SIMSOLID at XR Lateral Case Study

Greg Prevost of XR Lateral talks about how he uses SIMSOLID to help create a robust drilling mud motor for directional drilling in the oil and gas industry.

XR Lateral reducing the bend angle with less stress and can model how the forces impact the assembly with SIMSOLID.

Says Greg "We would have been doing it iteratively and it would have taken us a lot longer", ... "hand calculations, we would have had to have estimated geometry... this way we can do all that work at the computer desk"

Easy to Use

According to Greg: "Compared to FEA in SolidWorks, SIMSOLID by far gives us more data, reactions, things like that but we were using it within 30 minutes with no training. We just put parts in there, it's pretty user friendly... It's so easy to use"

Accurate and Fast

"So we do check with simple problems... and we get the same results as with the hand calculations"



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Capabilities of SimSolid

Analysis Solutions

The following simulation types are supported: linear statics, modal, nonlinear statics (material & geometrical), thermal, coupled thermal-stress, linear dynamics (time, frequency and random response).

Supported Connections and Boundary Conditions

  • Assembly Connections: Smart auto connections, bonded, sliding, separating with friction, bolted, spot & laser welds, fillet/seam welds, virtual connectors
  • Loads & BC’s: Immovable constraint, sliding constraint, hinge constraint, enforced displacement, force, pressure, gravity, thermal, inertia relief, bolt/nut preload, dynamic loads, hydrostatic loads, bearing loads, and remote loads.

Material Properties

  • Isotropic
  • Incompressible
  • Elastoplastic with NL stress vs strain curves
  • Rigid
  • User extensible

CAD Connectivity

  • Direct data integration to Cloud-based CAD systems
  • Standard STL output from any CAD system
  • Direct file support for mainstream CAD systems: CATIA, NX, Creo, SOLIDWORKS, Inventor and SolidEdge
  • Direct file support for common neutral formats: STEP, ACIS and Parasolid, etc.

Post-Processing and Reporting

Result types:

  • Contour plots with displacements, stress & strains
  • Deformed shape animation
  • Max/min labels
  • Point probes XY plots
  • Reaction/contact forces
  • Bolt/nut forces Spot weld forces
  • Frequencies and mode shapes
  • Modal participation factors
  • Safety factors

Reporting:

  • Image thumbnails and captions associated with model graphics state, part visibility, and results display
  • Synchronized model and results browsing
  • Results are exported as full resolution image files

General Usability


Simulation Types

  • Linear Statics
  • Modal
  • Thermal
  • Thermal Stress
  • Geometric Nonlinear Statics
  • Material Nonlinear Statics
  • Dynamics time, frequency and random response


Geometry Sources

  • Direct data integration to Autodesk Fusion 360, SOLIDWORKS and Onshape CAD systems
  • Standard STL output from any CAD system
  • Direct file support for mainstream CAD systems: CATIA, NX, Creo, SOLIDWORKS, Inventor and Solid Edge
  • Direct file support for common neutral formats: STEP, ACIS and Parasolid, etc.


Material Properties

  • Isotropic
  • Incompressible
  • NL stress vs strain curves
  • Rigid
  • User extensible


Gallery

Image thumbnails and captions associated with:

  • Model graphics state
  • Part visibility
  • Results display
  • Synchronized model and results browsing
  • Exported as full resolution image files


Assembly Connections

  • Smart auto connections
  • Bonded
  • Sliding
  • Separating
  • Bolted
  • Spot & laser welds
  • Fillet/seam welds
  • Virtual connectors


Boundary Conditions

  • Prescribed:
    • displacement
    • pressure, force
    • gravity
    • temperature, flux
    • convection
    • volumetric heat
  • Force at a remote point
  • Hinge constraints
  • Spring support
  • Hydrostatic & bearing loads
  • Inertia loads


Results

  • Contour plots
    • displacement
    • stress
    • strain
  • Deformed shape animation
  • Max/min labels
  • Point probes
  • XY plots
  • Reaction/contact forces
  • Bolt/nut forces
  • Spot weld forces
  • Modal participation factors
  • Safety factors