September/October 2006 Summer 2006

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In the early days of FEA software. Our enduring commitment to produce the highest quality finite element-based software tools. As far as passion. As I write today. From your requests for enhancements. a strategy for exploiting improvements in highperformance computing. Our customers are equally passionate. which provides the most comprehensive coverage of advanced ABAQUS functionality available on the market (see page 6). and planning for ABAQUS Version 6. Improvements in software and hardware performance over the past 30 years have enabled larger and larger models to run to completion.7. And advancements made in FEA software technology and computer hardware are now leading us into an era of realistic simulation. ABAQUS made its mark with highly accurate physics modeling. A few of our recent and ongoing technology initiatives are co-simulation functionality for fluid-structure interaction. continues to help our customers succeed. Our customers sometimes create model sizes that outstrip even today’s vast hardware capabilities. Lastly. and adaptive remeshing for nonlinear accuracy control. but at many important industrial conferences and forums around the world (see page 18). such as plasticity and creep.6? We know it can be hard for users to keep up to date on all of the changes and new features. ABAQUS has plenty. we’ve expanded our focus on highly accurate physics modeling to include more and more physical phenomena. It sparks new discoveries and reveals elegant solutions. and initial reports of DMP performance are very good. Nonlinear material response. What are the important factors in making realistic simulation a reality? I would nominate three: a multidisciplinary approach to advanced physics modeling. and a passion for advancing technology that makes a positive impact on society. As ABAQUS has grown. Bruce Engelmann CTO 2 . ABAQUS is also taking advantage of high-performance computing. We will continue to focus on delivering realistic simulation enabled by advanced FEA technology in which high-performance computing for large models is a critical component. building the next full release of ABAQUS Version 6. material damage and failure modeling. Most of this advanced capability is enabled via the sophisticated yet easy-to-use interactive modeling environment of ABAQUS/CAE. ABAQUS developers excel at creating software that allows our customers to evolve their methods and improve the accuracy and usefulness of their simulations. backed by the best support and services. such as finalizing the new ABAQUS Version 6. With ABAQUS/Standard Version 6. articulated system response through connector elements. In recent years we have greatly improved the ability of both ABAQUS/Explicit and ABAQUS/Standard to scale to large numbers of processors through parallel execution. which enables analysis at the system or product level and drastically reduces the number of engineering assumptions. A primary benefit of realistic simulation is that engineers can get insight into product performance that would otherwise be impossible because of the increased fidelity and predictive nature of the calculation. You can expect even better scalability and reduced memory usage in upcoming releases. the specifics of our development investments may vary but we remain committed to the advancement of finite element technology and processes with the overall goal of delivering realistic simulation. We are fortunate that you are also very willing to share your experience and knowledge. so it is imperative that we continue to deliver innovative solutions for performance. high-performance network interconnects for clusters. not only at our international users’ conference and regional users’ meetings. Other highlights include leveraging multicore chip technology. I hope you are as enthusiastic as I am about our recent technology innovations.6 Extended Functionality release (see page 5). and better I/O performance.A Passion for Solving Real Problems Drives Our FEA Strategy These are exciting times at ABAQUS. As we work to meet your requirements. Our passion for technology and innovation keeps us at the forefront of software development. our development team is hard at work on many new projects. an essential ingredient for realistic simulation. and industry-leading contact formulations constitute the heart of our software. it is obvious that you love to push the envelope and drive the evolution of our software tools. software architecture and database improvements. I want to know this: Are you taking advantage of the many feature enhancements and performance improvements in ABAQUS Version 6. I can assure you that bigger and better things are yet to come! Very truly yours.6 we released a DMP sparse solver for the first time. where all significant aspects of a physical system are modeled from first principles. Digital models now include tremendous detail. so I encourage you to attend your Regional Users’ Meetings to learn more about the newest product release and our ongoing plans.8 and beyond.

” he says. In 2005. describes a longstanding collaboration between ABAQUS and BMW in developing software for simulating automotive crashworthiness. pages 34-38 Sounding Off In this comprehensive article. describes the use of ABAQUS software to simulate the behavior of downhole equipment for offshore oil drilling. on the topic of application-specific GUIs devised by analysts for use during product design.. BMW chose ABAQUS for all future crashworthiness simulation.” Automotive Engineering International March 2006. NASA Tech Briefs March 2006.” he says. vibration. send an e-mail with a brief description of your application to info@abaqus. helped PolyOil verify that its product would prove durable in one of the toughest industrial environments on earth (page 10). In this article DOW Automotives describes the successful calibration of the physical behavior of their adhesive BETAMATE using the porous metal plasticity model in ABAQUS/Explicit. talks about unified FEA in this overview article on advanced simulation by contributing editor Louise Elliott. and harshness from the driving experience. Desktop Engineering March 2006. armed with a stethoscope. Analysis of the clamp.ABAQUS “In the News” Desktop Engineering February 2006. tools. Adhäsion March See more stories at www. pages 14-18 (German language) Adhesives are becoming ever more popular in automotive design. She quotes Dale Berry. “I think this approach will continue to be the bridge between advanced FEA workflows and the needs of the typical designer. pages 81-83 Advancing Crashworthiness Simulation This article by Marc Schrank. Manager of ABAQUS Aerospace Industry Solutions. reporter Jeff Daniels surveys the current challenges that automakers face in eliminating noise. “The automotive world wants to get as close as possible to using a single model for all simulation. Analysts then used ABAQUS to model the panel and stringer and to predict the structure’s behavior under load with good correlation to real-world results.” The first page of the article features a vibration mode image from ABAQUS of a 9 kHz squeal on a Delphi front disc brake.” writes Kyle Indermuehle. Director of Industry Solutions at ABAQUS. pages 16-19 Analyzing Analysis. pages 55-56 Buckling and Fracture Analysis of Composite Skin-Stringer Panel Using VCCT and FEA Software “One of the main failure modes for the skin of an aircraft is buckling. “when noise engineers. page 22 Plastics Push Offshore This case study about UK-based PolyOil Ltd. which is based on Gurson’s theory. Share Your Stories If you would like to have your case study published in the press. PolyOil’s cast polymer umbilical clamp has a lower coefficient of friction and weighs half as much as a metal clamp.abaqus. used to travel in the boots of new models. Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for ABAQUS. This technical essay on simulating composite structures describes experimental testing that an Australian research lab performed on an aircraft skin-stringer panel. but simulation allows engineers to perform thousands of virtual crash tests to better understand vehicle and occupant behavior. “The days are gone. “The idea is to break away from individual silos of products. performed by the British firm AMEC-NNC. He notes that a physical crash test can be carried out only once. European Automotive Design March 2006. The project started in 1999 with the development of a crushable foam material model. This increase in use requires the evaluation of adhesive behavior under crash-type loading. Director of Product Management for 3 . pages 34-37 FEA Moves into Uncharted Waters Ken Short. and user skills. Inc. Mechanical Engineering May 2006.” he notes. Part 2 Contributing editor Pamela Waterman takes on a host of topics in this broad overview on the relationship between CAD and FEA. Good correlation between experiment and simulation can be reached only if damage and failure of the adhesive is taken into account.

