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Femap 10.3 and 10.3.

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Whats New
October 2011
January 2012

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Femap 10.3
Launch Plan
Femap version 10.3
RTM & Press Release:
October 5th
Shipping to customers:
Late October
Femap version 10.3.1

Available late January 2012

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Femap Direction

Femap continues to provide:


A modeling environment thats dedicated to FEA
The in-depth, detailed functionality required to accurately model realworld parts and assemblies
Customer driven features and functionality

Courtesy of Revolution Design

Courtesy of Predictive Engineering

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Femap 10.3
Primary Focus and Messages
Improved productivity through process improvement
Automatic geometry model preparation and cleanup
Mesh most models first time without manual geometry cleanup
Improved free body diagram calculation and display
Increased simulation scope through discipline extensions
NX Nastran aeroelasticity support for statics and flutter
Faster preprocessing through performance improvements
Improved forced response performance
Improved preprocessing performance

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Femap 10.3
Agenda Key Items
Automatic geometry model preparation and cleanup
Support for NX Nastran aeroelasticity
Improved Free Body diagram calculation and display
Performance improvements
NX Nastran and general Nastran support

Customer driven enhancements

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Automatic Solid Geometry Preparation


Geometry and Meshing Considerations
Problematic geometry
Analysts inherit CAD models that often contain difficult geometry
Serviceable for CAD, but cause problems with FE meshing
Affects mesh and element quality and hence solution accuracy
Typical problems include:
Sliver surfaces
Short edges
Narrow regions
Close points
Internal voids
Difficult geometry has to be fixed before
the model can be meshed
Manual geometry clean up requires
much effort and time
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Automatic Solid Geometry Preparation


Geometry and Meshing Considerations
Too much geometry detail
CAD models often contain too much modeling detail for FEA
Small features that are not required for analysis
Must be removed before meshing
The solution:
Femaps automatic geometry
preparation capability
Greatly reduces and in many
cases completely eliminates the
need for manual combination,
suppression and splitting of
geometry

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Automatic Solid Geometry Preparation

Automatic clean up allows:


Easier meshing of complex 3D
models with problematic
geometry
Easy removal of unnecessary
detail
Geometry preparation actions
performed automatically include:
Combination of surfaces and
curves
Suppression of small curves and surfaces
Surface splitting at strategic locations
User defined tolerance controls extent of
geometry changes
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Automatic Solid Geometry Preparation

Prepare Geometry and Mesh sizing tolerances


Guide geometry feature removal / suppression and mesh sizing
Internal voids identified and removed
Access to further geometry preparation and mesh sizing options

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Automatic Solid Geometry Preparation

Full control over the extent of model simplification


Identify a group of entities that should be ignored
Entities that are loaded or constrained are ignored
Set maximum sizes and angles based on geometry preparation
tolerance
Identify individual operations to be included in the cleanup process

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Automatic Solid Geometry Preparation

Benefits
Significant time savings with finite element model creation
Ease of use
Solid FE models are much easier to create and mesh first time
Combine with the interactive Meshing Toolbox to further tune and
enhance the mesh
Serial vs. Interactive Workflows

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Automatic Solid Geometry Preparation

Benefits (cont.)
Greater FE model accuracy
Removal of geometry imperfections that compromise element quality
User controls ensure there is no accidental or undisclosed model
oversimplification
Femap ensures there is no unintended loss of load / boundary
condition data
Sliver surfaces
present

Geometry healed
automatically

Model meshes first


time

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Automatic Solid Geometry Preparation

The new automatic geometry


preparation feature in Femap
10.3 takes complex geometry
that would have been
impossible to mesh in most
commercial software and
meshes it with just a few clicks.
In fact, our average speed for
meshing a typical casting
model is nearly 50 times faster with this latest release.
Femap 10.3 is a true game changer in the world of meshing complex
solid models.
George Laird, Principal Mechanical Engineer
and Owner, Predictive Engineering
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Aeroelasticity
NX Nastran Module
Aeroelasticity
The simulation of structural models in the presence of an air stream
Calculates the loads and damping from an aerodynamic model and
applies them to a structural model
Add-on module for NX Nastran and Femap with NX Nastran
Aeroelasticity is a consideration in many designs
Aerospace: airplanes, helicopters, missiles
Transport: motor racing, high-speed trains
Civil engineering: suspension bridges, tall buildings,
chimneys and power lines

