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Will Sixel
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Resolution and Convergence
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Scan&Solve uses a finite number of elements to analyze the object.  The resolution refers to the number of elements in use in the solution grid.  A resolution sufficient to show the small changes…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by V Phanindra Bogu Feb 17, 2016.

Materials and Failure Criteria

Two important classes of materials available in Scan&Solve are ductile and brittle materials.  Ductile materials tend to yield before breaking, while brittle materials often fail suddenly without…Continue

Started Aug 11, 2015

Elastic Modulus and Poisson's Ratio

So, how are stress and strain connected?  For isotropic materials, such as most metals, there are two values that relate values of stress and strain and fully describe a material's behavior when…Continue

Started Aug 3, 2015

Stress and Elasticity

Stress analysis is the core goal of Scan&Solve and begins with a simple observation: when a force is applied to a material, it will deform.  In the following Scan&Solve simulation, a marble…Continue

Started Jul 20, 2015


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Scan&Solve Pro Analysis: Spirit of the Rivers

For generations before axe first struck timber to develop the current civilization of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the land was inhibited by culturally rich indigenous people. To commemorate those who once inhabited the area and so graciously protected the land, the bronze monumental sculpture Spirit of the Rivers  is being built on the shores of Lake Michigan (read more about Spirit of the Rivers…


Posted on November 1, 2016 at 10:00am

Assessing caster mount design

The object to be studied is a table saw with two wheels on one side of it.  To make it fully mobile, two additional caster mounted wheels will be added to the opposite side of the table saw…


Posted on August 19, 2015 at 3:33pm — 1 Comment

Evaluating CNC plasma cutter support stiffness

This blog post will delve into another structural design problem that was solved with Scan&Solve.  A CNC plasma cutter was designed and a question arose regarding the end plates…


Posted on July 24, 2015 at 2:15pm

Analyzing tube failure with Scan&Solve

This story starts with an unexpected failure, as many engineering problems do.  My hope is to show the great utility of Scan&Solve at every stage of the design process.

Two tabs were being used as a bolt mount attached to steel tubing.  However, the steel tubing failed, causing the tab to break away. The tab appeared to have failed from the bottom first, then the tab separated after flexing away from the tubing. The top tab, now having to bear the entire load, then deformed as…


Posted on June 26, 2015 at 4:30pm

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