Page 2 of 4
(continued...) Standard elements include beam, truss, spring damper, plate shell, 3D membrane, tetrahedral, wedge and pyramid plus links and contact constraints.
To aid modelling and experimentation, the undo and redo facility is unlimited even after the model is saved.
Sub-modelling allows subsequent meshing at a scale appropriate to the local detail without having to re-solve the entire model.
In addition the supplied library of customisable standard beam sections, custom sections can also be defined.
The section calculator generates a true torsion constant for all sections and renders them into the graphical editor.
Plate element thickness can also be rendered to improve visualisation and to highlight any errors.
Verification tools such as aspect ratio contours on plates and volume contours on bricks help find elongated or collapsed elements.
Once the model is created it can be used with all modules and analyses and subsequently be edited to iterate the design towards the required goals.
The range of materials includes both linear and non-linear models encompassing isotropic, orthotropic, anisotropic, soil and rubber with a library of properties for common engineering materials.
Both symmetric and unsymmetric laminated composites can be analysed using dedicated pre processing, solver and post processing modules.