a developer of enterprise management software. Microsoft. Berkey has also held executive-level positions at SDRC. and he will participate in the NAE’s 12th annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium in Dearborn. Intel. Flowchart of Multi-Scale Simulation using the new technology Macro-Scale Micro-Scale Meso-Scale “Multi-Scale Simulation” is Nano-Scale capable of not only simulating the stand-alone tire but also includes the effect from passenger. Cincinnati.abaqus. a provider of product data integration and engineering collaboration software. we are truly equipping the world’s engineers with the tools and methods they need to improve society. Prior to this.” a part of Yokohama’s “Third-Generation Design Infrastructure Technology. supply chain management.” Berkey comes to ABAQUS after serving as CEO of “His leadership and knowledge will assist ABAQUS and the SIMULIA brand in achieving our growth objectives. together with ABAQUS. “Scott has an impressive business background in engineering technology and enterprise collaboration. road condition. They will gather to discuss how multiple fields can collaborate to solve complex problems. Worldwide Operations. 2005. This technology will enable Yokohama to predict the true tire performance under the real conditions and to significantly improve the design accuracy and flexibility of the tire to create a quieter ride. degree in Applied Science at Miami University. Richard Boger Selected as Inventive Young Engineer Richard Boger of the ABAQUS Central office in West Lafayette. services. coupled structural-acoustic analysis was only capable of simulating the tire under stationary conditions. As the tire Attached to the Vehicle interacts with the road surface. Up until now. Motorola. Boeing. he was president and CEO at Proficiency Ltd. During the nomination process. It is believed that this is the first time the technology has been capable of predicting the acoustic cavity resonance of the tire against its driving speed under realistic driving conditions.A.Yokohama Co-Develops New Technology to Quiet Tire Noise “Realize the Tire Acoustic Resonance Prediction during the driving condition” Acoustic resonance of the tire cavity is a significant contributor to vehicle interior noise. Ltd. Michigan. CEO of SIMULIA. Yokohama Rubber Co.” said Mark Goldstein. senior engineer for ABAQUS.” Richard is part of an exceptional group of engineers from organizations such as 3M. quality. “This is what makes working for ABAQUS so exciting.. Ohio. This vibration is transferred through the vehicle supension to the body and to various parts of the vehicle. and field technical support functions. Los Alamos National Laboratory. the vibration causes a resonance of the air inside the tire cavity. and personal mobility.” said Berkey. has announced that. This effect is more pronounced when passing over certain road Bio-Information features such as the seam Measurement line of the road. Through our daily activities.B. Oxford. intelligent software systems and machines. To learn more about Yokohama Rubber Company. and customer support. For more information. 4 . vehicle. Richard submitted details on a multidisciplinary project that involved collaboration between industry and academia to determine how microscopic details of material structure can have practical implications to metal forming processes.” said Richard. tire structure. Ohio. and an M. The acoustic resonance of a tire is strongly influenced by the vehicle speed and the deformation of the tire structure. including responsibilities for the Asia/Pacific region. visit www. Metaphase operations. it has jointly developed new simulation technology for predicting the acoustic resonance within a tire under real driving conditions. visit www. Inc. and Sandia National He will provide strategic and operational direction for global sales. This technology adds new capability to “Multi-Scale Simulation. Indiana.” which was announced in May. They will also examine issues surrounding nanotechnology-biology interfaces.S. “I look forward to providing the right solutions to our customers that will enable them to extend the benefits of simulation across their organizations. Berkey earned a B.” “ABAQUS has an excellent reputation for technology. has been recognized by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) as one of the United States’ brightest young engineers. and North American sales. and compounds and polymers to predict the behavior of the overall tire system. New VP of Worldwide Operations Scott Berkey has joined ABAQUS as Vice President. “The engineering profession has an obligation to use our intelligence and creativity to solve the world’s real problems. degree at Xavier University.

Please contact your local ABAQUS office or representative if you believe that the ABAQUS Version 6. with particular emphasis on new enhancements in contact modeling. such as spot.7 development cycle had already begun in October 2005. • Leverages the weld modeling functionality of CATIA V5 to enable rapid definition of a large number of rigid or flexible connections. ABAQUS Version 6. with subsequent maintenance releases (such as ABAQUS Version 6. a wide range of spatially varying attributes including surface heat flux can be defined on parts such as this exhaust manifold. seam. visit www. 5 . you are probably familiar with our annual release cycle-approximately once a year a general ABAQUS release is distributed (for example. The ABAQUS Extended Functionality release will be shipped to customers as requested on a customer-by-customer basis. the ABAQUS Version 6. • Enables the modeling of shell structures with continuum shell elements.3 Now Available The latest release of ABAQUS for CATIA V5 extends its ability to deploy advanced ABAQUS methods as proven workflows across the enterprise. Each general release includes new and improved features and performance gains. while ABAQUS Version 6. The ABAQUS Extended Functionality release is designed to take advantage of these already completed features and to make them available to you in a fully tested and fully supported release. along with incorporating additional supported compute platforms.New ABAQUS Extended Functionality Release Makes New Features Available More Quickly This year we are introducing a new type of ABAQUS release that is intended to get new and improved features into your hands for production usage more quickly.6-EF1 will be released in Q4 2006. which can assist in confirming the selection of contact surfaces.6 performance improvements. will be available in ABAQUS Version 6.6-1 general release and its subsequent maintenance releases). For more information. Usability enhancements include the ability to view some or all of the parts in a complex contact analysis. There are dozens of development projects that are carried out over the course of each development cycle. • Takes advantage of ABAQUS Version 6.abaqus. If you have used ABAQUS products for a number of years.6 contact capabilities. ABAQUS Version 6. in a lecture at the Regional Users’ Meetings being held throughout the world over the next few months. For example. development for the “next” general release is well underway even before the “current” general release is made available.6 and CATIA V5 R16 to deepen its analysis capabilities.) made available in the months before the next general release.6-1). We are calling this the ABAQUS “Extended Functionality” release. which is planned for release in Q2 2007. prior to the next general release.6-EF1. All enhancements available in Version 6.6-EF1. Thus. and surface welds. The first such release is referred to as ABAQUS Version 6.6 releases (the Version 6. Using the extended functional distributions capabilities in ABAQUS/CAE Version 6. you can continue to work productively within ABAQUS Version 6. and usability. along with many others. The newest release leverages the latest technology in ABAQUS Version 6. while maintenance release content is strictly limited to addressing bugs that have been identified. and others that are much shorter in duration and completed several months ahead of the general release. with enhancements provided for both the analysis products (ABAQUS/Standard and ABAQUS/Explicit) as well as ABAQUS/CAE.6-EF1. some that span the entire cycle. ABAQUS for CATIA V5 Version 2. which permits the use of the actual CAD geometry of the structure rather than an approximate midplane and offsets of adjoining components. including the ability to model applications involving large sliding between parts. During any release cycle. using the surface-to-surface formulation.7-1. We encourage you to contact your local ABAQUS office or representative and to register for the user meeting in your region (see the schedule on page 18).3: • Provides access to complete functionality of ABAQUS Version 6. ABAQUS for CATIA V5 Version 2. as well as to address questions that we anticipate will arise. and arrangements will be made to ship the release to you. A sampling of enhancements includes: • Fully integrated shell and solid elements in ABAQUS/Explicit • Improvements to the DMP sparse solver in ABAQUS/Standard • Improved support of functional distributions for loads and boundary conditions in ABAQUS/CAE We plan to present these enhancements. If you do not see an immediate need for the new and improved features in the ABAQUS Extended Functionality release. etc.6 Extended Functionality release will improve your application of ABAQUS products.6-1 started shipping in April 2006.

