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Element deletion with general contact: Contact tutorial 7

Posted by Matt Toon

As I have stated before contact is everywhere. (And I still wonder why the real world finds it simple to handle, whereas in the simulation domain its always a bit tricky.) But this time I want to move on from simple contact, if such a thing exists, to the sort of contact which occurs when a projectile penetrates a target.

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Bottle design, virtual drop testing and building confidence and creativity in your packaging

Posted by Matt Toon

We have all heard the old adage ‘you wait an age for a bus then three turn up at once. In the world of simulation, the same thing seems to happen when we speak to potential prospects about virtual prototyping and what’s possible. It was airbags a few years back. We were asked by a few different people if could we not only simulate the inflation process, but also how it was folded up in the first place. Now it seems Drop testing is the hot topic. Not drop testing of phones or other electrical devices but plastic bottles and their contents.

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SIMPACK - SIMULIA’s Multi Body Dynamics elevator pitch

Posted by Matt Toon

Since Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA brand acquired Abaqus just over a decade ago they have been strengthening the portfolio for a few years now to build and complement the brands offering. It started with Isight, TOSCA and fe-safe.

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Advanced FEA with Abaqus: Contact tutorial 2- Rubber Seal: Self Contact and Tie Constraints

Posted by Matt Toon

Contact is everywhere in engineering problems and it comes in all different levels of complexity. However accurate solutions to contact problems are far from everywhere. Abaqus is considered to be the best non-linear solver on the market, but many of our competitors claim that too. So to show how effective Abaqus contact solutions are we have put together a raft of tutorials.

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Oil and Gas Workshop 16th July

Posted by Matt Toon

This may look like I have just changed Aberdeen for Hammersmith just to create a new blog, which is sort of true. However in all seriousness there is a very good reason for repeating this event. When we were in Aberdeen a few weeks back it was evident from our meetings and through the event that the industry is still buoyant and requiring the best technologies and practices to fulfill their companies mission statements. What is even more obvious is that oil and gas is getting harder and more expensive to extract.

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Advanced Simulation for Life Sciences- broken down in to three short specific webinars

Posted by Matt Toon

Engineers are always trying to improve things, but can we improve the human body? It’s an immensely impressive feat of engineering. Evolution improves things, so are we just keeping the maintenance side going?

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Success in Aberdeen with our Oil & Gas event and the sun was shining too!

Posted by Matt Toon

Last week saw SSA and Simpleware host another one of our Non-Linear Oil & Gas events. It was great to see a full room of engineers, who were all very upbeat about the state of the oil price and projects which was very refreshing, not the doom and gloom we had been hearing at the end of last year. What also lifted our spirits was the sun shining which everybody was commenting on due to its rare occurrence!

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Advanced Simulation for the Oil & Gas Industry 10th June

Posted by Matt Toon

June sees SSA returning to Aberdeen to hold another one of our successful Non-Linear events and practical workshops focusing on the Oil and Gas Industry. This is a free event which is being held in Westhill on June 10th with coffee and registration at 10am for a 10:20 start.

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High Pressure Valves, ASME 8 and the use of Elasto-plastic material models…at least its something to talk about.

Posted by Matt Toon

When, a few weeks ago, I was asked to present at a joint marketing event with CD Adapco in Aberdeen, a subject wasn’t too hard to choose. How things are changing in the analysis of valves and the world of ASME seemed like an obvious thing to talk about.

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27 years of UK RUM......

Posted by Matt Toon

I attended my second Abaqus Regional User Meeting (RUM) last month and really enjoyed it. Did I understand it all; well honestly no, but I suspect that I wasn’t alone in that.

If you haven’t been to one before then I strongly recommend it. It may perceived as a 2 day jolly by certain management factions, and it certainly isn’t without its enjoyable moments, but there is huge professional and technical value to be had from a RUM. The fact that this was the 27th backs that up.  

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