Explore infinite possibilities with nonlinear analysis

ADINA is powerful finite element software, built to help you solve the most difficult nonlinear problems involving geometric, material, and load nonlinearities; large deformations; and contact conditions. ADINA includes various CAD/CAE interfaces to provide extensive capabilities for pre- and post-processing.

Because every firm has different needs, there are several ADINA software to choose from: 

  • ADINA – Includes essentials such as ADINA Structures and CAD/CAE interfaces for linear and nonlinear static and dynamic analysis
  • ADINA Advanced – Includes ADINA essentials, plus ADINA Thermal and ADINA Thermo-Mechanical Coupling
  • ADINA Ultimate – Includes everything in ADINA Advanced, plus computational fluid dynamics, fluid structure interaction, electromagnetics, and multiphysics
  • ADINA Parasolid Interface – An add-on to ADINA, ADINA Advanced, or ADINA Ultimate that provides an interface to all Parasolid-based CAD systems
Adina Software Versatile Stress Capabilities

Versatile stress capabilities

Take advantage of versatile finite elements for solids, shells, beams, trusses, pipes, and special purpose applications. Material models are provided for metals, soils and rocks, plastics, rubber, fabrics, wood, ceramics, and concrete. Conduct linear and nonlinear analysis of 2D and 3D solid elements, structural elements such as truss, beam, pipe, shell, and spring, elements, fluid elements, acoustic elements, or user-defined elements.

Adina Software Interactive Graphical User Interface

Interactive interface

Work with ease through an interactive graphical user interface for all your modeling and pre- and post-processing tasks. You can directly create or import model geometry from various CAD systems, including those that support Parasolid (NX, SolidEdge, and SolidWorks).

Adina Software Automatically Generate Meshes

Automatically generate meshes

Automatically generate meshing for 3D elements, including mapped meshing that generates brick, wedge, or mixed free-form tetrahedral elements, and general 3D meshing for solids and fluids. Conduct 2D surface meshing for shells, plated, and 2D planar elements, as well as 1D elements, such as truss, beam, and pipe.

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ADINA

ADINA is the premier finite element program for nonlinear analysis. ADINA Structures and the ADINA User Interface are used to solve the most difficult nonlinear problems involving:

  • Geometric, material, and load nonlinearities
  • Large deformations
  • Contact conditions

State-of-the-Art Stress Capabilities: ADINA Structures

For the analysis of solids and structures, the analysis can be linear or highly nonlinear, static or dynamic. Take advantage of versatile and generally applicable finite elements for solids, shells, beams, trusses, pipes, and special purpose applications. Material models are provided for metals, soils and rocks, plastics, rubber, fabrics, wood, ceramics, and concrete.

Analyze Multiple Element Types

Conduct linear and nonlinear analysis of solid elements (2D and 3D solid elements), structural elements (truss, beam, pipe, shell, spring, optimal shell elements, MITC3+, and MITC4+), fluid elements (2D and 3D potential-based subsonic fluid elements), acoustic elements, special purpose elements (alignment, connector, general), or user-defined elements.

Minimize CPU Time and Memory Requirements

Deploy structural-only analyses, or use with other modules in the product suite for multi-physics applications, such as thermo-mechanical coupling or fluid-structure interaction analyses. Powerful solvers and element formulations enable the analysis of extremely large models with minimal CPU time and memory requirements.

Complete Pre- and Post-processing Capabilities with ADINA User Interface

Benefit from a fully interactive graphical user interface for all your modeling and post-processing tasks. Model geometry may be directly created or imported from various CAD systems, including those that support Parasolid (NX, SolidEdge, and SolidWorks).

Fully Automatic Mesh Generation

Meshing for 3D elements includes mapped meshing that generates brick, wedge, or mixed free-form tetrahedral elements, and general 3D meshing for solids and fluids. Conduct 2D surface meshing for shells, plated, and 2D planar elements, as well as 1D elements, such as truss, beam, and pipe.