If you are creating a complex assembly of multiple parts. The goal of the new adaptive remeshing capability is to obtain a solution that satisfies discretization error targets while minimizing the number of elements and. This new feature allows ABAQUS/CAE and ABAQUS/Standard to work together to determine an optimal mesh. The adapted mesh will be customized automatically for your specific model and its accompanying load history. hence. and improve the ease with which you build your simulation model. which provides the most comprehensive interface for ABAQUS analysis capabilities on the market. but they also can help with modeling tasks. easy-to-use environment. Simulation results can be superimposed over a photograph or video. or your customer. The new visualization features in ABAQUS/CAE can help you compare analysis results to physical test results. Be sure to attend the upcoming Regional Users’ Meetings and web seminars to learn more about ABAQUS/CAE. Every license of ABAQUS provides access to ABAQUS/CAE. stretching or compressing it in either direction. You can create geometry based on an image of a physical component. or adjusting its translucency. and results visualization in a consistent. While there are dozens of new capabilities in ABAQUS/CAE Version 6. It integrates modeling.6.e. or How much mesh refinement should I add?. you can get the answers by using the new adaptive remeshing capability in ABAQUS Version 6. Where should I refine my mesh to improve accuracy?. The options in the movie editor allow you to adjust the timing and duration of the movie so that it can be synchronized with the result animations. Background images not only allow you to show your results in context. You can customize the display of imported images and movies by repositioning the image or movie.6. you are likely to find that you will be able to replace existing third-party tools and to improve your overall analysis productivity. For more information. Be sure to take advantage of the new image and movie display capabilities the next time you need to make a persuasive presentation to your colleagues. the window in which ABAQUS displays your model). 6 . You need only define the remeshing rule and apply the rule to the regions in your model that you want to be remeshed. With the exciting new features and tools in ABAQUS Version 6. by changing the error indicator targets) to meet your needs for a particular analysis. you can modify the remeshing rule (for example. The new features enable you to display an image or a movie in the background of a viewport (i. Alternatively. a background image may help you position the part instances more effectively. job management. analysis. this article focuses on adaptive remeshing and displaying background images and movies. You can use the default remeshing rule to improve your mesh with little intervention. your management. the adaptivity process controls the adaptive remeshing for you. visit www. This gives you the ability to display the results of your analysis in context with experimental results.6. which can help you and your team better understand the phenomena being modeled.abaqus. now is the time to evaluate the new features available in ABAQUS Version 6.. If you choose to allow ABAQUS/CAE to remesh your model iteratively.New Features in ABAQUS/CAE Increase Productivity and Enhance Results Visualization If you are not currently using ABAQUS/CAE. Such a comparison can enhance the results credibility or help identify areas in the simulation that need accuracy improvement. Displaying Background Images and Movies Displaying your simulation results in the context of the real world improves your ability to clearly demonstrate how your simulation results relate to real product performance. Adaptive remeshing improves the quality of stress results with targeted mesh refinement. visualize how a component interacts within a complete system. Displaying a video clip of the modeled event overlaid with an animation of the analysis results can make for dramatic animations.6. the computational expense. Adaptive Remeshing The next time you find yourself asking questions such as How good is my mesh?.com/products/cae.

ABAQUS software is at the center of Dana’s engineering initiative. What types of projects in your company currently leverage simulation? Nash: Within the Sealing Products Group. manufacturing. you need to have the proper tools and a system in place for using them. and air induction components. engine. We utilize FEA and CFD technology. then you are not in business. Now we talk in terms of months. Our CAE council is developing standards so we can better support each other and help other groups reach the same level of CAE capabilities. They used to take weeks to develop. and Thermal Product Solutions. INSIGHTS had the privilege of interviewing two of the project architects. He is responsible for the group’s global CAE activities. we use simulation technology in the development of almost all our productscylinder head cover modules. You have to incorporate different simulation techniques and connect them into one approach covering design. and simulation is integral. chassis. and reduce costs. driveshaft. How important is simulation as a driver for innovation in your process? Nash: Simulation is really our time machine. What is the most significant challenge you face in your engineering and product development process? Popielas: The push to have development completed quickly is tremendous. you have to validate. the better shot we have at delivering a product improvement or new innovation to the market. Director of Research and Development for Sealing Products. molded gaskets. funneling them into a system and filtering out the best ones. often including materials people and R&D people. To go through a development project from start to finish within this kind of timeframe. The better job we can do of collecting all these ideas. Nash has worked for Dana for 19 years and is currently Director of Research and Development for Sealing Products. cylinder-head gaskets. Dana Corporation is a global supplier of axle. computer simulations. shorten the development cycle. It allows us to try out more ideas and to optimize them more quickly. Correlation and validation of the simulation results play a major role in this. product testing. Dana is standardizing CAE workflows across their global engineering operations in an effort to support innovation. and now they take hours. product development is a collaboration between the engineers and the analysts. who are all feeding ideas. and transmission technologies to the automotive. maybe days at most. Manager of Advanced Engineering for the Sealing Products Group. The company is currently in the process of implementing a vertical integrated engineering approach in which CAE plays a strategic role. If you can’t validate product performance in a short amount of time. Popielas is the Manager of Advanced Engineering for the Sealing Products Group and has been with Dana since 1994. thermal-acoustic protective shields. and David Nash. almost a starting and ending point of the whole process. everything that you manufacture or even propose as a product. and warranty analysis for molded products. commercial vehicle. Sealing Products.Dana’s Engineering Strategy: "Simulation Is Process and Product Development" Based in Toledo. Popielas: We have pushed simulation technology farthest in leading Dana product groups such as Torque and Traction. for Dana Corporation. and development of newly advanced materials and products. Probably the cylinder-head gaskets are the best example of where we’ve been able to truly automate the process. Popielas also leads the Dana CAE council. material development and testing. 7 . In the past we might have had two years to develop a product. Frank Popielas and David Nash.Their products are integrated into more than 60 million vehicles annually. The idea is to have a system where we do the first optimization as early as possible in the development Frank Popielas (top). and cost. Speed to market and product differentiation are huge challenges. frame. Ohio. When you are in the engineering business. a year at most. and offhighway industries. He is responsible for new product development. Recently. lab activities. It’s all about how we get from an idea to a proven concept faster. At Dana. It is an integral part of how we develop new products and improve existing products.

