The geometry of your model plays a big role in how easy or hard it will be to set up and get accurate results from the simulation.
We have summarized the main aspects for a good, simulation-friendly CAD file, which should be followed in order to create simple, trouble-free geometry for your simulation.
Build the parts of your model as a single solid
In many CAD softwares it is easier to build the geometry of the model from blocks, which all combined form a complete CAD model. When creating geometry for simulation, these blocks should be fused together to form a single solid – in this way you can get rid of unnecessary faces between blocks and ease not only the work with the geometry but simplify the meshing process as well.
Fuse geometry in FreeCAD
You can easily fuse your geometry blocks together in FreeCAD as well, using the Union tool.
- Select all parts you want to fuse and click Union
- In Union properties change Refine to true to remove any interface planes and edges between the fused solids.
Simplify your design
Computer simulation starts with a geometrical model of the real life problem – you need to accurately depict the geometrical details to precisely calculate the physical aspects of the model. However, in most cases you can disregard some of the geometrical details, which do not have such a significant impact on the physical results, to optimize the simulation.
The following features can be deleted, as they take up significant amount of calculation time and computer power without considerable contribution to results.
Remove irrelevant plastic parts
Depending on the type of your model, one or more plastic components might be included in the design. You need to evaluate the relevance of those parts, and remove them if they do not have a significant impact.
For example, you can
- remove plastic holders or small parts used for mechanical components
but you should
- leave any plastic encasings or covers over your geometry.
Delete unnecessary elements
Parts, such as screws, bolts, threads or embedded text, can be taken out of your model.
The port or feed is one of the most important parts of the assembly, however, you can easily simplify the port geometry, to make the simulation faster without sigificant losses in accuracy.
Resolve incorrect connections
During the creation of the geometry, be careful with connections between different parts of your model.
Gaps & Overlapping
It is important that your geometry is continuous so be sure to avoid any overlappings and gaps, since inaccurate connections will result in meshing problems and calculation errors!