IDAC Engineering Analysis Software and Consulting

IDAC is a value-added reseller for a wide range of engineering analysis software, including the full ANSYS simulation suite. It also offers a flexible consulting service to complement its clients’ analysis needs through its engineers, who have extensive FEA and CFD experience.

Multi-physics engineering simulation

Multi-physics simulation allows engineers and designers to evaluate their product designs operating under real-world conditions. The ANSYS Multiphysics suite allows engineers and designers to simulate the interaction between structural mechanics, heat transfer, fluid flow, acoustics and electromagnetism, all within a single software product.

Fluid dynamics simulation suite

The ANSYS CFX computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation suite greatly assists customers in improving their profits by rapidly optimising every aspect of fluid flow analysis within their overall product design and manufacturing processes.

The superior performance of ANSYS CFX is not based on any single product feature, but a combination of proven, leading-edge technology in all elements of the software that provides accuracy, reliability, speed and flexibility.

Civil engineering simulation software

CivilFEM offers a highly developed customisation of ANSYS for civil engineering applications. It is a powerful analysis tool for all areas of advanced civil engineering.

Flow-modelling simulation suite

FloWizard software is a rapid flow-modelling tool that allows design and process engineers to rapidly and accurately validate their designs much earlier in the product development cycle.

Structural simulation software

ANSYS Structural, a structural simulation suite, provides all the power of ANSYS’ nonlinear structural capabilities, as well as all linear capabilities, in order to deliver the highest quality, most reliable structural simulation results.

Structural / thermal simulation software

ANSYS Mechanical structural / thermal simulation software includes a full complement of nonlinear and linear elements, material laws ranging from metal to rubber, and the most comprehensive set of solvers available.

It can handle even the most complex assemblies, especially those involving nonlinear contact, and is the ideal choice for determining stresses, temperatures and displacements.

CFD virtual testing and prototyping

IDAC’s expanding CFD business group continues to help businesses with their growing demand for virtual testing and prototyping. Given the complex nature of turbulent flows and their unsteady behaviour, very often IDAC consultants have to resort to using more than just steady state simulations to predict the flow field in or around objects.

Eddy and scale adaptive simulation turbulence models

Large eddy simulations (LES) are often used for industrial applications where the flow is intrinsically fluctuating or the Reynolds-Averaged Navier Stokes equations are known to fail, such as highly separated flow regions. However, given the massive computational demand and time involved in setting up and solving an LES solution, IDAC engineers also make use of detached eddy simulation (DES) and scale adaptive simulation (SAS) turbulence models.

Engineering analysis training

IDAC runs both scheduled and customised training courses on a regular basis, which can be based in its own dedicated training room or at your site, depending which most suits your needs. The company has also announced a new training program in the Middle East.

Finite element analysis software

With over 100 combined years of analysis experience, IDAC’s engineering analysts use ANSYS finite element analysis software to validate product and process designs in fields including:

  • Structural performance including vibration and fatigue
  • Thermal behaviour and effects
  • Electromagnetic and electrostatic performance
  • CFX

IDAC has not only helped customers develop product designs and processes by supplying them with customised ANSYS finite element analysis software but also come up with designs to fix problems.

Customised versions of ANSYS can help businesses quickly gain the benefits of ‘virtual world’ validation. IDAC can provide turnkey solutions to complicated generic problems without the overheads normally associated with a dedicated engineering analysis group or department.

ANSYS software training

We prove expert training on a wide range of analysis topics. All our trainers are full-time consultants who have helped develop software code.

Engineering analysis support for analysts and scientists

IDAC provides engineering analysis support to hundreds of European engineering analysts and scientists.

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20 December 2011

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18 November 2011

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17 October 2011

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31 August 2011

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10 August 2011

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21 June 2010

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13 December 2009

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25 March 2009

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