March 27, 2007 18:15 ET

ALGOR V20 Provides Faster, Easier-to-Use Modeling Environment for CAD and FEA

PITTSBURGH, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- ALGOR, Inc., a leading provider of design, analysis and simulation software, announced that its latest, major finite element analysis (FEA) software release, ALGOR V20, introduces a new, faster, completely integrated CAD/FEA modeling environment, which makes working with imported CAD models or building original models easier and more efficient. New features include design scenarios, allowing a single FEA model to contain numerous analyses; a software wizard for creating bolts and fasteners; design studies and size optimization, which provide automated tools for achieving optimal designs based on user-supplied criteria; improved meshing capabilities; a new k-epsilon turbulence model for fluid flow analysis, which provides more accurate results and allows specification of wall roughness; and a new reinforced (rebar) concrete element and material model for easier and more realistic simulation of concrete structures. These and many more V20 features provide ALGOR users with increased power, flexibility and ease-of-use for simulating engineering analyses of their product designs.

V20 users are voicing their approval for this major software release:

"I like V20's new design scenarios feature along with the improved meshing including midside nodes following curvature," said Luke McElligott, CEO of Silverarm Ltd. in Exeter, United Kingdom. "This allows me to carry out crucial mesh convergence studies more quickly."

"Design scenarios are a very useful feature for our customers," said Paolo Nagliati, president of 2 S.I. Software e Servizi per l'Ingegneria S.r.l. in Ferrara, Italy. "Normally, engineers have to design building structures for gravity, dead load and live load, plus dynamic loads such as wind and seismic. Engineers can model and analyze these conditions conveniently and efficiently by using design scenarios to apply various regulations and code checks to a single model -- it's a great help for this kind of job."

"The new design scenarios capability provides an efficient way of evaluating whether a design meets a variety of operation modes," said Shigeru Maruyama, CEO of Numcraft, Inc. in Miura, Kanagawa, Japan. "You can execute a series of tests in one FE model by changing the analysis type, mesh, constraints, material, and more in a way that simulates each mode of operation. With this capability, our customers will be able to take advantage of ALGOR's all-around functionalities more effectively."

"V20's sparse solver for modal analysis with load stiffening provides a substantial improvement in execution time," said Paul Poorman, Mechanical Engineer of Hewlett-Packard Company in Boise, Idaho. "I especially like the ability to create design scenarios to quickly run what-if analyses."

"Similar to the productivity-boosting design scenarios feature, V20's new, integrated CAD/FEA modeling environment provides our customers with faster performance and greater efficiency for preprocessing imported CAD models as well as building original FEA models," said ALGOR Product Manager Bob Williams. "This major software release also provides many other new and improved design and analysis features -- developed in response to customer requests -- for enhanced ease of use and increased productivity."

Other highlights of ALGOR V20 include:

--  enhanced capabilities for fluid flow analysis:
    -  support for multiple rotating frames of reference for 3-D modeling
       of complex fans and similar systems
    -  buoyancy effects for transient analyses
    -  total pressure boundary for 3-D
    -  static pressure boundary with backflow for 3-D
    -  inlet and outlet vent for 3-D
--  faster, best-in-class sparse solver for fluid flow, heat transfer and
    linear dynamic analyses
--  updated Material Library Manager with new directory structure
    organization and tree view
--  capability to define results-based load curves for Mechanical Event
--  enhanced multiphysics analysis including coupled unsteady fluid flow
    and transient heat with buoyancy effects
--  capability to use element length as a result type and in custom
The new features of V20 enhance and expand ALGOR's wide range of simulation capabilities including static stress and Mechanical Event Simulation (MES) with linear and nonlinear material models, linear dynamics, steady-state and transient heat transfer, steady and unsteady fluid flow, electrostatics and full multiphysics.

To see a free learning session on the new ALGOR V20, view the "What's New Featuring V20" Webcast on the ALGOR web site. For more detailed information, visit the "ALGOR V20" features page.

To schedule a personalized software demonstration and discuss how ALGOR can meet your engineering needs, contact an ALGOR account manager today.

ALGOR, Inc. provides cost-effective solutions for design, analysis and simulation and enables engineers to virtually test and predict real-world behavior of new and existing product designs, speed up time to market and make better, safer products at a lower cost. The company serves more than 20,000 customers in over 95 countries in organizations such as 3M, The Boeing Company, Delphi Corporation, DuPont, General Electric Company, General Motors Corporation, Goodrich Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation and NASA. Partnerships with other leading software companies offer data exchange with products from Alibre, Inc.; ANSYS, Inc.; Autodesk, Inc.; IronCAD, LLC; Kubotek USA, Inc.; MSC.Software Corporation; Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC); Robert McNeel & Associates; Solid Edge from UGS; SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. company; and others. Educational support and customer service includes the use of Internet audio/video technology for distance learning and free, live software demonstrations. For additional information, please visit our web site at

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