Design & SimulationJanuary 7, 2021

Enhanced Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Simulation with Opera 2021x

The field of electromagnetics is a rapidly expanding one that is also…
Avatar Clare Scott

The field of electromagnetics is a rapidly expanding one that is also growing in complexity. Design of electromagnetic devices, such as antennas, medical devices, generators and much more, relies upon detailed simulation to ensure accuracy and effectiveness, and SIMULIA meets this demand with a detailed and extensive electromagnetic (EM) simulation portfolio.

For low frequency simulation, SIMULIA offers Opera, a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software suite that allows users to simulat electromagnetic and electromechanical systems in two and three dimensions. Opera is particularly designed for low frequency simulation, which is highly useful for the design of magnets, electric motors and electrical machines.

Recently the 2021 release of Opera was announced, with new developments that improve the performance of calculations and facilitate model set-up and post-processing. Highlights of Opera R2021x include:

  • The 2D Pre- & Post-Processor has been enhanced following its initial release in the 2020 version.
  • The geometric modeling software used in the 3D Modeler has been upgraded to ACIS 2020. This provides additional interoperability with other CAD formats, and performance improvements.
  • POWER’BY connection has been updated. For users who have 3DEXPERIENCE platform components pre-installed an additional button for POWER’BY is enabled on the Opera Manager toolbar, which allows users to push and pull Opera files and results to the platform so that they can be shared and used by other platform team members.
  • Includes a new Python integration using the Intel Distribution for Python. This allows a much stronger link to Opera and the opportunity to include a more complete set of packages.
  • Allows for three different licensing methods to be used. The existing LM-X licensing system continues to be used and supported but additionally, Opera 2021x can be licensed using SIMULIA CST license bundles using either the FlexNet or DSLS system.
  • The Opera Machines Designer is an automated tool that assists in the design of electrical machines within the 2D product. Version 2021 of the Opera Machines Designer tool includes automated model creation for a wide selection of machine types:
    • Brushless Permanent Magnet machine (BLPM)
    • Induction (or Asynchronous) machine (IM)
    • Wound Synchronous machine (SM)
    • Switched Reluctance machine (SRM)
    • Synchronous Reluctance machine (SynchRel)
    • Permanent Magnet External Rotor (PMexternal)

To learn more about the new features, improvements and enhancements offered in Opera 2021x, please attend the upcoming e-seminar Opera R2021x | Electromagnetic Simulation for Low-Frequency Applications, taking place on January 13.

Learn more and register for the upcoming e-seminar Opera R2021x | Electromagnetic Simulation for Low-Frequency Applications on January 13.

The e-seminar will also be available on-demand after the live event has concluded.

Stay tuned as new software releases continue to be rolled out into the new year, and find more Opera resources in the SIMULIA Community.

SIMULIA offers an advanced simulation product portfolio, including AbaqusIsightfe-safeToscaSimpoe-MoldSIMPACKCST Studio SuiteXFlowPowerFLOW and more. The SIMULIA Community is the place to find the latest resources for SIMULIA software and to collaborate with other users. The key that unlocks the door of innovative thinking and knowledge building, the SIMULIA Community provides you with the tools you need to expand your knowledge, whenever and wherever.

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