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Advanced finite element analysis

Autodesk® Nastran® In-CAD software, powered by Autodesk Nastran solver, offers an easy-to-use interface and integrates with Inventor software and Dassault SOLIDWORKS.

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    Advanced analysis

  • Frequency response

    Determine the structural harmonic response based on frequency-dependent loads. Recover displacement, velocity, acceleration, stress and strain. Identify how a structure responds to a given load across a range of excitation frequencies.

  • Impact analysis

    Autodesk Nastran In-CAD uses the Autodesk Nastran solver for more accurate and faster non-linear transient analysis. This type of analysis can include all types of nonlinearities at the same time: large deformations, sliding contact and non-linear materials. 

  • Normal modes

    Assess potential problems, such as vibration-related operator fatigue or structural fatigue, due to structural loading in generators, rotating equipment or anything mounted on a vibrating platform. View the normal modes or natural frequencies of a structure that might be subject to dynamic loading. Understanding normal modes can help guide you to reduce the impact of shaking or vibration by redesigning or reorienting loads.

  • Prestress normal modes

    A standard modal analysis cannot account for applied loads. Autodesk Nastran In-CAD software provides specific tools to capture true stiffness when complex loading is present. Like the strings in a guitar or piano, increased tension levels can affect the operational stiffness and dramatically increase the natural frequency of a structure. Tools include spinning shafting and pressure vessels.

  • Random vibration fatigue

    Gain insight on long-term structural robustness for products whose operation must be characterised by power spectral density inputs, such as aircraft and spacecraft structures and industrial equipment. Structures subjected to road load or fluid flow-induced vibration experience dynamic energy that cannot be quantified simply by frequency and amplitude. Loading over a representative period can indicate some consistency and predictability.

  • Non-linear static and transient response

    This feature lets you capture all forms of nonlinearity in transient or time-varying events so you can better explore dynamic responses to dynamic loads, or impulses that result in resonant vibration or stress amplification. 

    Show material nonlinearity (material stress-strain data), contact (opening and closing of gaps and sliding) and large displacement and rotation (large deflection) effects in analysis models for interlocking equipment and gears and blast analysis. You can also include transient and inertia effects.

  • Automated drop test

    Simplify and automate a complex, time-consuming simulation task. Automated drop test is ideal for performing projectile impacts and virtual drop tests for items such as:

    • Phones
    • Laptops
    • Consumer products    

    The test requires a minimum of input data for the analysis - projectile velocity and acceleration - to determine the time steps, duration and complex contact interaction between projectile and target. The analysis provides a thorough and physically realistic simulation of impact. It also offers insight into dynamic, implicit, non-linear behaviour or real-world impact problems.

  • Surface contact

    Autodesk Nastran In-CAD software includes contact modelling options to help you to explore more natural interactions between parts and to help alleviate guesswork on a simplified load or restraint. The Autodesk Nastran In-CAD solver makes easier work of inherently non-linear computations. Model press-fits, gears, mechanical comonents and assemblies with different kinds of contact, including sliding, friction and welding, to produce simulations with real-world fidelity.

  • Advanced material models

    Capture complex non-linear phenomena such as plasticity (post-yield permanent set), hyperelasticity (elastomers) and shape-memory effects. Model a wide range of materials, from metals to rubbers and soft tissue, in a single virtual test. Prediction with simple material models can lead to erroneous design decisions. Non-linear options in the material library include resilient mounds, composite materials, fracture and failure analysis and more.

  • Composites

    Take advantage of simple handling of complex ply data. Get reliable and insightful results from analysis based on failure indexes, like Puck and LaRC02. Progressive ply failure analysis helps determine how a composite structure responds beyond first ply failure. 3D solid composite element analysis accurately captures transverse shear in composite structures.

  • Transient response

    Determine the response of a structure over a period of time under the influence of constant or time-dependent loads. Static analysis shows how a structure will respond to loading. In the event of impulse loading or other time-dependent loads, structures may behave differently to their end state. Transient response helps you to investigate the behaviour of a part on its way to this end result.

  • Random response

    Analyse the structural behaviour in response to the imposition of random dynamic loads. Simulated conditions include road vibration, wave cycles, engine vibration and wind loads.