the simulation happens in the background.process. for leveraging simulation collaboratively across multiple disciplines? Nash: We need to be stronger in process simulation. What product features are you interested in? What features have the most impact on product performance? Once you decide this. and products are the analyst’s responsibility. or the input file. What trends do you see happening in your business that will drive your simulation processes in the future? ABAQUS enables Dana to analyze sealing pressure of the gasket elements. the thickness of the material. fasteners. reduced emissions. Nash: As far as under-the-hood automotive. The idea is to have web-based interfaces in place so they can submit a simulation just like they would have submitted a simulation request. so we will determine how to combine functions to reduce components. and the warping and the distortion of the cylinder head and block. simulation techniques. demands for increased efficiency and increased power out of smaller packages. designs. It gets submitted automatically. We use Python as a “glue” code. then you train your product and design engineers how to use the system. Popielas: Exactly. What are the steps to take in automating a simulation process? Popielas: First you need to make decisions on your requirements and objectives. the sealing gap movement caused by the alternating combustion pressure. Because this is where you save most of the time. it might be cost. Such an approach isn’t for new product development. Integration of components is also key. Advanced analysis tools will help us develop products using nontraditional materials in applications where the technology did not previously allow it. It’s very straightforward because the engineers don’t have to have a detailed understanding of the CAE software. It’s for well-defined products that we have in production and that need simulation support on a regular basis. This has grown into optimization methods to get to the best design faster. the type of fastener. Some of these tools are already implemented. weight. Dana designs and manufactures a broad range of products that are integrated into more than 60 million vehicles annually. They make choices. Once the solution is completed. or future vision. What is your current practice. you can look into what kind of software to use and develop proper preprocessing techniques. You have highly qualified analysts develop those optimization capabilities. Updates and development of new standards. it might be function. It might be geometry. it goes to a postprocessing computer. So using simulation early in the design process is important. and maybe some product-specific boundary conditions. As soon as we put a CAD model on the screen. in (continued) 8 . we want to have the capability to optimize the design from different perspectives. the trends are smaller design envelopes. Historically. Internally developed scripts help us to support these efforts. The model. is defined by the Python script and is automatically submitted to the compute system using queuing. such as the material used for the product. processes. we have focused on the analysis of the product function and the interaction with its environment and mating components. and they get a report back automatically. and cost reduction. which plots pictures from different views and at different scales. and package space.

Dana’s Engineering Strategy continued place of traditional iterative methods. To learn more about Dana Corporation. How is simulation being used to collaborate with your customers and suppliers? Nash: I’ve got a project that I’m working on right now with one of our suppliers. A couple of things came into Also key will be more-efficient analysis through scripting and automation. especially from a nonlinear perspective. and we don’t have to do as much dyno-testing. discusses innovative design improvements in a plastic cylinder head cover module. I’m talking about millions here. covering manufacturability. Why did you choose to implement ABAQUS as an integral part of your engineering strategy? Popielas: It goes back a few years. We benchmarked the available software packages on the market across two of our product groups. we use simulation techniques. And both groups concluded that ABAQUS is the package of choice. It’s really joint R&D. something that will give our customers an improvement in their cost position and represent a whole new product line for Dana. 9 . It’s also looking at how to interact with other CAE packages that are important to us.html. but we wanted more than just excellent software. but the ideas are coming from everywhere.abaqus. We have one thing in mind: simulation is process and product development. process analysis has been sequential. We have a number. It will drive PLM systems. The code is the best in the market for simulation. and we are doing some of the analysis. We see CAE being right in the center of future product development. and so forth. Frank Popielas outlines Dana’s engineering strategy at the 2006 ABAQUS Users’ Conference. Maybe. We are able to have very open and close communication about what we would like to have in new releases to benefit us. How do you measure the value or return on investment of your simulation strategy? Popielas: It’s actually very straightforward. engineers. This is what the company saves every year. we have a certain gasket to make. We also wanted a partner we could work with to develop new simulation features. For More Information: Download Dana’s 2006 ABAQUS Users’ Conference paper at www. We don’t need as many prototypes anymore. For us. We think we’re going to be able to deliver a substantially new product at a good value. David Nash (top). but if we do it a different way. due to CAE. But for us. This is done The other very interesting thing is. It’s not so much saved cost as avoided cost. and materials experts within the Dana organization. We’re both using ABAQUS as our simulation tool. visit www. to make it function.dana. We see that’s where ABAQUS is headed. we could reduce the cycle time five seconds without affecting function. Now our goal is “first time right. We extended our collaboration beyond the R&D people and included design people. you have to be open. and we’re using each other’s resources and expertise in the development of a brand new product line. there’s some small aspect of a design that's not wrong. ABAQUS clearly was the one here. We need to pull this forward and tie it into the design optimization process more formally. so we could compare results. Simulation will focus more on up-front development in areas such as materials and functionality. rather than upfront and collaboratively. For example. If you want to implement something new. ABAQUS is not just taking care of its own product. How do you expect the role of simulation within your company to change in the future compared to the past 10 years? Nash: More analysis. more tightly integrated into the design process and development process. simulation will be a platform that integrates special technologies and exchanges data among different software packages without losing information. but it’s often done sequentially.” In order to achieve that. for example. and in the past we might have gone through five or more iterations to make it right. I brought in our supplier to be part of that. cost estimation. Popielas: Simulation will become much more open and interoperable. It’s something that is not out on the market anywhere today. They are doing some of the analysis. functionality.

