There’s been lots of talk about making simulation capabilities more accessible to “regular Joe” engineers and plenty of activity on the product front. The latest announcement comes from Autodesk, which just released a new wizard tool for fatigue analysis as part of its Autodesk Algor Simulation.
Autodesk Algor subscription users will automatically receive Fatigue Wizard, a tool that delivers a wizard interface to guide designers and engineers of any expertise level through the steps required to perform complex fatigue analysis. The goal of the new tool: To bring even advanced simulation capabilities to engineers of all levels, not just simulation experts. Fatigue analysis is a simulation technique that’s critical for products such as steel rails, beams, girders and rotating stepped shafts. The capabilities help predict fatigue-based mechanical failures by allowing users to subject a design to repeated, varying loads, helping to determine its endurance limits and therefore, increase safety.
Users will be able to access Fatigue Wizard through a menu option in Autodesk Algor and from there, the wizard provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up a fatigue analysis. Users can choose between stress- and strain-based analysis types, specify material information using an extensive, editable database as well as enter data to simulate real-world conditions. Given Autodesk Algor’s multi-CAD interoperability capabilities, the fatigue analysis features can be leveraged with other, non-Autodesk CAD software.
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A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
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