Autodesk University
Hands-on Lab    SM1571-L
Introduction to Using Simulation Products to Simulate Solar Thermal Loads in Concrete Bridges
Autodesk University
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In this hands-on lab, learn how Inventor® Professional, Autodesk® Simulation CFD, and Autodesk® Simulation Mechanical design tools can empower structural engineers and architects to accurately assess designs for the infrastructure of our growing world. Autodesk design and creation suites are a smorgasbord of design tools, many with unlimited cloud computing capabilities. Creatively exploring various combinations and interoperability functions of Autodesk Simulation tools in nontraditional workflows can have a profound effect on design. This lab provides an opportunity to practice the workflow and techniques in a hands-on environment. A case study shows the techniques that are needed then justifies using simulation tools and workflows to accurately predict the thermal profile and resultant stresses through validation against measured bridge data. Attendees learn how Inventor designs can be analyzed for thermal loads using Simulation CFD and for thermal stresses using Simulation Mechanical.


  • Create an analysis model in Inventor suitable for solar loading
  • Set up and simulate solar analyses in Simulation CFD
  • Process thermal results in Simulation CFD
  • Transfer thermal results to Simulation Mechanical to evaluate stresses