Simcenter is the Siemens software brand for addressing Predictive Engineering Analytics.
The Simcenter portfolio consists of solutions that span 3D simulation, 1D simulation, and testing solutions. It is comprised of a number of well known products such as NX Nastran, STAR-CCM+, LMS Imagine.Lab and LMS Test.Lab. Additionally, it includes Simcenter 3D, our next generation 3D CAE solution that is based on the NX platform and expands on the heritage of NX CAE, LMS Virtual.Lab, NX Nastran and LMS Samtech.
The portfolio covers a number of disciplines as represented in the spokes of the inner circle and the solutions are further enhanced with multi-discipline design exploration capabilities.
Finally, the solutions are available with integrations to Teamcenter to enable data and process management and complete traceability within the PLM ecosystem.
Mechanical industries are facing the growing complexity of systems. LMS Imagine.Lab solutions for mechanical industries include generic packages that complement the application-oriented offer. The mechatronic system solutions enable you to design hydraulic and pneumatic components as well as complex systems and networks that can be submitted to thermal exchange, phase changes or contain gas mixtures. You can address a larger set of applications outside the traditional automotive and aerospace industries and access a very flexible, innovative way to design robust thermofluids systems and components.
Another component in the Simcenter Portfolio is Simcenter 3D in combination with the NX Nastran solver. Simcenter 3D, our next generation 3D CAE solution is based on the NX platform and expands on the heritage of NX CAE, LMS Virtual.Lab, NX Nastran and LMS Samtech.
Also important to note: the NX Nastran solver is one of the main solvers embedded in Simcenter 3D. As an industry standard for over 40 years, Nastran is a finite element (FE) solver for stress, vibration, buckling, structural failure, heat transfer, acoustics and aero-elasticity analyses.
Preparing a simulation model is a multi-step process of importing and editing CAD geometry, meshing and connecting components, editing material properties, defining boundary and loading conditions, and exporting to the appropriate solver data format. It's no wonder that up to 80 percent of an analyst's time can be spent preparing models for simulation.
Simcenter 3D drastically reduces the time you spend preparing simulation models. Simcenter delivers all the advanced meshing, boundary conditions and solver interfaces that experienced analysts expect for high-end analysis. What makes Simcenter 3D unique from all other preprocessors however, is how its superior geometry engine enables intuitive geometry editing and analysis model associativity to multi-CAD data. The tight integration of a powerful geometry engine with robust analysis modeling commands is the key to reducing modeling time by up to 70 percent compared to traditional finite element modeling tools.
Understanding how a component or product assembly reacts under stress or vibration is critical in any industry, but as products and materials become increasingly complex, engineers need tools that go beyond linear statics and dynamics analyses.
Simcenter 3D includes solutions you need for a wide range of structural analysis problems within a single user environment. Engineers no longer need one tool for linear statics, another to study fatigue, and yet another for nonlinear analysis. As a result, engineering departments can consolidate analysis tools, and engineers only need to know a single user interface. Simcenter's structural analysis capabilities are powered by NX Nastran, the premier FEA solver for computational performance, accuracy, reliability and scalability.
Simcenter 3D also supports structural analysis solutions from other commercial finite element solvers, such as LMS Samcef, Ansys, Abaqus, LS-Dyna and MSC Nastran.
Are your customers expecting quieter products? Are competitors gaining ground by using sound quality as a differentiator? Will tighter noise regulations impact your product sales? Would you like to decrease the time spent on predicting sound fields or shave off weeks on complex jobs like engine run-ups?
In the past, parametric analysis and design refinement was simply not feasible because of cost and time constraints. The only option was to apply expensive techniques late in the development stage at the expense of design flexibility.
Acoustics analysis using Simcenter 3D can help you conquer these challenges. Simcenter 3D offers interior and exterior acoustic analysis within an integrated solution that helps you make informed decisions during the early design stages so you can optimize your product's acoustic performance. Simcenter 3D's unified and scalable modeling environment combined with efficient solvers and easy-to-interpret visualization capabilities enable you to quickly gain insight into the acoustic performance of your product.
In the quest to make products lighter yet stronger, manufacturers are increasing their use of composite materials. It is also prohibitively expensive to create prototypes of products made from composites, so simulation must play a key role in the development of new products using laminate composite materials.
Simcenter 3D is at the leading-edge of composites analysis through continuous development of material models and element types. Simcenter 3D speeds the entire process for simulating laminate composite materials through a seamless connection to composites design, accurate solvers and comprehensive post processing. Using Simcenter 3D you can easily work with dedicated composite modeling in Fibersim as well as composite analysis with NX Nastran and the LMS Samcef solvers.
Additionally, you can leverage the efficient Simcenter 3D environment to build laminate composite analysis models for external solvers, such as Abaqus, Ansys and MSC Nastran.
Thermal management is a major consideration for a wide range of products, including industrial machinery, automobiles and consumer electronics. The objective of any thermal management solution is to maintain a product's temperature within a range that is optimal for performance. Accomplishing this may require the removal or addition of heat, either passively or in an actively managed fashion, and this can be evaluated using thermal analysis software. The Simcenter 3D suite of solutions includes comprehensive, best-in-class thermal simulation capabilities that can help you to understand the thermal characteristics of your product and subsequently tailor your thermal management solution for optimal performance.
From the gust of air that induces rotation in a windmill, to the hot exhaust exiting an automobile's tailpipe, to the burst of medication issuing from the nozzle of an oral inhalation device - fluid dynamics are an essential and inextricable part of everyday life. The flow of gases and liquids can be crucial to both the functionality and survivability of a product. Therefore, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis is a major engineering consideration. Simcenter 3D integrates comprehensive flow analysis capabilities to help you to both visualize and optimize the flow characteristics of your designs, for better-performing, longer-lasting products.
Understanding the operating environments for intricate mechanical systems - like the mechanisms in photocopiers, sliding automotive sunroofs, or aircraft wing flaps - can be challenging. Many CAD-based tools offer kinematic solutions that help designers cycle a mechanism through its mechanical path for interference checking. Kinematics alone, however, doesn't provide all the critical information you need, such as the dynamic loads generated by moving parts that can be used to size motors.
Simcenter 3D offers multibody dynamics simulation capabilities that go beyond simple kinematics. Motion analysis calculates the reaction forces, torques, velocities, acceleration and more for mechanical systems. Simcenter 3D lets you directly convert CAD geometry and assembly constraints into an accurate motion model, while the embedded motion solver and robust postprocessing capabilities allow the study of a broad range of product behaviors.
To simulate real-world conditions, analysts must consider the impact of a number of different physics that occur concurrently, such as structural dynamics, heat transfer, fluid flow, nonlinear material behavior and motion. Typically, effects from one physics domain also impact how a product behaves in another physics domain. For example, combined thermal-structural effects are crucial to jet engine engineering. Understanding multiphysics behavior is therefore a major challenge to accurately predicting product performance.
Simcenter 3D streamlines the process of conducting multiphysics simulation. The integrated modeling environment eliminates the need for error-prone external data transfers to link coupled physics analyses together. Easier multiphysics simulation workflows mean you can spend more time simulating your product under conditions that more accurately represent the real world.
How can I change the shape of this component while ensuring strength? What is the best combination of these parameters to improve performance? Engineering optimization techniques have been widely used to answer these types of questions by systematically searching for the best design that satisfies certain criteria.
Simcenter 3D provides simulation based optimization solutions for geometry optimization, while working with standard commercial finite element solvers. In addition, the NX Nastran solver includes independent capabilities for finite element parameter optimization.