow

        Stress analysis user interface

             Stress analysis browser

             Stress analysis graphic window

             Stress analysis panel

        Manage tab

             Create simulation

             Parametric table

        Materials tab

        Constraints tab

             Fixed constraint

             Pin constraint

             Frictionless constraint

        Loads tab

             General loads

             Face loads

             Body loads

        Contacts tab

             Types of contacts

             The process of creating contacts

        Prepare tab

             Manual mesh refinement

             Automatic mesh refinement (or automatic convergence)

             Manual convergence

        Result tab

             Animate

             Probe

             Convergence plot

        Display tab

             Apply uniform scale

             Color bar

             Show probe labels

             Show maximum and minimum values

             Show boundary conditions

             Display results

             Adjust displacement display

        Report tab

        Guide tab

        Stress analysis settings tab

    Chapter 10 Design Problem 8 - Motion Load Transfer Analysis

        Key features introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 8

             Idealization

             Boundary conditions

             Run simulation and analyze

             Optimization

    Chapter 11 Design Problem 9 - Multiple Motion Load Transfer

        Key features introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 9

             Idealization

             Boundary conditions

             Run simulation and analyze

    Chapter 12 Design Problem 10 - Cyclic Symmetry Analysis

        Key features introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 10

             Idealization

             Boundary conditions

             Run simulation and analyze

             Optimization

    Chapter 13 Design Problem 11 - Weldment Analysis

        Key features introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 11

             Idealization

             Boundary conditions

             Run simulation and analyze

    Chapter 14 Design Problem 12 - Assembly Analysis With Built-in Welds

        Key features introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 12

        Part 1 - Chassis design with welds and rhs channel radii

             Idealization

             Boundary conditions

             Run simulation and analyze

        Part 2 - Chassis design without welds and rhs member radii

             Idealization

             Rerun analysis and analyze

             Optimization

    Chapter 15 Design Problem 13 - Assembly Optimization

        Key features introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 13

             Idealization

             Boundary conditions

             Run simulation and analyze

             Optimization

    Chapter 16 Design Problem 14 - Modal Analysis

        Key features introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 14

             Idealization

             Boundary conditions

             Run simulation and analyze

             Optimization

    Chapter 17 The Frame Analysis Environment

        Frame analysis overview

        Frame analysis workflow

        Frame analysis user interface

             Frame analysis browser

             Frame analysis graphic window

             Frame analysis panel

        Manage tab

             Create simulation

        Beams tab

             Update

             Properties

             Material

        Constraints tab

             Fixed constraint

             Pinned constraint

             Floating pinned constraint

             Custom constraint

        Loads tab

             Force

             Continuous load

             Moment

             Moment (general)

             Bending moment

             Axial moment

        Connections tab

             Beam release

             Custom node

             Rigid link

        Result tab

             Beam detail

             Animate

             Diagram

        Display tab

             Color bar

             Beam and node labels

             Display results

             Adjust displacement display

             Max and min values

             Boundary conditions

             Local systems

             Load values

        Publish tab

             Report

             Export

        Frame analysis settings tab

    Chapter 18 Design Problem 15 - Frame Analysis Using Content Center Structures

        Key features introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 15

             Idealization

             Boundary conditions

             Run simulation and analyze

             Optimization

    Chapter 19 Design Problem 16 - Frame Analysis Using Frame Generator Structures

        Key features introduced in this design problem

        Introduction

        Workflow of design problem 16

             Idealization

             Boundary conditions

             Run simulation and analyze

    Index






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