The AutodeskÂ® NastranÂ® In-CAD 2017 Essentials training guide instructs students in the use of the AutodeskÂ® NastranÂ® In-CAD software. The software is a finite element analysis (FEA) tool that is embedded directly in the AutodeskÂ® InventorÂ® software as an Add-In. It is powered by the Autodesk Nastran solver and offers simulation capabilities specifically tailored for designers and analysts as a tool for predicting the physical behavior of parts or assemblies under various boundary conditions. Through a hands-on, practice-intensive curriculum, students acquire the knowledge needed to work in the Autodesk Nastran In-CAD environment to setup and conduct FEA analyzes on part and assembly models.
Activate and navigate the Autodesk Nastran In-CAD environment to conduct FEA analyzes on part and assembly models.
Create, edit, and assign a physical property and materials (linear and nonlinear) for use in an analysis.
Manage the creation, setup, and modification of analyses and subcases that are used to analyze models. Specific analyses types covered in this training guide include: Linear Static, Nonlinear Static, Nonlinear Transient Response, Normal Modes, Direct & Modal Frequency Response, and Direct & Modal Transient Response
Create constraints with the required degrees of freedom and assign them to entities in the model.
Create loads that accurately represent the magnitude and location of the loads the model will experience in the working environment.
Create Connector elements in the FE Model to simulate how a physical connector such as a rod, cable, spring, rigid body, or bolt will affect the model.
Create Surface Contact elements in the FE Model to define contact between interacting components in an assembly.
Assign global and local mesh settings in the FE model.
Run an Autodesk Nastran In-CAD analysis.
Review and create result plots for analyzing the results of the analysis.
This training guide assumes that a student has Finite Element Analysis (FEA) knowledge, can interpret results, and in general, knows how a model should be setup for an analysis. The main goal of this training guide is to teach a user that is new to the AutodeskÂ® NastranÂ® In-CAD software how to navigate the interface to successfully analyze a model.