Siemens PLM Software announced the latest release of Femap™ software, the PC-based finite element modeling component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio of PLM solutions. The company says Femap 10.2 is an easy to learn and use high-performance solution with a 25 year history of excellence.
Femap 10.2 makes it faster and easier to create the meshed models used by engineers to simulate and analyze product performance using finite element analysis (FEA). The latest release includes unique features to help ensure model accuracy and to visually evaluate analysis results. The productivity 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.
The product adds a wide variety of customer-driven enhancements and exclusive 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 Femap version 10 has added 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.
A new topology optimization capability allows the user to apply loads and constraints to material encompassing the entire available design envelope, minimizing weight, and maximizing stiffness by removing unnecessary material to create an optimized shape. The suggested shape can serve as a starting point for successive iterations, significantly reducing the time needed to arrive at a final design.
Femap 10.2 contains several enhancements that improve the speed and accuracy of the post-processing analysis process, including a powerful 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.
Consistent with Siemens PLM Software’s open business model, Femap works with all of the industry’s leading finite FEA solvers. With Femap 10.2, the company further expands its integration with Nastran® software with the support of a new edge-to-face contact feature for NX™ Nastran software. Siemens reports that this level of solver integration and support help ensure accurate analysis results and interoperability in a broad range of engineering environments.
Femap 10.2 is scheduled for availability in October. For more information, please visit www.siemens.com/plm/femap.
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