SSA Blog

Join our "Fatigue Analysis Webinar"

Posted by Sam Swift

This webinar will provide an overview of some of the capabilities within fe-safe, looking at the more general functionality within the software and showing how this fits in your current simulation process, focusing on the ease of use of the platform.

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Customer Day 2017 - Coventry Transport Museum

Posted by Laurence Marks

In the run up to our annual user day I always wonder if people are actually going to turn up. Or even sign up. But sign up and turn up they did, and in a greater number than ever before. And the really gratifying thing was that attendees ranged from the usual SSA suspects, who we’ve known and worked closely with over the years (you know who you are..), all the way to people who have yet to take the big leap into Abaqus userdom.

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Join our Advanced contact webinar

Posted by Stephanie

June’s webinar will present advanced contact modelling methods and look at the related convergence issues. It will be held on Friday 30th June 10:30 BST.

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SSA Simulation day 5th July - Coventry Transport Museum

Posted by Mel Baker

This year’s customer day will be held at the Coventry Transport Museum, who host the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world, which attendees will get the chance to look around during the extended lunch break.  

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Realistic Constraints

Posted by Bob Johnson

Finite Element Analysis is widespread nowadays with all types of users having a go at a massive range of problems. Experience levels vary from very little all the way up to long-in-the-tooth users such as myself and Laurence Marks. The perception nowadays is that all the “issues” have been ironed out and that we can plug in our best data, press the button, and out comes the right result. Yes, many of the intricacies of FEA have been ironed out but there is one area, that of constraint, that still causes great concern and difficulty. Note that the so-called CAD-embedded systems (which in some cases can ONLY fully-constrain a face) “encourage” the much-simplified method of reducing all structures to that of a cantilever beam – load it this end, hold it at this end and run it. You can’t fully-constrain a face in practice so I say that the remaining “artistry” of FEA is designing a realistic constraint which enable sensible stresses comparable with reality.

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Join our Geometry Webinar

Posted by Matt Clarke

The next in the SSA series of webinars will look at importing geometry from CAD into Abaqus and associated issues with ensuring that a good quality mesh can be generated. CAD models are frequently used as the starting point for geometry creation and can be imported into Abaqus using a number of CAD specific and non-native formats. The use of different file formats for geometry import will be discussed. Often, once the geometry is imported Abaqus will present the analyst with a number of warning and errors, some of which will need to be addressed. The various toolsets available for geometry editing will be described.

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Consumer Packaging Seminar – Journey to the shelf and usage!

Posted by Neil Lynagh

Do you design packaging products for consumer goods?

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Join our Standard/Explicit Webinar

Posted by Graeme Short

April’s webinar will present some thoughts on when the two solvers available in Abaqus, /Standard and /Explicit, may be most appropriate for efficient simulation.  The webinar will be held on Friday 28th April 10:30 BST

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Join our Shells and Continuum Shells webinar

Posted by Laurence Marks

This months webinar is a repeat of one presented in February 2014. In this back to basics lecture we will look at the traditional shell elements in Abaqus and their definition, then run through what a continuum shell is, how it is defined and what it offers. 

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It’s better to travel hopefully..

Posted by Laurence Marks

“So gentlemen, I give you the Mark 74, and that is as far as these things will ever, and can ever, be developed.” It’s not something you often hear is it? Product development is an ongoing, almost never ending process; a journey rather than a one off event. Unless you were the British Motorcycle industry in the 1960’s and 70’s.

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