April 29, 2015
HBM nCode has released version 11.0 of its nCode suite of durability engineering, test and analysis software. Version 11.0, according to the company, adds speed improvements for processing large amounts of data rapidly and additional methods for designing and validating components subjected to vibration excitation.
The nCode suite is made up of GlyphWorks for graphical data processing, nCode DesignLife for fatigue analysis applications and nCode Automation for managing data and automating analysis. nCode DesignLife, HBM nCode says, offers a complete, one-package fatigue solution from high cycle to low cycle, simple to multiaxial strain life and from crack initiation to crack growth. The company adds that it has made “significant improvements” to the Jiang plasticity model and the automatic analysis selection methods in this release.
For version 11.0, HBM nCode says that it enhanced the nCode DesignLife vibration fatigue solver in several areas of functionality, including new types of loadings, conditions and calculations. Added methods include multiple simultaneous PSDs (power spectral densities), Sine on Random and Sine Dwell loading, which, the company says, enables improved simulation of real-world conditions and offers benefits for engine and powertrain applications. DesignLife also supports modal superposition for larger models, more frequency steps, an expanded frequency range as well as better fidelity of results and faster analysis, according to the company.
For virtual load generation, the Strain Gauge Analysis engine in nCode DesignLife provides virtual strain gauges. These gauges can be used to reconstruct loads from measured strains and to calculate input loads. The Strain Gauge Analysis engine in version 11.0 helps identify suitable strain gauge locations for a load reconstruction process, and the gauge selection procedure can generate metrics that assist in selecting the appropriate number of gauges to use.
Frequency analysis in version 11.0 sees new pre-defined processes for auto-correlation and cross-correlation of input data with various lags/scaling options. Convolution between input data and an impulse/filter kernel response can be performed. Other new features include a new waterfall analysis method, zoom analysis and the ability to generate Campbell plots.
“nCode 11.0 focuses on new capabilities for vibration fatigue and frequency analysis, allowing engineers to avoid unnecessary overdesign and prevent operational failures,” said Paul Roberts, product manager at HBM nCode, in a press statement. “Additionally, significant improvements have been made to the overall execution speed of processing test data; for example, an aerospace customer has reduced analysis time of huge data sets with complex flows by 30%.”
In addition to the nCode suite of applications, the company also offers nCode CDS (Complete Durability System), which it describes as a cost-effective licensing method that offers flexible access to the full range of desktop products through licensing “CDS units.”
For more information about version 11.0 of the nCode suite of durability engineering, test and analysis software, visit HBM nCode.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.