Customization of FEMAP FEA Preprocessor for Shipbuilder Needs (2013-428)
- Ingalls Shipbuilding
- ATA Engineering
- General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
NSRP ASE Investment: $150K
ATA created a Femap toolbox that would improve the process of creating an analysis model from CAD geometry. The tools aim either to automate manual tasks within Femap or provide a shortcut for tedious procedures. Since the most time-consuming part of creating an analysis model is often the creation of meshable geometry, the toolbox contains several programs for creating or editing mid-surface models. The toolbox also includes new methods for checking the quality of a model, as well as tools to aid with mesh grouping. The toolbox uses the Femap Application Program Interface (API); this is a programming tool that can be used to automate almost any Femap manual process. The toolbox was written in Visual Basic and is accessed from within Femap. The initial release version of the toolbox is available to all members of NSRP at no cost.
Final Report – Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited