Virtual ExperienceDecember 13, 2018

R2019x Release: Established Products

The Simulation portfolio in 3DEXPERIENCE R2019x brings a variety of enhancements and new capabilities…
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The Simulation portfolio in 3DEXPERIENCE R2019x brings a variety of enhancements and new capabilities to all users, and analysts in particular can leverage a suite of Roles to connect existing models, data, results, and simulation IP to the 3DEXPERIENCE for structures (Abaqus), fluids (XFlow), and electromagnetics (CST). Below is an overview of what’s new in the SIMULIA Established products for the R2019x release:


The Abaqus Unified FEA product suite offers powerful and complete solutions for both routine and sophisticated engineering problems covering a vast spectrum of industrial applications.

What’s New

Material and element enhancements

  • A new 2nd order tet element C3D10 in Abaqus/Explicit provides larger stable time increment and is more computationally efficient than the existing C3D10M element
  • A new shear panel element SHEAR4 in Abaqus/Standard provides efficient modeling of reinforced thin-wall structures such as can be found in airplane fuselages
  • The hyperfoam material that was previously available in Abaqus/Explicit is now also available in Abaqus/Standard. Results transfer between Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/Explicit is fully supported which enables workflows involving static preload followed by dynamic impact.
  • The concrete damaged plasticity model in Explicit has been enhanced to include damage initiation and failure.

Contact enhancements

  • General contact in Abaqus/Standard now supports thermal and thermal-electrical procedures.
  • Initial contact stresses in Abaqus/Standard can be computed based on userspecfied stress in elements underlying the contact surface
  • New contact output variables including scalar integration of contact pressure over the surface
  • The bolt contact capability in Abaqus/Standard has been enhanced to more accurately represent threads without actually meshing the thread.

Linear Dynamics enhancements

  • SMP parallel processing is now supported for results recovery in mode-based procedures.
  • The missing mass method is now available for use within the response spectrum procedure. A common application is earthquake engineering.
  • Structural energy flow, power flow and acoustic radiated energy and power can now be computed for coupled structural-acoustic steady state dynamics.

Modeling and visualization enhancements

  • Model instances can now be used with flattended input files.
  • Asymmetric axisymmetric elements CAXA/SAXA are now supported within Abaqus/CAE.
  • Geometry assemblies within Abaqus/CAE can be exported into the ASAT format which simplifies interoperability with 3DEXPERIENCE applications.
  • Visualization of nodal tensor fields is now supported.

Other key enhancements

  • Parallel scalability of Abaqus/Explicit has been significantly improved. Performance improvements approaching 50% have been observed.
  • Performance of coutour integral evaluation has significantly increased for large models.
  • Performance of linear static load cases has been significantly improved.


The Tosca optimization suite provides fast and powerful structural and flow optimization solutions based on FEA and CFD simulations. Tosca optimization suite consists of two products: Tosca Structure is for optimized structural designs, and Tosca Fluid provides optimized fluid flow design concepts.

What’s New

Tosca Structure

  • Tosca Structure.topology
    • Faster execution using shared memory parallelization (SMP) for topology optimization using shared memory parallelization.
    • Enhanced topology optimization sensitivity filtering
      • Sensitivity filters has been enhanced and especially in combination with stress constraints or symmetry constraints are results much improved
    • Enhanced optimizer for sensitivity based optimizations
      • New implementation of the internal optimizer, Convex Separable Approximation (CSA). The optimizer is now default
    • Improved controls for overhang constraints for additive manufacturing
  •  Tosca Structure.shape
    • Enabling sensitivity based shape optimization with Abaqus non-linear analysis
      • Non-linear static analysis (NLGEOM=YES, *PLASTIC, *CONTACT …)
      • Including all modeling non-linearities as large deformations, contact and non-linear materials.
      • Stress constraints
      • Reaction force constraints, even on *COUPLING elements
      • 2D and 3D elements
      • Abaqus execution in MPI-mode
      • Better performance, especially for stress constraints
    • Enhanced manufacturing constraints for sensitivity based shape optimization supporting the following manufacturing constraints
      • Plane symmetry
      • Cyclic rotational symmetry
      • Cyclic plane symmetry
      • Stamping
      • Demold control
    • For easy restrictions of plane surfaces adjacent to the design area with RESTRICT_ON_SURFACE
    • Definition of a smooth transition zone into the design area with CHECK_TYPE = TRANSITION
    • Enhanced element correction for C3D10 elements
  •  Tosca Structure.bead
    • Enabling sensitivity based bead optimization with Abaqus non-linear analysis which replaces the “linearized” workflows
    • The Sensitivity based bead optimization now supports
      • Non-linear static analysis (NLGEOM=YES, *PLASTIC, *CONTACT …)
      • Stress constraints
      • Reaction force constraints, even on *COUPLING elements
      • Abaqus execution in MPI-mode
      • Better performance
  •  Tosca support in ABAQUS/CAE 2019
    • Support Abaqus sensitivities for all Tosca workflows
    • Sizing
    • Shape
    • Bead * (planned for FD release)
    • Overhang constraint topology optimization
  •  Supported solver interfaces
    • Abaqus 2019
    • ANSYS® v19.0
    • MSC Nastran® 2017
    • Supported life solver interfaces
      • fe-safe 2019
      • Femfat ® 5.3

Tosca Fluid

  • Tosca Fluid improved interfaces for
    • STAR-CCM+® versions: 9.02 – 13.02
    • Ansys Fluent® versions 15.0.0 – 19.0.0


fe-safe is a powerful, comprehensive and easy-to-use suite of software for fatigue analysis from finite element models.

