SIMULIA Simulation

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What is SIMULIA?
Perform Structural, Fluid & Optimization Analysis

SIMULIA is a portfolio of connected, powerful and collaborative simulation solutions on the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It empowers you to accelerate design innovation by solving engineering challenges for your SOLIDWORKS® 3D designs with full data associativity in a seamless, intuitive, and modern user interface.

Powered by Abaqus and other industry leading SIMULIA technologies, SIMULIA gives you the power to perform structural, fluid and optimization analysis tasks with confidence: from the simplest linear static analysis to the most complex nonlinear drop test and impact analyses.

The intuitive, interactive 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables your teams to share and visualize 3D simulation results and collaborate in real time from anywhere with a web browser. You can also easily create and assign tasks and manage multiple projects to speed up project delivery.

Key Benefits
Powerful and Scalable Abaqus Technology
  • Conduct analyses with proven and scalable Abaqus technology with local and cloud execution
  • Leverage implicit and explicit solvers for linear, nonlinear, static, quasi-static and dynamic events
  • Advanced capabilities including non-linear material models, material calibration, advanced mesh tools and element selection, general contact interactions, large deformations and large strain validation
Accessible, Associative and Easy to Use
  • Continuity, associativity and traceability with SOLIDWORKS for efficient what-if scenarios during the design process
  • Guided simulation setup with a customizable User Assistant panel for fast adoption and reduced learning curve
Collaborative and Secure Cloud Platform
  • Share and visualize simulation results and collaborate on your design projects from anywhere.
  • Single, centralized, secure location on the cloud for all your engineering data, enabling the right people to access the right information at the right time.
  • Cloud computing for handling validation of larger models without taxing your local machine
  • Reduce investments in hardware and IT infrastructure.

SIMULIA Structural Roles

SIMULIA Structural Roles Overview
To access SIMULIA functionality you need to purchase roles. Each role contains a set of apps that provide different capabilities, the roles are configured so that the more advanced roles contain all the functionality of the roles beneath them.

The hierarchy of the SIMULIA Structural roles is shown below, alongside some of their key capabilities:
  • Structural Mechanics Engineer:
    Nonlinear Static & Dynamics (Explicit), Advanced Linear Dynamic Analysis (Random Vibration), Complex Frequency, Material Calibration, Simulation Model Preparation
  • Structural Performance Engineer:
    Nonlinear Static & Dynamics (Implicit), Thermal & Structural-Thermal (Steady State & Transient), Abaqus General Contact
  • Structural Engineer:
    Advanced Linear Dynamic Analysis (Modal Harmonic and Modal Transient), Sequential Multi-Step Simulations
  • Structural Designer:
    Linear Analysis (Statics, Frequency, Buckling and Thermal Steady State)
ROLE
Structural Mechanics Engineer
Structural Mechanics Engineer expands on the capability of Structural Performance Engineer allowing both design engineers and simulation experts to analyze nonlinear high-speed events with explicit dynamic steps, conduct random vibration analysis, extract complex frequencies, calibrate advanced material models and process geometry with model preparation.
Assembly Design

Assembly Design facilitates the creation of features, patterns, symmetries and engineering connections to define mechanical relations between components. The app also provides tools for creating and managing product structures and publications.

Material Calibration

Material Calibration provides all the tools needed to derive a usable material model from a set of experimental test data. The optimization process minimizes the error between the test data and the material model response by improving the parameters (or coefficients) of that material model: improving both accuracy and stability when used in simulations.

Mechanical Scenario Creation

The Mechanical Scenario Creation app provides tools to define and perform a simulation on a mechanical model. You can create procedures, initial conditions, interactions, restraints, loads and output requests. Procedures include static (linear and nonlinear), static perturbation, quasi-static (Implicit and Explicit), buckling, frequency, complex frequency, harmonic, modal dynamic, random vibration, implicit dynamic, explicit dynamic, thermal steady-state, thermal transient, thermal stress, modal acoustic, harmonic acoustic.

Material Definition

The Material Definition app provides tools to define material model parameters and assign them to material behaviours. A variety of material models are available, including different types of elasticity, plasticity and many failure and damage criteria.

Mesh Creation

The Mesh Creation app provides tools to discretize model geometry into finite element model representations. A variety of element types and formulations are available and include beam, surface, tetrahedron, sweep and hex-dominant. Mesh can be defined through global and local controls, right down to individual nodes, and can also by defined using custom meshing rules for enhanced reusability and control. The Mesh Creation app is found accessed through the Structural Model Creation app.

Model Assembly Design

Model Assembly Design facilitates the creation, deletion and general management of finite element representations, product structures and publications. Automated modelling can be used to accelerate the creation of finite element representations based on customised meshing rules and quality criteria for the smallest and largest models without loading them into memory.