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NX Nastran Aeroelasticity
Analysis Types
Static aeroelasticity structural
stresses from aerodynamic loading
and control surfaces (SOL144)
Enter basic flight characteristics, angle
of attack, turn rate, pitch rate, etc.
NX Nastran calculates and applies
approximate aerodynamic loads to the
structural model
Dynamic aeroelasticity flutter analysis (SOL145)
Potentially unstable and destructive vibration
Aerodynamic forces interact with natural frequencies to produce rapid
periodic motion

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Aeroelasticity
Femap UI Support
Panel / Body: regions of lifting
surfaces or bodies
Aero panel CAERO1
Aero body CAERO2
Properties: shape definition and
identification of interference
bodies and elements
Aero panel PAERO1
Aero body PAERO2

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Aeroelasticity
Femap UI Support
Splines: interpolate between
aerodynamic and structural
grid points
Surface spline SPLINE1
Beam spline SPLINE2
Control surface
AESURF and AELIST

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Aeroelasticity
Entity Visibility Control
Overall visibility control of entities and labels
View / Visibility Entity/Label tab
Aeroelasticity toolbar
Visibility of individual panels and bodies
View / Visibility Aero Panel / Body
Model Info Aero Model Panels / Bodies
Visibility of individual Aero Splines and
Control Surfaces
View / Visibility Aero Spline / Control Surface
Model Info Aero Model Splines
Model Info Aero Model Control Surfaces

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Aeroelasticity
Analysis Control
Aerodynamic data
AEROx, MKAEROx
Trim parameters
Flutter parameters
FLUTTER, FLFACT

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Aeroelasticity
Benefits
Easier to use
Femap UI support makes aeroelasticity models easier to create
Time savings
Preprocessing and creation of models is much faster
Increased accuracy
Visual verification of aero model creation reduces modeling errors

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Aeroelasticity

Ive worked with several Nastran aeroelasticity pre-processors and


based on my experience, Femap 10.3 is clearly the best.
Eric Martin, Project Engineer, ATA Engineering, Inc.

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Free Body Display


Detailed Loads Postprocessing
Free body display
Purest application of FEA
providing model load transfer
at a nodal level
Provides the engineer with
detailed information about
the load distribution and
transfer in a structure
Key information for strength
analysis and design
A graphical display of this
data greatly improves
comprehension and speeds
up model postprocessing
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Free Body Display

Free body display completely overhauled


Added to the Postprocessing Toolbox
Direct access at a higher level
Now an object in the Femap database
Calculation options are stored so results are
reproducible
Greater control of free body
display options
Vector display
Load components in summation
Multiple free body displays
supported
Enhanced API capabilities

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Free Body Display

Free body data is obtained from a combination of:


Grid point force balance results
Applied loads
Constraint equation force results
Force Balance should be selected
prior to analysis
Free body displays can be made
using a combination of output
requests

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Free Body Display

Creating free bodies


Add Freebody icon in the
Freebody Tool
Model / Output / Create Freebody
menu

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Free Body Display

Two modes of Free Body creation


1. Free Body Only mode
Simplest method for displaying free body
diagrams
User selects the elements
Femap picks the nodes
Free Body vectors displayed on the nodes
2. Interface Load mode
Provides more control over Free Body
display
User selects both elements and nodes
Summation vector is available
Full control of load component
contribution
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Free Body Display

Free body entity selection


Entity select
Entities (nodes and elements)
selected through select dialog
Group select
Entities (nodes and elements)
obtained from selected group

