Modular Inputs Comes to Multi-domain CAE, CAD and PDM Software

ESI Group’s Virtual Performance Solution software update consolidates and optimizes designs.

Modular input product tree.

ESI Group’s flagship Virtual Performance Solution (VPS) recently released a new update. The VPS software consolidates information into a single-core or central simulation model. By localizing manufacturing properties and multi-domain simulation data into one location, VPS helps engineers determine the trade-offs of their designs.

The latest release of VPS includes modular input methodology. This will allow users to align their CAE models with CAD and PDM tools. Information can then be shared or iterated with customers and suppliers.

The modular input also allows for an unlimited number of finite elements with diverse loading conditions to represent a part. This should improve the amount of detail representing your model.

The new release includes other improvements such as:

  • Automated Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) simulations
  • GUI improvements to support modular assemblies
  • ESI results file format consistency over domains
  • More 3rd party compatibility with the model converter
  • Graphical performance of larger models

Using a single-core model throughout the development lifecycle allows for better department cooperation, more iteration control and reduced development resources. By introducing analysis into the early development cycle, engineers will be able to avoid late changes in the design while simultaneously simplifying the product certification.

The Virtual Performance Solution is used by the automotive industry for virtual prototyping, evaluation and the optimization of their products. The program’s trade-off analysis is particularly useful in the automotive and nuclear industries, as they use newer materials that must meet or exceed previous performance.

VPS is also able to simulate various events, from crashes to natural disasters, allowing engineers to assess the quality of their designs early in the development cycle. Which can save a lot of time and money when it comes to design and prototyping.

Source ESI Group.

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Shawn Wasserman

For over 10 years, Shawn Wasserman has informed, inspired and engaged the engineering community through online content. As a senior writer at WTWH media, he produces branded content to help engineers streamline their operations via new tools, technologies and software. While a senior editor at, Shawn wrote stories about CAE, simulation, PLM, CAD, IoT, AI and more. During his time as the blog manager at Ansys, Shawn produced content featuring stories, tips, tricks and interesting use cases for CAE technologies. Shawn holds a master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Guelph and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.