Story of a successful integration – Samtech in the Simcenter portfolio part.2

By arthur_macon

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The development of the Samcef solver started in the 1960s at the University of Liege in Belgium and a spin-off company (called Samtech) was created to market Samcef. More than 50 years later, this finite element code is still using cutting-edge technology and can rival the biggest competitors on the market. Moreover, 100% of the development is still done in Liege. Now, with its integration in Nastran, as the nonlinear solution 402, and in Simcenter 3D, the future of our code is very promising. 


The vast amount of functionality in Samcef is impressive, ranging from simple linear analysis to modal, nonlinear, rotor dynamic, response, spectral, fracture mechanics, advanced material models, parallel computation… I’ve had the opportunity to work in many areas and meet many experts, both colleagues and customers. This such a rich environment to work in.


This affected me greatly. I became a team leader and my role completely changed. I also started working on Nastran and interacted with our American and Chinese colleagues on a very regular basis. This is truly an international organization. Finally, Siemens brought a lot of perspective for the future. 

Siemens is a leader in the field of computation software. Being part of the Siemens brand is highly appreciated by our (future) customers. This was a necessary step to ensure the future of Samcef.

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Q4.pngComputer simulations are replacing a lot of physical tests and helping bring products to market much faster. With the advancement of computation power, the size and accuracy of the models is always increasing. This means that simulations deemed impossible few years ago have now become possible.


Learn to balance my roles of team leader and software developer.


I would like Samcef or Nastran SOL402 be a major player on the nonlinear market.

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