Release Notes

HyperX Version 2022.1.7 Released May 2022

CAD

New Features

  • Ability to import and export CAD files through IGES and STEP files. CAD files are imported and stored in the HyperX database and managed through the CAD tree.

 

Plies

New Features

  • The ply manager is a new tool for working with composite plies efficiently. Add, remove, and modify plies individually or together; adjust stacking sequence; import plies using CATIA XML format.
  • Create plies using CAD curves, with automatic mapping to FEM elements
  • Import plies from CAD and analyze in HyperX
  • Create CAD curves from plies and export them to CAD tools such as CATIA, 3DX, or Creo

 

Section Cuts

New Features

  • Ability to calculate built up section forces and moments for each load case, including Excel reports
  • Ability to constrain the position of the stiffness-weighted centroid, shear center, and angle of the principal bending axes during sizing
  • Ability to automatically create a non-FEA beam with user loads corresponding to the computed section cut forces and moments

Enhancements

  • Enhanced algorithms for sizing section cut to stiffness requirements (EI, GJ), including user-customizable preference for smooth stiffness distributions vs. targeted
  • Section cut stiffness requirements are now managed separately from user-defined panel stiffness requirements for improved transparency
  • Section cuts remain visible in the viewport even when they do not intersect any elements
  • Ability to define section cut origin location by picking a grid point

 

Non-FEA

New Features

  • User loads for rapid sizing, detailed sizing, and final analysis
  • Ability to create and analyze/size non-FEA zones with user loads

 

Scripting

New Features

  • Retrieve and assign designs, load properties, and analysis properties to zones and joints
  • Retrieve margins of safety and associated information for zones and joints
  • Retrieve weights for zones
  • Create and manage the membership of structures

 

Materials

New Features

  • New node in property tree and form for viewing effective laminates and their properties, including ability to modify constituent materials or ply percentages
  • When editing a composite material’s properties, changes will automatically be reflected in any effective laminates using that material without having to regenerate them
  • New node in property tree and form for viewing adhesive materials and their properties

Enhancements

  • Support for polynomial laminate allowables for composites
  • Ability to plot laminate allowable curves

 

Analysis

New Features

  • Peak element load processing for discretely-stiffened models (DSM)

Enhancements

  • Rapid sizing, element sizing, and design studies now fully support temperature-dependent properties during sizing

 

FEM Import

New Features

  • Support for Abaqus 2022

Enhancements

  • Users can now edit paths directly in the FEM import form
  • Improved consistency of unused FEM loading when toggling it on in the FEM tree

 

Legend / Watch Window

Enhancements

  • Can now plot assigned design, load, and analysis properties from legend / watch window
  • Can now plot weight from the legend / watch window
  • Added additional color pallets for plotting from the legend

 

Plugins

New Features

  • Plugins can now prescribe QuickHelp information to be displayed on the failure mode forms, including multiple sections and figures

 

Performance

Enhancements

  • Improved performance in selecting FEM tree nodes
  • Improved performance of structure creation
  • Improved performance of model load and FEM import
  • Improved performance of hiding and showing entities in the viewport
  • Improved performance of plotting data from the legend

 

Miscellaneous

Enhancements

  • Search tool (Ctrl+H) now includes all primary materials, properties, and entities
  • Selection from the FEM tree is now more powerful when the selected entities are in-use in structures
  • Improved accuracy of automatically-calculated buckling spans, curvature directions, and centroids for panels
  • Feature (“surface”) selection is enabled for unused FEM
  • Ability to enter values in various forms in scientific notation (e.g. 5e4 instead of 50000)

    Older Releases

    HyperX Version 2022.0.0 Released February 2022

    Sample Projects

    New Features

    • Quickly create sample projects for simple use cases to review supported modeling approaches and use cases

       

      Section Cuts

      Enhancements

      • Indicators for centroid, shear center, etc. on the section cut form
      • Improved form usability for calculated properties

         

        Bearing Bypass Joint Analysis

        New Features

        • Support for analysis of effective laminates

        Enhancements

        • Clearer behavior when correction factors and allowables are “out of bounds”
        • Improvements to overall robustness

        HyperX Version 2021.2.2 Released December 2021

        Legend

        Enhancements

        • Improve the legend’s ability to keep track of data being plotted when switching between modes
        • Use scientific notation when values are excessively large or small

         

        Analysis / Sizing

        New Features

        • Analysis Properties – used to set and manage the criteria and related settings for analysis and sizing
        • Tabular correction factors for composite bearing-bypass analysis
        • “Analyze-Only” to re-run an analysis without resizing
        • New “Analysis Watch Window” to view margins of safety for many zones/joints at once

        Enhancements

        • Rapid sizing runs more quickly and produces lighter-weight structures when controlled by buckling
        • Ability to set zone-by-zone overrides for materials in panel and beam designs
        • Ability to restrict HyperFEA automated constraints to a user-provided set of zones

         

        Materials

        Enhancements

        • Ability to calculate corrected properties from the correction factor form
        • Ability to plot tabular and equation correction factors

         

        Trees

        New Features

        • Materials used by designs are shown in the tree and can be selected to show all zones/joints in the viewport whose designs also use this material

        Enhancements

        • Additional ways to sort the entities in the Structure Tree

         

        FEM Import

        New Features

        • Automatic detection of FEM units during import

         

        Section Cuts

        New Features

        • Ability to create and manage section cuts; section cuts allow the user to visualize cross-sections, calculate beam-like properties (EI, GJ, etc.), and size structures to minimum stiffness properties

         

        Stress Reports

        New Features

        • Microsoft Excel and Word stress reports (via the ribbon)

         

        Watch Window

        New Features

        • Ability to create scatter plots of data from the watch window for zones, joints, and section cuts

         

        Scripting

        New Features

        • Expose model hierarchy (structure, zones, joints, and sets)
        • Ability to access entity names and IDs
        • Ability to rename entities
        • Ability to create (empty) sets
        • Ability to access and edit the membership of sets (add or remove zones and joints)

         

        Miscellaneous

        New Features

        • Measuring tool – launch from the probe window (via the ribbon or legend)

        Enhancements

        • Application state (legend plotting, camera location, shown/hidden entities, etc.) is saved between sessions
        • Additional “Quick Help” information added to many forms in the application
        • Significantly improved performance of selection, especially when not using through-select

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