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Siemens PLM Software Ships Femap Version 10


Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Femap® Version 10 software is shipping to customers worldwide. Femap is a PC-based CAE modeling solution and the finite element analysis (FEA) component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio.

The latest release helps users create FEA models from CAD data easily and quickly through new meshing features.

“We deal with some fairly complex geometry,” said Brenton Ellis, design engineer, Quest Aircraft Company. “Femap allows us to see how a part interacts with everything around it, for example, by letting us represent surrounding geometry as a surface mesh and combine that with a solid mesh of the individual part. Features such as this let us have the detail we need, and let us analyze things in a way that provides the most useful information.”

Accelerated CAE model development
Femap V10 provides the following pre- and post-processing benefits to CAE analysts:

Create accurate models more efficiently: Since FE meshing is central to the whole simulation process, Femap V10 introduces new meshers. The latest release automates current meshing technology while adding new interactive meshing with live model and element checking functionality. New remeshing and mesh quality functionality is now centralized within the user interface. This improves workflows and makes it easier to consistently and accurately produce CAE models for analysis.
Mesh shell models faster: A new mid-surfacing method simplifies and speeds shell model creation for sheet metal structures.
Create larger models: Femap is integrated with NX™ Nastran® and both support 64-bit Windows. This enables more access to random access memory (RAM) for pre-processing and solving much larger multi-million node models.
Work more closely with the solver: V10 provides strengthened NX Nastran solver integration support, including axisymmetric quad and tria elements, new weld and fastener extensions, linear and glued contact extensions.
RPC Technologies Australia was able to use these enhanced features to significantly speed their analysis. “On a 1.45 million degrees of freedom analysis, we cut analysis time from 2.5 hours to just 4.5 minutes. We knew that the 64-bit version would be better, but we are still amazed about a 97 percent savings,” said Mark Harrison, Design Office manager.

Velocity Series is a comprehensive family of modular, integrated solutions addressing the PLM needs of the mid-market. Consisting of a preconfigured family of digital product design, analysis and data management software offerings, Velocity Series leverages the industry’s best practices to provide significant breakthroughs in ease-of-use and deployment.

For more information, visit www.siemens.com/plm/femap

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Date: December 18, 2008