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Free Body Display

Free body loads six types available from force balance output
1. Applied loads loads applied to nodes
2. Reaction loads loads from SPCs
3. Multipoint reaction loads loads from MPCs
4. Peripheral element loads loads from elements external to the free
body
5. Free body element loads loads from elements internal to the free
body
6. Total sum loads summation of previous load types

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Free Body Display

Vector types available


Nodal forces
Nodal moments
Total sum forces
Total sum moments
Individually toggled for each
free body
Displayed as a resultant or components
Each component can be toggled on or off

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Free Body Display

Free body summation vector


Total summation vector available with Interface Load method
Force summation
Moment calculation of all nodal
summations at a given location

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Free Body Display

Free body color options


Node markers
Total force vector
Total moment vector
Nodal force vector(s)
Nodal moment vector(s)
View properties
Node markers
Symbol sizes and colors
Vector options
Length
Style
Color mode
Scale factor
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Free Body Display

Listing Free Body data


Force Balance
Lists data for selected nodes to the Messages pane
Force Balance to Data Table
Outputs data for selected nodes to the Data Table
Force Balance Interface Load
Lists total load summation for selected nodes / elements to the
Messages pane
Force Balance Interface Load to Data Table
Outputs total load summation for selected nodes / elements to the
Data Table
Moment arm and forces / moment contribution data can also be
included
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Free Body Display


Benefits
Ease of use
Free body diagrams are easier to create and recreate
Free body diagram data is easily accessed and transferred to other
Windows applications
Easily find transfer loads on the fly
Greater flexibility of free body display
Time savings
A more streamlined user interface allows free body diagrams to be
created more quickly

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Femap 10.3
Performance Improvements
Forced dynamic response much better performance for large models
with many frequencies
Preprocessing improvements
Entity Editor
Meshing Toolbox
Model Info Tree
Meshing of solids that already contain some meshed surfaces

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NX Nastran 8
Element Enhancements
Plane stress / strain elements
Previously plane stress and strain were
modeled using options to standard shell
elements
Enhancements:
New plane stress CPLSTS and plane
strain CPLSTN elements can now be
used in all linear structural solutions
require PPLANE physical property
2D edge traction load PLOADE1 for plane
stress and strain
Benefit:
Simpler creation of 2D solid models

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NX Nastran 8
Element Enhancements
Nonlinear Material for Nastran solutions 106 and 129
Previously solid elements in nonlinear static and transient had limited
support for material nonlinearity
Enhancement:
Parabolic HEXA, and PENTA elements support elastic-plastic
materials
Benefit:
Removes restrictions to solid models in SOLs 106 and 129
Element

CHEXA

CTETRA
CPENTA

Number of
Grids

Geometric Nonlinear
Conditions

Material Nonlinear Conditions


Plasticity, Nonlinear
Elastic, Creep

Hyperelasticity

9 20

X (new)

5 10

7 15

X (new)

X
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NX Nastran 8
Element Enhancements
Total strain output in nonlinear static and transient
Previously strain output for SOL 106 (nonlinear static) and SOL 129
(nonlinear transient) only reported mechanical strain
Enhancement:
Strain values are now the total strains
Total strain = mechanical strain + thermal strain
Can be turned off with SYSTEM(500)=1
Benefit
Clarifies strain results for nonlinear solutions and becomes consistent
with other solutions

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NX Nastran 8
Connection Enhancements
Linear Contact
Enhancements:
Support contact for automatic inertia relief solutions
Automated static condensation (PARAM, CNTASET)
Large Model performance improvements
Benefit
Contact can now be used for loads on free-free structures
Glue Connection
Enhancements:
Glue traction output (BGRESULTS)
Improved accuracy for connected surfaces with very small separation
Performance improved for models with a very large number of
element connection faces
Benefit
Loads carried by glue connection can be viewed in Femap
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NX Nastran 8
Advanced Nonlinear Enhancements
Enhancements for materials and loadings
New viscoelastic material models
MATHEV to specify a viscoelastic effect for a hyperelastic material
MATVE and TABVE to specify a viscoelastic effect for a nonhyperelastic material
MATHEM to specify Mullins effect with hyperelastic material
stiffness changes with load cycles
Combined creep with elastic/plastic strain

