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Simulia SCC 2013 - Post 1

Posted by Laurence Marks

Vienna failed to work its magic on me. Some cities just make you want to get out of the hotel and wander the streets. Barcelona, for example, just oozes history, life and vitality, whereas Vienna is like being trapped in a giant, sterile, chocolate box. Even the graffiti looks like its been approved by the town council. And at the Barcelona SCC I could behave like a user, whereas in Vienna the dreaded spectre of work kept interrupting proceedings.

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Mooney, Rivlin, Abaqus and the problem of the transient obsession

Posted by Laurence Marks

At one time my presentations used to say that anyone doing FEA work should have a sign over the monitor which said "why am I doing this?" The point was that without a well defined objective for the particular simulation study the work would lose its focus, with the ultimate result that lots of possibly impressive work would deliver nothing to the project. But when you are generating models for demo's, training and marketing these rules don't apply and the models take on a life of their own; see the ball bouncing on water and my other transient obsessions.

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Modelling elastomers using Abaqus; the total lack of available data and background information

Posted by Laurence Marks


Don't ever google "modelling rubber". There are just some things a chap shouldn't wear. If there's one thing that the internet isn't awash with its material data for modelling elastomers. In fact one of my many "never got round to" get rich quick schemes was to get a load of rubber samples tested, put the data on a members only website, collect all the money, then visit a Porsche garage to buy my much anticipated 911.

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More events.. and more FSi with Abaqus and Star CCM+...

Posted by Laurence Marks

As if I hadn't had enough of talking and flying I've agreed to give a presentation about the structural aspects of FSi at a CD-adapco event in Cork on the 4th June. The event is aimed at a life sciences audience, so plays to an interest I've got.

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