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Bicycle frame

This simulation tutorial will guide you through:

  • Applying a force load to a bicycle frame
  • Running a simulation
  • Viewing the stress in the simulation results

To get started, you’ll need to download bicycle-frame.step to your computer.

Bicycle frame


Looking for a video? Check out Connecting rod. It's a different model, but the steps shown there are broadly the same as the steps described below.

Import the CAD file

  1. In OnScale Solve, from the Projects tab of the dashboard, create a new project.
  2. In the Modeler, import the CAD file. Select Meters as the length unit.

Assign a material

  1. Using either the tree or the 3D viewer, select Body Frame.
  2. Using the Material dropdown in the properties panel, assign Structural Steel to this part.

Add a fixture

  1. Select the Physics tab.
  2. In the toolbar, select > to fix the surface.
  3. Using either the tree or the 3D viewer, select Face 22.

Add a force load

  1. In the toolbar, select > to add a force load.
  2. Using either the tree or the 3D viewer, select Face 25.
  3. In the properties panel, for Force, enter 100 and then select Done.

Run a simulation

  1. Select the Simulator tab.
  2. In the properties panel, select MESH & ESTIMATE. This automatically meshes your model, estimates how long the simulation will take to run, and estimates what the likely core-hour cost will be.
  3. Once the meshing and estimation process has finished, use the cost–time slider to select the level of computational resource that you want to use for this simulation.

    By using additional computational resources for the simulation (and hence spending additional core-hours), the simulation can be completed faster.

  4. Select RUN to run the simulation.

Analyze the results

  1. Once the simulation has finished, select Load Results to open the results in the Results tab.
  2. Output categories can be selected from the tree: Select Stress
  3. In the properties panel, expand the Output dropdown to select zz stress component