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Simulate On-Demand

SimScale GmbH (Garching, Germany) announced the official release of the SimScale Platform, an online system for engineering simulation. The SimScale Platform, says the company, enables engineers to use their web browser to access modeling and simulation capabilities in a flexible, efficient, and scalable manner without fixed costs or software maintenance.

Mesh creation around a vehicle body. Image courtesy of SimScale GmbH.

General features of SimScale include in-browser 3D visualization, scalable on-demand computing capacity, and a pay-per-use pricing model. SimScale Platform has tools for structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics analyses. Structural mechanics abilities include linear static behaviors, modal / frequency analysis, and nonlinear and dynamic simulations. Fluid mechanics simulation capabilities are offered for Laminar and turbulent modeling as well as mass transport within fluid flows. Steady state and transient solvers for time-dependent processes are available. Thermodynamic analysis tools are offered for studying thermo-structural behaviors and conjugate heat flows.

Stress field within a connecting rod. Image courtesy of SimScale GmbH.

The SimScale Platform works by enabling users to upload a CAD model. Currently SimScale supports the formats STEP, IGES, and BREP as well as triangulated STL. After the model is uploaded, it is displayed in 3D.

Mesh creation for a bearing bracket analysis. Image courtesy of SimScale GmbH.

From this point, explains the company, SimScale Platform provides a complete simulation workflow that includes CAD model preparation tools, automatic mesh creation, simulation setup, solving, result visualization, and post-processing. The platform’s automated meshing helps users set up a numerical analysis efficiently by analyzing the CAD model and adapting the mesh algorithm accordingly, making it, says the company, well suited for initial simulations. Tetrahedral meshing operations include prismatic boundary layers. Hex-dominant meshing, which is said to provide the capability to generate efficient meshes for CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulations, is also available.

Eigen model of an airfoil. Image courtesy of SimScale GmbH.

Since the actual computation is done in large computing centers on-demand, the user also has access to scalable computing capacity at any time, according to the company. SimScale Platform also offers project management and collaboration capabilities as well as community features such as a library of free, importable projects, a user forum, and a Wiki. Additionally, the company says it constantly enhances the platform’s CAE capabilities.

Frequency airfoil. Image courtesy of SimScale GmbH.

The SimScale Platform is available in basic, professional, and individual service levels. The basic level is a free account, limiting users to a single processing core, 20 meshes, and 10 simulations per month. The professional-level plan offers access to up to 16 cores as well as unlimited meshes and simulations per month. The individual plan provides “premium support,” such as aid with specific simulation requests.

For more information, visit SimScale.

Watch a 3-minute video overview of the SimScale Platform.

Download a quick fact sheet on SimScale Platform.

Go here for more on SimScale’s key features.

Access a library of videos showing SimScale in action.

Check out the SimScale blog.

Sign-up for a free SimScale Platform account.

Click here for SimScale Platform pricing details or to contact the company.

See why DE’s editors selected SimScale Platform as their Pick of the Week.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

About Anthony J. Lockwood

Anthony J. Lockwood is Digital Engineering's Editor-at-Large. Contact him via de-editors@digitaleng.news.