Detailed Descriptions of DRD's SpaceClaim Course Workshops
DRD Custom SpaceClaim Workshop 1 - Simplification of Cast Part for Stress Analysis
In this workshop we read geometry into SpaceClaim, cut it in half to take advantage of symmetry, remove unnecessary features, split a surface for load application, and transfer the model into ANSYS Mechanical to perform a Static Structural analysis.
DRD Custom SpaceClaim Workshop 2 – Slicing a Part for Brick Meshing
This workshop demonstrates some of the techniques available within SpaceClaim for slicing geometry to obtain a brick mesh. The node count can be drastically reduced to save on disk space and solve time when switching from tetrahedron to brick elements.
DRD Custom SpaceClaim Workshop 3 – Creation of an Automobile Chassis Assembly Shell Model
In this workshop we read 3D solid geometry into SpaceClaim, then extract midsurfaces in order to mesh it with shell elements in ANSYS Mechanical. This workshop also demonstrates how to extend surfaces and share topology to create a multibody part, which will allow for a conformal mesh between bodies, eliminating the need for contact.
DRD Custom SpaceClaim Workshop 4 - Creation of a 2D Axisymmetric Finite Element Model from a 3D Threaded Connection Assembly with Helical Threads
This workshop shows how to make 2D axisymmetric models from 3D axisymmetric geometry. This model is particularly interesting because it demonstrates the process of making a 2D axisymmetric model of a threaded connection, which is not truly axisymmetric due to the helical thread geometry.
The assumption that helical threads are axisymmetric is a well-accepted assumption for threaded connection finite element analysis. The size of the model (number of nodes) is drastically reduced in this process, leading to a faster time-to-results and more design iterations. This axisymmetric simplification can be a good first step for many types of models that have rotational symmetry.
DRD would like to thank Baker Hughes of Claremore, OK for providing the geometry for this tutorial.
DRD Custom SpaceClaim Workshop 5 - Creation of a Beam and Shell Model from Solid CAD Geometry
This workshop demonstrates taking a full 3D solid CAD model and converting it to line bodies and surfaces, to facilitate beam and shell element meshing for analysis. This process reduces the complexity of the geometry, which lowers the computational resources needed to solve this problem, while still allowing engineers to make design decisions from the simulation results.
ANSYS Workshops 1 & 2 - Using the sketcher
In this pair of workshops we introduce the user to the sketching functionalities in SpaceClaim. Both workshops involve creating geometry from scratch.
ANSYS Workshop 3 - Advanced 3D Modeling concepts
In this workshop additional geometry is created from scratch using various sweeping, blending, and revolving techniques.
ANSYS Workshops 4 & 5. Geometry Repair
These workshops cover repairing geometry. Repair includes stitching open surface geometries to mold into a single surface body, detecting missing faces, sewing to remove gaps/openings, and ultimately accomplishing solidification of the problematic geometry. The workshops also cover removing interference between parts.
ANSYS Workshop 6 - Spot Welds and Instances
This workshop takes pre-existing geometry and adds weld connections.
ANSYS Workshop 7 - Fluid Domain Extraction
The geometries provided for this workshop cover fluid domain creation for both external and internal flows.
Workshop 8 - Beam and Shell Modeling Techniques
Multiple geometries are provided in this workshop for the user to gain experience extracting shell surfaces and beams and connecting them together to create efficient analysis models.
Workshop 9 - Parameterization of a Mixing Tank
In this workshop we create a mixing tank with parameters to be fed into ANSYS Mechanical for a design study.