Global Engineering and Materials, Inc. (GEM) is developing a comprehensive suite of customized toolkits for Abaqus to perform fracture, fatigue, and fire simulation of metallic and composite structures. The resulting VTLAB3F is a Virtual Testing Lab for Fracture, Fatigue, and Fire for Abaqus with three modules: XFA3D, AFIST, and DCN. The mission of our Software Development Group is to provide superior value to our customers by incorporating tomorrows’ technology and advanced computational methodologies into engineering solutions.

XFA3D

The Extended Finite Element Toolkit for Abaqus (XFA3D) is used to characterize 3D crack onset and growth in metallic structures under monotonic and fatigue loading.

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AFIST

The Abaqus Fire Interface Simulator Toolkit (AFIST) can be used to predict fire growth, heat transfer through fluid/structure interfaces, time dependent material softening, and more.

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DCN

The Discrete Crack Network (DCN) can be used to predict the discrete damage evolution associated with matrix cracking and delamination of open and filled holes.

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XSHELL

Extended Finite Element Toolkit for Abaqus Shell Element (XSHELL) is a robust toolkit that models arbitrary crack paths as dictated by the physics of the scenario, completely independent of the mesh.

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HYSEFDA

The hybrid structure evaluation and fatigue damage assessment toolkit for Abaqus (HYSEFDA) predicts residual strength and fatigue life of an arbitrary structure with the coexistence of metal ply cracks and interface delamination cracks.

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