ALL-IN-ONE ANALYSIS HELPS

Not everything in Britain is getting more expensive. Engineers who are willing and able to use analysis software as part of their problem solving toolbox, will find that a drastic reduction of prices has taken place in the last few years in the kind of software that is not merely aimed at specialists.

Research Engineers, for example, has just launched a fully integrated 3D solid modelling, automated meshing and finite element analysis software package aimed at users of Microsoft Windows platforms.

The software suite has three complete modules: VisualSolid, VisualMesh and the latest version of the more well-known Stardyne FEA software. The user can model in 3D, but the software also has parametric parts editing and topdown or bottom-up parts assembly as well as photorealistic rendering of models, 2D/3D drafting and plotting and automated 3D solid meshing for FEA.

Meshed models can then be output to the integrated Stardyne module for analysis, or brought into some of the other better known FEA packages.

The Stardyne module incorporates Research Engineers’ turbo solver which reduces memory requirements as well as increasing speed. Stardyne performs linear and non-linear, static and dynamic analysis, and also goes into more advanced analyses such as response/shock spectra, buckling, fatigue, 3D heat transfer, fracture, large deformation and crack growth. It can also be used to analyse multi-ply composite materials of up to 100 layers.

Visual Stardyne has facilities for importing and exporting a wide variety of industry-standard CAD, rapid prototyping and other file formats.

Figure 1: The software suite has three complete modules: VisualSolid, VisualMesh and the latest version of the more well-known Stardyne FEA software

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