SolidWorks Users Gain Access to High Level Nastran Analysis and Simulation

WESTMINSTER, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Jun 03, 2013 -- SolidWorks CAD software users interested in the structural and thermal performance of their products and component parts now have access to advanced NEi Nastran finite element analysis (FEA) capabilities with NEi Works 2013. NEi Works was originally developed to provide Nastran computer-aided-engineering (CAE) in a completely familiar working environment for SolidWorks users. Embedding NEi Works in SolidWorks accomplished that and eliminated the learning curve and any compatibility issues typically introduced by CAE software with different and proprietary platforms. NEi Works earned SolidWorks' Gold Product status in the process. Most important, the NEi Nastran solvers underlying NEi Works bring superior accuracy and sophistication to engineering simulation based on NEi Nastran's history of use in a wide range of demanding applications -- from high profile aerospace projects to world class sporting events like Formula 1, America's Cup and the Tour de France.

With NEi Works 2013, additional advanced analysis types are now available, as well as enhancements that make simulation more compelling. Results are more insightful using new data display tools for graphing and animation, while productivity in model preparation benefits from new meshing features and load types. For product information and a video demonstration go to

Analyses Added to NEi Works 2013 for SolidWorks
The one page infographic in this press release provides a concise overview of all the virtual test capabilities in NEi Works 2013 including the added analysis types below.

  • NEi Explicit - For engineers who need to simulate impacts involving high speeds, severe deformation, self-contact, and material deletion, this explicit FEA solver can be added to NEi Works. Examples of applications include: analysis of vehicle collisions, projectile penetration, metal forming, and bird strike tests for aircraft.
  • Vibration and Multi-axial Static Fatigue - Parts subjected to dynamic loads will undergo mechanical failure given a sufficient number of cycles. Adding the Fatigue module to NEi Works enables virtual durability testing of parts under various loading conditions and cycles to determine suitability for service.
  • Random Response - This feature has been added to NEi Works' existing Linear and Nonlinear Transient and Frequency Response to provide the full complement of dynamic analysis capabilities.
  • Progressive Ply Failure Analysis (PPFA) - NEi Works has a strong portfolio of composite tools which includes items like 2D shell and 3D layered solid elements, correlation of ply level stress and failure index results, and advanced failure criteria like Puck and NASA Langley LaRC02. The addition of PPFA further strengthens this position by giving SolidWorks designers the ability to optimize composite parts for high performance applications. By simulating the structural behavior beyond first ply failure and providing insight into the residual strength and behavior up to ultimate failure, engineers have the opportunity to achieve further improvements in key design objectives like weight reduction.

About NEi Software
NEi Software is a global provider of Nastran Finite Element Analysis (FEA), engineering simulation, and virtual test software. Engineers gain insight with digital prototypes, images, contour plots, graphs, and animations of linear and nonlinear structural stress, deformation, dynamics, vibration, kinematics, impact, heat transfer, and fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations. The website features case studies in projects for aerospace, automotive, maritime, oil & gas, medical, and consumer products with demonstration videos, webinars, and tutorials. | 714.899.1220 | Email Contact

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