Unlocking True Potential: Model Idealization

   By Alain Bucio on August 24, 2023

At TriMech, our commitment to excellence drives us to tackle a range of projects from various industries, encompassing models of different sizes, shapes, and complexities. The common thread between all is the need for model idealization. Regardless of how the part is created, whether it is manufacturer ready with gaps modeled and tolerances built in, has complex surface face features, or it has two parts interfacing each other with tangent contact, there will always be a need for some level of idealization. No matter the origin, every model benefits from a creative approach, ensuring that any modifications introduced maintain the integrity of simulation results. Simulation software craves perfection, therefore, artistic liberty is taken to give it a perfect idealized model.

The Challenge: Why Go Through the Hassle?

The reason model idealization is necessary is because in the real world, the parts that we analyze are more topologically complex and have small geometric details that would make it extremely difficult for the simulation to capture. Leaving these small, detailed features would require tiny elements which would use extensive computation time. There are various ways to idealize a model, but utilizing the Direct Editing Tab within SolidWorks can quickly remove unnecessary geometry such as holes, complex topology, radii, etc. You can then validate your model idealization by checking if you’ve removed troublesome geometry in the Geometry Analysis feature in the Evaluate tab.

Navigating the Maze: Conquering Screw Complexities

Screws – the bane of solvers everywhere. Their topological intricacy, coupled with sharp edges and tiny facets, presents a unique challenge. One technique involves substituting the screw model with a connector. The options include pins, bolts, and springs, each meticulously configured to replicate the physical counterpart’s behavior. This shift not only unravels the solver’s nightmare but also optimizes computing resources.

Welding the Bonds: Unveiling the Interface Dynamics

Sometimes, model idealization requires parts to touch. Whether through face-to-face or face-to-edge interactions, the question arises – to weld or not to weld?  When parts interface with adhesive or weld joints, explicit modeling of these connections becomes important. This approach holds significance in simulations that hinge on the interaction between these bonded parts. A well-executed model idealization that explicitly captures welding nuances can pave the way for deeper insights into the dynamics of interfacing components.

Ready to Redefine Your Simulations? Embrace Model Idealization with TriMech Today!

Our clients stand as testament to the power of our model idealization services. By entrusting their models to our Project Engineering Group, they have received simulations that are both quick and accurate. Computing times are reduced without compromising fidelity. This efficiency translates into reduced project timelines, cost savings, and informed decision-making. Elevate your simulations from mundane to extraordinary. Connect with us today to embark on a journey that redefines what simulations can achieve.

How can TriMech’s Project Engineering Group help you today with on-demand engineering and design services through its dedicated team of design engineers? 

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