SS-T: 1030 Set Parts as Bolts

Set parts as bolts in SimSolid.


SimSolid performs meshless structural analysis that works on full featured parts and assemblies, is tolerant of geometric imperfections, and runs in seconds to minutes. In this tutorial, you will do the following:
  • Set general parts to bolt.

Model Description

The following model file is needed for this tutorial:
  • SetPartsToBolts.ssp

Figure 1.
This file has the following specifications:
  • Material is set to Steel for all parts.

Open Project

Open the SimSolid project file.

  1. Start a new SimSolid session.
  2. Click the (Open Project) icon.

    Figure 2.
  3. In the Open project file dialog, choose SetPartsToBolts.ssp
  4. Click OK.

Review Model

Review the part information for the model.

  1. In the modeling window, right-click the part highlighted in orange in Figure 3, then select Info from the context menu.
    Figure 3.
  2. Notice that this bolt-like part, and several others in the model, are currently classified as General type.

Set Part as Bolt

Set part type to Bolt.

  1. Select one of the bolt-like parts in the modeling window.
  2. Right-click on the part and select Set part type as bolt from the context menu.

    Figure 4.
    A dialog will opens and shows details for the selected part. The part is isolated in the modeling window.
    Figure 5.
  3. In the dialog, for Bolt head, select the highlighted face in Figure 6.

    Figure 6.
  4. For Face at bolt shank, select the highlighted face in Figure 7.

    Figure 7.
  5. Click Assign type to similar parts.
    SimSolid identifies all parts similar to the selected part and lists them in the dialogue. The parts are also isolated in the graphics area.

    Figure 8.
  6. Click OK to assign the type to bolt for all listed parts.

Review Connections and Contact Conditons

Review connections and contact conditions on bolts.

Connections are automatically created for all the parts that are set as bolts, with their neighboring parts.

  1. Right-click on a part with type set to Bolt, and select Review part connections from the context menu.

    Figure 9.
    Connections are created at bolt head and shank. As desired, bonded contact is assigned at bolt head and nut location and sliding contact at the shank.
  2. Review the connections in the dialog.

    Figure 10.