Durable Offshore Oil Equipment In the challenging environment of offshore oil exploration. added surrounding surfaces for the pipe and the riser casing. such as cast polymers. Scotland. It also supports the weight of the massive length of cable hanging from the rig. and corrosion resistant. making devices safer for an operator to lift and maneuver. UK. The von Mises stress plot in the male portion of the Poly-Tector reveals that the central stiffening rib should be widened to support the operational loads. Using Analysis to Customize the Poly-Tector PolyOil recently designed a custom version of the Poly-Tector for a large oil company. ABAQUS enabled the analysts to quickly examine three different load magnitudes for each case. located in Westhill. Next. Finally. and fiber optic wires used to control subsea well operations. Their goal is to improve the reliability. PolyOil enlisted analysts from AMEC-NNC. Umbilical Protector Ensures Reliable Drilling One cast polymer product from PolyOil that has gained significant market acceptance is an umbilical protector called the Poly-Tector. The Poly-Tector is hinged on one side so it opens like a clamshell and then closes and bolts securely around the steel pipe. based in Cheshire. To learn more about Oil rigs cost in the neighborhood of $250. not counting labor. Image courtesy of PolyOil Ltd. so avoiding unnecessary downtime is a huge benefit. and simulated multiple nonlinear contact conditions. During deployment. they studied the stresses generated by tightening the bolts. failure investigation. Umbilicals are long cables that contain electronic. In normal use. For More Information: PolyOil Ltd. First. They created the finite element or contact Nawal Prinja at nawal. and friction resistance of downhole equipment by replacing traditional steel products with products made from modern materials. The pipes are threaded together and lowered inside a large-diameter steel casing. Analysis Guides Design Improvements The ABAQUS simulation predicted that a load of 4. The casting process involves a chemical reaction inside the mold that produces a material that is strong. hydraulic. PolyOil believes that advanced FEA will play an increasingly important role in the development of innovative cast polymer products for the oil drilling industry.000 a day to lease. AMEC-NNC used ABAQUS because it has a material model that is well suited to analyzing cast polymer and because it provides excellent contact and nonlinear analysis capabilities. the Poly-Tector clamps the umbilical cable to the outside of steel pipes every 30 to 40 feet. please visit www. called a riser. The goal of the analysis was to understand how the customized Poly-Tector would behave under real-life loading conditions. designs and develops downhole equipment for the offshore oil drilling industry. and risk assessment.092 for steel). offer some noticeable advantages. durable. Simulation also saved the company time and cost in full-scale physical testing.PolyOil Designs Lightweight. to the wellbore on the seabed. Based on the results of this program. cast polymers. The material also has a low friction coefficient (0. An additional benefit is that the simulation model is readily reusable for design analysis of the Poly-Tector with different constraints and boundary conditions. durability. For more information. AMEC-NNC is a major engineering consultancy for the nuclear power industry and offers specialized services in structural integrity. which reduces the potential for hang-up while running thousands of feet of cable and pipe through steel casings. they simulated a bending force. courtesy of PolyOil Ltd. Image created by AMEC-NNC. AMEC-NNC analysts imported the digital geometry for the Poly-Tector directly into which have high molecular weight and viscosity. To simulate the custom umbilical protector. An umbilical protector from PolyOil is installed on a section of steel pipe to secure the umbilical lines as the assembly is lowered into the riser. 10 . A separate smaller aperture in the clamp holds the umbilical cables securely in place. they simulated sideways impact on the hinge side and on the clamp side. AMEC-NNC recommended adding thickness to a rib.032 compared to 0.polyoil.prinja@amecnnc. Polymer is lighter than steel. The analysts focused on four load cases. go to www. To evaluate the performance of the customized clamp design.75te to the clamp side would cause excessive deformation to the umbilical aperture. which enabled PolyOil to make a straightforward design change before committing to the cost of producing the mold tool. umbilical cables can undergo tension loads of up to 1000 kg. The umbilical protector is used to prevent damage to the cables from contact with adjacent equipment that is constantly moving with ocean currents and waves.

To perform the analyses. Knuckle Assembly Workbench Figure 3. PSA Peugeot Citroën Background In the automotive industry. displacement. we can quickly implement possible design improvements. we perform several analyses of different candidate CAD solutions. At PSA Peugeot Citroën. the workbench is usable by any design engineer. Two versions of the knuckle assembly pre-design model: with a clamp (left) and without a clamp (right). Thanks to this approach. and fatigue requirements in predetermined critical regions. Our implementation provides engineers with simulation results very early in the pre-design phase and again later during final design. the CAD model geometry is parameterized so it can be modified easily to accommodate model changes from a number of sources. we can choose to switch from one design architecture to another. At any time. and the inaccuracies have been determined to be acceptable. static analysis. engineers need to explore a wide range of design solutions that involve many different parameters and constraints. During this phase. the design engineer is able to define CAD architecture and geometric parameters. material properties. The basis for the pre-design analysis is a parameterized CAD model created in CATIA V5. because the values of many parameters are not yet known. Design engineers define analysis attributes by means of a graphical user interface specified by PSA Peugeot Citroën. boundary conditions. The mechanical analysis is initialized using ABAQUS for CATIA V5. The initial design necessarily uses a simplified geometry. we can switch from a knuckle assembly with a clamp piece to a knuckle assembly without a clamp piece (Figure 2). the input files are generated automatically and submitted from the knuckle assembly workbench to ABAQUS running on remote servers. All of the graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are specified by PSA Peugeot Citroën (Figure 3). Once the engineer defines the FEA model. 11 . mesh sizes.g. Once we have obtained these results for a given pre-design model. We simulate the performance of the knuckle under bolt preloading and service loading conditions to determine the values and locations of the maximum stresses and strains. From within the knuckle assembly workbench. strain. The model presented in this case study is a knuckle assembly (Figure 1). we developed a workbench in CATIA V5 from which we can access the parameterized CAD model. modal analysis). For example. and load cases (e. we have developed an implementation of ABAQUS for CATIA V5 (AFC) that helps us perform nonlinear analysis efficiently on assemblies that undergo a large number of design iterations. The specific CATIA V5 workbench for the knuckle assembly makes extensive use of CATIA Knowledgeware. Previous studies have compared the analysis inaccuracies between simplified models and the corresponding complete models. which captures essential engineering practices and know-how and makes use of Visual Basic (VB) scripting. Figure 1. The knuckle assembly (at right) is part of an automotive chassis. which is part of the automotive chassis. At this early stage in the product lifecycle. clamp piece Figure 2..PSA Peugeot Citroën Explores Designs Using ABAQUS for CATIA V5 Fabien Debarle and Mathieu Durix. The results from a pre-design analysis enables design engineers to propose necessary modifications to the geometry at the time when changes are least expensive and most effective. Analyses in the Pre-Design Phase Our goal in using FEA in the pre-design phase is to define a product model that meets several stress.

