CAE Tools and Evaluation

Recommended CAE tools:

Code_Aster

This advance FEA tool offers a full range of metaphysical analysis and modeling methods that go well beyond the standard functions of a thermo-mechanical calculation codes, from seismic analysis to porous environments via acoustics, fatigue, stochastic dynamics, etc. Its modeling, algorithms and solvers are constantly undergoing work to improve them and add to them (1,200,000 lines of code, 200 operators).

I have used this software extensively in area of power transformation safety; the software has a wide range of solutions and a Windows as well as Linux available installation.

Rating
Solution Availability 9/10
User Friendly 2.5/10
Stability 5/10
Price Free [10/10]

Femap with NX Nastran

The range of capabilities in the base module includes linear and statics, normal modes, buckling, basic nonlinear and heat transfer. In addition NX Nastran for Femap includes additional options for dynamics – that includes transient/dynamic, frequency/harmonic response, response spectrum, random response DDAM (Dynamic Design Analysis Method) – as well as advanced nonlinear analysis, aeroelasticity, superelements, optimization, rotor dynamics and DMAP (Direct Matrix Abstraction Program).

I have used this software package in my day to day work; I have used this tool mainly in structural analysis and have a positive experience about the available solutions.

Rating
Solution Availability 5/10
User Friendly 8.0/10
Stability 7/10
Price High [3/10]

NEI Nastran

NEi Nastran is a general purpose Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tool; NEi is capable of analyzing linear and nonlinear stress, dynamics, and heat transfer characteristics of structures and mechanical components. NEI have introduced a high capability and new method for composite material analysis, the NEI team is very progressive in this area.
I have used NEI NASTRAN in my day to day work, mainly for structural and thermal analysis and have a positive sentiment about the available solutions.

Rating
Solution Availability 7/10
User Friendly 7.0/10
Stability 6.5/10
Price Mid-High [4/10]

ANSA

ANSA is a strong CAE pre-processing tool that provides some necessary functionality for full-model build up, from CAD data to ready-to-run solver input file, in a ok integrated environment I am using this software package in my current position; I am using this tool mainly in structural and NVH analysis and have a positive experience with it.

Rating
Solution Availability N/A
User Friendly 7/10
Stability 8/10
Price Mid-High [4/10]

µETA

µETA post processor is the ANSA related post processor. Unlike ANSA the user experience could be negative. I am using this software package in my current position; but mainly I have to go back to hyperview for ease of use and stability issues.

Solution Availability N/A
User Friendly 5/10
Stability 4/10
Price Very-High [2/10]

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