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Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics Consultants

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IDAC resells a wide range of engineering analysis software, including the full ANSYS simulation suite. In addition to this IDAC provides a computer-aided engineering consulting service and training.

IDAC’s engineers have extensive finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) experience providing customers with advanced analysis capabilities. IDAC can provide analysis expertise in almost any field, from simple structural problems to complex multi-physics simulations. Past projects have included analysing gas turbine systems, wind turbines, power generation systems, heat exchangers, pump systems, and offshore systems.

Simulation Open Days

Attend a Simulation Open Day at IDAC, featuring presentations, demonstrations and Q&A sessions. Held quarterly, they are FREE to attend. Email IDAC for further information.

Computer-aided engineering consulting

IDAC’s engineering analysts use the full ANSYS simulation suite to validate product and process designs in the following fields:

  • Structural performance, including vibration and fatigue
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Thermal behaviour and effects
  • Electromagnetic and electrostatic performance
  • Crash, impact, explosion and drop tests
  • Composites

IDAC analysts can create customised solutions using simulation software to provide solutions to complex problems without the overheads normally associated with a dedicated engineering analysis group or department.

Training for simulation software

IDAC offers simulation software training to help engineers keep abreast of the latest computer-aided engineering technology. Both scheduled and customised training is available on a wide range of analysis topics. Courses are run for any level of user and can also be customised to your company’s requirements.

Structural mechanics simulation

ANSYS structural mechanics solutions offer the engineer an ability to simulate every structural aspect of a product, from simple linear static analyses to advanced contact, transient non-linear situations that may include dynamic effects.

Multi-physics simulation

Multi-physics simulation solutions allow engineers and designers to evaluate their product designs operating under real-world multi-physics conditions, where multiple types of coupled physics interact. ANSYS allows the interaction between structural mechanics, heat transfer, fluid flow, acoustics and electromagnetism, all within a single software product.

Fluid dynamics simulation suite

The ANSYS fluid dynamics solution allows the modelling of fluid flow and its effects. The suite contains both general computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and additional specialised products to address specific power industry applications.

IDAC’s CFD business group continues to help businesses with their growing demand for virtual testing and prototyping. Given the complex nature of turbulent flows and their unsteady behaviour, IDAC consultants often have to resort to using more than just steady-state simulations to predict the flow field in, or around, objects.

Explicit dynamics software

The ANSYS explicit dynamics solution allows severe events such as drop tests, crash impact, explosions and penetrations to be simulated. These events can often involve short-duration, large-strain, large-deformation, fracture, complete material failure or structural problems with complex contact interactions. These types of events can often be difficult or expensive to study experimentally.

Electromagnetic analysis software

The ANSYS electromagnetic solutions have been further enhanced since it incorporated the industry-leading electromagnetic field solvers from Ansoft into the portfolio. These products cover the full spectrum of electromagnetic analyses allowing behaviour of low and high-frequency electromagnetic fields to be predicted. ANSYS electromagnetic solutions enable users to predict the behaviour of electrical and electromechanical devices, eliminate prototype iterations, and deliver products to market faster.

Analysis tool for civil engineering

IDAC also offers CivilFEM, which is a customisation of ANSYS for civil engineering applications. It is an analysis tool incorporating modules for bridges, geotechnics, advanced pre-stressed reinforced concrete and nuclear power plants. CivilFEM also offers code checking for steel structures (AISC, Eurocode No.3, BS 5950) and concrete structures (ACI, Eurocode No.2, BS 8110 amongst others).

IDAC To Hold Free ANSYS Open Day in January

IDAC is offering a free ANSYS open day for those interested in learning about simulation techniques and software. IDAC's open day gives you the opportunity to visit IDAC and meet our computer aided engineering (CAE) simulation experts and ask questions about your specialist field.

IDAC to Hold Free Simulation Open Day

IDAC is opening its doors to the engineering community free of charge on 26 January 2012. This is an opportunity for you meet IDAC's computer aided engineering (CAE) simulation experts and ask questions about your specialist fields.

IDAC Optimises a Laminated Rotor Design

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IDAC to Hold Free Simulation Open Day

IDAC is opening its doors to the engineering community free of charge on 6 October 2011. This is an opportunity for you to meet IDAC's computer aided engineering (CAE) simulation experts and ask questions about your specialist fields. The day will be split into two parts. In the morning

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