 

ADINA Advanced

ADINA Advanced includes everything in ADINA, plus ADINA Thermal and ADINA Thermo-Mechanical Coupling (TMC). It is used to solve the most challenging nonlinear structural and thermal problems involving:

  • Heat transfer, including conduction, convection, and radiation
  • Heat generation due to friction
  • Time- and temperature-dependent material properties
  • Residual stress from welding
  • Latent heat effects (freezing and thawing)

Simulate Heat Transfer with ADINA Thermal

Solve heat transfer problems in solids and structures. Analysis capabilities include radiation between surfaces of arbitrary geometries in 2D or 3D, latent heat effects, convection, radiation, electrostatics, seepage, and piezo-electric analysis. The software includes element birth-death options and capabilities for highly nonlinear or temperature-dependent material behavior.

Solve Fully Coupled Thermo-Mechanical (TMC) Problems

You can address coupled thermo-mechanical problems in both solids and structures. Solve for mechanical to thermal coupling including heat transfer between contacting bodies, internal heat generation due to plastic deformation or viscous effects, and heat generation due to friction.

ADINA Ultimate

ADINA Ultimate includes everything that is in ADINA Advanced, plus ADINA CFD, ADINA FSI, ADINA EM, and ADINA Multiphysics. Choose this software suite to solve your most challenging nonlinear problems involving:

  • Geometric, material, and load nonlinearities
  • Large deformations
  • Contact conditions
  • Heat transfer
  • Thermo-mechanical coupling
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Fluid structure interaction
  • Electromagnetics
  • Multiphysics

Create Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Simulations
Model incompressible and compressible flows in a wide array of fluid flows including laminar and turbulent regimes, thin-film Reynolds flow, two-phase flow, non-isothermal flow, conjugate heat transfer, and more. Benefit from material models for handling non-Newtonian fluids and real gasses. Solve general flow conditions in arbitrary geometries.

Multiphysics Solution for Complex Fluid-structure Interaction (FSI) Analyses
Use direct FSI coupling or iterative FSI coupling methods to solve the coupling effects of fluids and structures. Satisfy the conditions of displacement compatibility and traction equilibrium. FSI analysis can be performed with incompressible, slightly compressible, low-speed compressible, and high-speed compressible flow. It is ideal for large deformations of soft structures, or highly compressible flows abutting stiff structures. All available element types can be used, including shell, 2D and 3D solid, beam, iso-beam, and contact surfaces, as well as all available material models.

Perform Electromagnetic (EM) Analysis
Electromagnetic effects can be coupled to mechanical or fluid flow systems. Solve for general Maxwell’s equations with different loading and boundary conditions, electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, AC/DC conduction, time-harmonic, eddy current, EM fields with Lorentz forces, EM fields coupled with temperature, and wave guide.

Leverage Unique Breadth and Depth Multiphysics
Gain deeper insight into the performance of your designs to better understand the consequences of natural phenomena. ADINA Ultimate offers a comprehensive array of multiphysics capabilities, including FSI, thermo-mechanical coupling (TMC), structural-pore pressure coupling (porous media), thermal-fluid-structural coupling, electric field-structural coupling (piezoelectric), thermal-electrical coupling (Joule heating), acoustic fluid-structural coupling, fluid flow-mass transfer coupling, and fluid flow-electromagnetic coupling.

ADINA Parasolid Interface

The ADINA Parasolid Interface is an add-on to ADINA, ADINA Advanced, or ADINA Ultimate that provides an interface to all Parasolid-based CAD systems. The ADINA User Interface can communicate directly with the Parasolid data structure, including any pre-processing command that requires exact geometric information, such as meshing. Boundary conditions and loads can also be applied directly to the edges, faces, or entire Parasolid bodies.

Parasolid assemblies, which are collections of bodies, can be loaded into the ADINA Modeler. Matching faces of adjacent bodies can be linked so that compatible meshes are generated at the interfaces.

