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.