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Elmer FEM-OpenFOAM-Dakota: An open-source framework for data analytics, finite element and finite volume methods


A program for 3 way coupling between open-source software Elmer FEM, OpenFOAM and Dakota has been developed.

The program along with examples can be found here:


Capabilities: The interface provides an open-source framework that integrates data analytics, finite element and finite volume methods.

15 Minutes Webinar - How to Identify Part Defects with Image-Based Methods

Join us for this webinar on Wednesday, May 20th, where we'll be looking at methods for identifying part defacts using Simpleware software.

We'll look at an example of working with a machined simple hole plate (usually used for CT calibration) to focus on tools useful for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and the production of manufactured parts. We will show automated tools for segmentation and correction, as well as surface deviation, shape fitting and measurement tools. 

Learn more about how to take part in this webinar.

Webinar on Implant Selection and Positioning, Apr 29th, 2020

You are welcome to join this webinar on implant selection and positioning in Simpleware software. The 15-minute webinar shows some of the recent developments we've made in selecting and positioning CAD implants within computed tomography (CT) image data.

The webinar will look at the case of a CT torso scan to discuss different measurement techniques in Simpleware ScanIP, and how to create orthopedic models for 3D printing, Finite Element Analysis, and CAD.

Registration is available here.

Webinar on 3D Image-Based Reverse Engineering in Medical AM

You're invited to a webinar run by Synopsys Simpleware on April 22nd, where new trends in 3D image-based reverse engineering and medical additive manufacturing will be explored. The webinar will also look at a recent project with Nikon Metrology, Thornton Tomasetti, and 4WEB Medical.

You can find more information on how to join here

Question about wire model with beam element in ABAQUS

I want to do a finite element analysis of the braid vessel stent model with the B31 beam element and the explicit solver, and I find that the wires in the analysis are discontinuous. Should I add some constraints or cross-sectional connections?

I set the radial displacement of all the nodes, as usual the stent should be extended, but the result was not, and the lines became independent segments.

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NURBS patches (IGA) in LS-Dyna


I am trying to use iso-geometric elements in LS-Dyna with the keyword *ELEMENT_NURBS_SHELL_PATCH. The job manager terminates without mentioning where the errors are.

Can someone help me with this? A sample .k file using the above keyword will be helpful.

Thank you!


Harsha Reddy

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How do I count Keyword Blocks in the Abaqus input file?

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The Abaqus documentation, available here:

states the following:

Certain keywords must be used in conjunction with other keywords; forexample, the *ELASTIC and *DENSITY keywords must be used in conjunction with the *MATERIAL keyword. These related keywords must be grouped in a block in the input file; unrelated keywords cannot be specified within this block. 

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Abaqus nodes are missing degree of freedoms. ErrNodeMissingDofConstrDef

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Problem Description/Question: 

I model a cantilever beam with 2D plane stress elements. 

The left end of the beam is clampled (encastre).

In Step 1, I use a coupling constraint U2=coupled to apply a vertical load on the right (loaded) end of the model.

In Step 2, I use a different coupling constraint U1=coupled to apply a traction load on the loaded end of the model.

Each constrain is defined with different reference point, different surface, totally independent of each other. 

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Why getting trouble with Abaqus UMAT subroutine when using interaction features like contact or tie?

I am implementing a constitutive relation in UMAT subroutine using the commercial software Abaqus. First, I tested the UMAT subroutine with 'one element model' first. Then I tested with comparatively bigger geometry. It worked fine. Now when I am trying to do a models involving contact, i.e. use of the 'Interaction module'. I am getting error of over-constraint warning for 'Split Tension test of concrete cylinder'. The same input file (except the material definition) is running on Abaqus perfectly with Mohr-Coulomb criteria. I can see a reasonable stress and strain contour.

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NOSA-ITACA code 1.1c is now available

The new version of the code presents an improved and more intuitive
management of the subroutine and an easier use of Job monitor dialogue.
Enjoy it

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NOSA-ITACA code version 1.1b is now available

The improved version of NOSA-ITACA is now available at A more friendly monitor analysis has been implemented. Bugs related to card creation are now fixed. At you can find also some tutorials that will guide you through the use of the code. Enjoy !

Abaqus left eigenvalue and eigenvector

Dear all,


I am working on the subject of the instability problem using Abaqus. 

One of the representative examples may be the squeal noise. 


In the Abaqus simulation, we have the difficulty in obtaining the left eigenvectors. 


It seems that the following comments do not work properly to obtain the left eigenvectors. 


Does anyone know how to obtain the left eigenvectors in SIM?




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Ackward behavior in Abaqus

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Hello colleagues! 


