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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

Simulate 3D printing of a part with Simufact Additive

Developing the ideal process parameters for 3D printing a part can be expensive: in both time and raw materials.

Developing the ideal process parameters for 3D printing a part can be expensive: in both time and raw materials.  Simufact Additive, from MSC Software and available withing the MSC One flexible licensing solution, allows users to quickly evaluate the effects of part orientation, material selection, machine parameters and post-build operations to reduce the number of test runs required in metal to achieve a minimised distortion and residual stress condition.

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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One, Hexagon MSC Software, Digimat

Defining 3D Orthotropic material models

Digimat advanced materials modelling environment

Available within the flexible MSC One licensing environment, Digimat provides many tools for enhancing the fidelity of the material models used by engineers for finite element analysis and reduces the need for lengthy and expensive coupon testing.

This short video gives a demonstration of how easily Digimat MF and FE can be used to define 3D orthotropic material models using simple isotropic models for the constituent materials of epoxy/fibre laminates.

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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One, Hexagon MSC Software, Digimat

Innovative new approach to topology optimisation

Apex Generative Design

MSC Software have just announced the addition of Apex Generative Design to their MSC One flexible token based licensing solution.

This combines the award winning geometry defeaturing capabilities of MSC Apex with an innovative new approach to topology optimisation resulting in higher fidelity shapes suitable for 3D printing but in a small fraction of the time taken for many of the solvers commonly used for this task today.
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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One, MSC Apex, Hexagon MSC Software

MSC Software - working from home licence options

MSC Software have just announced that they have relaxed licencing terms to assist customers having to use the software at home.


Effective immediately until 30th June users can access and use their licenced software from home using any necessary infrastructure (e.g. VPN) to facilitate this use.

There is no need for any authorisation for this temporary arrangement.

For those users who cannot access their company licence server from home there is an option to issue a temporary licence which is available on request.

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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One, #HowCanWeHelpYou?, VPN, Hexagon MSC Software, Remote Working