SSA Blog

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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Anisotropy In Canmaking - Crown Technology

Posted by Robert Done - Crown Technology

There are two main applications for FEA in canmaking; predicting the performance of a product and evaluating forming processes. In each case, anisotropic material models can enhance the simulations’ accuracy. For example, typical performance requirements for a beverage can include the reversal pressure of the dome and the resistance of the dome in a drop test. Typically, a can will fail under both of these test conditions by buckling of the dome. As we know, the predicted buckling load of a perfect dome under symmetric loading will usually be significantly higher than in any practical case since a perfect dome does not exist. Anisotropy in the material model is a good way of introducing physically realistic asymmetry into the model and obtaining a plausible buckling result.  

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John Drapers last DS talk.. Understanding fe-safe and the bridge between Research and Design

Posted by Laurence Marks

For some while I’ve been meaning to write about Professor John Draper’s last lecture as a Dassault employee. Given that it was in June last year I’d better get on with it.

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Join us at the CFMS Big Breakfast!

Posted by Graeme Short

Analysis consultant Dr Graeme Short will be attending the CFMS Big Breakfast on Tuesday 28th February. If you are new to Strategic Simulation and Analysis and would like to know more about our capabilities and services, or are an existing customer and would like to catch up, let me know in advance so we can make time to meet up and discuss how we might help you…. or just find me on the day for a chat over breakfast.

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Join our Coupled Analysis Webinar

Posted by Stephanie

February’s webinar will cover an introduction to sequentially coupled analyses. It will be held on Friday 24th February.

This webinar will present various methods for transferring results between Abaqus analyses or between Abaqus and a third-party software. These methods are particularly useful to perform sequentially coupled multi-physics simulations such as thermal-structural analysis or fluid structure interaction. They can also be applied when an analysis requires the use of both solvers: Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/Explicit, such as the analysis of the residual strength after impact.

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Advanced FEA with Abaqus – Contact tutorial 8 – Beam Contact

Posted by Richard Cave-Penney

Advanced FEA with Abaqus – Contact tutorial 8 – Beam contact. Everyone talks about integrating CAD and Simulation as if it is a done deal, and if the geometry is of a suitable form, in 3D, then it possibly is. 
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