Simulation Blog

Following its debut on Autodesk Labs, Project Sundance capabilities are now officially part of Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis software. Using a new feature called Advanced Material Exchange, users are able to export material properties, fiber orientations and residual stress/strain information from Autodesk Simulation Moldflow in order to better understand the as-manufactured state of a component. 


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Composite Pressure Vessel Demonstration

by Employee on ‎11-14-2014 07:12 AM

The flagship feature of Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis is progressive ply failure (PPF) of composite materials. In general, PPF in Composite Analysis allows the user to simulate the initiation and evolution of damage in a composite structure over the course of the prescribed load history. In this post, we will investigate how PPF can be used to help optimize the layup for a simple pressure vessel.


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Come join the Autodesk Composites Simulation team for the Composites Users Group Meeting in Irvine, CA.  Current Autodesk users get a chance to learn about the newest features and additions to the Composites Simulation portfolio and potential users get an in-depth look at what Autodesk offers for composite material simulation solutions.  Product demonstrations, the newest features, and tips and tricks will all be presented.  Lunch is included!



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Overview of Composite Simulation (Part 1 of 2)

by Employee ‎10-13-2014 06:45 AM - edited ‎10-13-2014 07:57 AM

Simulation of continuous-fiber composites is still a fairly young market, largely due to the complexity of the materials. It's interesting to observe the growth of composites and the tools which are being developed to facilitate that growth. So, today I want to provide an overview of the simulation space and point out areas where we see opportunity. There has been an article written about this topic here. This is part 1 of 2 covering my thoughts on the market as a whole.


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Tons of Simulation Classes at AU 2014

by Employee on ‎09-30-2014 07:19 AM

The registration for Autodesk University 2014 in Las Vegas  is open! This years’ catalogue of classes has great classes for newcomers to simulation, as well as advanced classes for simulation experts. This year Autodesk University will take place from December 2nd through 4th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Autodesk University is the place to learn about trends and technologies that will change the future of how things are made.


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If you are reading this you are engaging in one of the most innovative materials communities available. Up until this point the discussion has been about products. Well, what happens when the software does something unexpected or a question arises about a specific feature? Many engineers are problem solvers. We want to discover the answer for ourselves, but we just need pointed in the right direction. Here are a few places to start looking


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CAMX, or The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, is less than a month away:  October 13-16 in Orlando, Florida.  For those of you in the advanced materials industry, this is a combination of the SAMPE and ACMA conferences that are combined this year to bring the largest assembly of composites and advanced material presentations and exhibitors that North America has ever seen.  From the CAMX website:  “CAMX is America’s go-to marketplace for products, solutions, networking, and advanced industry thinking”.  There will be 3.5 days of presentations and 2.5 days of exhibits showcasing the newest advanced in composite and advanced materials.



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Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis Introduction

by Employee ‎09-15-2014 08:20 AM - edited ‎09-15-2014 08:22 AM

Since we are just out of the gates, this post serves as an introduction to Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis, which is the flagship composites specific product offered by Autodesk. At a high-level, Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis is an add-in to finite element solvers that provides multi-scale progressive failure analysis of composite materials. Analysts most often use this product to simulate the initiation and evolution of damage so that they can understand failure modes and ultimate loads of composite structures.


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The future of advanced materials is bright at Autodesk, especially in the simulation space.  The bad thing about advanced materials is that they are not cheap. Success is generated through an understanding of manufacturability and performance.  Simulation is critical for advanced materials to take hold of an industry. Design, manufacturing, and performance are all connected. Each step affects not only the next downstream, but they must be considered early and often to eliminate costly redesigns. 


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New Project Ventus for Simulation CFD

by Employee ‎08-15-2014 12:10 PM - edited ‎08-15-2014 12:11 PM

We are excited to announce a new technology preview on Autodesk Labs.  Project Ventus for Simulation CFD has gone live.  Project Ventus for Simulation CFD is a surface wrapping tool that is meant to take a model, surface wrap it, add an external volume, and generate a CFD quality mesh that can then be imported to Simulation CFD.  The intent is to easily generate a mesh for CAD models that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to mesh for CFD simulations without extensive CAD cleanup.  The tech preview is intended for external flow analysis or wind tunnel type models.



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Autodesk has enhanced its Simulation software portfolio with the addition of two new simulation products, Autodesk Nastran 2015 and Autodesk Nastran In-CAD 2015. Autodesk acquired NEi Software – and the NEi Nastran platform on which the products are based – in May 2014 in order to add additional structural analysis capabilities to the company’s growing simulation portfolio. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.


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CFD Hangout for Rotating Machinery

by Employee on ‎07-11-2014 06:00 PM

You're invited! Autodesk® Simulation CFD™ users are gathering for a series of Hangouts designed to introduce you to the power features available in Simulation CFD. We'll help you make your models more accurate, efficient, dynamic, and improve the visual impact of your presentations.


This session, ‘Rotating Machinery’ focuses on why and how to utilise Rotating Regions when analysing rotating machinery.



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You're invited! Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® users are gathering for the first time, in a series of Hangouts designed to introduce you to the power features available in Simulation Moldflow. We'll help you make your models more accurate, efficient, dynamic, and improve the visual impact of your presentations.


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For the first time you can buy Autodesk University 2014 passes now and get priority registration and save lots of cash.  Even better yet you get first pick for classes and hotel in Las Vegas.


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Autodesk Labs Project Sundance

by Employee ‎06-09-2014 02:25 PM - edited ‎06-10-2014 07:17 AM

Project Sundance is a free technology preview of an Windows application that allows you to export the fiber orientation results from your Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® simulation and use them to run a nonlinear structural simulation in Abaqus Standard or Explicit.


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