MSC gears up for latest Adams multibody dynamics simulation release

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MSC Adams returns for 2017 with improved gear part geometry

MSC Adams 2017 looks to expand its multibody dynamics simulation solution, offering users enhanced performance, advanced 3D contact methods for gears, and Python scripting for modelling amongst the new features.

Adams has introduced gear tooth flexibility to allow users to define gear part geometry and material properties, from which a finite element model is created and solved in the background to define tooth compliance.

Since the meshing and FEA are fully automated for this process, it means there’s a friendly new user interface in which no knowledge of Nastran is required.
The ability to use scripting to automate simulation processes, such as modeling and post-processing, has been added with the use of Python.

MSC claims this as the first of a multi-release initiative to provide Python scripting alternatives to the Adams View command language.

This release represents the first where native Python can be used to issue commands to an Adams GUI. This first phase will cover most modeling actions in Adams View.


A few enhancements have been made in Adams 2017 to improve both the performance and the usability of the nonlinear beam element – FE Part – the Adams native nonlinear technology which enables users to capture a large deformation of components, such as beams or cables.

The release will be available in December 2016.

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