Physics Methods Reuse

Allows you to implement a customized set of action bar commands to define and perform simulations on a model. This simplifies the workflow, detailing the steps and actions relevant to the specific simulation you are running. Physics Methods Reuse, ensures consistency in methods and can be used to guide less experienced users through more complex simulations.

Physics Results Explorer

Physics Results Explorer lets you manage and visualize result data from simulations performed within the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform or from other applications such as Abaqus. You can create and compare graphical output plots, animations, reports and lightweight experience content for use in 3DPlay.

Quality Rules Reuse

Quality Rules Reuse lets you accumulate and share corporate knowledge stored in rule bases, and leverage it across the company to ensure design compliance with established standards.

Simulation Model Preparation

The Simulation Model Preparation app allows you to check, simplify, and repair geometric details to enhance a model for mesh creation and simulation without impacting its use in other processes.

Structural Model Creation

The Structural Model Creation app provides tools to define a mechanical simulation model. You can create section properties for materials and other behaviours, abstractions (e.g. rigid bodies, mass and inertia) and connections (e.g. bolts, springs and ties).

ROLE
Structural Performance Engineer
A role for design engineers to assess structural performance under linear and nonlinear static, thermal, thermal-stress, frequency, quasi-static, linear dynamic and implicit dynamic conditions. With world-class general contact, users can setup complex contact interactions within seconds.

Workflows can be captured across the business with Physics Methods Reuse, giving users a customized step-by-step guide to setup simulations. Model Assembly Design can be used to automate and accelerate the meshing process with rule based meshing without the need to load geometry and finite element model representations into memory.
Material Definition

The Material Definition app provides tools to define material model parameters and assign them to material behaviours. A variety of material models are available, including different types of elasticity, plasticity and many failure and damage criteria.

Mesh Creation

The Mesh Creation app provides tools to discretize model geometry into finite element model representations. A variety of element types and formulations are available and include beam, surface, tetrahedron, sweep and hex-dominant. Mesh can be defined through global and local controls, right down to individual nodes, and can also by defined using custom meshing rules for enhanced reusability and control. The Mesh Creation app is found accessed through the Structural Model Creation app.

Model Assembly Design

Model Assembly Design facilitates the creation, deletion and general management of finite element representations, product structures and publications. Automated modelling can be used to accelerate the creation of finite element representations based on customised meshing rules and quality criteria for the smallest and largest models without loading them into memory.

Physics Methods Reuse

Allows you to implement a customized set of action bar commands to define and perform simulations on a model. This simplifies the workflow, detailing the steps and actions relevant to the specific simulation you are running. Physics Methods Reuse, ensures consistency in methods and can be used to guide less experienced users through more complex simulations.

Physics Results Explorer

Physics Results Explorer lets you manage and visualize result data from simulations performed within the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform or from other applications such as Abaqus. You can create and compare graphical output plots, animations, reports and lightweight experience content for use in 3DPlay.

Structural Model Creation

The Structural Model Creation app provides tools to define a mechanical simulation model. You can create section properties for materials and other behaviours, abstractions (e.g. rigid bodies, mass and inertia) and connections (e.g. bolts, springs and ties).

Structural Scenario Creation

The Structural Scenario Creation app provides tools to define and perform a simulation on a mechanical model. You can create procedures, initial conditions, interactions, restraints, loads and output requests. Procedures include static (linear and nonlinear), static perturbation, quasi-static (Implicit), buckling, frequency, harmonic, modal dynamic, implicit dynamic, thermal steady-state, thermal transient and thermal stress.

ROLE
Structural Engineer
A role for design engineers providing linear static, thermal, frequency, buckling, modal transient and modal harmonic analysis solutions with solid, shell and beam meshing to assess product performance. Structural Engineer facilitates sequential multi-step loading, advanced meshing capabilities, rule based meshing and advanced post processing tools.
Linear Structural Scenario Creation

The Linear Structural Scenario Creation app is used to define and perform linear simulation analysis on a mechanical model. You can create procedures, initial conditions, interactions, restraints, loads and output requests. Procedures include static perturbation, buckling, frequency, harmonic, modal dynamic and thermal steady-state.

Material Definition

The Material Definition app provides tools to define material model parameters and assign them to material behaviours. A variety of material models are available, including different types of elasticity, plasticity and many failure and damage criteria.

Mesh Creation

The Mesh Creation app provides tools to discretize model geometry into finite element model representations. A variety of element types and formulations are available and include beam, surface, tetrahedron, sweep and hex-dominant. Mesh can be defined through global and local controls, right down to individual nodes, and can also by defined using custom meshing rules for enhanced reusability and control. The Mesh Creation app is found accessed through the Structural Model Creation app.

