SolidWorks – A Better Thermal Structural Analysis Toolset
We all know about Thermal Structural Analysis (TSA) in Microsoft Word. Most of us use that approach when we set up the computerized design in SolidWorks and AutoCAD, but it’s not the only way to do things. Some CAD software programs provide more flexibility than others do, and some let you tweak things as you go along.
For example, when you set up the SolidWorks sheet in Autodesk’s Revit, you have to define the boundaries and areas of objects and other components before you can set up the component. Then you can set up the components you want to control, set the properties and save them in a proper file. If you try to make changes later, you will have to re-save the file and manually modify any changes that were made. In other words, there’s a lot you have to do to get the tooling right.
In contrast, when you set up the TSAN in SolidWorks, you have a complete control over the system, which enables you to see how things are working before you start adding anything. And since you can change any property that you want, you can also change the whole environment. You can go back and make changes and completely reconfigure everything, including the graphical settings, the controls and the parameters. This gives you a fully customizable environment for your TSAN.
Let’s say you want to build an entire building, starting from its foundation down to the last panel. With TSA in SolidWorks, you can put the design together in several steps. One step is to determine the free-form elements of the building, such as the floor plan, the walls, the roof and the windows. The next step is to set up those free-form elements and then identify the solid and non-solid items that go into each section of the building.
In the third step, you decide what each of those items is going to be, and in the fourth step, you create the components, such as the framing, the beams and columns and the floor. The fifth step is to set up the design for the windows and doors, and in the sixth step, you identify the doors and identify where the windows are going to be installed. In this process, you don’t need to add any structural elements at all. In fact, you can quickly make the building without any solid elements at all.
In the final step, you change any necessary parameters and then insert them as a component. Then you move on to the next step and repeat the process.
There’s a second way to set up TSA in SolidWorks. All you have to do is select the TSAN module and then turn on the Component parameters option, which is usually located in the View menu. Then you drag a component into place and turn on the Component setup option.
Now you can tweak the components as you want, and you can use your own graphics to show you how things look. You can change the units, the dimensions and the colors.
Another way to set up TSA in Do My Solidworks Project is to create a TSAN schematic that includes the manual specifications for the various components, but not the manual specifications for the thermal conductivity. This is done with the drawing tool and after saving it, you simply remove the manual data and keep the software instructions, which are automatically updated each time you run the program. Then you can modify the settings for each component without changing the hardware specifications.
Last, let’s talk about the procedures for creating TSAN Schematics in SolidWorks. You need to find the “Component Setup” option and then you need to click on the “Components” tab. Then you need to click on the “TSA Schematic” icon and then click “Start Component Setup.”
Once you have finished setting up the TSAN, you can actually run the program, which will run the thermal analysis for you. With this method, you have the flexibility to use your own graphics and you can edit any parameters you want, depending on the software that you have. If you want to do a manual update, you can find the section in the Info.graphic tab and enter any new data, including any changes you want to the thermal conductivity parameter or the next time you run the program.