CAD/CAE/CFD/CAO/HPC новости 10 Июня 2004 года
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COSMOS 2005 от SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation today announced COSMOS 2005, the first product group to put advanced design analysis capabilities such as non-linear analysis and drop testing into an affordable, easy to use mainstream application. COSMOS 2005 also includes more than 100 user-driven enhancements that make sophisticated design analysis easy for virtually every person in product development, regardless of their technical expertise.

The entire COSMOS product line – COSMOSWorks, COSMOSFloWorks, and COSMOSMotion – has been upgraded for 2005. In addition to the new simulation capabilities, the three COSMOS applications feature updated interfaces, simplified analysis processes, and tighter integration with SolidWorks â 3D mechanical design software. Tighter SolidWorks integration enables users to test their designs without leaving the SolidWorks environment, making analysis a seamless part of the design process. More than 12,000 companies in every industry all over the world use COSMOS to test designs throughout product development, preventing costly late-stage errors, improving time-to-market, and cutting material and labor costs.

Many of COSMOS 2005's new features – COSMOSWorks' new embedded non-linear analysis, fatigue and drop testing, for example – are typically found only in complex and expensive analysis software. COSMOS' simplicity and affordability eliminate those barriers to using design analysis at every phase of the product design process.

“Analysis functionality is becoming more accessible to mainstream designers and engineers with products such as COSMOS, which allow designers to keep to their normal work routines,” said Charles Foundyller, CEO of market research and technology assessment firm Daratech, Inc. “SolidWorks understands that products that are analyzed earlier in the design cycle make it to the market more quickly. It's great to see a company committed to make the investments necessary to create sophisticated analysis products that designers find easy to use.”

From small details to major additions

COSMOS 2005 pays attention to the most minute details, down to re-designing the tool icons to make them more intuitive and upgrading the toolbars from 16 to 256 colors for a better look and feel. COSMOS has re-written error messages to give users more information about failures so they can correct them faster. Overlying these changes are major new features and performance upgrades in COSMOSWorks, COSMOSFloWorks, and COSMOSMotion. Among the major new capabilities in COSMOSWorks 2005 are:

  • Embedded non-linear analysis, which calculates the behavior of products and materials that distort irregularly, such as O-rings medical stents, airline luggage containers, and snap-clips. Contact analysis in an assembly between components made up of nonlinear materials is also included.
  • Drop testing, which calculates stresses, deformations, and secondary impact when an object is dropped from a specified height.
  • Embedded fatigue analysis, to predict failure or cumulative damage of products under cyclic or repetitive loading.
  • Enhanced thermal analysis, which includes effect of temperature changes on material properties, such as conductivity and elasticity, and changes in boundary conditions such as convection and heat flux with temperature.
  • Seamless load transfer from COSMOSMotion without a need for any external file, and also an option to transfer load for the entire motion cycle to study worse case scenario.
  • Option to compare test results, such as stress and displacement data measured at different locations in a physical test with simulation results.
  • Enhanced and new options to study mesh, such as mesh quality report for aspect ratios and element distortions, separate mesh folder and contact conditions for each study.
  • Quick tips, which walks a new user step -by-step through the analysis process from defining loads to visualizing the results.
  • Multi-processor support for solvers, which further reduces solution times.

COSMOSWorks 2005 also simplifies common analyses, such as bolted connections, that are time consuming to model in high-end analysis software. Testing a bolted connection's performance in COSMOS 2005 takes less than a minute, requiring the designer to do little more than specify the forces on the bolt. In a conventional application, it could take hours to model the same bolted connections.

COSMOSFloWorks 2005 features new performance, usability, and visualization features. The major improvements are faster convergence of transient analysis, new vorticity plot to study swirling flows and a parametric study tool to conduct many “what if” scenarios. Other notable features in COSMOSFloWorks 2005 are:

  • fully transparent bodies for solving heat radiation problems;
  • automatic detection of inner fluid volume for initial condition in application with multiple fluids;
  • boundary conditions as parameters in equation goals;
  • enhanced particle tracking;
  • 3D profile visualization and previews for cut plots;
  • fully developed velocity profiles for inlet;
  • automatic creation of coordinate system to define inlet swirls;
  • ability to refine certain cell types in the entire computational domain;
  • and extract mesh data from result file.

COSMOSMotion 2005 features support for multi-bodies in SolidWorks and automatic mapping of SolidWorks mates in sub-assembly components. New orthotropic bushings allows the user to define different joint translational and rotational properties for stiffness, damping and preload values in the X,Y, Z directions. Automatic mapping of advanced SolidWorks mates such as tangent surface-to-surface and point-to-surface is now supported. This allows easy simulation of mechanisms such as cams without the use of time consuming 3D contact conditions. The software also simplifies analysis on complicated assemblies through enhanced direct load transfers between COSMOSMotion and COSMOSWorks. Direct load transfer enables users to go back and forth from motion analysis to structural analysis without the time-consuming step of re-creating data models

“Our goal with COSMOS 2005 is to make design analysis the simplest yet powerful tool a designer uses, but with the greatest pound-for-pound return,” said Suchit Jain, SolidWorks vice president for analysis products. “We've listened to what our customers say; they need to get more analysis into their product development processes. No other product on the market simplifies design analysis processes so engineers can do that without compromising accuracy. In the end, that's what our customers need to make product development into a strategic tool that lets them respond to market shifts by quickly developing new products with minimal time and money.”

Pricing and availability

COSMOS 2005 will be available in midsummer for purchase in 12 languages worldwide. Contact a SolidWorks reseller for pricing information.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. Founded in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for everyone in product development and foster a collaborative user community. In eight years of delivering product, SolidWorks has shipped more than 300,000 seats of software worldwide. SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and supports its products through an international reseller network. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site <>