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Space Technologies - solutions with Heritage

NASA Structural Analysis Code* was just the beginning ..... 

MSC Software has been a key partner to the Space Industry since the 1960s.  Many people associate MSC only with Nastran, which is the keystone of their product set, but through a process of development and acquisition, they have developed a portfolio of tools that are used across a number of domains within engineering simulation in the Space Industry

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Topics: MSC Software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Aerospace, MSC Nastran, MSC One, space techologies

Improve composite FEA process AND get manufacturing output

How to improve your composite FEA process AND get manufacturing output as a side benefit

When working with laminated composites it is important to consider the effects that draping the pre-pregs has on the orientations and thickness that get used in finite element analysis. 

Laminate Modeller is a plug-in tool for MSC Patran that does this fundamental job, but offers so much more. 

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Topics: MSC Software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), MSC One, TechTips, analysis, Patran

How & Why with Adams Flex

How To and Why To use Flexible Members in Mechanical System Design

System dynamics is very important in the design of mechanisms – ignoring dynamic effects and flexibility in your system by simulating mechanisms using simple kinematics such as the tools in your CAD system, can lead to problems in behaviour downstream - as this short video illustrates.  

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Topics: MSC Software, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), MSC One, Hexagon MSC Software, CAE Tools, MSC Adams

Unboxing MSC One

The MSC One Method

With MSC Software's subscription based token system, you receive a pool of tokens. Your tokens are checked out from the pool and are used to access and run a full range of CAE solutions available under the MSC One licensing system from MSC Software. Each individual software item requires a certain number of tokens to run. After each use, your tokens are returned to the pool for other use. There are dozens of software items available under MSC One.

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Topics: MSC Software, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), MSC Nastran, MSC One, Hexagon MSC Software, CAE Tools

Predicting Flowrate with scFLOW

CFD demonstration

A common use of Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) is in the design of fans and pumps.  This short video demonstration shows how simple it is to set up a centrifugal fan model in scFLOW

In this example we are looking to predict the flowrate throughput for a given fan speed, which is easily done by following steps in the wizard driven interface. 

 

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Topics: MSC Software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), MSC One, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), CAE Tools, analysis, scFLOW

scFLOW Simulation Demo

Next generation CFD tool

scFLOW from MSC Software is a state-of the art Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) package which uses a polyhedral mesh to solve some very complex problems with short run-times that have surprised long term users of other CFD packages.

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Topics: MSC Software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), MSC One, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), CAE Tools, analysis, scFLOW

Electronics Cooling with scSTREAM

scSTREAM is one of the newest products in the MSC Software portfolio. 

It aims to make the job of simulating fluid flow and heat transfer easy and accessible to more Engineers than traditional Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) packages. 

The movie below shows a quick demonstration of its use for a simple thermal assessment of a small electronics package.

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Topics: MSC Software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), scSTREAM, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Defeaturing with MSC Apex

Prepping Computer Aided Design (CAD) geometry for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) can be a complex, time consuming and error prone activity. 

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Topics: MSC Software, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), MSC One

Zoom Modelling with MSC Marc

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: MSC Software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Thin Shell Modelling of Plastic Parts

Thickness Attribution in MSC Apex

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Topics: MSC Software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA)