Cloud service available with the purchase of a Simulation Mechanical Flex license.
Generate meshes based on CAD solid or surface geometry from many sources, as well as on 2D outline sketches.
Use structured meshes to gain control over the size, shape, and quality of every element in the model. You can build structured meshes directly within Simulation Mechanical software—no solid or surface CAD model is needed.
Combine line, shell, and solid element types in a single model to solve complex assemblies more efficiently. You can combine element types such as brick, tetrahedron, truss, beams, rigid, actuator, pulley, membrane, and composite. Easily combine meshed CAD-based geometry and hand built finite elements. Use associative workflows with certain CAD software to easily perform what-if studies.
Create pressure vessels and their components with the included PV-Designer. You can also use this tool to produce mesh that conforms to your analysis requirements. Use Simulation Mechanical software to simulate the performance of the vessel to help ensure that it satisfies requirements.
Use failure criteria to address the layer-by-layer properties and fiber orientation of composite parts. Simulation Mechanical software works with Helius Composite software to help you decide which composite layout to use, and to analyze within the context of the overall assembly, including its various materials (steel, rubber, and other fibers and composites).
Run more accurate and reliable simulations. The solver in Autodesk Nastran FEA solver software (included in Simulation Mechanical software) offers advanced analysis capabilities. Rigorous validation using NAFEMS, the Autodesk physical testing labs, and other published benchmarks help ensure the accuracy you need for dependable results.
Investigate your assembly's response to vibration, thermal, and electrostatic loads, such as current and voltage.
Perform simple analyses, including:
Use Simulation Mechanical software to understand when and why you would switch from a linear to a nonlinear analysis.
There are 3 types of nonlinearities that may exist in an analysis or project:
Identify and eliminate linear and nonlinear vibration issues in your part or assembly. Meet seismic requirements by performing analysis types such as random vibration, harmonic, response spectrum, Dynamic Design Analysis Method (DDAM), and time history analysis. See stresses, deflection, and the factor of safety of your model under time- and frequency-dependent loads.
The nonlinear vibration analysis features of Simulation Mechanical software help you solve problems related to shock and impact. Use various mechanisms, such as dampers, to alleviate both. Run multiple scenarios on your local machine or continue working while you solve in the cloud.
Use this powerful nonlinear dynamic analysis tool to simulate and solve problems with drop test, impact analysis, and the metal forming of parts.
Analyze thermal heat transfer using convection, conduction, and radiation effects. View temperatures and heat flow rates. Loads and results can be steady or transient. If they are transient, you can determine the change in temperature over a period of time.
Built-in fatigue simulation helps determine when and where products might fail. Perform stress- and strain-based fatigue analysis to determine product life and factor of safety. Simulation Mechanical software offers both high- and low-cycle fatigue options.
The Drop Test wizard makes it easy to set up a test scenario. Simply specify the height, gravity, direction, and other details.
Determine optimal plate thicknesses and beam cross-sections with the Design Optimization utility, which automatically chooses the appropriate design dimensions. The utility works with all structures that contain beam or plate-type elements.
DDAM is a type of shock spectrum analysis that estimates the dynamic response of a component to shock-loading caused by the sudden movement of a vessel. Use DDAM to analyze the shock response at the mountings of various shipboard equipment such as masts, propulsion shafts, rudders, exhaust uptakes, and other critical structures.
DDAM is used primarily to validate designs for the U.S. Navy. It simulates the interaction between the shock-loaded component and its fixed structure. Use DDAM to determine the characteristics of underwater explosion phenomena including the effects of shock waves (depth charges, mines, missiles, and torpedoes), surface ship or submarine body response to shock loading, and the application of shock spectra to component design.
Complete a number of different multiphysics workflows using Simulation Mechanical software. Set up advanced simulations easily with standard engineering terminology, visual process guidance, and user-friendly tools and wizards that transfer simulation results between multiple analyses. Help designers, engineers, and analysts focus on product performance, rather than advanced numerical or simulation methods.
Apply pressure and temperature results from CFD software to simulate thermal and flow stresses (fluid structure interaction) on your mechanical components. After completing your flow simulation, launch the CAD model in Simulation Mechanical software, assign the settings to define the thermal stress analysis, and select the CFD design study file as the temperature source.
Validate and optimize plastic part designs. Exchange data, including fiber orientation and residual stress, between Moldflow plastic injection molding simulation software and Simulation Mechanical software.
For linear static stress analyses, define a customizable Stress Classification Line (SCL) and perform stress linearization based on ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (Section 8 Division 2). Determine local stress tensors along the SCL and the resultant bending and membrane stress intensities. Output is based on both the Von Mises and Maximum Shear stress combination equations.
Analyze and output the factor of safety of every linear design based on the strength of the material for each component. The allowable stress is predefined for most library materials, but you can also choose your own allowable value.
Quickly create reports with a cover page, table of contents, material information, boundary conditions, mesh properties, and analysis results, including images and animations. Choose from a variety of output formats.
Quickly modify, simplify, repair, and idealize your geometry for higher quality simulation models. SimStudio Tools reads in multiple CAD file formats and allows you to quickly eliminate unnecessary detail, create midsurfaces, perform basic repair, or easily make design changes so you can explore various design ideas faster.
SimStudio Tools is a direct modeler that allows you to freely work on geometry with simple defeaturing, move, combine, edit, push, and pull commands. It acts as a companion to Simulation Mechanical and your CAD system to help you ready an existing model for simulation. Create solid and surface bodies, split faces for load and contact regions, create offset shells, detect and eliminate interferences and more without affecting your original CAD model. Once your model is ready, push it into Simulation Mechanical or save it as a neutral file for later work.
Associatively share data with Inventor. Import solid, surface, and weld geometry; 3D sketches; work points; materials; Inventor Simulation setup data; and part names and colors. Retain surface, edge, and part-based loads and constraints when you modify the CAD geometry. Edit Inventor parameters from within Simulation Mechanical. Perform automated parametric studies for convenient what-if and optimization analyses.
Directly import and evaluate designs from software including AutoCAD, Inventor, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks, Dassault Systèmes Catia, PTC ProE, and PTC CREO, and from file formats including NX, Rhino, IGES, and STEP. Once you have meshed a CAD model, a connection will be created and maintained between the CAD model and the Simulation Mechanical model. If the CAD package and Simulation Mechanical remain opened and if the CAD model is revised, the Simulation Mechanical model will be automatically surface meshed with the previous meshing settings after the CAD model is transferred.
Import models, set up and run simulations, and visualize and report results through a single, common user interface. Reporting tools automatically convert all user input and result views into a formatted HTML report that you can save as a PDF or Microsoft Word document.
Extended solving options let you simulate locally or in the cloud, depending on your needs. If you are testing the setup of an analysis, use your local machine to iterate and optimize. When you are ready to initiate a longer, more computationally intensive simulation, use the power of the cloud, saving local resources for other tasks.
A built-in library with over 9,000 materials, from structural steels to reinforced polymers, helps you better understand the real-world behavior of products. It’s easy to add and manage custom data: Simulation Mechanical software integrates with MatWeb and Matereality, and manual entry and import options are also available.