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PLM Express Offering


CATIA ­ FEM and Structural Analysis (FAX)

Provides a complete finite element analysis capability, including sophisticated mesh creation tools and the ability to perform structural and modal analysis on parts and assemblies

FEM and Structural Analysis (FAX) provides a complete simulation capability within CATIA. It is ideal for designers and engineers that want to assess the performance of their designs. The automatic, adaptive meshing and geometry-based analysis specifications allow analyses to be performed quickly and easily on individual parts and complex assemblies. Since the analysis is associative to the design, it automatically updates when the design changes. The sophisticated meshing capability and other advanced features in FAX give simulation specialists the tools they need to develop more detailed models, either for analysis by FAX or using an external solver.


Product Highlights ·Provides rapid assessment of stress, displacement, vibration, and buckling characteristics. ·Includes automated and manual tools for creating solid, shell, and beam element meshes. ·Analysis model is fully associative with the CAD geometry and specification. ·Modern high-performance solvers provide a rapid turnaround, allowing for the simulation of large models. ·Tightly integrated with knowledge-based engineering for the automation of standard analyses. ·Seamless analysis data management within PLM.

ThePLMExpressofferingFEMandStructuralAnalysis(FAX)ispackaged toincludeallsixoftheCATIAV5Analysisproducts:GPS,GAS,GDY,EST, FMS,andFMD. SuspensionarmanalyzedusingFAX

PLM Express Offering Features and Benefits

No boundary between design and analysis FAX is an easy-to-use tool intended for designers, design engineers, and simulation specialists. The native integration within CATIA allows users to perform stress, displacement, vibration, and buckling analysis for multiple load cases at any time in the design process. This allows more accurate sizing of parts and assemblies and results in fewer design iterations. Individual parts or hybrid assemblies consisting of solid, surface, and wireframe geometries can be analyzed under a variety of loading conditions. The analysis specifications, such as loads and restraints, are associative with the design, which allows users to perform analyses quickly and easily. Straightforward analysis definition The analysis specifications, including loads, restraints, and material characteristics, are applied directly to the design features. These specifications are then automatically incorporated into the underlying finite element model, which means users do not have to work directly with the finite element model. "Virtual parts" allow items like forces, moments, and restraints to be easily modeled without the need for a detailed geometric representation. Composite parts defined using Composites Design (CPD) can be analyzed, including an estimate as to when initial failure will occur. Connections and interactions When analyzing assemblies, assembly connections defined in other CATIA modules can be reused or a wide range of connections and interactions between parts can be defined, including frictional contact, rigid, and user-defined connections. Interactive interpretation of results FAX provides a number of ways for a designer to understand the behavior of their design. The deformed shape can be plotted and the displacements scaled to ensure that they are visible. The displacements, stresses, strains, contact pressure, local solution error, and the forces in constraints and at restraints can be visualized. Analysis specifications, including loads and restraints, can be displayed. Sensors allow the forces passing through a connection to be output. A cutting plane can be dynamically moved though a part, with contours shown on the cut plane. Any of the principal stresses or the von Mises stress can be plotted (the latter is particularly useful to determine if the loading would cause the material to yield and permanently deform the part). The images can be customized using text symbols, etc.


Report generation Standard and customized reports can be generated in HTML format, providing clear and detailed information about the results of the analysis, including images associated with the computations. These reports can be used to document the analyses that have been performed and to communicate the results of the analysis to other stakeholders in the organization. Sophisticated meshing tools Normally, FAX automatically creates a finite element mesh and adapts the mesh to ensure that the results are accurate. More experienced users can control the meshing algorithm to ensure that the mesh density and element quality meet their needs. Manual mesh editing tools are also available for ultimate control of the meshing process. The overall mesh quality can be visualized and elements that do not meet user-specified criteria can be easily identified. High performance GAE uses a state-of-the-art sparse solver that computes the results rapidly while minimizing the amount of memory consumed. It takes full advantage of the additional memory available in 64-bit computers and will run in parallel on multicore computers, allowing the solution of very large models. An efficient Lanczos solver is used for vibration and buckling analysis. Knowledge-based technology The knowledge associated with design analyses can be captured and used to perform optimization. The generative analysis specifications are recognized as knowledge parameters called "sensors" and provide measures that can be reused. Rules, checks, and formulae can be used to define best practices and ensure that analyses performed are compliant with corporate standards. Seamless analysis data management within PLM CATIA V5 Analysis users benefit naturally from the overall PLM solution provided by Dassault Systèmes, including ENOVIA V5 for data and product lifecycle management. CATIA V5 Analysis users can store, manage, and version all the data associated with their product's simulation, as well as share the information within the extended enterprise. This unique capability enables collaboration and provides access to advanced PLM practices such as concurrent engineering and change management.

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