FEMAP tutorials, videos, seminars, and resources

One of the most powerful capabilities of Simcenter Femap is the ability to organize and present modeling data through a variety of methods. This technical on-demand online seminar demonstrates how to use blanking, groups, and the draw/erase tool to quickly and easily organize your model.

Buckling occurs when the structure becomes unstable and can no longer resist the applied load. Typically, this type of behavior occurs in structures under high compressive load: classic examples are submersibles and load bearing towers. Linear buckling theory takes into effect the very real physical mechanism of stress stiffening due to tensile loads or by reducing the stiffness due to compressive axial loads. This differential stiffness is a function of the geometry and applied loads.

In this on-demand technical webinar, we demonstrate surface modeling and plate meshing in Simcenter Femap, focusing on going from 3-D CAD to 2-D surfaces, and then to a beautiful quad-dominant mesh.

The goal: combine our tried-and-true workflows and the newest Femap features to make the process of generating quality plate meshes quick and easy as possible. We want to share with you how the latest edition of Simcenter Femap can make this process efficient and get you that “quad” you have always deserved.

This Femap on-demand Technical Seminar is focused on modeling efficiency. As a simulation engineer, where do you spend your time? If you’re like us, you spend it in pre-processing, from geometry to meshing to BC’s. 

We have learned through the years that not all workflows are created equal, and it is easy to get trapped into a workflow, that may not be the most efficient for your model construction. Although new users will find this seminar useful, it is really tailored to highlight the quickest and fastest workflow methods toward model creation. 

fea solid modeling, meshing, and analysis

This webinar on Simcenter Femap discusses how to idealize solid geometry into efficient numerical models that are quick to run and can generate accurate results.

Anyone can take an object, mesh it, apply some boundary conditions and, with a click-of-a-mouse, generate some colors. However, it’s a bit more challenging to transform a mishmash of color into a verified and accurate simulation.

Fatigue failure is the fracturing of a given material due to cracks induced from cyclic stresses, and most engineering failures are caused by fatigue. What makes fatigue so dangerous is that the stress levels that cause fatigue damage are typically much lower than the yield strength of the material.

This webinar discusses fatigue and how you can use FEA to prevent failures by using stresses extracted from the model to calculate the expected life of a product based on the material properties. We discuss how to create a robust clean mesh that will allow for accurate contouring of stresses so that meaningful values can be extracted and used for fatigue calculations.

George Laird, PhD | Director of CAE and Principal Mechanical Engineer
Brian Kolb | Staff Mechanical Engineer

We held this online seminar on Thursday, Dec. 12

FEMAP v2020.1 has been released and is available as a full install. If using a version released prior to FEMAP 2019.1, please download the full installation of FEMAP 2020.1 MP1. Download and installation of FEMAP 2020.1 is not required to install 2020.1 MP1.

FEMAP v2020.1 is the latest user-focused release of FEMAP containing many features and enhancements requested by our users worldwide, along with important fixes for known issues.

This seminar introduces the world of automation and optimization accessible through FEMAP’s Application Programming Interface (API). FEMAP provides a robust set of finite element modeling and post-processing functionality. At times, however, you may need a specific capability that is not included in the standard product. The FEMAP API lets you customize FEMAP to meet your specific needs.

Now, programming can be an intimidating topic, but the goal of this seminar is to provide a beginner’s guide. We start with the most basic “Hello, World!” example, then explore a selection of existing (and incredibly useful) programs available to all, and finally take a look at some complex real-world applications. In addition to showcasing the available tools, we provide a road map to learning the FEMAP API.

This webinar was held on Thursday, July 25, 2019

We are pleased to inform you that FEMAP 2019.1 has been released. FEMAP 2019.1 is available for download from the GTAC FTP server.

FEMAP 2019.1 is the latest user-focused release of FEMAP containing many features and enhancements requested by our users worldwide.  The latest version introduces automatic generation of pyramid elements to transition from portion of the model meshed with hex elements to portions of the model meshed with tetrahedral elements.

Vibration analysis is a huge topic and is easily the second most common type of FEA analysis after basic static stress analysis. Within the field of vibration analysis, the most common type of analysis is that based on the linear behavior of the structure or system during its operation. That is, its stress/strain response is linear and when a load is removed, the structure returns to its original position in a stress/strain free condition.

Although this might sound a bit restrictive, it actually covers a huge swath of structures from automobiles, planes, ships, satellites, electrical circuit boards, and consumer goods. If one needs to consider a nonlinear response of the structure during operation, there exist codes such as LS-DYNA that can solve for the complete nonlinear vibration response. But that is not simple or basic and is left for another seminar sometime in the future.

We've compiled all of our seminars and white papers from over the years into this one comprehensive document on vibration analysis.