Dynamic Design Solutions announces the release of FEMtools 3.7.1.
FEMtools 3.7.1 is a maintenance release that provides bug corrections and various enhancements to the framework, data interface programs, user interface, analysis modules, commands and API functions.
The following is a sample of new features and enhancements in this release:
FEMtools 3.7.1 is available as a free upgrade for all customers with current maintenance and technical support contract. License files for FEMtools 3.7.0 remain valid for v3.7.1.
Customers with current support and maintenance can find more information on this release and how to download the installation packs in the FEMtools Support site. A login name and password is required to access the support pages. If you have a current Maintenance and Support contract and did not yet receive a login name and password, then register at http://www.femtools.com/support.htm or send a request to email@example.com.
January 2014 - Happy New Year and Celebrating 20 Years Specializing in Finite Element Model Updating!
A Happy New Year from the FEMtools team at Dynamic Design Solutions! 2013 has been a great year for us and we look forward to bringing you more innovation and value in 2014.
This year, Dynamic Design Solutions is celebrating its 20 years in business. Thanks to our customers, partners and friends we have been able to steadily grow our company and become the reference in the field of finite element model validation and updating for structural static and dynamic analysis.
Today we are proud to count numerous prestigious and international companies that are market leaders in the automotive, aerospace and power industries among our customers. Our FEMtools software has also become an important tool for engineering students at academic institutions worldwide.
Verification and Validation (V&V), complemented by Model Updating has become a standard tool for all CAE engineers. Dynamic Design Solutions is ready to serve your needs and offer expert assistance during the years to come.
Dynamic Design Solutions will show FEMtools 3.7 at the 32th International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC XXXII) that is held from February 3 to 6, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.
IMAC is an international conference and exposition on structural dynamics. The theme of the conference this year is Dynamics of Coupled Structures. Please come and visit us at booth #104 in the exhibit area to check out our newest tools for dynamic substructuring and hybrid modelling that are included in FEMtools Dynamics. We also look forward to discussing your modal pretest planning, test-analysis correlation and FE model updating needs.
For more information about this event: www.sem.org.
Researchers from the Center for Wind Energy at Middle East Technical University (METU WIND) in Ankara, Turkey have chosen FEMtools Model Updating to validate and update ANSYS finite element models of wind turbine components using results from modal testing.
METU WIND is a university research center established in 2011 with the vocation of becoming a focal point at the national and international level by performing fundamental and applied research in the field of wind energy. Main areas of research include rotor blade aerodynamics, integrated design of wind turbine systems, wind farm design, energy storage, composites and material characterization. FEMtools will be used at the Structural Dynamics Laboratory, which is the main test and analysis facility of METU WIND for characterizing the vibration and structural dynamic behavior of aerospace, mechanical and civil engineering structures.
Dynamic Design Solutions announces that it has appointed new FEMtools Solutions Partners in Romania and Malaysia:
INICAD is an engineering and software distribution and consulting company serving the Romanian market. Their activities span the fields of civil engineering, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering.
Invicom Test & Measurement provides test instruments, data acquisition systems, sensors and CAE solutions in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand & Singapore. They provide turnkey solutions to quantify, measure and process the measured data to obtain values that help to understand the real physics of the system, be it for finding fault, confirmation of simulation, improvement or as baseline parameters. Key customers are Automotive R&D departments, Civil & Structural Monitoring agencies, Aviation & Aerospace, HVAC manufacturers, Rolling Stock Manufacturers, Power Distribution/Production Facilities, Petroleum Process Plants (Offshore & Onshore), Consumer Products Manufacturers and Research Universities.
Dynamic Design Solutions has completed the FEMtools 3.7 release with a version for Mac OS X. The installation package is available from September 17, 2013.
FEMtools 3.7 for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X 10.7+ on Intel 64-bit architecture. Information on system requirements can be found here. The release includes all new features and changes that were previously introduced with the version for Windows and Linux OS. The FEMtools GUI is identical on all supported OS.
At the same time, DDS released a new maintenance build of FEMtools 3.7 for Windows and Linux, and a patch installation package that upgrades the previously released version to the latest version.
More information on these releases and how to download the installation packs is in the FEMtools Support site. A login name and password is required to access the support pages. If you have a current Maintenance and Support contract and did not yet receive a login name and password, then register at http://www.femtools.com/support.htm or send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registrations are now accepted for the Technology Course on Verification, Validation and Model Updating that will take place on March 26-28, 2014 in Leuven, Belgium. Later in the year, the same course will be presented in Fullerton (Los Angeles) on July 28-30, 2014.
This course is intended for anyone that is interested in learning the state-of-the-art in finite element model validation and updating with a focus on structural dynamics. FEMtools will be used for hands-on exercises during approximately half of the time and is therefore also a good opportunity for new customers and evaluators to get started with the program. It is therefore also a good opportunity for new users, occasional users and evaluators to learn more about FEMtools.
For more information and registration click here.
Dynamic Design Solutions announces the release of FEMtools 3.7. The new version is available for download from September 2.
