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Python 3 library to build and solve finite element analysis (FEA) models in Calculix.

Project description

Useful applications of Pycalculix:

  • Trade studies for plane stress, plane strain, or axisymmetric parts
  • Quick Kt analysis of 2D geometry
  • Learning finite element analyis (FEA) and Python

Notes:

I build a chunker in python which tries to cut big areas (> 5 sides) which cgx can’t mesh into smaller areas (<= 5 sides) which are meshable in cgx. The chunker may not always be able to cut areas correctly.

Elements Supported:

Axisymmetric, plane stress, and plane strain elements are supported. First and second order triangles and quadrilaterals are supported.

  • First order elements only have corner nodes
  • Second order elements have corner and mid-side nodes

Second order elements produce more accurate results Setting element divisions on lines is supported

Geometry Building:

One can build separate parts made of points, lines, arcs, and areas. One can draw a part made of straight lines, then smooth out corners by adding blends/fillets with the part method: part.fillet_lines(L1, L2, arc_radius) The new fillet will be tangent to both adjacent lines.

Loading:

  • Force loading
  • Constant pressure
  • Linearly varying pressure (water pressure)
  • Gravity
  • Rotational speed forces
  • Displacement constraints are supported
  • Loads are stored on geometry primitives (points lines etc) and can be applied before or after meshing

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