SimScale is a 100% cloud-based simulation software that enables you to test, validate, and optimize your designs through Finite Element Analysis via a standard web browser.
The Finite Element Analysis (FEA) component of SimScale enables you to virtually test and predict the behavior of structures and solve complex structural engineering problems subjected to static and dynamic loading conditions. Our online simulation solution uses scalable numerical methods that can calculate mathematical expressions otherwise very challenging due to complex loading, geometries or material properties.
The online Finite Element Analysis software component of SimScale enables you to perform simulations of structures, including linear static and nonlinear quasi-static analyses. In a linear case with applied static loads, the structural response can be determined in a single step. All types of nonlinearities can also be taken into account, including geometric, contact, and material nonlinearity. Applications include heavy machinery, industrial equipment, automotive and aircraft parts, pipes, and bridge design.
The solid mechanics component allows you to analyze the dynamic response of a structure subjected to time-dependent loads and displacements. Initial conditions within the dynamic analysis feature supports the investigation of impact loads and resulting structural degradation. Applications are diverse and range from automotive parts and sports equipment to medical cases.
As another feature of the FEA software, modal analysis can help determine the eigenfrequencies (eigenvalues) and eigenmodes (mode shapes) of a structure due to vibration. The results are important parameters to understand and model structures which are subject to dynamic loading conditions. Additionally, a harmonic analysis can show the peak response of a system under a load in a given range of frequencies applied in buildings, bridges, rotors, spring mounts or engines.
Linear contact constraints, such as bonded and small sliding contacts, are supported. The cyclic and general symmetry boundary conditions allow simulating asymmetric models. Nonlinearity enables a realistic and holistic design simulation; for this, we offer nonlinear contact resolution using the Penalty and Augmented Lagrangian methods to impose large sliding friction and frictionless contact constraints.
The solid mechanics tool offers various material models. For advanced applications beyond yielding, it extends several inelastic material models enabling you to see the effects of plasticity, creep and damping in a structure. It also facilitates modeling of large deformation behavior using hyperelastic material models — Neo-Hookean, Mooney-Rivlin, and Signorini.
I have used a lot of simulation packages over the past 25 years, including Nastran, Ansys, SolidWorks, and a whole host of others. I have been using SimScale for about nine months now and it has become my goto simulation tool. It allows me to run models larger than I have ever conceived on my own workstation.
Christopher QuijanoMechanical Engineer at MSA, United States