The Direct Femap interface to ADINA
It is generally recognized that pre- and post-processing is an important and integral part of performing a finite element analysis. An engineer is likely to choose a pre- and post-processor that is most effective for his or her type of analyses in terms of ease of use, features, availability, performance and price. Also, an analyst that is already familiar and satisfied with a pre- and post-processor will probably want to continue using the same program, although the use of another solver may be an important issue.
Hence, we realize the need to make the ADINA solution capabilities work with many other third-party pre- and post-processors, as presented in an ADINA News. In that News, we illustrated how ADINA can already work with Femap through the Nastran input and op2 files.
To use Femap with ADINA, only Femap Unisol is needed. Femap Unisol is the full Femap program with the translators to the other finite element solvers turned off via licensing, and it is about half the price of Femap.However, exchanging data with Femap using the Nastran format only allows access to certain ADINA structural analysis capabilities.
To overcome this restriction, we are developing a direct interface to Femap that allows many more ADINA capabilities, including CFD and FSI analyses, to be used with Femap. This interface works completely within the Femap environment and requires minimal learning for people already familiar with Femap. Loads, boundary conditions, constraints, contact, glueing, material and element properties, and even ADINA control settings are all defined and saved in the Femap model. The ADINA solver is activated within Femap and runs in the background with a clear indication when the job is completed. We are indeed pleased that we are now ready to release the first version of our interface to Femap that includes the following:
We are excited that many advanced capabilities in ADINA can now be accessed directly through Femap. Hence analysts who are familiar with Femap can easily use ADINA for structures, CFD and FSI. This first release still has limitations; for example, compressible flow or two-way FSI analyses, while available in ADINA, are not yet available through Femap.
We are continuing our efforts to strengthen the interface because we believe that the use of Femap with all capabilities available in ADINA will provide a very powerful analysis tool.