ALGOR has announced that its latest, major finite element analysis (FEA) software release, ALGOR V23, significantly upgrades the computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools that ALGOR users worldwide rely on for design and analysis of their products.
New and improved modeling features include: "smart" bonded contact uses multi-point constraints to bond the surfaces of unmatched meshes, making hand-built models easier to tie together and CAD models easier to mesh; models created in ThinkDesign from think3, Inc. can be opened in ALGOR for fully associative analysis; a new utility generates vertices and beams to replace non-essential surfaces, thereby reducing model size and promoting faster analysis; additional material models (Ogden and Mooney-Rivlin hyperelastic and viscoelastic) for membrane elements expand nonlinear analysis capabilities for rubber materials; and, in fluid flow analysis, multiple prescribed velocities can be defined using separate load curves for increased control and flexibility.
Upgraded analysis features include: expanded implementation of the multifrontal massively parallel solver (MUMPS) for distributed memory systems on both Linux and Windows clusters, using both in-core and out-of-core memory for faster solution of linear and nonlinear stress and fluid flow models; and improved 2-D steady fluid flow analysis, now applying all the capabilities of the 3-D processor to 2-D models including faster solution for fluid flow with high Reynolds numbers and turbulence.
Enhanced features for results evaluation and presentation include: stress and strain results for midside nodes can now be displayed, providing additional data for examining model behavior; beam code checking for Mechanical Event Simulation (MES) to verify compliance with the industry-standard AISC ASD structural code; and improved report generation including the ability to save selected results directly to the report as a customizable appendix.
With these new and improved features of ALGOR V23, users are simulating engineering analyses of their product designs faster, easier and more thoroughly than ever before.
"V23's smart bonded contact allows adjacent parts of an assembly to be meshed using different mesh sizes," said Carlos A. Cugino, Aeronautical Engineer of Cugino Ingenieria in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "Thus, I can specify a finer mesh in an area of interest and a coarser mesh throughout the rest of the assembly, resulting in fewer overall elements. This will allow my analyses of aircraft components to solve faster."
"V23's expanded support for MUMPS-based distributed computing, now on both Linux and Windows clusters, demonstrates ALGOR's commitment to keeping pace with new developments in high-performance computing," said Alain Benchissou, Business Manager of CADLM in Gif/Yvette, France. "Another feature that I find useful is the ability to save selected results – such as moments or reaction forces – to a report and then customize the presentation of data. This allows me to highlight vital results in client reports."
Bob Williams, ALGOR Product Manager, said, "Our software development process is based on user requests. Therefore, ALGOR V23 provides another set of new and improved features that are designed to meet our customers' evolving simulation needs. ALGOR V23's increased capabilities for modeling, analysis and results evaluation and presentation are helping our users speed up time to market and make better, safer products at a lower cost."
Other highlights of ALGOR V23 include:
Added support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2
Added additional materials including fluid, MIL-STD metal, K-340 and composite materials
Added capability for thermal contact in 2-D models
Added capability to apply fans to surfaces in steady coupled fluid flow and thermal analyses
Added capability to export reports to DOCXML format for viewing in Microsoft Word
Improved support for Alibre Design, Autodesk Inventor, KeyCreator, Rhinoceros and SpaceClaim
Improved support for industry-standard piping codes
Improved capability for exporting results to NASTRAN
And much more.
The new and improved features of V23 enhance and expand ALGOR's wide range of simulation capabilities including: static stress with linear and nonlinear material models; Mechanical Event Simulation (MES) for nonlinear, multi-body dynamics with large-scale motion, large deformation and large strain with body-to-body contact; linear dynamics; fatigue; CFD including steady-state and transient heat transfer, steady and unsteady fluid flow and mass transfer; electrostatics; full multiphysics; and piping. All analysis capabilities are available within FEMPRO®, ALGOR's easy-to-use single user interface.
To see a free learning session on the new ALGOR V23, view the "What's New Featuring V23" Webcast on the ALGOR web site – www.ALGOR.com. For more detailed information, visit the "Key Features of ALGOR V23" page.
To schedule a personalized software demonstration and discuss how ALGOR can meet your engineering needs, contact an ALGOR account manager today.
Date: November 17, 2008