ADINA

ADINA

ADINA is the premier finite element program for nonlinear analysis. ADINA Structures and the ADINA User Interface are used to solve the most difficult nonlinear problems involving:

  • Geometric, material, and load nonlinearities
  • Large deformations
  • Contact conditions

State-of-the-Art Stress Capabilities: ADINA Structures

For the analysis of solids and structures, the analysis can be linear or highly nonlinear, static or dynamic. Take advantage of versatile and generally applicable finite elements for solids, shells, beams, trusses, pipes, and special purpose applications. Material models are provided for metals, soils and rocks, plastics, rubber, fabrics, wood, ceramics, and concrete.

Analyze Multiple Element Types

Conduct linear and nonlinear analysis of solid elements (2D and 3D solid elements), structural elements (truss, beam, pipe, shell, spring, optimal shell elements, MITC3+, and MITC4+), fluid elements (2D and 3D potential-based subsonic fluid elements), acoustic elements, special purpose elements (alignment, connector, general), or user-defined elements.

Minimize CPU Time and Memory Requirements

Deploy structural-only analyses, or use with other modules in the product suite for multi-physics applications, such as thermo-mechanical coupling or fluid-structure interaction analyses. Powerful solvers and element formulations enable the analysis of extremely large models with minimal CPU time and memory requirements.

Complete Pre- and Post-processing Capabilities with ADINA User Interface

Benefit from a fully interactive graphical user interface for all your modeling and post-processing tasks. Model geometry may be directly created or imported from various CAD systems, including those that support Parasolid (NX, SolidEdge, and SolidWorks).

Fully Automatic Mesh Generation

Meshing for 3D elements includes mapped meshing that generates brick, wedge, or mixed free-form tetrahedral elements, and general 3D meshing for solids and fluids. Conduct 2D surface meshing for shells, plated, and 2D planar elements, as well as 1D elements, such as truss, beam, and pipe.

 

ADINA Advanced

ADINA Advanced

ADINA Advanced includes everything in ADINA, plus ADINA Thermal and ADINA Thermo-Mechanical Coupling (TMC). It is used to solve the most challenging nonlinear structural and thermal problems involving:

  • Heat transfer, including conduction, convection, and radiation
  • Heat generation due to friction
  • Time- and temperature-dependent material properties
  • Residual stress from welding
  • Latent heat effects (freezing and thawing)

Simulate Heat Transfer with ADINA Thermal

Solve heat transfer problems in solids and structures. Analysis capabilities include radiation between surfaces of arbitrary geometries in 2D or 3D, latent heat effects, convection, radiation, electrostatics, seepage, and piezo-electric analysis. The software includes element birth-death options and capabilities for highly nonlinear or temperature-dependent material behavior.

Solve Fully Coupled Thermo-Mechanical (TMC) Problems

You can address coupled thermo-mechanical problems in both solids and structures. Solve for mechanical to thermal coupling including heat transfer between contacting bodies, internal heat generation due to plastic deformation or viscous effects, and heat generation due to friction.

ADINA Ultimate

ADINA Ultimate

ADINA Ultimate includes everything that is in ADINA Advanced, plus ADINA CFD, ADINA FSI, ADINA EM, and ADINA Multiphysics. Choose this software suite to solve your most challenging nonlinear problems involving:

  • Geometric, material, and load nonlinearities
  • Large deformations
  • Contact conditions
  • Heat transfer
  • Thermo-mechanical coupling
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Fluid structure interaction
  • Electromagnetics
  • Multiphysics

Create Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Simulations
Model incompressible and compressible flows in a wide array of fluid flows including laminar and turbulent regimes, thin-film Reynolds flow, two-phase flow, non-isothermal flow, conjugate heat transfer, and more. Benefit from material models for handling non-Newtonian fluids and real gasses. Solve general flow conditions in arbitrary geometries.

Multiphysics Solution for Complex Fluid-structure Interaction (FSI) Analyses
Use direct FSI coupling or iterative FSI coupling methods to solve the coupling effects of fluids and structures. Satisfy the conditions of displacement compatibility and traction equilibrium. FSI analysis can be performed with incompressible, slightly compressible, low-speed compressible, and high-speed compressible flow. It is ideal for large deformations of soft structures, or highly compressible flows abutting stiff structures. All available element types can be used, including shell, 2D and 3D solid, beam, iso-beam, and contact surfaces, as well as all available material models.

