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Apr

What to expect at this year’s MSC Software Users Conference – Irvine, CA – May 7-8

The MSC Software Users Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Irvine from May 7-8. 300+ engineers will come together in Sunny California to exchange information and ideas to further the field of simulation. To register, please visit: http://pages.mscsoftware.com/50Years-FeesUSA.html 2013 is a very special year for MSC Software. In less than a month, we ...
15
Apr

Lightweight, High Performance Composites – How to Account for the Uncertainty in Composite Material Properties

Question: How can I account for the uncertainty in composite material properties? Answer: You can perform a Stochastic Analysis. I've quoted a description from Andrew Main's Use of Finite Element Analysis to Create Robust Composite Designs – Going Beyond First Ply Failure. Stochastic analysis is not a method that was developed for composites but the large ...
12
Apr

System Level Dynamic Simulation for Machinery Designers – Join our Hands-on Training to Learn More

Join us in Chicago, IL (May 14) or Boston, MA (May 21) for a free hands-on workshop on Adams/Machinery. More information can be found here >> http://pages.mscsoftware.com/adams-machinery.html The original article was written by Evan Yares, Senior Editor & Analyst, Software & Published on Design World Online Adams/Machinery makes analyst-level simulation practical for the rest of ...
9
Apr

Lightweight, High Performance Composites – Using FEA to Predict the Gradual Failure of Adhesives

Question: How can FEA be used to model the gradual failure of adhesives in composites? Answer: You use the cohesive zone modeling technique. Here is quick explanation of CZM from Andrew Main’s Use of Finite Element Analysis to Create Robust Composite Designs – Going Beyond First Ply Failure. Unlike virtual crack closure, cohesive zone modeling ...
5
Apr

Lightweight, High Performance Composites – Predicting crack propagation of adhesives and resins

Question: How can FEA be used to predict the crack propagation of adhesives and resins in composites? Answer: You use the virtual crack closure technique. These methods work well for brittle adhesives, but if you have more flexible adhesives, use the cohesive zone modeling technique.  Here is quick explanation of VCCT from Andrew Main’s Use of ...
4
Apr

Patran Tip – Displaying IDs: Solid 1.4, Surface 4.2, etc.

Question: I need to apply a pressure to face Solid 1.4, how can I display this ID on the viewport? Answer: Go to Utilities>Display>Geometry Free Faces/Edges… and check on Free Faces, Free Edges, or Free Vert. and Face Label. Want to expand your knowledge? Watch a SimAcademy webinar. SimAcademy webinars teach you how to use ...
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