a number of customer-requested enhancements in the areas of modeling,
visualization, contact, mechanics and performance, Dassault Systemes began shipping Abaqus 6.10 Extended
Functionality (6.10-EF), the latest update to its unified Finite Element
Analysis (FEA) and multiphysics product suite, from its SIMULIA brand.
Among the modeling and visualization enhancements the 6.10-EF has dramatically improved support for substructure modeling capabilities. This new capability allows Abaqus users to more easily create a substructure of a distinct region in their product, import it into an assembly, recover the results during an analysis and reuse the substructures in future models, saving significant modeling time.
Other additions to the new release include expansion of the Extended Finite Element Method (XFEM) in Abaqus, allowing users to predict crack growth due to low-cycle fatigue such as with thermal analysis of the heating and cooling phase that occurs in an engine exhaust manifold. This capability can also be used to accurately predict the durability and damage tolerance of composite structures with complex failure mechanisms, according to SIMULIA officials.
Abaqus 6.10-EF also keys in on performance enhancements, including a new scalable, parallel execution capability within the AMS eigensolver, which significantly accelerates frequency extraction analyses required to study Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) behavior in vehicles. SIMULIA's four-core AMS eigensolver is estimated to be 1.5 times faster than competitive solutions.