Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor Simulation 2011

2nd Edition

A Step-by-Step Guide to Engineering Design Solutions

Authors: Wasim Younis
Paperback ISBN: 9780123821027
eBook ISBN: 9780123821034
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 20th April 2010
Page Count: 464
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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.

Key Features

  • Get up to speed fast with real-life, step-by-step design problems—3 new to this edition!
  • Discover how to convert CAD models to working digital prototypes, enabling you to enhance designs and simulate real-world performance without creating physical prototypes
  • Learn all about the frame analysis environment—new to Autodesk Inventor Simulation 2011—and other key features of this powerful software, including modal analysis, assembly stress analysis, parametric optimization analysis, effective joint creation, and more
  • Manipulate and experiment with design solutions from the book using datasets provided on the book's companion website (http://www.elsevierdirect.com/v2/companion.jsp?ISBN=9780123821027) and move seamlessly onto tackling your own design challenges with confidence
  • New edition features enhanced coverage of key areas, including stress singularities, h-p convergence, curved elements, mechanism redundancies, FEA and simulation theory, with hand calculations, and more


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. Instructors and students on engineering courses using Inventor.

Table of 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 – S


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About the Author

Wasim Younis

Wasim Younis is an Autodesk Simulation consultant with over 15 years' experience in the manufacturing sector and Director of VDS Solutions (www.vdssolutions.co.uk), a leading Autodesk Inventor Simulation training, support and consultancy provider. He is well known within Autodesk Inventor Simulation community worldwide and is a regular contributor of Simulation tips, tricks and articles to Experience Manufacturing, the magazine dedicated to Autodesk Inventor users.

Affiliations and Expertise

Autodesk Simulation consultant and Director of VDS Solutions, Burnley, UK