Finite element analysis sotware updated

Firehole Composites has launched Helius:MCT v4.0, the newest edition of the finite element (FE) add-on built to improve the accuracy and efficiency of composite structural analysis.

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Firehole Composites (Laramie, Wyo., USA) has launched Helius:MCT v4.0, the newest edition of the finite element (FE) add-on built to improve the accuracy and efficiency of composite structural analysis. Building on the strength of its multiscale and progressive failure technologies, version 4.0 offers solutions to the challenges of delamination and FEA mesh dependency. New cohesive functionality incorporated in Helius:MCT v4.0 extends the same technology that gives Helius:MCT a unique computational advantage in progressive failure to cohesive layers. It is also able to model the simultaneous evolution of composite material failure and delamination. A second analysis hurdle addressed by version 4.0 is the mesh-size dependency of an FE solution. Firehole says that often an analyst may find variability in a solution, depending on mesh size. The upgrade addresses this problem by incorporating an energy-based damage law that accounts for mesh size as it predicts damage evolution.

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