Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided-Engineering (CAE) software tools are essential components of the modern engineer’s design process. These tools, which are commonly referred to as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), improve productivity and increase the ability to solve complex problems.
Simulation is a prominent feature of Autodesk® Fusion 360™ and a major component of a mechanical engineering degree program. This course shows you how to use Fusion 360 and companion Autodesk technologies to apply the principles of simulation.
Each course includes lessons that address the theory, numerical methods, and application of engineering concepts using Fusion 360 software that can be used by learners or educators to understand the foundations of simulation.
After completing this course, students will:
· Prepare and execute studies of steady and unsteady fluid flow scenarios.
· Analyze the effects of heat transfer and stress on mechanical components.
· Develop knowledge and skills in conducting simulation analysis as part of a mechanical engineering workflow.
· Import non-Fusion 360 data and prepare it for analysis.
· Examine models composed of linear and non-linear materials with static loads.
· Test mechanisms to see the effects of their actuation on the individual components.
Contents and Overview
This course consists of nine sections that include lectures and hands-on exercises introducing simulation using Fusion 360. Each lesson includes comprehensive lecture presentations and project exercises that include step-by-step video instruction, project resources and datasets, and a final course assessment.
At the beginning of the course, we’ll focus on the Fusion 360 tools that allow us to import and edit geometry from other CAD applications to prepare it for analysis. Model prep and working with imported geometry is critical to the success of your simulations.
Once you’ve been introduced to simulation practices, we’ll learn the science behind the Fusion 360 simulation toolset used to analyze components made with linear and non-linear materials. Each of these materials behave differently and it’s important to recognize how to approach them accordingly.
Finally, we’ll learn about thermal analysis by examining the distribution, transfer, and stress on parts caused by heat. Fusion 360 allows us to analyze these thermal effects to help optimize any design. We’ll them explore the theory, numerical methods, and modeling techniques used to analyze fluid flow problems.
At the end of the course, you’ll take a course assessment that demonstrates your expertise and shows you where you might need more practice. The skills in this course will help you apply engineering concepts and practice real-world scenarios that you may encounter in the design process.