In the following the different simulation settings you have to define are described in detail as well as the various options you can add.
In order to perform an analysis a given geometrical domain you have to discretize your model by creating a mesh out of it. Details of CAD handling and Meshing are described in the Pre-processing section.
After you assigned a mesh to the simulation you can add some optional domain-related settings and have a look on the mesh details. Please note that if you have an assembly of multiple bodies that are not fused together, you have to add Contacts if you want to build connections between those independent parts.
In the model section everything that defines the physics of the simulation is specified e.g. material properties, boundary conditions etc. On the top level you can adapt some generic settings. For this analysis type you can add a gravitational load for the whole domain and define if you want to run a geometrically linear or nonlinear analysis.
In order to define the material properties of the whole domain, you have to assign exactly one material to every part. You can choose the material behavior describing the constitutive law that is used for the stress-strain relation and the density of the material. Please note that the density is used for volumetric loads e.g. gravitation. Inertia effects are only considered in dynamic simulations (Dynamic). Please see the Materials section for more details.
For a time dependent behaviour of a solid structure it is important to define the Initial Conditions carefully, since these values determine the solution of the analysis. In a Dynamic analysis the displacement, velocity and acceleration are the time dependent variables. They define the initial state of the domain before the loads and constraints are applied. Per default the displacements, velocities and accelerations are initialized as zero length vector. Thus if you use the default values there will be no displacement and velocity in the initial state. Additionally an initial stress state can be defined as it is a nonlinear analysis type. If not changed by the user the stresses are also taken as zero initially.
In a Dynamic analysis you can define Constraints (Displacement boundary conditions) and Loads (Force boundary conditions). If you want to determine the position of a part of the domain, add at least one displacement constraint in every coordinate direction. Otherwise it is allowed to move freely in space. This is intended for e.g. drop tests.
In case of missing force boundary conditions (including gravitation), the geometry becomes load-free and apart from the prescribed displacement boundary conditions (constraints) no deformation will evolve. However, this might be intended to determine the strain distribution e.g. in pre-clamped structural components.
Constraint types (Displacement boundary conditions)
Load types (Force boundary conditions)