We use a surface mesh and a tetrahedron filler to control the surface mesh quality and to limit the total number of elements in the model. Next. Visual Basic scripting streamlines the input file so analysis is more efficient. 12 . The material properties can be specified in the GUI or imported from a file written in an ABAQUS format. because some additional features are necessary to completely define the analysis model. First. Simplified CAD model for the knuckle assembly. Using this approach. Assembly Design.Geometric Parameters and Material Properties In the pre-design phase. the design engineer provides information on the desired mesh size. and Knowledgeware workbenches. and sidewalk shock) The order of steps for the mechanical simulation history is as follows: Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: Contact initialization and bolt tightening between the knuckle and the clamp piece Bolt tightening fixed Service loading Service loading Service loading knuckle Figure 4. and the shock damper The steps continue until all loading analyses are complete. the shock damper. tetrahedron filler meshing is performed using the FMD module to generate the actual parabolic tetrahedral elements (C3D10M) needed for the structural analysis. such as clamps (Figure 5) • Load cases imported from an existing file that comes from a separate program (sample loads are left and right turns. Preprocessing ABAQUS for CATIA V5 is used to generate the mechanical analysis properties and simulation history of the knuckle. using the FMS module. we split the input file generated by AFC into several input files and add the *RESTART. The model is defined in CATIA V5 using the Part Design. Meshing Using the GUI. Elastic and plastic properties are supported. The pre-design CAD model is built so that these parameters can be modified easily. Kinematic and Distributing Couplings forces forces clamp Figure 5. the bolts. The knuckle with a clamp piece (Figure 4) is an assembly of seven parts: the knuckle. and then the mesh is generated automatically in the CATIA V5 Advanced Meshing Tools workbench (FMS/FMD) in two steps. However. the clamp piece. braking. Boundary conditions for the knuckle assembly defined in ABAQUS for CATIA V5. (continued) Figure 6. the software creates a surface mesh using a local mapped mesh and local element size at the surface. shock damper body clamp piece • Boundary conditions. and two bolts. including the following: • Nonlinear materials • Bolt tightening connections between the knuckle and the clamp piece • Contact between the knuckle. For example. we do not need to perform the initialization steps for each service loading analysis. because we need to perform several separate analyses. We are able to generate the input files with much of the necessary analysis data. the mesh specifications persist and the mesh rebuilds automatically after any modifications. we have extended the ABAQUS input file using VB scripting. the parameterized CAD model is simplified geometrically but is still physically representative of the actual knuckle assembly. Since the mesh specifications are associated with geometric entities of the CAD model. The most influential parameters have been identified previously through numerical simulations. two nuts. READ command (Figure 6). the clamp piece.

a thin layer of membrane elements positioned at the surface of a solid body. Once an analysis is complete. This procedure allows us to determine very early in the product lifecycle which knuckle assembly design responds to all of the modeling constraints. ABAQUS calculates the stress and strain results at the integration points of solid elements. so the job submission is done automatically via LSF software that we interfaced with AFC. constraints.psa-peugeot-citroen. The input steps are the same as those shown in Figure 6. He is now numerical modeling specialist engineer for chassis parts and powertrain components and is responsible for all ABAQUS solutions at PSA Peugeot Citroën. When analysis results show excessive strains in a critical area. If predicted performance is unacceptable. and boundary conditions defined within AFC maintain associativity with the CATIA model and are updated automatically after any design modifications. we classify the tested parameter sets as either acceptable or unacceptable. These integration points are only a small distance from the surface. The maximum stresses often occur on the surfaces. Consequently. Contact Fabien at fabien. Mathieu Durix graduated in 2003 from the Mechanical and Aeronautical National School (ENSMA).com. the results file is automatically returned to a specific directory and the engineer loads the file into AFC to postprocess and view the results. in areas of high stress gradients. extrapolating the integration point results to the surface nodes indicates results that are inaccurate. 13 . Sample analysis results for an early version of the knuckle assembly. In 2000 he integrated the Methods and Tools Development Department at PSA Peugeot Citroën. He first worked for PSA Peugeot Citroën as a consultant. and in-house programs. the goal of pre-design analysis is to determine whether different iterations of the simplified knuckle assembly model have areas of excessive stress and plastic strain. Postprocessing is performed in ABAQUS for CATIA V5. PEEQ. surface skinning is not yet available with M3D6 membrane elements. Fabien Debarle graduated in 1999 from the French Institute for Advanced Mechanics (IFMA). we have defined complete simulation workflows suitable for design engineers within the CATIA V5 environment. Conclusions ABAQUS for CATIA V5 is very useful for performing advanced nonlinear analyses based on a parameterized CATIA V5 CAD model or on a final design (coming from CATIA V4 or V5). Using a combination of CATIA Knowledgeware. PSA Peugeot Citroën is a member of the AFC Customer Review Team. creating pre-design and design model workbenches. Then all of the ABAQUS input files can be generated automatically and submitted to the remote servers. AFC with Visual Basic scripting. This feature allows users to replace an attribute of a model with another without breaking any links. The associativity between the CAD model and the analysis model enables modeling and analysis iterations to be performed with minimal effort. The strains in this membrane correspond to the strains experienced at the surface in the solid model. One of the most effective ways of determining the surface results is to use surface skinning. so we perform this postprocessing technique using an in-house While ABAQUS for CATIA V5 enables surface skinning with shell elements. Our innovative implementation of ABAQUS for CATIA V5 will enable engineers at PSA Peugeot Citroën to verify design performance and durability more efficiently and effectively. it is easy to modify the geometry and submit another analysis. We can also analyze the final knuckle assembly design easily and quickly. As noted earlier.PSA Peugeot Citroën Explores Designs Running the Analysis and Postprocessing We run ABAQUS/Standard on remote servers. Request PSA’s 2006 ABAQUS Users’ Conference paper at www. von Mises stresses. Mesh specifications have to be made. continued we can modify geometric parameters in the CATIA V5 model in an effort to improve the design. Analyzing the Final Design In the design phase we perform the same analyses that we did in the pre-design phase but on a final design. we are able to evaluate early versions of the knuckle assembly design based on predetermined critical parameters and to easily modify the geometry until we determine an acceptable design. The results show the minimum and maximum principal stresses.debarle@mpsa. Figure 7. This is very expedient when more than 30 different analyses may be necessary for complete and so on (Figure 7). Rapid Design Iterations Once we have the simulation results from each pre-design analysis.abaqus. However. Each load case represents one job. Learn about PSA Peugeot Citroën at www. The value in this approach is that all loads. Depending on the queue at the servers and the mesh sizes. which helps define requirements for ABAQUS for CATIA V5 software. results are usually complete in a couple of hours. In 2006 he joined the Methods and Tools Development Department as a crashworthiness numerical modeling engineer. which is run independently on one or two processors. Switching from a simplified pre-design model to a more complicated final design is made possible through a specific GUI in the knuckle assembly workbench that takes advantage of the CATIA publications feature.


