release of the Femap finite element analysis (FEA)
software from Siemens PLM Software ushers in an array of new features
designed to extend interactive modeling and analysis capabilities while
increasing program performance.
enhancements in Femap 10.2 are aimed at streamlining the processes required to
create accurate models that can determine the structural, dynamic and thermal
performance of complex engineered parts, assemblies and systems. Femap 10.2 includes new features to ensure
model accuracy, facilitate the creation of model meshes and to help engineers
visually evaluate analysis results.
Siemens' PLM Software's Velocity Series, Femap 10.2 adds a wide variety of
customer-driven enhancements, including new features to improve the entire
computer-aided engineering (CAE) process from pre-processing model creation, to
solver integration, to post-processing data handling, visualization and
analysis. The Interactive Meshing Toolbox introduced in the earlier Femap
version 10 now has additional functionality that enables faster, interactive
creation of the finite element mesh model. It also includes a new feature
editing capability that allows the user to move features such as holes or
surfaces while the meshed model is automatically updated to reflect the change.
The software's new
topology optimization capability lets users apply loads and constraints to
material encompassing the entire available design envelope. This helps minimize
weight while maximizing stiffness by removing unnecessary material to create an
optimized shape, Siemens PLM officials say. In addition, the suggested shape
can serve as a starting point for successive iterations, significantly reducing
the time needed to arrive at a final design.
Finally, Femap 10.2
contains several enhancements that improve the speed and accuracy of the
post-processing analysis process, including a new feature for working with beam
elements. Users now have the ability to quickly and easily view the stress
contours in beam cross sections, eliminating the need for time-consuming
iterative analysis and dramatically improving the ability to detect areas of
concern. Faster data handling also enables Femap to process recovered output
data in significantly less time, and a new post-processing toolbox consolidates
functional elements in the user interface for enhanced ease-of-use.
with all of the industry's leading finite element analysis (FEA) solvers, and
with the 10.2 release, the software supports a new edge-to-face contact feature
Nastran software. This
level of solver integration and support helps ensure accurate analysis results
and interoperability in a broad range of engineering environments, according to
Siemens PLM officials.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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