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Femap 10.3
Customer Driven Enhancements
Spring/Damper Element Updates
Element creation UI updated to show CBUSH or Other
New element symbols for CBUSH and Other
Benefit
Easier to work with and identify CBUSH elements

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Femap 10.3
Customer Driven Enhancements
Geometry Solid Embed
Multiple solids can be embedded into one base solid simultaneously
Benefit
Easier to edit and manipulate solid models

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Femap 10.3
Customer Driven Enhancements
New View Alignments
Align a view to a selected surface
Align a view to be normal to a specified plane
Benefit
Easier to align and position views

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Femap 10.3.1 Whats New


Customer Driven Enhancements
January 2012

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Femap 10.3.1
Entity Visibility Show / Hide Reverse
Switch displayed and hidden entities with a single click
Faster and easier control of displayed and hidden entities

Single click to reverse entity display

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Femap 10.3.1
Entity Visibility Show / Hide Reverse
View Visibility dialog
Tabs: Geometry, Coord Sys,
Material, Property, Aero spline /
control surface, Layer
Model Info tree
Visibility checkbox: Coordinate
Systems, Geometry, Regions,
Connectors, Aero Model,
Elements, Materials, Properties,
Layers

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Femap 10.3.1
Entity Visibility Show / Hide Reverse
Select toolbar context sensitive Visibility sub-menu
Appears (graphics area right-click or
shift key + right-click) when any of the
following are active
Solid, Region, Connector, CSys,
Material, Property
Show / hide visibility control
Selected entities
All entities
Reverse display

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Femap 10.3.1
Select Toolbar Group Functions
Add, remove or exclude entities to any existing group no longer limited
to the active group
Easier and faster group modification and creation

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Femap 10.3.1
Coincident Nodes Move Only
Nodes within the coincident node tolerance can be moved to be truly
coincident without merging, facilitating definition of truly coincident nodes
Higher ID to lower
Lower ID to higher
Both to the mid point

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Femap 10.3.1
Random Entity Color
Random button in the Modify Color dialogs
Geometry and FE entities including Property and Material
Assign by ID (including bands of IDs), entity type, or group

Random entity color assignment banded element IDs


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Femap 10.3.1
Entity Contour, Criteria and Beam Diagram Plots
View / Advanced Post / Contour Model Data function
Create contour, criteria and beam diagram plots based on entity IDs
Element, material and property
Visually verify ID assignment and model organization

Element ID criteria plot

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Femap 10.3.1
Results Data Ranking
Rank Output Data to Data Table
Rank: selected output sets with output vectors on selected entities
Method: sets for each entity or entities for each set
Approach: vectors together or independently
Rank by: node, element, property and
material
Ranking type: max or min value or max
absolute type

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Femap 10.3.1
Free Body Updates
Load generation from free body displays
Model / Load / From Freebody command
Create loads from multiple free bodies across multiple output sets

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Femap 10.3.1
Free Body Updates
Select Free Edge Nodes button in the Freebody Postprocessing Toolbox
Easy selection of free edge nodes of selected elements for the
Interface Load display mode

Select Free Edge Nodes

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Femap 10.3.1
Free Body Updates
Force Balance Interface Load Summary
List Output menu
Summarize and list interface loads
Create functions and display XY plots of:
Loads / moments vs. output sets for a
single free body
Loads / moments vs. free body ID or
X, Y, Z location for a single output set

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Femap 10.3.1
Meshing Updates
Custom Mesh Spacing Along Curve
dialog box
New Delete All button

Property definition for Mesh Copy/


Radial Copy/ Scale/ Rotate/Reflect
Element commands
Match Original default
Refer to other existing
property
Create new property
on the fly
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Femap 10.3.1
NX Nastran
NX Nastran
NX Nastran 8.1 is included in Femap with NX Nastran bundle

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