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FEM tool improves product simulation

Posted: 11 Oct 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:finite element analysis? FEM? CAD? geometry model?

Siemens PLM Software has debuted the latest release of its software for pre- and post-processor for engineering finite element analysis (FEA). The Femap 10.3 runs on Windows OS and has enhancements that claim to assist and speed up working with complex geometry models.

"The ability to accurately simulate in a virtual environment how a product will perform in the real world can have a profound impact on the cost, quality, safety and customer satisfaction associated with that product," stated Bill McClure, VP of product development for velocity series, Siemens PLM Software. "With the enhancements in Femap 10.3, we are continuing to increase the effectiveness of that simulation with tools that enable engineers to perform a more thorough and complete analysis on even the most complex geometry."

Femap 10.3 is a cost effective and powerful FEM application that is easy to use and works with almost all CAD applications, according to the company. The software helps engineers create various products more efficiently, and with a high degree of confidence in their ability to perform as designed, claimed Siemens. The company added that the product can perform even in challenging industries such as automotive and aerospace.

The software has an automatic geometry preparation feature that significantly reduces the time necessary to prepare complex geometry for FEM pre-processing (meshing), with an easy to use interface and the ability to automatically clean up and heal problematic geometry such as slivers and short edges. As a result, meshed models can often be created on the first pass without any manual intervention.

It also has an enhanced user interface feature that supports interactive model set-up for the aeroelastic analysis capability of NX Nastran. This saves time in complex aeroelasticity modelingsuch as that used to determine the effects of airflow on a structure like an airplane wingwhile reducing the chance for error in passing data from the FEM to the FEA application.

The Femap Postprocessing Tool-box has been extended to include the Free Body Tool, improving the ease and speed with which users can create free body diagrams and review interface loads. Femap 10.3 is expected to be available in November.

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