Simulation Mechanical Tip: Changing Units

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Jim Swain, Synergis Project Manager for Manufacturing:st11

Setting up an analysis can have some frustrating moments. Often the available data for boundary conditions and such are from different sources, and in different units.

In Simulation Mechanical you can change the Display Units in the Browser to switch between various preset or custom defined unit systems to help as you enter data. Either double click on the desired unit system, or right click and select Activate.

For example: This applied pressure of 0.138 N/mm² seems a bit odd in the Metric mmks system.

st3But when the display units are switched to English (in) a 20 psi pressure load makes more sense.

st4Hope this helps.

Jim S.

Jim is Synergis’ Project Manager for Manufacturing Solutions and has been with Synergis since 1997.  Prior to joining Synergis he worked in the consumer electronics and automotive industries as a design engineer, a test engineer, and as a CAD administrator. He has also taught design classes at the college level. Jim’s broad knowledge base helps him to understand customers’ problems and offer appropriate solutions. Jim earned BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. Jim is a certified Inventor Expert, having been in the first group of people to take and pass the Autodesk Inventor Certified Expert Exam at Autodesk University in 2003. He has also presented classes at Autodesk University since 2003. Email Jim with a question or request.

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