FEMtools 3.7 is a major revision of the FEMtools software suite that introduces new dynamic analysis and substructuring features (dynamic compensation, modal-based assembly), as well as improvements to FRF-based assembly, pretest analysis, correlation analysis and model updating. There are also various improvements and extensions to the interface programs, commands and API functions.
The highlights of this new release are summarized hereafter:
FEMtools 3.7 is available on Windows and Linux as a free upgrade for all customers with current maintenance and technical support contract. Availability of the version for Mac OS X will follow at a later time and will be announced at this location.
More information on this release and how to download the installation packs is in the FEMtools Support site. A login name and password is required to access the support pages. If you have a current Maintenance and Support contract and did not yet receive a login name and password, then register at http://www.femtools.com/support.htm or send a request to email@example.com.
Time-locked license files (annual) for FEMtools 3.4-3.6 remain valid for v3.7.
A technical paper that was presented at the International Operational Modal Analysis Conference (IOMAC 2013) that was held from May 13-15 in Guimaraes, Portugal, is now available for download from the FEMtools website:
E. Dascotte, J. Strobbe, U. Tygesen,
Continuous Stress Monitoring of Large Structures. Presented at the
5th International Operational Modal Analysis Conference (IOMAC), May 2013, Guimaraes, Portugal.
Dynamic Design Solutions contributed to the IOMAC pre-conference courses by making a license of FEMtools available to the PhD students that participated. Each student had to complete a project that consisted of an operational modal test, finite element modelling, test-analysis correlation and FE model updating.
California-based FEMtools distributor NAVCON did some "shakin" of a Porsche 911 race car at the 31st annual International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) that was held last February in Anaheim, Los Angeles.
The car was instrumented with PCB transducers and excited using a long stroke APS Dynamics shaker. Frequency response measurements were made in the exposition area using a Data Physics Mobilyzer. The data was used for modal parameter extraction and subsequent finite element model validation.
The 911 with FEMtools logo set on custom built "raceramp" wheel stands. The shaker is visible behind the left aft wheel.
Dynamic Design Solutions announces the release of FEMtools 3.6.1.
FEMtools 3.6.1 is a maintenance release that provides fixes to issues reported after the previous release and provides various improvements and corrections to the interface programs, GUI, commands and API functions.
for ANSYS 14.5 interface files has been added.
Dynamic Design Solutions has joined the MSC Software Technology Partner program as a Software Community Partner. By joining, DDS gains access to the marketing and sales resources of MSC Software and ensures access to the software licenses that are necessary for continuous interface development as well as training. The key benefit to MSC is that DDS provide leading-edge technologies which complement MSC's product portfolio. DDS develops and markets the FEMtools software that provides a critical link between experimental analysis and NVH simulation with MSC Nastran and Marc.
For more information on MSC Software Technology Partners, click here.
Dynamic Design Solutions announces the release of FEMtools 3.6.
This major revision of the FEMtools software suite introduces new dynamic analysis tools (Padé approximants, FRF-based assembly, and time domain simulation), and extends the pretest analysis tools. The Modal Parameter Extractor add-on tool has been upgraded with a new interactive applet.
Some of the highlights of this release are:
For a complete list of changes, see the FEMtools 3.6 Release Notes which can be consulted in the FEMtools Customer Support portal.
FEMtools 3.6 is available immediately on all platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS) as a free upgrade for all customers with current maintenance and technical support contract. The software can be downloaded from the Download Area of the FEMtools Customer Support portal. Access to the FEMtools Customer Support requires a user name and password.
Time-locked license files (annual) for FEMtools 3.4.x and 3.5.x remain valid for v3.6.
March 2012 - FEMtools 3.5.3 Maintenance Release
Dynamic Design Solutions announces the release of FEMtools 3.5.3.
FEMtools 3.5.3 is a maintenance release that provides fixes to issues reported after the previous release and provides various improvements and corrections to the interface programs, GUI, commands and API functions. Support for ANSYS 14 interface files has been added.
Customers with current support and maintenance can find more information on this release and how to download the installation packs in the FEMtools Support site. A login name and password is required to access the support pages. If you have a current Maintenance and Support contract and did not yet receive a login name and password, then register at http://www.femtools.com/support.htm or send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of aircraft and aerospace companies that have joined the ranks of FEMtools users has steadily increased during the past years. They include major aircraft and engine manufacturers as well as component suppliers and research centers. FEMtools is used for FE postprocessing, dynamic simulation, model validation, model updating and structural optimization. Reference data comes from modal testing and ground vibration tests or classic strain gauge testing.
Dutch Space is the largest aerospace company of the Netherlands. They are a well-recognized supplier to the international aerospace industry. Dutch Space started in 1968 and now employs a staff of about 210 researchers and engineers. Main activities are related to solar panels, launch systems, verification and simulation, descent and landing, and instruments. From July 2008 Dutch Space is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS Astrium. FEMtools is used for finite element model validation and updating of Ariane launcher frames using test data from strain gauges and accelerometers.
Other global aeronautical companies that actively use FEMtools are Airbus, Avio, Boeing, EADS Cassidian, Goodrich Aerospace, Honeywell Aerospace, ITT Exelis, Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Korean Aerospace Research Institute, MTU, National Aerospace Laboratory (Netherlands), Northrop, and Rolls-Royce.
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