At the beginning of September 2017, FEMFAT 5.3 was finally approved by Quality Management and released. A glance at the list below with examples of some of the new features and improvements makes it clear that the wait was worthwhile:
- WELD for SPECTRAL: Fatigue analysis of weld joints under stochastic loading
- New SPOT database design: flexible database for simultaneous analysis of different types of connections (spot welds, rivets) and separate material assignments. Moreover nugget elements with a total of three rows can be created (Remesher or ANSA) and analyzed.
- MAX: New, improved cutting plane filter (new default setting)
- VISUALIZER: Element search, improved weld definition, “drag & drop” function for fps files
- Altair H3D: Tabular format is supported
- Piecewise definition of the support number as a function of the relative stress gradient
- New output: indicator for the local mesh quality
- Flexible definition of the S-N curve slope
- Analysis of adhesive connections
- Medina interface: Import of node-averaged stresses
- Adventure Cluster (ADVC) interface
The new features 2-4 are introduced more fully in this edition of the newsletter.
Tip for Abaqus users: the FEMFAT 5.3 installation package includes the adapter for the 2016 version of Abaqus. Moreover, the packages for the Abaqus versions 6.14-1 and 2017 are also available in the download area.