It is well known that digital simulation can bring significant benefits to the product design and development process: improved productivity, reduced time to market, optimal and durable products. However, not all companies have been able to invest in simulation software to virtually test product designs because of the specialist knowledge and high computing power needed to create and run heavy physics-based scenarios – that is until recently.
Facilitated by hardware that is continuously getting faster and cheaper, the evolving digitalization of our world has made ease of use a core principle. So it should be no surprise that powerful and easy-to-use digital simulation technology has become available to non-analysts. Product engineers can now access comprehensive structural simulation tools within an intuitive user interface to assess the integrity of products under a wide range of loading conditions and guide design decisions.
Know Before You Build
Understanding the behavior of a product very early in the design stage is critical to meet functional requirements and program objectives. Fixing the design later in the product development cycle is costly and causes unnecessary rework, eventually leading to program delays. The Dassault Systèmes Structural Professional Engineer role on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides designers with a comprehensive structural analysis solution to assess the performance of products during the Design Engineering process and drive product design. Users build simulation models directly on the CAD geometry within a designer environment fully integrated with PLM. As simulation tasks and attributes are directly linked to the design, simulation updates are easy to execute when the underlying design changes.
Leveraging the powerful advantages of the collaborative 3DEXPERIENCE platform – seamless integration between disciplines, digital continuity and single source of truth – the Structural Professional Engineer solution offers users the following features and benefits:
Modeling and Meshing
The Structural Professional Engineer role on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform delivers best-in-class modeling and meshing technology. The powerful CATIA geometric capabilities such as defeaturing, simplification and idealization help in quick preparation of a product for simulation.
Powerful yet simple to use meshing algorithms provide full control over the meshing process for both surface and solid meshes. Advanced rule-based meshing techniques can be used to control meshing around geometric features like holes, fillets, flanges, etc., and these rules can be published and re-used to create standard meshing practices across the enterprise improving efficiency of the overall process.
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Abaqus at Work
Structural Professional Engineer uses state-of-the-art Abaqus simulation technology in an intuitive easy-to-use interface. Users can perform linear and nonlinear structural and thermal simulations for wide variety of loading scenarios while having full control over advanced simulation features like material behavior, solution controls and contact modeling. Abaqus solver means that users can rely on an industry proven simulation solver for accurate results. The assistant panel guides users in a step by step manner helping them to quickly set up a simulation.
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Flexible Compute Models
This simulation solution provides access to flexible computing models to fit all situations. Embedded licensing can leverage today’s powerful multicore computing systems and run simulation jobs on up to 4 cores. For more intense computational requirements, jobs could be run on local desktop workstations, HPC machines or on the cloud by using Dassault Systèmes’ token and credit licensing models.
Powerful Visualization and Postprocessing
The Structural Professional Engineer role gives users powerful visualization and postprocessing capabilities. The high-performance visualization engine can leverage multi-core systems for efficient post-processing of large simulation models. It also powers lightweight simulation review and 3D play apps so that users can visualize the simulation results anywhere on mobile platforms like laptop computers or handheld tablets.
Results historization capabilities make it so users can efficiently compare product performance when design or scenario changes by keeping track of the results history.
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Built with product designers in mind, Structural Professional Engineer on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform helps users know if their design will meet product goals before they build it.