Structural analysis is the determination of the effects of static and dynamic loads on parts, assemblies, and mechanisms in order to avoid failure in the intended use. Colorful terms such as geometric buckling give a vivid picture of what can happen when parts fail. Ideally, simulation-driven design begins early in the product development process. It helps find flaws earlier, extracts costs, speeds up design, and improves your product’s quality.
Structural analysis for design engineers
Designers can incorporate structural analyses using Creo Simulation Live in their design process to adjust components in order to meet certain requirements.
This incorporation of simulation when designing is less about going into a full range of full-fidelity simulation tools to guide your design decisions and more about using accurate easy-to-use studies that operate in real-time as you edit parts of your design to quickly gauge if something will work or not.
Say you want to run a simulation on a part, looking to see at what point it would fail. If you were using Creo Parametric, you'd simply click a tab to move into Creo Simulate (can be used as an extension). You’d input reaction loads to Creo Simulate, define the structural analysis, and run it with a few clicks. You can interrogate the results, make changes, rerun the simulation - no need to recreate it - and be off. Creo Simulate can also be used as a standalone application.