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G+D Computing of Sydney have released Strand 7, a Windows native version of their respected 3D finite element analysis package.
Offering extensive modelling and analysis tools, it has established users in construction, automotive, materials handling, aeronautical, biomedical engineering and naval architecture applications.
Building on the ease of use of earlier versions, multiple models can now be opened simultaneously and data can be copied between them or into other applications using the Windows clipboard.
Models can be dynamically rotated in wireframe or shaded mode.
The automatic edge detection and extraction function generates a wireframe that is representative of the structure, but contains a relatively small number of lines.
File locations can be set so that model data can be stored on a file server while temporary work files can be on a faster local PC drive.
Strand7 is fully units-aware so that physical units such as metres and kilograms can be combined with feet and pounds.
Although data can be imported from CAD modellers in DXF, ACIS or STL format, the preferred method is to construct an optimised model directly within Strand 7.
The number of nodes, elements or equations in a model is not limited although any practical limitation on model complexity is likely to be hardware related.
The maximum number of load cases of 32,768 is likely to be more than is ever required.