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FEMAP 11.3 is the latest user-focused release of FEMAP containing many features and enhancements requested by our users worldwide. The latest version introduces new Draw/Erase functionality to dynamically choose entities to only "Draw" in the graphics window or "Erase" from the graphics window, which may be helpful when operating on a complex model. The new "Max Quads" option available when surface meshing will minimize the number of triangular elements created when meshing with quadrilateral elements. Selection of element faces for creation of loads or connection regions has been overhauled to offer new capabilities when using certain methods and allow use of multiple selection methods during the face selection process. On the Post-Processing side, the "Vector" Contour Style has been changed to "Arrow", which now uses the Contour output vector as a "base vector" to automatically determine the type of arrow(s), select additional output vector(s), and choose appropriate options for display. Finally, results in an ABAQUS ODB file may now be "attached" and used for post-processing.

Fatal errors and/or crazy stresses!

One of the most common topics for our technical support team is Connections (also known as linear contact). You’ve seen some great demos, you’ve got the perfect pin/clevis model and you found the “Automatic” button under the Connect menu. However, once your computer finally stops spinning, the analysis crashes. Sound familiar? The goal of this seminar is to break Connections down to the simple components and provide a basic understanding of how they work. That, combined with some suggested default settings should have you up-and-running for your next contact analysis.

We presented this online technical seminar on March 24th, 2016

There’s a lot of hard work that goes into getting a quality set of FEA results – geometry prep, meshing, materials, properties, boundary conditions, contact and analysis settings – and that’s if everything goes smoothly. But what do you do when the analysis results are finally ready? For some, that’s when the real work begins. Post processing (or just post as some call it) is the art of taking a mountain of data and turning it into something that is easy to present and easy to understand. A well-crafted combination of images and tabular data will tell a story about the structure and how it behaves under load.