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PrePoMax contains many features needed to prepare, solve and post-process different FEM models. An overview of the most important features is listed below.

Analysis types

  • Static linear analysis
  • Static nonlinear analysis with geometric, material and contact nonlinearities
  • Frequency analysis
  • Buckling analysis
  • Heat transfer analysis
  • Uncoupled temperature-displacement analysis
  • Coupled temperature-displacement analysis

Geometry based mesh creation

  • Shell CAD parts – triangular and quadrilateral shell elements
  • Shell .stl parts – triangular and quadrilateral shell elements
  • Solid CAD parts – tetrahedral solid elements
  • Solid .stl parts – tetrahedral solid elements
  • Mesh refinement is possible for all mesh types, defined based on a vertex, an edge or a surface
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Finite element types

  • Linear and parabolic triangular shell element (Calculix implementation)
  • Linear and parabolic quadrilateral shell element (Calculix implementation)
  • Linear and parabolic tetrahedral solid element
  • Linear and parabolic wedge solid element (only by mesh import)
  • Linear and parabolic hexahedral solid element (only by mesh import)

Assembly connections

  • Rigid connection using a reference point
  • Tied connection
  • Contact with friction

Material models

  • Built-in editable material library
  • Linear-elastic material model (temperature dependent)
  • Elasto-plastic material model with isotropic or kinematic hardening (temperature dependent)