Creating mesh using a linear workflow can be a headache. If it at any point you have to make edits to the geometry or change the meshing parameters, you have to restart the process.
The interactive workflow in Femap allows you to make edits to the geometry or meshing parameters, and the mesh automatically updates.
A typical, linear mesh creation workflow:
Femap’s Interactive Workflow:
Utilizing the Meshing Toolbox:
The Meshing Toolbox brings most of the geometry cleanup and meshing functionality in Femap to one powerful pane. Within the toolbox you will find:
- Feature suppression and removal tools to get rid of overly small modeling details.
- Geometry editing tools that combine surfaces and curves to simplify the geometry in preparation for meshing.
- Mesh modification tools to refine the mesh as required.
- A locator to assist in finding problematic geometry.
- Mesh quality visualization controls that can plot mesh quality criteria as you interactively make changes to the mesh.
Learn more about the Meshing Toolbox and the individual tools:
Interactive Meshing Demonstration
This demonstration will cover:
– Mesh size adjustments prior to meshing
– Meshing of the model and a review of mesh quality
– Further mesh improvements using Femap’s Meshing Toolbox
Working with Your Solver
Femap can access all major commercial solvers for analysis and results review allowing you to remain in one FE modeling environment.
In addition to the high level of functionality offered in the base module, the Femap product line also offers a great deal of scalability allowing advanced users to access powerful analysis capabilities. The analysis extensions are modular, so you only need to expand as and when you require them – additional modules include:
- Dynamics: one of the main strengths of the Nastran solver
- Design Optimization: that allows sizing optimization of property values to typically minimize the weight of a structure
- Advanced nonlinear: that handles large deformations with highly nonlinear materials in implicit and explicit formulations
- Rotor dynamics: for the analysis of rotating machinery
- Additional advanced Nastran options including superelements, aeroelasticity, and DMAP for Nastran customization
Demonstration: Femap Analysis Manager
The Femap Analysis Manager defines and sets up the analysis, requests data recovery, sets the parameters for the solver, reviews and edits inputs, and submits the analysis.
Creating a FE Model that is Actually Useful
In the second part of this series, we look at the difficulties that can occur when going from a geometry model to an analysis model.
This webinar will cover:
– Limited FE mesh creation and control
– Limited boundary condition support
– Insufficient solver integration and support