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Simulations – A Keystone to Engineering

With powerful computers at our disposal in today’s highly digitized world, simulations dominate all fields of engineering. The investigation of physical events present in many industries can be simulated to avoid often very expensive and time-consuming lab testing. Of course, clients want to have the best results in the least amount of time possible to maximize profit. Lab testing for each project is not feasible, and performing hand calculations become unrealistic unless the problem is extremely simple. As a result, engineers and designers employ finite element analysis (FEA), a computational method which breaks down a model into discrete parts so the basic mechanics equations describing the deformed state of the system may be solved. Because this typically involves millions of equations to be solved, the need to use FEA software becomes apparent.

What’s in it for you to consider Abaqus?

Abaqus is a general-purpose FEA software which is capable of performing routine and sophisticated engineering problems covering a variety of fields such as mechanical, aerospace, manufacturing, and civil engineering, to list a few. It can be used to virtually capture complex phenomena such as an instantaneous vehicle crash, crack propagation in machine components, vibration of a structure under ground motion, or even the drop test of a cell phone!

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While there are numerous simulation programs available in the market, few can meet the demanding industry standards we have today. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider Abaqus for your everyday simulation needs: 

One-stop-shop 

All aspects of simulation modelling are housed under a single umbrella. With Abaqus, users are not left going back and forth between dedicated modules or software to perform tasks which are done in sequence. 

Superior technical capabilities

The core of any FEA program lies within its solver. The FEA code within Abaqus has basic element formulations and nonlinearity built in. Abaqus has powerful standard and explicit solvers capable of solving highly nonlinear problems without compromising on efficiency and accuracy. 

Optimization versatility

A unique aspect of Abaqus is its ability to perform a plethora of optimization strategies to address product performance in an economical fashion. This helps to save product manufacturing costs while meeting design targets.

Automate & customize your workflow

Every business organization has its own established workflow when it comes to running simulations. With Abaqus’ scripting capabilities, users can automate their workflows to either run simulations or characterize materials, with minimal manual effort.

Digital continuity

Leveraging an on-cloud collaborative environment (the 3DEXPERIENCE platform), users can exploit Abaqus’ solvers to not only run simulations but enhance collaboration between other users and tools.

Of course, the solver you’re using has to be efficient and accurate, but many key factors in determining software’s success fall under a common theme: accessibility and versatility of essential features to the user. Abaqus excels at giving users a wide range of tools and methods to perform analyses of all types with little difficulty. Its on-cloud presence is a testament to how well it adapts to our constantly changing needs within the digital world.

 Final Thoughts

It’s hard to imagine living in a society without computers. Indeed, all our modern technology would not have been made possible without the help of software. As with all fields of engineering, having a solid understanding of basic principles is important, but we as humans have limits to what we can do with nothing more than our most fundamental senses and abilities. Powerful FEA software such as Abaqus are a compliment, rather than a replacement, to our thought and understanding. By helping us bring our ideas to life faster and promoting innovation and creativity among its users, Abaqus will continue to revolutionize the scientific and engineering world.

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