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 ( 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.     2.     3. 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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