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Birdstrike Simulation

Posted by Andy Woodward on 10-Oct-2017 09:20:00

A recent emergency landing by an Air France A380 aircraft inspired me to this blog article.  Birdstrike is a standard consideration for any air vehicle but not an easy thing to model accurately with regular FEA software.  The events are typically short duration, involve the failure of materials and a loading complicated by secondary impacts as the bird fragments.

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Topics: MSC Software, Dytran, MSC One

The importance of composites in Aerospace and Automotive industries

Posted by Geoff Haines on 05-Oct-2017 09:00:00

Raise your hand if you’ve ever sat down and asked yourself ‘what can we do to improve our product quality?’ but struggled to find the most cost-effective way to do this. 

As the complexity of product designs increases, so too does the need to find the right materials and techniques to bring these designs to life. This is where composite materials come into their own. 

Here’s how your organisation can benefit from the use of composite materials and how the aerospace and automotive industries are making strides in the use of composites.

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Topics: Various - ICAM, Automotive, Aerospace

Understanding the risks in the aerospace supply chain

Posted by Geoff Haines on 15-Sep-2017 11:00:00

As consumers around the world are demanding greater access to air travel, this has led to orders for 38,000 new aircraft. Although this represents the potential for significant revenue, OEMs and suppliers face significant risks that they must overcome in order to develop these aircraft cost effectively and ensure a quick time to market. 

A major trigger of these risks is how OEMs are now tasking suppliers with designing aerospace parts in addition to manufacturing.

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Topics: Aerospace - CATIA, Aerospace, OEM

Zoom Modelling with MSC Marc

Posted by Andy Woodward on 08-Aug-2017 09:00:00

One of the parameters driving the age old question of “is my mesh refined enough?” is the impact it has on the model size and the knock-on effect to runtime and computer spec.  This comes into starkest relief if you have a dimensionally very large structure but where you need a fine local mesh around some detailed areas in order to refine stress intensity for e.g. fatigue life prediction. 

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Topics: Various - MSC, MSC Software, FEA

Modelling Methodology in CATIA V5 - Part 4

Posted by Alex Fernandes on 01-Aug-2017 09:00:00

Defining sketches

This is the fourth article of a series concerning how to implement and use modelling methodology in CATIA V5.

In this article, we will discuss methodology and rules for sketch definition.

Figure 1 - The skeleton geometrical set

We will continue using the same Angle bracket example part, introduced in previous articles.

In previous articles, we have discussed the skeleton and its internal structure and organization. The subsets are numbered so that the order of the subsets coincides with the order of element insertion, thus we can work sequentially inside the skeleton.

By this point, to start our article, we will consider that we have imported all necessary external data into our part and created all the necessary reference geometry.

All these elements are to be inserted in geometrical sets:

1. Input data and 2. Reference geometry.

As visible in figure-1, sketches are to be inserted inside geometrical sets:

3. Main sketches and 4. Auxiliary sketches, both inside the Skeleton.

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Topics: Dassault Systemes, training, CATIA, CATIA Design

Thin Shell Modelling of Plastic Parts

Posted by Andy Woodward on 25-Jul-2017 09:00:00

Thickness Attribution in MSC Apex

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Topics: Various - MSC, MSC Software, FEA

OEM customers benefit from proven integration experience & expertise for Stage V transition

Posted by Geoff Haines on 18-Jul-2017 10:10:00

Attempts by the European Commission to reduce air pollution poses new challenges for engine manufacturers in the form of Stage V emissions standards. Many manufacturers can use their knowledge and experience with on-road developments to ensure off-road engine developments work efficiently.

Following on from our previously published Stage V emissions article and discussions around tougher standards for more engine types;  After-treatment systems for smaller engines; and DPF in the after-treatment system, John Deere has become one of the first to release their developments.

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Topics: OEM, John Deere, Stage V Emmissions

On Cloud Collaborative Design

Posted by Geoff Haines on 14-Jul-2017 09:00:00

On Cloud software is the general trend of many applications – starting with email, it has progressed through to accounting software, customer relationship software and even finite element analysis.

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Topics: CATIA on-Cloud, 3DExperience, PLM, Dassault Systemes, CATIA Design

Meshing Irregular Parts in Hex Elements

Posted by Andy Woodward on 11-Jul-2017 09:00:00

Almost all the solid element meshes I come across in the last decade or so have used second order 10 noded tetrahedral elements, and for most applications they are perfectly fine.  There are however some applications in some FEA solvers that require a hex8 element – for example some elastomer models, magneto and electro static solvers and some acoustic solutions.  How do you mesh an irregular part in hex elements?

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Topics: Various - MSC, MSC Software, FEA

Modelling Methodology in CATIA V5 - Part 3

Posted by Alex Fernandes on 04-Jul-2017 09:00:00

The Design Phase

This is the third article of a series concerning how to implement and use modelling methodology in CATIA V5.

In this article, we will discuss the design stage in detail.

This is the first stage of the creation process; we will create a geometrical set called Skeleton and we will insert additional geometrical sets inside it. The component’s design intent is captured in the Skeleton geometrical set. Skeleton methodology has been around for quite some time now and the idea is to have to model’s main geometrical elements editable from one single location in the part’s specification tree. This also means that we will have many elements inserted inside this geometrical set, so for this reason we will rename them and organize them according to a specific logic.

Figure 1 - The Angle Bracket part

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Topics: Dassault Systemes, training, CATIA, CATIA Design