Using Sensors to Latch a Mechanism
Sometimes with a mechanism simulation you need to trigger a change in the mechanism when an event such as a latch engaging to stop a component from moving any further. You can model the geometry and use a contact model to capture the physical engagement of the geometry, but this can add to your simulation run time and require a lot of tuning to get working happily.
Generate output with MSC Apex
Creating Shear Force and Bending Moment diagrams for MSC Software's Nastran can be less than straightforward with the older tools.
MSC Apex has an elegant way of generating this output using existing results that is demonstrated in this short video.
Thermal and Condensation Simulation
We are getting more and more interest in the Cradle CFD products from MSC Software, particularly scSTREAM due to its ease of use and powerful capabilities around flow, thermal and condensation simulation which make it ideal for engineers working in the battery charging arena.
MSC Apex is MSC software’s new GUI environment. It’s been around for a few years and development is progressing steadily.
While it does an amazing job with model preparation broad support for analysis solutions is still evolving.
Space Sector Benefits
A key area for our customers in the Space sector is around Random Response analysis which is a requirement for predicting the damage caused during the launch event by the launch agencies.
Apex supports the underlying frequency response analysis but full support for pre-and post-processing the Random element for Nastran is not available as of the 2021.2 release.
Actran, from MSC Software, is an acoustics simulation software, originally designed for predicting noise within, and around vehicles, such as cars and aircraft.
MSC Apex is first and foremost a pre/post processor for Nastran but that doesn’t stop users of other solver technologies from taking advantage of the model preparation and meshing capability.
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis companies in the aerospace design and manufacturing sector have been particularly affected by the economic impact of the disruption to worldwide economies. Some have seen their orders and revenues drop immediately by sometimes 50% driven by the reduction in production of new aircraft.
These companies have had to quickly reduce costs and take advantage of any state support.
However, those with low cash reserves have seen the need to restructure through some form of merger, sale or even some type of insolvency process.
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.
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.
MSC Apex is the quick-to-learn, easy-to-use, intuitive Finite Element Modeller from MSC Software.
Defining and using laminate materials is part of the base license and uses a zone-based methodology for managing the stacking sequence.
The video demonstration is a short walk-through on how to go about applying laminate material (composite) properties to a mesh in MSC Apex, illustrating how a panel has its zones defined, and how you can interrogate a laminated model to understand the material definition.