Dassault Systèmes (Paris, France and Providence, R.I.) has announced the availability of CZone, an add-on product for Abaqus finite element analysis software, from the DS SIMULIA brand, for simulation of crush loads on structures made of composite materials. The add-on enables the user to accelerate the design and evaluation of energy-absorbing composite components and assemblies in automobiles, helicopters, aircraft, trains and other transport vehicles. A product of Engenuity, the software includes direct implementation of crush-based element force generation and failure for defined crush zones, typically located at the forward edges of a product. The add-on also determines the extent of composite material crushing as well as other modes of potential failure, such as delamination, fracture and buckling.
Altair releases HyperWorks 2017
Altair (Troy, MI, US) has released HyperWorks 2017, with several functionalities added in areas such as model-based development, electromagnetism, nonlinear structural analysis, modeling and meshing, multiphysics and multi-disciplinary analysis, lightweight design and optimization.