SolidWorks CAD software users now have access to advanced NEi Nastran finite element analysis (FEA) capabilities with NEi Works 2013. NEi Works was originally developed to provide Nastran computer-aided-engineering (CAE) in a familiar working environment for SolidWorks users.
With NEi Works 2013, additional advanced analysis types are now available, as well as simulation enhancements. For engineers who need to simulate impacts involving high speeds, severe deformation, self-contact, and material deletion, this NEi Explicit FEA solver can be added to NEi Works. The solution also includes a vibration and multi-axial static fatigue module, and a random response feature.
The addition of Progressive Ply Failure Analysis (PPFA) gives SolidWorks designers the ability to optimize composite parts for high performance applications. By simulating the structural behavior beyond first ply failure and providing insight into the residual strength and behavior up to ultimate failure, engineers have the opportunity to achieve further improvements in key design objectives like weight reduction.
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