New release Simufact Welding 2022: Enormous improvements in the RSW Module
Sept. 19, 2022
September 19, 2022
by Richard Baldwin
New mode for RSW
simulation for up to 30x speed – In Simufact Welding
2022, a new purely mechanical solution called ‘Simplified Spot’ has been implemented. It runs completely on 2D shell elements. The new mode speeds up your resistance spot welding
simulation up to 30x speed with consistent quality of results.
4 modes are available depending on your requirements:
Temperature field and distortions are required:
Full transient simulation, or
Thermal cycle mode
Only the distortions are required:
Electrodes mode, or
New simplified spot mode
For example, up to 30x faster RSW
simulations can be achieved if the temperature is not required and you use the new “Simplified Spot” mode.
Simulation of asymmetric weld
nuggets – In the latest version of Simufact Welding
2022 it is possible to consider asymmetric weld
nuggets in a resistance spot weld simulation. Just shift the centre line or define the ratio of the upper and lower weld nugget to the centre line.
The asymmetric weld nuggets can be easily considered and defined via a dedicated dialog. With the new feature you can easily create asymmetric weld nuggets to simulate even more realistic Resistance Spot Welding (RSW) simulation results.
New refinement technique for RSW Simulation – In general, there is a dependency between the number of Finite Elements and the calculation time. Also a dependency between the accuracy and the number of FE elements occurs. In order to achieve a high accuracy, you need many elements, which leads to high computation times.
In our Simufact products, so-called “refinement boxes” help you to create a fine mesh, where high accuracy is required. For the rest of the model you benefit from a coarser mesh.
Thanks to the new refinement technique for resistance spot welding
simulation, it is now possible to remesh an imported shell mesh and perform local refinements on the welding spots. It gives you a high resolution at the welding points. You save remarkable computing time and there is no need to mesh the entire model very finely.
Extension of the model check – Even the most experienced FE calculation engineer can make mistakes when creating an FE model. Simufact helps with a function called ‘model check’. It warns the user before starting the simulation, which possible errors, could lead to a crash
of the simulation.
The model check has been extended in the latest version of Simufact Welding 2022. Among other things, it warns the user if either an electrode intersects the component, if no sheet is welded or if only one sheet is detected between the electrodes.
New Restart function – It’s very annoying when a long-running simulation suddenly crashes. There are many reasons for such a breakdown, such as when your PC goes into energy-saving mode, loses the connection to the network/internet and therefore the connection to the licence server.
For such cases, we have implemented the restart function in Simufact Welding 2022. If your long-running simulation should crash
for any reason, you can easily right-click on your project with the latest version and continue calculating with the ‘resume’ function. There is no need to recalculate the entire model, after such a model crash.
This saves you a lot of time if your simulation model has crashed, as you do not have to recalculate the entire model.
About Simufact Welding
Simufact Welding is used for modelling and optimising a wide range of fusion and pressure welding processes, taking into account weld sequence and clamping. Processes such as arc welding, laser beam welding, electron beam welding, brazing, resistance spot welding as well as the generative manufacturing
process ‘Direct Energy Deposition’ (DED or WAAM) can be modelled in Simufact Welding. Additionally, Simufact Welding can be used to model the heat
treatment, different variants for cooling
and unclamping as well as the mechanical load on welded structures.
Design and optimise your welding process:
Determine the optimal weld sequence and parameters, as well as clamping and unclamping concepts, to minimize thermal
distortions and residual stresses and ensure a robust welding process.
Identify and eliminate potential welding defects, such as hot cracks.
Investigate material behaviour during welding, such as phase transformation
Simplicity – No expert knowledge required as the software solution is designed to be user-friendly, intuitive and process-oriented.
Sustainability – Save material, time and money by replacing expensive and time-consuming physical tests with virtual tests.
More information about Simufact Welding: https://www.simufact.com/what-s-new-in-SW-v2022.html