ALGOR, Inc., a leading provider of design, analysis and simulation software, announced the immediate availability of FEMPRO, which has been designed to compete with Femap in the arena of pre- and post-processing for NASTRAN-compatible and other finite element analysis (FEA) software.

"FEMPRO is a modern, easy-to-use and complete system with full finite element modeling, results evaluation and presentation capabilities. Using FEMPRO, users build FEA models which can be processed by a variety of solvers for the purpose of performing mechanical simulation, which is often called virtual prototyping," said Bob Williams, ALGOR Product Manager.

Some important advantages of FEMPRO over competing software include:

Complete support for leading CAD solid modeling systems such as NX and Solid Edge from UGS Corp., CATIA and SolidWorks from Dassault Systemes, Pro/ENGINEER from Parametric Technology Corporation, and Autodesk Inventor and Mechanical Desktop from Autodesk, Inc. Additional CAD systems supported include Alibre Design, IronCAD, KeyCreator, Rhinoceros and others. For most systems, FEMPRO provides direct CAD/CAE data exchange and full associativity with each design change.

Hex-dominant hybrid meshing provides automatic mesh generation from CAD, resulting in finite element models that are populated primarily of hexahedral or "brick" elements on the surface. This method places the most accurate elements on the surface of the model where results are the highest and utilizes tetrahedral elements for the interior of the model, thereby providing the maximum combination of accuracy and solving speed.

A robust and extensive array of user interfacing for analyses including static stress and Mechanical Event Simulation (MES) with linear and nonlinear material models, linear dynamics, fatigue, steady-state and transient heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics, electrostatics and full multiphysics.

Over the past 20 years, FEMPRO was developed as a primary component of ALGOR's complete finite element modeling and analysis software system. Beginning in 2002, ALGOR began adding full NASTRAN compatibility to its software line. This includes the ability for FEMPRO, its finite element modeling and post-processing tool, to create models for NASTRAN processors and to read in the results from NASTRAN analyses to graphically display result contours including displacements, stresses, mode shapes resulting from vibration, temperature profiles and other engineering parameters.

Now, for the first time, ALGOR is making FEMPRO widely available for users of other finite element systems including NASTRAN solvers, which are offered by a number of companies such as MSC.Software and UGS Corp.

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