FEA Your Weldment as an assembly

Most of us would agree that FEA on parts is important. So how do we get that done on a welded bracket that we are fabricating? Well since Inventor only has ANSYS part level FEA, I came up with a pretty accurate way to test my brackets that have multiple parts welded together. I use the original welded assembly and turn it into a derived assembly/component. This allows me to make it into a single part, and now I can run it through the stress analysis engine for a solution.

Checkout this short video file for a step by step run through.

Give it a try on your next welded bracket!


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