Analysis Types Include:
- Linear and non-static analysis
- Non-linear implicit quasi-static analysis
- Normal modes analysis for real and complex eigenvalues
- Linear buckling analysis
- Direct and Modal Frequency response analysis
- Random response analysis
- Linear Direct and Modal Transient Analysis
- Coupled fluid-structure (NVH) analysis
- Linear steady-state and transient heat transfer analysis coupled with static analysis
OptiStruct provides comprehensive solutions to simulate stiffness, strength and stability, noise and vibration, powertrain durability, thermal analysis, kinematics and dynamics, and more.
OptiStruct's award-winning design-synthesis technology uses the topology optimization approach to generate innovative concept-design proposals. In the initial phase of the development process, the user enters the package space information, design targets and manufacturing process parameters. OptiStruct then generates a manufacturable design proposal that is optimized for the given design targets. The manufacturing process parameters are important in achieving interpretable, feasible designs.
In sheet metal parts, beads are often used to reinforce structures. For given allowable bead dimensions, OptiStruct's topography optimization technology will generate an innovative design proposal for the ideal bead pattern of reinforcement.
OptiStruct’s comprehensive composite design and optimization package streamlines composite structure design work for both the designer and the analyst. This ply-based approach simplifies the interpretation of the concept design results from free-size optimization. OptiStruct also considers manufacturing requirements early in the design process to achieve practical designs and proposes a lay-up sequence that meets these requirements.
Multi-Disciplinary Structural Optimization
Analyzing the performance of structures is only one of the many steps in the product development process. Based on the analysis results, product engineers make part modification proposals in order to meet stress, weight and stiffness requirements. OptiStruct's seamless integration of state-of the-art, gradient-based optimization methods make multi-disciplinary size and shape optimization easy to use, robust, and very fast.
Size optimization defines ideal component parameters, such as material values, cross-section dimensions and thicknesses. Shape optimization is applied on existing product components. OptiStruct’s free-shape optimization can be used to reduce
high-stress concentrations. OptiStruct can also use HyperMesh's morphing technology to update finite element meshes during optimization. As a result, OptiStruct can easily propose design modifications without a need for underlying CAD data and with minimum user interaction. Within the OptiStruct environment, optimization parameters can be defined with only a few mouse clicks.
OptiStruct can use responses from many different disciplines in the optimization process such as static, buckling, frequency response, random response, thermo-mechanical, heat transfer, acoustic analysis. In addition to these, OptiStruct has innovative methods for system level optimization and fatigue optimization.
System Level Design Optimization
The Equivalent Static Load Method (ESLM) is an innovative method implemented for simultaneous optimization of both flexible bodies and rigid bodies during multi-body dynamic analysis. This first in-industry, innovative method, allows for the optimization of system level multi-body dynamic models. Additionally ESLM can be applied to conceptual design synthesis and design fine-tuning.
Fatigue-Based Concept Design and Optimization
OptiStruct’s fatigue optimization capabilities allow concept design synthesis (topology, topography, and free-size) and design fine-tuning (size, shape, and free-shape) based on fatigue performance. Damage and life from either stress-life or strain-life fatigue analysis can be used as design criteria. This capability allows concept design using fatigue responses and is computationally efficient compared to fatigue-based optimization using third party applications.
Easy Model Set-up, Post-Processing, Automation
OptiStruct is tightly integrated into the HyperWorks environment enabling fast and easy model set-up in HyperMesh. Animations, contour plots and charts can be generated using the post-processing tools in HyperView and HyperGraph. Moreover, jobs can be easily automated by using the powerful automation and data management layer available in HyperWorks.