The Autodesk® Nastran® In-CAD 2017 Essentials student guide instructs students in the use of the Autodesk® Nastran® In-CAD software. This student guide was written using the 2017.0.0.27 build of the Autodesk® Nastran® In-CAD 2017 software. The software is a finite element analysis (FEA) tool that is embedded directly in the Autodesk® Inventor® 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 required 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.
- Create, edit, and assign idealizations and materials (linear, nonlinear, and composites).
- Manage the creation, setup, and modification of analyses and subcases that are used to analyze both static and dynamic models. Specific analyses types covered in this student guide include: Linear Static, Nonlinear Static, Nonlinear Transient Response, Normal Modes, Direct Frequency Response, Modal Frequency Response, Direct Transient Response, Modal Transient Response
- Create constraints with the required degrees of freedom and assign them to entities.
- Create loads that accurately represent the magnitude and location of the loads the model will experience in the working environment.
- Create Connector elements to simulate how a physical connector such as a rod, cable, spring, rigid body, or bolt will affect the model.
- Create Surface Contact elements to define contact between interacting components.
- Assign global and local mesh settings.
- Run an Autodesk Nastran In-CAD analysis.
- Review and create plots for analyzing the results.
This student guide assumes that a student has Finite Element Analysis (FEA) knowledge and can interpret results. The goal is to teach a user that is new to the Autodesk Nastran In-CAD software how to navigate the interface to analyze a model.
This student guide was written using the 2017.0.0.27 build of the Autodesk Nastran In-CAD 2017 software. The user-interface and workflow may vary if newer versions are being used.