You can simulate a stress situation on your design to determine the effects of various load and constraint scenarios to determine areas of weakness, better design alternatives, how much a part is over- or underbuilt, to what extent a design change will impact a design, and so on. Using parametric studies, you can determine a combination of these elements to see how multiple changes impact a design at the same time. For more information on this, refer to the section “Conducting Parameter Studies” later in this chapter. This is an important task because understanding the basic tools and workflow is the first step to setting up effective simulations.
The basic stress analysis workflow is as follows: