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DS Simulia releases Abaqus 6.10 Extended Functionality simulation suite

09 December 2010

Dassault Systèmes (DS) has released Abaqus 6.10 Extended Functionality (6.10-EF), a unified Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and multiphysics product suite from DS' Simulia simulation brand. The 6.10-EF release delivers a number of powerful, customer-requested enhancements for modelling, visualisation, contact, mechanics and performance. These improvements enable customers to reduce development time and costs, while increasing the efficiency of the product development process.

Among the modelling and visualisation enhancements in 6.10-EF is dramatically improved support for substructure modelling capabilities. Abaqus users can now more easily create a substructure of a distinct region in their product, import it into an assembly, recover the results during an analysis, and reuse the substructures in future models, saving significant modelling time.

Abaqus 6.10-EF also provides new contact and mechanics capabilities that improve the efficiency and accuracy of simulating real-world performance of designs, including fluid leakage between 3D bodies in contact. For example, uneven pressure applied to a syringe plunger during use can result in fluid leakage between the rubber seal and barrel. Support for 3D pressure penetration loading can now be used with any contact formulation, allowing for higher-fidelity simulation results.

The latest release also expands the capabilities of the Extended Finite Element Method (XFEM) in Abaqus, allowing users to predict crack growth due to low-cycle fatigue, such as with thermal analysis of the heating and cooling phase that occurs in an engine exhaust manifold. This capability can also be used to accurately predict the durability and damage tolerance of composite structures with complex failure mechanisms.

Abaqus 6.10-EF also provides significant performance enhancements, including a new scalable, parallel execution capability within the AMS eigensolver, which significantly accelerates frequency extraction analyses required to study Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) behaviour in vehicles. Simulia’s four-core AMS eigensolver is estimated to be 1.5 times faster than competitive products.

For more information about the new release, click here.

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