complex surface contact.” . 15 . The software is available for both the Windows XP and Windows 2000 Platforms and includes complete online documentation.Charles Ferrar. One project that has been undertaken by the students was the study of vibration modeling and suppression in tennis racquets. Director. The numerical model demonstrates that mode shapes are unaffected by increased string tension though their frequencies are increased substantially. This year 21 students participated in the program.abaqus. Dynamics Summer School. The experimental and numerical data generated by the students then form the basis for a series of lectures on model validation and uncertainty quantification. For colleges and universities using the ABAQUS Research Edition or ABAQUS Teaching Edition. Over the last seven years. and problems requiring user-defined subroutines Order your ABAQUS Student Edition online at www. ABAQUS Version 6. a comparison of Mode 2 is shown with and without a damper. The handle was modeled using solid elements. and uncertainty quantification. ABAQUS Educational Products: ABAQUS Student Edition • Affordable personal finite element analysis tool for solving limited size problems • Ideal tool for students to become more proficient in applying FEA methods ABAQUS Teaching Edition • Complements the Research Edition in classroom settings • Allows simultaneous access by 20+ students • Cost effective tool for introducing students to the theories and methods of advanced FEA ABAQUS Research Edition • Provides the advanced functionality of the commercial version • Simulates behavior of advanced nonlinear materials.Students at Los Alamos Dynamic Summer School Gain Experience in Advanced FEA Methods The Los Alamos Dynamic Summer School is a very selective 9-week summer school. The model was simplified for finite element analysis with the use of beam Top upper-level. This updated student edition is also an excellent tool for industrial customers to continue to develop their professional FEA skills outside of the workplace. and ABAQUS/Explicit to solve FEA problems of limited size (1000 nodes) that do not require user subroutines. String intersections were modeled with shared nodes. visit www.lanl. ABAQUS/Standard.6 Student Edition Now Available ABAQUS Student Edition provides an ideal means for expanding your ABAQUS knowledge and developing simulation expertise to ace upcoming projects. Students set up physical tests and FEA models to explore how add-on vibrational dampers affect the sweet spot of a tennis racquet. US-citizen. making it a valuable off-site reference. undergraduate students from universities around the nation are selected to attend lectures and to work in small teams with a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) mentor on research projects related to structural health monitoring. For more information on Los Alamos Dynamic Summer 111 students from 34 academic institutions have participated in the summer school. The results for the racquet in this study show that commercial vibration dampers have a negative impact on handle transmissibility. the Student Edition expands the student’s experience by providing them the opportunity to use the software outside the lab and classroom. A negative temperature was applied to the strings to simulate tension. Los Alamos National Laboratory Above. “Using ABAQUS for their projects has significantly enhanced the students’ learning experience. ABAQUS Student Edition leverages the capabilities of ABAQUS/CAE. The program has developed a curriculum that involves all students performing an experimental modal analysis on a test structure and then subsequently using ABAQUS to perform a finite element modal analysis using a variety of different elements and/or mesh densities. damage prognosis and model validation.shtml. Their objective is to produce a conference publication summarizing their results by the end of the summer.

While this allows many FEA models to take advantage of cluster computing. Coupled fluid analysis with ABAQUS will help Vernay Labs eliminate what has been historically the “cut and try” approach to product development when fluid flow plays a significant role.Fluent Inc. which is available at the ABAQUS web site. A fully coupled fluid-structure interaction (FSI) analysis was performed using the ABAQUS co-simulation interface to MpCCI to couple with FLUENT. Jim Bailey . These devices consist of elastomeric rubber components. Running ABAQUS/Standard Version 6. Request a copy of the complete AUC 2006 paper at www. For More Information: Source: A Fluid-Structure Interaction Analysis of the VernaFlo® Flow Control Device. Yellow Springs. AUC 2006. Jeff Benko . The computational results were in good agreement with the experimental data and showed how the rubber insert controls the effects of upstream inlet pressure on the bulk fluid flow rate.6-1.html.Vernay Labs. ABAQUS and Linux Networx completed a benchmark study entitled. Subham Sett ABAQUS. The simulation results are useful in guiding decisions on modifying the shape of the rubber component to meet performance requirements. The results also indicated that at higher pressures the rubber component deforms significantly and establishes full contact with the rigid housing and that cavitation effects on the CFD side cannot be neglected. which is defined to be in contact with a rigid housing. configuration. and performance differences between dual core and single core processors. In the FSI analysis the ABAQUS structural sub-domain includes the rubber component. Benchmark Study for ABAQUS on Compute Clusters With the release of Version 6. the subsequent flow behavior. Ohio develops a flow management device called VernaFlo® that is customizable for use in applications that require consistent. This benchmark paper demonstrates potential performance improvements when running ABAQUS/Standard on compute clusters and discusses the role of system hardware. the effect of I/O speed. Vernay VernaFlo® flow controls are customdesigned fluid flow management devices. hence. that deform under the influence of the incoming flow. Inc. It is critical to understand the interaction between the fluid flow and the structural deformation since this affects the device shape and. including: • • • • the role of the interconnect type. The fluid in use is water and is modeled as a turbulent. Vernay specializes in the innovative design and highvolume manufacture of precision elastomeric products. incompressible fluid. reliable fluid flow over a wide range of fluid pressures.Improving the Design of Flow Management Devices Vernay Labs.abaqus. and analysis execution settings on performance. some limitations exist. 16 . housed in the flow path. the effects of memory settings.abaqus. Request the complete benchmark study at http://www.. Coupled structural fluid results indicate valve deformations with increasing fluid pressures. The CFD sub-domain models the flow path around this rubber valve with upstream variations in pressure accounted for with a variable pressureinlet condition.6 on Compute The effects of geometrical and material nonlinearities are considered to account for fluid pressures as high as 150 ABAQUS/Standard now provides enhanced support for execution on compute clusters through the Distributed Memory Parallel (DMP) execution support of the element operations and the direct linear equation solver. Local remeshing in the CFD model is used to account for the deformations associated with the structural analysis. Recently.