Physics Results Explorer

Physics Results Explorer lets you manage and visualize result data from simulations performed within the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform or from other applications such as Abaqus. You can create and compare graphical output plots, animations, reports and lightweight experience content for use in 3DPlay.

Structural Model Creation

The Structural Model Creation app provides tools to define a mechanical simulation model. You can create section properties for materials and other behaviours, abstractions (e.g. rigid bodies, mass and inertia) and connections (e.g. bolts, springs and ties).

ROLE
Structural Designer
An intuitive and guided simulation solution for designers who need to assess product performance under linear static, thermal, frequency and buckling conditions. Adaptive Solid Meshing allows users to improve accuracy where needed.
Linear Structural Validation

The linear structural validation tool is used to define the model, mesh, and scenario and to post process the results. This provides a streamlined workflow with structural validation completed primarily within a single app. Procedures include structural, thermal (steady state), buckling and frequency for 3D finite element representations.

Material Definition

The Material Definition app provides tools to define material model parameters and assign them to material behaviours. A variety of material models are available, including different types of elasticity, plasticity and many failure and damage criteria.

ROLE
Simulation Collaborator
A role for any collaborator and manager who needs to review and compare simulations in real time from anywhere to make faster design decisions.
Performance Trade-off

Performance Trade-off helps you select the best option among competing objectives by providing trade-off and collaborative decision-support capability.

Physics Simulation Review

Review the mesh, material, analysis steps and results through each stage of a simulation from model and scenario setup to results. Manage results data from simulations created natively in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform or imported as experience content through Physics Results Explorer. Available on touch and non-touch devices.

Compare SIMULIA Structural Roles

Please Note:

SD = Structural Designer, SE = Structural Engineer, PE = Structural Performance Engineer, ME = Structural Mechanics Engineer

INTEGRATION
SD
SE
PE
ME
SOLIDWORKS Connector
Save SOLIDWORKS data on the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform directly from SOLIDWORKS
*This role also requires the Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS application
Full Design Associativity
Enable efficient what-if scenarios that update your simulation model for any change made with a CAD application connected to the platform

USER
SD
SE
PE
ME
User Assistant
Follow an interactive wizard to set up, run and review results of simulation
Physics Methods Reuse
Customize the User Assistant to streamline the setup and solving of complex simulations

PLATFORM
SD
SE
PE
ME
Data Access and Management
Access the latest product design information from a single, centralized, secure location on the cloud
Engineering Collaboration
Collaborate in real time, exchange ideas and manage tasks across disciplines on the cloud
Lightweight Results Review
Review and share simulation results in real time on the cloud

SOLVING
SD
SE
PE
ME
Abaqus Implicit Static Analysis
Solve static problems of deformable parts and assemblies
Abaqus Implicit Dynamic Analysis
Solve nonlinear transient and quasi-static problems such as snap fits
Abaqus Explicit Dynamic Analysis
Solve nonlinear dynamic problems such as drop test and impact

SCENARIO
SD
SE
PE
ME
Linear Analysis
Run static, thermal (steady-state), frequency, and buckling studies
Advanced Linear Analysis
Run modal transient and model harmonic studies
Nonlinear Analysis
Run nonlinear static, thermal (transient) and visco/creep studies
Advanced Nonlinear Analysis
Run explicit dynamic, postbuckling, random vibrations and complex frequency (with possible preloading effects) studies
Sequential Multi-Step Simulations
Set up automatic sequential loading in one simulation
Abaqus General Contact
Automatically set up component contact

MODEL
SD
SE
PE
ME
Connections
Set up modeling of multiple components in an assembly
Adaptive Solid Meshing
Automatically refine meshes for higher accuracy where needed
Comprehensive Meshing Capabilities
Create high-quality meshes for solids, shells, and beams
Rule-Based Meshing
Set meshing size and specifications (holes, fillets) for automatic high-quality mesh creation
Geometry Preparation & Simplification
Automatically remove undesired geometry (holes, fillets, logos), extract mid-surface, and partition geometry for hex meshing

MATERIALS
SD
SE
PE
ME
Nonlinear Materials
Explore a wide range of materials with the following properties: hyper-elasticity, plastic or permanent deformation, creep deformation, viscoelasticity
Material Calibration
Use test data to calibrate model behavior

RESULTS
SD
SE
PE
ME
Basic Post-Processing Tools
Generate report, contour/ vector/iso-surface plots
Advanced Post-Processing Tools
Create XY plots (field, history), path plots, view cuts
Material Rendering
Create stunning visuals coupling material rendering with simulation results
High-Performance Visualization
Accelerate the visualization of results even on large models

COMPUTATION
SD
SE
PE
ME
Local Computing
Run simulations on user’s local computer
Cloud Computing
Run simulations remotely on the cloud
*This role also requires the Compute Credit Pack

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