NX10 - The all new integrated CAE environment
NX CAE is a modern simulation environment for simulation modeling; structural, thermal, flow, motion, and multiphysics simulation; optimization; simulation data management; and simulation-driven design. NX10 CAE introduces over 200 new simulation and productivity enhancements that allow you to perform new kinds of analyses and speed up your simulation processes.
FE model in-context expands upon NX CAE’s unique, distributed environment for building analysis model assemblies by allowing you to edit a single finite element component model in the context of the overall assembly. In NX CAE, you can set the ‘work’ part independently of the displayed part, which allows you to see and reference the rest of the FE assembly while editing just the FE component model.
Faster FE model updates speed-up the overall update process for the FE model when the design changes. Specifically, these improvements are designed to minimise the amount of polygon geometry that is affected when there are changes to the underlying CAD geometry.
Mid-surface enhancements provide a better result on the first pass and ultimately allow you to create mid-surfaces up to five times faster. Some of the new enhancements to the mid-surface command include a new ‘rolling ball’ thickness calculation algorithm that provides more granular thickness information throughout a body.
Geometry optimisation for thermal and flow analyses lets you drive the design towards an optimal solution by varying design geometry. This is useful for trade-off studies – and to determine optimum operating conditions for a product, such as the need to minimise the temperature of a critical component within an electronic device through variation of airflow patterns.
NX Shape Optimisation is a new NX CAE product that helps you suggest specific detailed improvements to an existing design, when only minor changes and improvements are permitted due to design constraints. In these cases, you are typically trying to minimise stress concentrations or maximise selected natural frequencies, which are factors that can extend product life and durability.
Edge-to-edge glue support for NX Nastran is a simple and effective method to join dissimilar shell meshes. Glue connections between the edges of shell elements in the same plane simplify the modeling process for you, without compromising the accuracy of the structural analysis.
Bolt pre-loads on solid elements for NX Nastran allow more detailed representations of bolts, including contact between hole and bolt, which will give you more accurate results.
Import Fibersim HDF5 files into NX laminate composites to obtain more information for each ply than is available in the XML file, such as the draping starting point, direction and orientation angle.
Multi-threading takes advantage of multi-core and multi-processor hardware, and speeds up the thermal computations. Multi-threading is most useful for radiation-dominated models. For transient runs, depending on output intervals, run time can be reduced by up to about 25 percent (using four cores).
New fully coupled scheme for parallel flow solver helps to solve large models faster. This fully coupled pressure-velocity scheme is now used by default, and is better suited for solving steady-state models or transient models using larger time steps.
Durability analysis based on flexible body motion simulation results means you can seamlessly and efficiently move from CAD assembly to a motion study using a flexible body. You can then use the results of the motion simulation to kick off a durability analysis on the component in question.
Suppress/unsuppress motion objects allows you to omit individual motion objects and their dependent objects from the active solution. This saves time so that you can quickly simulate design alternatives without having to physically delete or recreate objects in your motion simulation.
'The business case for using NX for CAE is immense and indisputable. Our productivity and our engineering efficiency have gone up significantly beyond normal measure and our development costs have plummeted. We have fewer steps, but with each one, we get a better return and we spend less doing it.'
Darren Davies. Engineering Manager - Wirth Research