Research also indicates a potential weight savings of 10% from using nonlinear internal loads to size parts. Order AUC Proceedings at www. Image and Animation Contest Winners This year was the inauguration of the Annual Image and Animation Contest. Currently this type of analysis is used for engineering investigations of fatigue cracking. including shipping. Massachusetts provided a great atmosphere for learning. His finite element model of the human ankle-foot system allows predictions of plantar pressure distribution as well as the internal stress/strain of the bony and soft tissue structures. for taking time to share their experiences and achievements using are as follows: Pricing 2006 Proceedings Book and CD 2006 Proceedings CD only $200 $125 Jason Tak-Man Cheung’s animation of the human ankle-foot system captured the attention of the ABAQUS Users’ Conference audience. The Image Winner was Frank Smith of the Boeing Company. attendees were among some of the first users to view the significant number of new features and enhancements now available. and entertainment. This provides a time and cost effective alternative to the experimental approach to quantify the biomechanical effects of different pathological.abaqus.6. The winners received a spaceball pointing device and a free Advanced Seminar at the ABAQUS Users’ Conference. surgical. The Animation Winner was Jason Tak-Man Cheung of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Steve Engelstad of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and Frank Popielas of Dana Corporation. Conference Presentations and Proceedings Current ABAQUS customers can view the ABAQUS General Lecture presentations through our online support system under ABAQUS Answer 3051 (login required). The conference would not have been a success without the combined efforts of all participants. The cost for these items. this year’s conference banquet and entertainment offered guests the opportunity to mingle and network while enjoying breathtaking views of Boston and stunning acrobatics by worldclass performers. We extend special thanks to our invited lecturers. and orthotic conditions during gait. His entry represents an early implementation of nonlinear internal loads modeling. networking. You may now order copies online of the AUC 2006 Proceedings Book and CD. analysis include cost savings due to early detection of potential design issues. With the release of ABAQUS Version 6. 17 . Make plans now to participate. We look forward to Paris as our new venue for AUC 2007. Boston. The Frank Smith’s image represents an implementation of nonlinear internal benefits of this type of loads modeling.Customers Share Knowledge at the 2006 ABAQUS Users' Conference The 2006 ABAQUS Users’ Conference was an exhilarating convergence of ABAQUS users from around the world. Conference Banquet and Cirque de Simulation Better than ever.html. We also thank all of our customers who presented papers and our alliance partners who sponsored the event.

and frequency predictions for turbine engine blades. Japan Nov. connecting rods. 2007 March 1. Turkey Kuala Lumpur. Belgium Singapore Vienna. side impact. 18 Oct.ABAQUS Customers Present at Global Conferences A simple search for “ABAQUS” at engineering societies’ web sites reveals hundreds of papers from customers who are presenting their applications at industry conferences around the world. 2007 March 1. AUC2007 AUC2007 May 22–24 Paris. flexible bodies. Germany Oslo. France May 22–24 Paris. landing gear systems. brakes. 11-12 Oct. tires. 16-17 Nov. 2007 January 25. Brazil Prague. 17 Nov. 9 Nov. Italy Bangalore. shape heat treatment. India Toronto. 20-21 Nov 20-21 Nov.abaqus. 30-31 Sao Paulo. Paris. acoustics. 10 Oct. USA San Francisco. USA Beijing.html for more information. microsystem packaging. solar sails. chassis. Spain Poznan. 30-31 Sep. 15-16 Nov. manifolds. CA. valve covers. A search of the AIAA web site results in 200 matches dating from 1984-2006. sandwich panels. 21-22 Sep. 24 Detroit. analysis of cylindrical shells.6 and the upcoming release of ABAQUS Version 6. 1-2 Nov. Taiwan Tokyo. heat dissipation. 30 Oct. France Leuven. Contact your local ABAQUS office or visit www. 9-10 2006 ABAQUS Regional Users' Meetings and Update Seminars Learn about the new features in ABAQUS Version 6. Thank you for sharing your applications of ABAQUS. 26-27 Sep. Malaysia Bangkok. Make plans now to present at AUC 2007.4-6 Oct. 2006 January 25. 2007 Abstract and Permission Form: December 1. EuroSimE 2006 and ITHERM 2006 had a combined total of 10 papers featuring ABAQUS. Visit: www. OH. Electronics applications include solder-joint reliability due to shock and vibration. USA Taipei. Ontario. cylinder heads. USA Pisa. telescope mirrors. Poland 18 . The 2006 SAE World Congress reveals 31 papers on the use of ABAQUS for a range of automotive applications including fatique. Czech Republic Erfurt.6 Extended Functionality at your Regional Users’ Meeting and Update Seminar. 15 Nov. MI. bird strike impact. Norway Lafayette. adhesive joints. IN. Aug. The 2006 Electronic Components and Technology Conference featured 20 papers on the use of ABAQUS. 15 Sep. adhesively bonded joints.K. belts. 23-25 Oct. Thailand Manchester. TX. airbags. thermomechanical analysis. These presentations are proof that our customers are pushing the envelope of ABAQUS technology to develop reliable and innovative products. USA Cleveland. damage predictions for composite laminates. and many more. CA Houston. spot welds. and many others. 18-19 Sep. USA Istanbul. Austria Madrid. 28 Oct. 16 Nov. RI. 7-8 Nov. China Providence.abaqus. Papers are available on topics such as. 13 Nov.abaqus. 2006 Final Manuscript: Visit: www. shape memory alloys. drop testing. France Call for Papers Share for Papers Call your ABAQUS success with fellow users! Present an accepted paper and receive Share your ABAQUS success with fellow $100 off your registration fee and $100 off an users! Present an accepted paper and receive Advanced Seminar! $100 off your registration fee and $100 off an Advanced Seminar! Deadlines: Abstract and Permission Form: Draft Manuscript: Draft Manuscript: Final Manuscript: Deadlines: December 1. bolts.

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