MSC Software announced the new release of Adams 2013. The release includes new modules for machinery dynamics analysis along with extended automotive features for ride test, leaf spring generation, and powertrain modeling.
The Adams 2013 release helps mechanical engineers more accurately model systems, predict performance, and visualize results, the company says.
The solution's HHT integrator was enhanced with a more efficient step size selection. Adams 2013 also provides users with the option to implement the "Adaptive Interpolation" in all integrators to improve the solver speed. The adaptive interpolation approach has increased simulation speed by four times for a typical Rough Road ride simulation, and by 10 times for a similar Straight Flat Road test, the company says.
The Adams/Machinery solution adds a new bearing module to the existing gear, belt, and chain modules introduced in the 2012 release. It enables a user to select from a library of more than 24,000 off-the-shelf bearings spanning a range of 14 bearing types. The library supplies characteristic geometry values for bearings from eight leading manufacturers.
Also included are productivity enhancements for automotive and truck engineers. The model browser in Adams/View is now customizable, and is available in both Adams/View and Adams/Car. It exists in both Template Builder and Standard User Interface modes, and has User Defined Element (UDE) support. With the customizable model browser, including dynamic searching and savable filters, it is now easier to access and modify complex vehicle models, the company says.
Adams/Car features a new leaf spring preprocessor. Also, a single leaf spring model will be fully supported, reducing the need for custom solutions and improving ease of use.
The solution features the powertrain consolidation in both Adams/Car and Adams/Chassis. In the new release, engineers will find a variety of pre-defined templates, including those for manual, automatic, CVT, and dual-clutch transmissions.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.