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 …


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 …


Patran Tip – Identify Entity IDs On-the-fly

Question: How do I get ID numbers to appear on an entity as I move my mouse over them? Answer: Go to Preferences>Picking and check on “Label Highlighting.” Whenever you hover over an entity, the ID becomes visible. Want to expand your knowledge? Watch a SimAcademy webinar. SimAcademy webinars teach you how to use the …


Predicting Fatigue Failures with Confidence

Learn about MSC Nastran Embedded Fatigue The article below is by Wayne Tanner, CEO of Leading Edge Engineering, an MSC Software Business Partner. Wayne will be presenting a unique hands-on workshop in Coppell, TX on March 21, giving engineers the opportunity to learn this process themselves. Registration is free >> http://pages.mscsoftware.com/load-fatigue2013 Many companies already use …


Accelerate your FEA Performance

Imagine increasing the speed of your FEA runs just like you would improve the performance of your car by adding an additional part. GPU cards make accelerating your FEA runs possible. Simply install a proper GPU card, and go! MSC Software will be hosting a webinar titled Accelerate your High Performance Computing and will include …


Patran Tip – Group Transform: Translate, Rotate, Mirror, and more

Question: Is there a way to easily rotate a group of elements? Answer:Yes, you can “transform” groups such that you translate, rotate, scale, mirror, and more. In addition, the associated boundary conditions and element properties are carried over. You can use the tool as follows: Option 1: In the model tree, you can right click on …

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