Perform Electromagnetic (EM) Analysis
Electromagnetic effects can be coupled to mechanical or fluid flow systems. Solve for general Maxwell’s equations with different loading and boundary conditions, electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, AC/DC conduction, time-harmonic, eddy current, EM fields with Lorentz forces, EM fields coupled with temperature, and wave guide.

Leverage Unique Breadth and Depth Multiphysics
Gain deeper insight into the performance of your designs to better understand the consequences of natural phenomena. ADINA Ultimate offers a comprehensive array of multiphysics capabilities, including FSI, thermo-mechanical coupling (TMC), structural-pore pressure coupling (porous media), thermal-fluid-structural coupling, electric field-structural coupling (piezoelectric), thermal-electrical coupling (Joule heating), acoustic fluid-structural coupling, fluid flow-mass transfer coupling, and fluid flow-electromagnetic coupling.

ADINA Parasolid Interface

ADINA Parasolid Interface

The ADINA Parasolid Interface is an add-on to ADINA, ADINA Advanced, or ADINA Ultimate that provides an interface to all Parasolid-based CAD systems. The ADINA User Interface can communicate directly with the Parasolid data structure, including any pre-processing command that requires exact geometric information, such as meshing. Boundary conditions and loads can also be applied directly to the edges, faces, or entire Parasolid bodies.

Parasolid assemblies, which are collections of bodies, can be loaded into the ADINA Modeler. Matching faces of adjacent bodies can be linked so that compatible meshes are generated at the interfaces.

Available Interfaces

ADINA CAD/CAE Interfaces

ADINA User Interface provides full capabilities for pre- and post-processing all the ADINA solution modules. Depending on what you are most familiar or comfortable with, the following interfaces can be used effectively with the following systems:

  • Parasolid – The ADINA Modeler (ADINA-M) which is based on the Parasolid kernel provides a natural interface to all Parasolid-based CAD systems such as NX (Unigraphics), SolidWorks, and SolidEdge. (The Parasolid Interface is not included with ADINA, ADINA Advanced, or ADINA Ultimate. The ADINA Parasolid Interface is an add-on and requires a Parasolid Interface Virtuoso Subscription)
  • IGES – The IGES interface is primarily used for geometry from CAD systems where a direct interface is currently not available (e.g., CATIA).
  • Open Cascade – The ADINA Modeler (ADINA-M) which is based on the Open Cascade kernel provides a natural interface to all the CAD systems that support Open Cascade (e.g. FreeCAD, CAD Exchanger, and Datakit).
  • STL – STL (stereolithography) files obtained from scanned 3-D images or CAD objects (e.g. from AutoCAD) can be imported into ADINA. ADINA creates the necessary points, body edges and faces that can be used to define finite element meshes and also loads and boundary conditions.
  • STEP – STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product model data) files can be imported into ADINA with the ADINA Modeler for Open Cascade.
  • Point Cloud – ADINA imports the point cloud data resulting from 3-D scanning and creates solid objects that can be saved in STL format for further processing.
  • I-DEAS NX – I-DEAS finite element models are translated for analysis using the ADINA programs. The ADINA results are then translated back into the I-DEAS database for post-processing.
  • Femap – Femap finite element models are translated for analysis using the ADINA Structures, CFD or FSI program. The analysis results can be viewed in the Femap neutral file format.
  • NX (Simcenter 3D) – NX (Simcenter 3D) can be used as a pre- and post-processing environment for ADINA. Models generated in NX can be imported in Nastran format into ADINA and the results from ADINA can be imported into NX for post-processing in universal file format.
  • Nastran – Nastran input files can be imported directly into the ADINA User Interface program. In addition to reading the regular Nastran input, additional NX Nastran commands, e.g., for 3-D contact definition, are also supported. Special features are available to make the application of additional loads and boundary conditions on the model easier. The ADINA results can be output in the Nastran op2 file format for post-processing by other systems.
  • EnSight – From the ADINA User Interface, results obtained from ADINA structural or CFD analyses can be exported in EnSight Case format. The user can view these results in the EnSight post-processing environment by importing the Case files.
ADINA CAD/CAE Interfaces

