IDAC is a reseller for a wide range of engineering analysis software, including the full ANSYS simulation suite. IDAC provides a computer-aided engineering consulting service and training for the rail industry. IDAC’s engineers have extensive FEA and CFD knowledge and can provide customers with advanced analysis capabilities, coupled with the experience to guide projects through from conception to delivery. IDAC can provide analysis expertise for the rail industry and has carried out a range analyses for railway applications, including rail, trams and metros. The analyses have ranged from simple structural problems to complex multi physics simulations.
Simulation open days
Attend a Simulation Open Day at IDAC, featuring presentations, demonstrations and Q&A sessions. Held quarterly, they are FREE to attend. Email IDAC for further information.
FEA Consulting Services
IDAC’s engineering analysts have successfully delivered consultancy projects to the rail industry using the full ANSYS simulation suite to validate product and process designs in the following fields:
- Structural performance including vibration & fatigue
- Thermal behaviour and effects
- Electromagnetic and electrostatic performance
- Crash, impact, explosion and drop tests
IDAC analysts, working together with the client, can manage, execute and deliver complete rail engineering solutions on time and on budget. Some of our case studies can be seen in the press release section of this website.
Simulation software for the railway industry
IDAC offers simulation software training to help engineers keep abreast of the latest computer-aided engineering technology. Scheduled and customised training courses are available, based at either IDAC’s offices or the customer’s site. All training is delivered by our highly qualified engineering analysts. Courses are run for any level of user from beginner to expert and can be fully customised to the rail industry.
Structural mechanics simulation software
ANSYS Structural Mechanics solutions offer the ability to reliably simulate every structural aspect of a product from linear static analyses to advanced contact, transient non-linear situations that may include dynamic effects.
Multi-physics simulation software
Multi-physics simulation solutions allow engineers and designers to evaluate their product designs operating under real-world multi-physics conditions. The ANSYS multi-physics suite simulates the behaviour of complex products in real-world environments, where multiple types of coupled physics interact. ANSYS software allows the interaction between structural mechanics, heat transfer, fluid flow, acoustics and electromagnetism, all within a single software product.
Fluid dynamics simulation suite
The ANSYS fluid dynamics solution assists customers in modelling fluid flow and its affect. The ANSYS fluid dynamics suite contains both general computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and additional specialised products to address specific applications. IDAC’s CFD business group continues to help businesses with their growing demand for virtual testing and prototyping.
Explicit dynamics software
The ANSYS explicit dynamics solution allows the simulation of events involving short-duration, large-strain, large-deformation, fracture, complete material failure or structural problems with complex contact interactions. Almost no application is too severe to be simulated with the ANSYS explicit dynamics simulation solutions, allowing conditions such as drop tests, crash impact, explosions and penetrations to be simulated. These types of events are often difficult or expensive to study experimentally.
The ANSYS electromagnetic solutions have been enhanced since it incorporated the electromagnetic field solvers from Ansoft into the portfolio. These products cover the full spectrum of electromagnetic analyses allowing behaviour of low and high frequency electromagnetic fields to be predicted. ANSYS electromagnetic solutions enable users to predict the behaviour of electrical and electromechanical devices, eliminate prototype iterations, and deliver products to market faster.
Civil engineering simulation
CivilFEM a highly developed customisation of ANSYS for civil engineering applications is also offered by IDAC. It is a powerful analysis tool for all areas of advanced linear and non-linear civil engineering and, as such, incorporates modules for bridges, geotechnics, advanced prestressed reinforced concrete and nuclear power plants. CivilFEM also offers code checking for steel structures (AISC, Eurocode No.3, BS 5950) and concrete structures (ACI, Eurocode No.2, BS 8110 amongst others).