Available code for nonlinear finite-element analysis
See also software used here.
Stuff from 2001/2002
Based on reviewing
the section on Freeware with source code in
Young & MacPhedran's
Internet Finite Element Resources and
the SAL list of software
for discrete methods and related tools,
looking for code for nonlinear
structural analysis. This list may not include all such
software from the lists, but includes ones that seemed worth pursuing.
Some links have been updated but the information is old.
1-4 dimensions, triangles, bricks, not shells; nonlinear.
Fortran. Source available.
Last version 2001 Jun.
Used to be marketed by NAG as FE03. Linear and nonlinear.
2-D but supposedly
'can be easily extended' to 3-D. Fortran 77.
- PSU: 1-3D, geometric and material nonlinearities; in German
- TOCHNOG: linear
and nonlinear, fluid/structure, contact; no shell elements. C++
nonlinear analysis of fracture in solids. Fortran. No shell
4-node shell, 4-node tetrahedron; nonlinear for 8-node brick only;
can't mix element types. C (GPL). Version 1.2, 2001 Nov.
- FElt: linear only, no shells or tetrahedra. Last release 2000 Mar.
Code from 1991 and 1997 books by M.A. Crisfield. Truss elements
is available, as are DYNA3D, the mesh generator INGRID and the
postprocessor GRIZ. I made a first enquiry 2001 Oct 27 and a detailed
request Nov 3. My request was approved Dec 21, and I received order
forms Dec 26. The following table summarizes the costs, version dates,
supported platforms and languages (source is included for all
|| 1991 Feb
|| Sun, IBM & SGI
|| Fortran & C
|| 2000 May
|| Sun & IBM
|| 1992 Sep
|| 1996 Apr
|| Sun, IBM & SGI
Some software is available through Open Channel
Software (including some old NASA
software). Finite-element programmes that might be interesting
[2006 Sep: executables available for DEC Alpha, HP9000,
IBM RS/6000 & Sun Solaris for US$2 000–4 000/year,
source code for Sun Solaris & SGI IRIX for
US$7 000–10 000/year]
As of 2001 Dec 6,
a 1-year commercial license for MSC Nastran costs US$23 400
for statics & modes (plus buckling), plus US$20 700 for dynamics
& nonlinear (plus heat transfer & DMAP), plus more for
optimization, superelements and aeroelasticity. MSC Marc is
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