ADINA CAD/CAE Interfaces

ADINA User Interface provides full capabilities for pre- and post-processing all the ADINA solution modules. Depending on what you are most familiar or comfortable with, the following interfaces can be used effectively with the following systems:

  • Parasolid – The ADINA Modeler (ADINA-M) which is based on the Parasolid kernel provides a natural interface to all Parasolid-based CAD systems such as NX (Unigraphics), SolidWorks, and SolidEdge. (The Parasolid Interface is not included with ADINA, ADINA Advanced, or ADINA Ultimate. The ADINA Parasolid Interface is an add-on and requires a Parasolid Interface Virtuoso Subscription)
  • IGES – The IGES interface is primarily used for geometry from CAD systems where a direct interface is currently not available (e.g., CATIA).
  • Open Cascade – The ADINA Modeler (ADINA-M) which is based on the Open Cascade kernel provides a natural interface to all the CAD systems that support Open Cascade (e.g. FreeCAD, CAD Exchanger, and Datakit).
  • STL – STL (stereolithography) files obtained from scanned 3-D images or CAD objects (e.g. from AutoCAD) can be imported into ADINA. ADINA creates the necessary points, body edges and faces that can be used to define finite element meshes and also loads and boundary conditions.
  • STEP – STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product model data) files can be imported into ADINA with the ADINA Modeler for Open Cascade.
  • Point Cloud – ADINA imports the point cloud data resulting from 3-D scanning and creates solid objects that can be saved in STL format for further processing.
  • I-DEAS NX – I-DEAS finite element models are translated for analysis using the ADINA programs. The ADINA results are then translated back into the I-DEAS database for post-processing.
  • Femap – Femap finite element models are translated for analysis using the ADINA Structures, CFD or FSI program. The analysis results can be viewed in the Femap neutral file format.
  • NX (Simcenter 3D) – NX (Simcenter 3D) can be used as a pre- and post-processing environment for ADINA. Models generated in NX can be imported in Nastran format into ADINA and the results from ADINA can be imported into NX for post-processing in universal file format.
  • Nastran – Nastran input files can be imported directly into the ADINA User Interface program. In addition to reading the regular Nastran input, additional NX Nastran commands, e.g., for 3-D contact definition, are also supported. Special features are available to make the application of additional loads and boundary conditions on the model easier. The ADINA results can be output in the Nastran op2 file format for post-processing by other systems.
  • EnSight – From the ADINA User Interface, results obtained from ADINA structural or CFD analyses can be exported in EnSight Case format. The user can view these results in the EnSight post-processing environment by importing the Case files.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is ADINA?
ADINA is the premier finite element program for nonlinear analysis, commonly used to solve challenging nonlinear problems involving geometric, material, and load nonlinearities; large deformations; and contact conditions.

How much does ADINA cost? 

A practitioner license of ADINA costs $7,640 USD, ADINA Advanced costs $10,200 USD, and ADINA Ultimate costs $14,560 USD. The ADINA Parasolid Interface, an add-on, costs $880 USD. Prices vary per region. While there are various types of licensing available, a common choice is the 12-month practitioner license offered through Virtuosity, Bentley’s eCommerce store. When you purchase through Virtuosity you get a Virtuoso Subscription. This means you get the software and “Keys” (tokens) to redeem for customizable training, mentoring, and consulting services.

System Requirements

Processor

Intel Pentium or AMD processor 1.5 GHz or greater

Operating System

64-bit Windows 7 and higher (*Linux kernel 2.6.32, glibc 2.12 coming soon)

Memory

1 GB minimum

Disk Space

2 GB

Graphics Card

Optional: OpenGL 3.3 compatible graphics card with at least 1 GB memory for fast graphics mode display

Other

Optional: Intel Visual Fortran14 — only needed for customization of user supplied subroutines

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