What’s New

  • Improved robustness of weld line definitions for solid elements
  • Enhanced nodal force method for Verity weld fatigue relaxes some of the meshing requirements
  • Results summary available by group, not just model as a whole
  • Groups/sets created by fe-safe are written to ODBPrismatic Hull infinite life method
  • Simpler plugin loading
  • Ability to use more than one plugin in the same project/job
  • Improved plugin identification/versioning
  • Installer unified with Abaqus


Isight provides simulation process automation and design optimization solutions that enable users to reduce analysis time and costs while improving product performance, quality and reliability.

What’s New

  • Isight Enhancements
    • Support copy-paste of scripts in script editors
    • New “Fetch & republish to local library” command in fipercmd
  • Component Enhancements
    • Abaqus component upgrade
      • Support for Abaqus 6.14 – Abaqus 2019
    •  CATIA V5 component upgrade
      • Supports CATIA V5 R27, CATIA V5 R28, and CATIA V5 R29
    • SolidWorks component upgrade
      • SolidWorks component is enhanced to support SolidWorks 2016 SP4 through 2019 releases
  • SIMULIA Execution Engine (SEE) Enhancements
    • TomEE-Microsoft SQL Server based SEE
    • Web Dashboard in TomEE-based-SEE
    • HTTPS support for Webtop and Web Dashboard in TomEE-based-SEE

CST Studio Suite

CST STUDIO SUITE allows engineers to experiment with virtual prototypes even at the earliest stages of the design process, to compare the performance of different configurations, and to optimize their products as part of end-to-end industry processes that require EM simulation.

What’s New

  • General
    • CST Specialist connects CST Studio Suite with 3DEXPERIENCE and leverages the best capabilities of each. (See CST Specialist PX2 role BFS for more info)
    • Support for 3D CAD assembly design for CST Studio Suite assembly mode
    • Basic visualization of the farfield in Simulation Review app. The farfield plot is the most important KPI for antenna design and placement
    • Encryption of CST models for securely sharing data (IP protection), available for Transient Solver only
    • New Schematic Editor with strongly improved performance and usability
    • Improved Poser tool to posture human voxel models
    • System Assembly Modelling (SAM) Array Task allows post-processing optimization in full array
    • New Anchorpoint Sweep in SAM Assembly Viewer
  • High Frequency
    • Support of new GPU devices: NVIDIA Tesla V100 and Quadro GV100
    • Improved HPC Cluster check for MPI simulations o Distributed Computing – Merge time improved
    • Lumped Elements Touchstone Circuits (T,F, TLM)
    • Simultaneous Excitation (F,I) o Windscreen antenna simulations: Improved setup
    • FD, TLM and Asymptotic Solver now included in Hybrid Solver (F, TLM, A)
  • Low Frequency Simulation
    • 3D rotational motion (LT)
    • Support of periodic subvolumes in 3D (LT + Mstatic)
    • SAM Machine Task with several improvements
  • Charged Particles
    • New E-Static PIC Solver (for slow movements, e.g. plasma)
    • Optically induced emission model (photoemission)
    • Combined E-field plots with particles
  • Cable Simulation
    • Simplified definition of cable bundles in 3D
    • Easy definition of junctions between cable terminals
    • Stranded wires in TLM Solver (bi-directional coupling with cables thicker than a mesh cell)
    • Improved accuracy of lossy metals, used in cable cross section
    • Parameter sweep for random bundling
    • Running cable simulations on Linux OS (batch mode only)
  • Circuit Simulation
    • New Schematic Editor with improved performance and usability
    • Excitation settings now available in ask Parameter list
    • New IBIS AMI Task
  • Filter Designer
    • FD2D: improved accuracy of fast distributed models
    • FD3D: VNA based filter tuning (coupling matrix extraction from real-time measured S-parameters)
    • FD3D – New topologies for dual- and multi-mode filters
  • Interference Task
    • Interactive violation matrix, directly opening EMI margin plot
    • Radio library available for download from support page
  • EDA Import and PCB Simulation
    • IR and PI Result Field now use normal layout window with all selection capabilities
    • 2DTL and SI coupling limits can be determined from threshold voltage
    • IR Drop with detailed power loss and sign off reporting
    • Boardcheck: Electrical data for rules is calculated from PCB data, Hierarchical violation view
  • Chip Interface
    • Cadence Virtuoso plug-in
    • Import from interconnect technology files (*.ict, *.itf)
    • Button for easy 3D-model generation


XFlow offers particle-based Lattice-Boltzmann technology for high fidelity Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applications as a part of SIMULIA’s Fluids Simulation portfolio.

What’s New

  • Apply Volume Heat Source boundary condition and Conjugate Heat Transfer (CHT) boundary condition on the same solid
  • Enhanced XFlow-Abaqus two-way cosimulation capability
  • New XFlow-Abaqus one-way cosimulation capability for small fluid-induced structural deformations
  • Improved Arbitrary Reference Frame for simulations with enforced moving bodies
  • Power’By enhancements enabling the possibility to upload to numerical results of XFlow and the simulation model to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform
  • Enhanced Isosurface visualization for simulations with multi resolution lattice domain
  • Improved animations generator with new parameters to better control the output animation file

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