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Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor Simulation 2011, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Autodesk® Inventor® Simulation is an essential element in the AutodeskDigital Prototyping workflow that enables engineers, designers and manufacturers to transition from traditional design and physical prototyping methods to the innovative use of 3D modeling for evaluating form, fit and function. This allows virtual exploration and testing of objects, components and products before they are made, saving critical development time and cost. Autodesk Inventor Simulation provides the dynamic tools required to revolutionize the product design process, but these tools are complex to learn and use to their full potential.

Up and Running with Autodesk® Inventor® Simulation 2011 is dedicated to the requirements of Inventor users who need to quickly learn or refresh their skills and apply the dynamic simulation, stress analysis, frame analysis, and optimization capabilities of Inventor Simulation 2011. Providing clear guidance and all-important real-world tutorials, the step-by-step, heavily-illustrated approach of this book will help designers, engineers, and manufacturers of all skill levels become Simulation experts.



  • Get up to speed fast with real-life, step-by-step design problems-3 new to this edition!
  • Discover how to convert CAD models to working digital prototypes, enabling you to enhance designs and simulate real-world performance without creating physical prototypes
  • Learn all about the frame analysis environment-new to Autodesk Inventor Simulation 2011-and other key features of this powerful software, including modal analysis, assembly stress analysis, parametric optimization analysis, effective joint creation, and more
  • Manipulate and experiment with design solutions from the book using datasets provided on the book's companion website (http://www.elsevierdirect.com/v2/companion.jsp?ISBN=9780123821027) and move seamlessly onto tackling your own design challenges with confidence
  • New edition features enhanced coverage of key areas, including stress singularities, h-p convergence, curved elements, mechanism redundancies, FEA and simulation theory, with hand calculations, and more

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Image
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Title
  4. DEDICATION
  5. Copyright
  6. FOREWORD
  7. PREFACE
  8. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  9. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  10. HOW TO ACCESS THE BOOK EXERCISE FILES
  11. Chapter 1. The Dynamic Simulation Environment
    1. Simulation overview
    2. Simulation – Basic Theory
    3. Open-and Closed-Loop Mechanisms
    4. Redundant Mechanisms
    5. Contact Properties
    6. Simulation workflow
    7. Simulation user interface
    8. Joints
    9. Environmental Constraints
    10. Analyzing Results
  12. Chapter 2. DP1 – Size a Motor
    1. Joints Introduced/covered in this Design Problem
    2. Key Features and Workflows Introduced in this Design Problem
    3. Introduction
    4. Workflow of Design Problem 1
  13. Chapter 3. DP2 – Size a Jack
    1. Joints Introduced/Covered in this Design Problem
    2. Key Features and Workflows Introduced in this Design Problem
    3. Introduction
    4. Workflow of Design Problem 2
  14. Chapter 4. DP3 – Size Multiple Actuating Jacks
    1. Joints Introduced/Covered in this Design Problem
    2. Key Features and Workflows Introduced in this Design Problem
    3. Introduction
    4. Workflow of Design Problem 3
  15. Chapter 5. DP4 – Advanced Simulation Settings
    1. Joints Introduced/Covered in this Design Problem
    2. Key Features and Workflows Introduced in this Design Problem
    3. Introduction
    4. Workflow of Design Problem 4
  16. Chapter 6. DP5 – Size a Spring
    1. Joints Introduced/Covered in this Design Problem
    2. Key Features and Workflows Introduced in this Design Problem
    3. Introduction
    4. Workflow of Design Problem 5
  17. Chapter 7. DP6 – Size a Spring
    1. Joints Introduced/covered in this Design Problem
    2. Key Features and Workflows Introduced in this Design Problem
    3. Introduction
    4. Workflow of Design Problem 6
  18. Chapter 8. DP7 – Simulate a Sprocket Chain
    1. Joints Introduced/Covered in this Design Problem
    2. Key Features and Workflows Introduced in this Design Problem
    3. Introduction
    4. Workflow of Design Problem 7 – Stage 2
  19. Chapter 9. The Stress Analysis Environment
    1. The Finite Element Method (FEM) – an Overview
    2. Types of Finite Element Method (FEM) Elements
    3. Methods to Enhance Finite Element Method (FEM) Results
    4. Linear and Nonlinear Analysis
    5. Static Analysis – an Overview
    6. Modal Analysis – an Overview
    7. Stress Analysis Workflow
    8. Stress Analysis User Interface
    9. Manage Tab
    10. Materials Tab
    11. Constraints Tab
    12. Loads Tab
    13. Contacts Tab
    14. Prepare Tab
    15. Result Tab
    16. Display Tab
    17. Report Tab
    18. GuidE Tab
    19. Stress Analysis Settings Tab
  20. Chapter 10. DP8 – Motion Load Transfer Analysis
    1. Key Features Introduced in this Design Problem
    2. Introduction
    3. Workflow of Design Problem 8
  21. Chapter 11. DP9 – Multiple Motion Load Transfer
    1. Key Features Introduced in this Design Problem
    2. Introduction
    3. Workflow of Design Problem 9
  22. Chapter 12. DP10 – Cyclic Symmetry Analysis
    1. Key Features Introduced in this Design Problem
    2. Introduction
    3. Workflow of Design Problem 10
  23. Chapter 13. DP11 – Weldment Analysis
    1. Key features introduced in this design problem
    2. Introduction
    3. Workflow of Design Problem 11
  24. Chapter 14. DP12 – Assembly Analysis with built-in welds
    1. Key Features Introduced in this Design Problem
    2. Introduction
    3. Workflow of Design Problem 12
    4. Part 1 – Chassis Design with Welds and RHS Channel Radii
    5. Part 2 – Chassis Design Without Welds and RHS Member Radii
  25. Chapter 15. DP13 – Assembly Optimization
    1. Key Features Introduced in this Design Problem
    2. Introduction
    3. Workflow of Design Problem 13
  26. Chapter 16. DP14 – Modal Analysis
    1. Key Features Introduced in this Design Problem
    2. Introduction
    3. Workflow of Design Problem 14
  27. Chapter 17. The Frame Analysis Environment
    1. Frame Analysis Overview
    2. Frame Analysis Workflow
    3. Frame Analysis User Interface
    4. Manage Tab
    5. Beams Tab
    6. Constraints Tab
    7. Loads Tab
    8. Connections Tab
    9. Result Tab
    10. Display Tab
    11. Publish Tab
    12. Frame Analysis Settings Tab
  28. Chapter 18. DP15 – Frame Analysis Using Content Center Structures
    1. Key Features Introduced in this Design Problem
    2. Introduction
    3. Workflow of Design Problem 15
  29. Chapter 19. DP16 – Frame Analysis Using Frame Generator Structures
    1. Key Features Introduced in this Design Problem
    2. Introduction
    3. Workflow of Design Problem 16
  30. INDEX