Design Simulation with SIMULIA Structural Designer

Simulation Solution for Product Design

Structural Designer delivers linear static, buckling, natural frequency and steady state thermal simulation capabilities for product design. Product Design Simulation is a natural extension of the design process, enabling users to study their design’s behavior, explore different design options, and evaluate their effects on product performance, all from within their familiar design environment.

Structural Designer is easy to use; greatly reducing the need for users to understand simulation technology. Advanced simulation technology is used automatically, while the options presented to the user are intuitive and explained in the language of product designers. The finite element mesh is transparent to the user and automatically created based on the mesh density defined by the user. The mesh can be adaptively refined to ensure high-quality results for each simulation. So that there is never any confusion about what to do next, users receive continuous guidance about what tasks remain to completely set up the simulation.

Structural Designer provides powerful simulation capabilities for use during conceptual and early-stage design. It leverages proven Abaqus FEA solver technology to simulate the realistic behavior of products under a variety of mechanical loading conditions (such as linear contact), shortening design cycles, reducing expensive downstream errors and minimizing costly late-stage re-work. Product Design Simulation enables simulation of the actual physical behavior of parts and assemblies, allowing virtual testing before physical prototypes are available.

Structural Designer provides intuitive contact definition in Assemblies, with automatic contact detection for accurate and fast set up and deformable, intermittent contact between parts.


The Structural Designer role can:

  • Enable designers to evaluate their designs as they progress through the design process, so they can make better informed design decisions.
  • Provide designers with simulation-based guidance towards design improvements.
  • Reduce product development cost and time through early-stage virtual design validation before physical prototypes are available or necessary.
  • Validate design innovation and product performance while minimizing expensive validation testing.