I am facing a very strange phenomenon in Abaqus 2019. Setting up a transient consolidation analysis, and despite converging and showing job as complete, no output is written to the job at all. Needless to say, I am requesting standard field output every n=1 steps and the analysis is 10 increments or so. It's quite frustrating to see your mesh disappear when you expect to see nice colors. If this ever happened to you please do share how you went about it. 



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A nonlinear static analysis of a masonry church by NOSA-ITACA

The last tutorial (Tutorial4) about a non linear static analysis of a masonry church performed by the NOSA-ITACA code, is now available at We perform the analysis supposing the structure made of two masonry-like materials with zero tensile strength and bounded compressive strength and a linear elastic material.

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NOSA-ITACA code tutorials

Now at website

you can download tutorials where it is shown how to

perform modal analysis, linear static and non linear static analysis by NOSA-ITACA code. Enjoy them !

Otherwise you can watch them on YouTube at

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NOSA-ITACA code now runs on UBUNTU 18.04

Running NOSA on Ubuntu 18.04 is not (yet) officially supported, but you may use the package for Ubuntu 16.04, as indicated at

See also the prevoius post about it ! Enjoy !


Webinar: High Value Parts in Simpleware Software, June 12th

Simpelware High Value Parts Webinar


Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Time: 8 am PDT (US West Coast) / 11 am EDT (US East Coast) / 5 pm CEST (Europe)

Duration: 15 min presentations + Q&A

Join this webinar to learn how Simpleware software enables dynamic inspection and non-destructive evaluation of high-value parts.

Modeling Prophylactic Sacral Dressings with Tel Aviv University

The sacrum is the most susceptible anatomical site for developing pressure injuries (PIs), including deep tissue injuries, during supine lying. Prophylactic dressings are generally designed to reduce friction, alleviate internal tissue shear loads, manage the microclimate, and overall cushion the soft tissues subjected to sustained deformations under the sacrum.

15 Minutes Webinar - Improve High-Value Part Inspection and Simulation-based NDE with Simpleware Software

Wed, Jun 12, 2019 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM BST

Join this webinar to learn how Simpleware software enables dynamic inspection and non-destructive evaluation of high-value parts.

The webinar will cover workflows from industrial CT data to models, from quantitative analysis to dimensional measurement, surface deviation, and use of Surface/CAD geometries. Learn how Simpleware software’s unique features enable comprehensive processing of industrial data and export of robust meshes to simulation to study how manufactured components perform against design requirements.

Webinar on Simpleware-CCNY Head Model: June 5th, 2019

Wed, Jun 5, 2019 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM BST

Join this webinar to learn about the Simpleware-CCNY head model which offers a significant resource for anyone wanting to evaluate product designs and simulate how they interact with the head.

The Simpleware-CCNY head model is a highly detailed representation of the head created in Simpleware software from scan data. The City College of New York (CCNY) is the source of the data, which consists of T1 and T2 weighted scans performed on a Siemens Trio TIM 3.0 Tesla scanner.

Simpleware: 15-minute Medical Devices webinar - May 2nd 2019

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Join this short webinar to learn about solutions to typical bottlenecks for medical device design, from patient-specific modelling to pre-surgical planning. We will cover the ways in which Simpleware software solves common medical device design challenges, with topics including: 

• Brief overview of the key features of Simpleware software

• Benefits of CE-marking and FDA 510(k) clearance in Simpleware software

Web Workshop - Intro to Simpleware Software for Reverse Engineering, Mar 27 2019

Join us for this interactive web workshop where we will demonstrate 3D image processing and analysis using Simpleware software. We walk also you through the workflow of building high-quality models for the inspection and non-destructive evaluation of manufactured parts.

Learn more and register here

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NOSA-ITACA: a free finite element software for structural analysis

NOSA-ITACA is a software product of the Mechanics of Materials and Structures Laboratory of ISTI-CNR, distributed via the website.
The package includes SALOME v8.3.0, and is available for Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04.
NOSA-ITACA enables you to conduct both linear and nonlinear static analyses and modal analyses.
NOSA-ITACA can be used to study the static behavior of masonry buildings of historic and architectural interest and model the effectiveness of strengthening operations.

Synopsys Simpleware ScanIP Medical Now Available

We are pleased to announce the release of the Synopsys Simpleware ScanIP Medical edition. This exciting new version of Simpleware ScanIP comes with FDA 510(k) clearance, and CE and ISO 13485:2016 certification as a medical device.

Simpleware ScanIP Medical is the ideal choice for those working with 3D imaging to create medical devices for pre-clinical workflows such as implant design and patient-specific planning.

Web Workshop - Introduction to Simpleware Software for Life Sciences, Jan 30 2019

Join us for this interactive web workshop where we will demonstrate 3D image processing and analysis using Simpleware software. We walk also you through the workflow of building high-quality models for advanced analysis of anatomies, implants, medical devices, and surgical techniques.

Register to watch live or download on-demand


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