MSC Software Corporation, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced that one of its business partners, IWF Engineering, has developed a set of automation productivity applications for nonlinear simulations using Marc. The applications are developed and sold by IWF Engineering, a reseller of MSC Software products, and can be extended to work with MSC Nastran as well.
Marc is one of the leading solutions for implicit nonlinear Finite Element Analyses (FEA). In combination with the Mentat pre-/postprocessor, Marc offers a comprehensive solution for the analysis of highly complex nonlinear problems. Processing nonlinear jobs generally requires a considerable amount of time. To fully exploit the given hardware and software resources, time consuming calculation jobs are often processed in the evening hours or during weekends.
The goal of IWF Engineering was to create automation tools that enabled them to produce more analysis results in less time from long nonlinear simulation runs. It is not unusual for nonlinear jobs to terminate prematurely due to input errors or by reaching certain abort criterions. The definition of the input files for a FEM (Finite Element Method) program is quite an elaborate process especially for calculations with many variation parameters. For this reason IWF Engineering, an experienced Marc user, developed a set of automation applications to simplify tasks. The three independent but seamlessly chained tools include:
"Our tools were developed from years of simulation practice. We know from our own experiences how much effort is often necessary for the preparation of a comprehensive variation calculation. Errors can easily occur, terminate calculations and actually delay projects considerably," said Uwe Großmann, founder of IWF Engineering. "The combined power of MSC Software's offerings, including Marc and MSC Nastran, and our own automation tools provide our clients with speedy, accurate analysis."
"Marc is a highly regarded nonlinear analysis solution used by product manufacturers around the world," said Walter Simon, Senior Manager at MSC Software in Munich. "We are pleased to see our resellers providing first-rate sales and support for Marc and MSC Nastran while also developing their own tools to automate FEM calculations, giving customers even more speed and confidence in analysis."