Simulation capabilities for Solid Edge users range from Solid Edge Simulation Express for individual parts, to Solid Edge Simulation for assembly analysis, to Femap for defining and analyzing complete systems and FloEFD for Solid Edge computational fluid dynamics (CFD). These solutions provide a scalable upgrade path for those who are required to solve more challenging engineering problems.

Solid Edge Simulation Express Solid Edge Simulation Femap FloEFD for Solid Edge
·     Based on Femap ·     Based on Femap ·     CAD independent ·     Embedded in Solid Edge
·     Embedded in Solid Edge ·     Embedded in
Solid Edge
·     System simulation ·     Fluid flow and heat transfer analysis
·     Part validation ·     Part/assembly
·     Statics, modal, buckling,
dynamics, heat transfer,
non-linear, etc.
·     Pre-processor, solver and post-processor
·     Statics/modal ·     Statics/modal/
buckling/heat transfer
·     Solver independent, NX Nastran ·     Frontloading moves CFD early in the design process
·     NX Nastran Solver ·     NX Nastran Solver ·     Multi-discipline engineer, analyst ·     Easy-to-use for the design engineer
·     Multi-discipline engineer ·     Multi-discipline engineer ·     Powerful enough for analysis specialist

Complete geometry and finite element models with boundary conditions and results are easily transferrable from Solid Edge to Femap, where more advanced analyses can be employed. Solid Edge Simulation solutions are based on the same fundamental underlying finite element modeling technology and use the NX Nastran solver as Femap, and are flexible enough to let you work the way you want to. You can perform analyses in an environment in which you are comfortable, increasing your productivity and innovation.


Solid Edge Simulation is a new, built-in finite element analysis (FEA) tool for design engineers to digitally validate part and assembly designs within the Solid Edge environment. Based on proven Femap finite element modeling and NX Nastran solver technology, Solid Edge Simulation significantly reduces the need for physical prototypes, which lowers your material and testing costs, and saves design time.

With Solid Edge Simulation you can create finite element models for solid and sheet metal structures automatically, investigate static analyses, determine the natural frequencies of the structure, and find out if it can withstand expected loading conditions without buckling.

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Solid Edge Simulation Express offers you an entry into embedded simulation. Included in Solid Edge Classic, Solid Edge Simulation Express provides a first pass simulation of individual solid or sheet metal components for statics and modal analyses. Like Solid Edge Simulation, it is based on the proven modeling technology of Femap and uses the industry-standard NX Nastran solver.

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Femap is an advanced engineering simulation software program that creates finite element analysis models of complex engineering products and systems, and displays solution results. Femap can virtually model components, assemblies or systems and determine the behavioral response for a given operating environment.


  • CAD-Independent
  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Finite Element Meshing
  • Assembly Modeling
  • Beam Modeling
  • Composite Modeling
  • Solver Neutral
  • Post processing
  • Scalable Simulation Solutions
  • Customization
  • Usability

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Femap versions

FEMAP 11.3

Femap 11.3 offers a number of preprocessing enhancements, including increased view rotation and zoom control, better beam modeling, and model visualization with a new draw/erase feature and a Traverse mode. Improvements in connection manager provide a more direct method of defining and configuring connections. With Femap 11.3, mesh enhancements include a new option of maximum quadrilaterals to reduce the creation of triangles, and optimized smoothing and refinement of finite element meshes.

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FEMAP 11.3

– Femap with NX Nastran

Femap offers complete functionality in a stand-alone environment that enables modeling, simulations and review of product performance results.

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Femap with NX Nastran

– Femap Thermal Solver

Femap Thermal Solver offers innovative thermal analysis solutions for the Femap environment and provides fast and accurate solutions to complex thermal engineering problems.

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Femap Thermal Solver

– Femap Advanced Thermal Solver

Femap Advanced Thermal Solver adds several advanced thermal modeling and simulations to the Femap Thermal Solver package, including duct flow modeling, coupled convection and fluid flow analysis.

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Femap Advanced Thermal Solver

– Femap Flow Solver

Femap Flow Solver incorporates innovative Fluid Compute Dynamics (CFD) analysis solutions into the Femap environment and delivers fast, efficient and accurate solutions to complex CFD problems.

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Femap Flow Solver

– Demos

View Femap’s modeling and analysis capabilities first-hand with these demonstration movies. See how Femap can help you with your analysis tasks, view the latest functionality, and how Femap can be used to automate and customize your simulation processes.

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  • FloEFD

FloEFD for Solid Edge is the only frontloading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis tool that is fully embedded in Solid Edge. Frontloading CFD refers to the practice of moving CFD simulation early into the design process where it can help design engineers examine trends and eliminate less desirable design options.

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