Dassault Systèmes has released Abaqus 6.8, its technology-leading unified finite element analysis software suite from SIMULIA. Engineers, designers, researchers, and scientists can use Abaqus to lower costs and reduce cycle times through the realistic simulation of stress, impact, crush, fluid-structure interaction, thermal dynamics, and other complex behaviours of products, materials, and processes, says the company.

Abaqus 6.8 provides new and improved capabilities in core areas, including modelling and results visualisation, structural analysis, composites failure, general contact, computing performance, and multi-physics. Designers and engineers in all industries are able to leverage Abaqus 6.8 to deepen their knowledge of real-world structural behaviour and accelerate the development of innovative products.

Among the latest advancements Dassault has notified are:

• Fully built-in and improved composites analysis capabilities that enable aerospace engineers to efficiently
simulate the behaviour of composite crack propagation, delamination, and possible failure.
• Industry-unique capabilities that allow automotive engineers to capture full-vehicle noise and vibration response due to tyre rolling effects and viscoelastic material effects from tires, bushings, isolators, and laminated steel.
• A low-cycle fatigue method that assists electronics engineers in assessing the lifecycle of solder joints. This method is also useful for evaluating powertrain durability and bone degradation in biomechanical applications.