INTEGRATED Engineering Software, a leading developer of hybrid simulation tools for design analysis, has introduced the INTEGRATED API (Application Programming Interface) across its simulation software suite with the release of the version 9.1 upgrade, providing a powerful scripting tool.
The INTEGRATED API, which enables smart automation scripting, provides design engineers with an intuitive method of controlling the interface. This supplements the existing interactive, parametric and batch modes. It provides users with direct access to the internal workings of each software program in the suite, enabling them to write new analysis applications specifically to meet their own needs and ability.
Through the INTEGRATED API, users can seamlessly connect their own applications to INTEGRATED software programs without either application requiring prior knowledge of the inner workings of the other. Design engineers, research scientists and programmers will find this a very powerful tool, combining good design with good performance, which enables them to complete tasks that would previously have been extremely difficult and tedious to do interactively.
“Our API enables design engineers and scientists to explore ideas and find new solutions with this custom analysis tool,” comments Bruce Klimpke, Technical Director. “Users will now have the power and flexibility to combine INTEGRATED’s CAE software programs with the applications they use for specific design analysis areas. This customization will allow each particular design to work at an even higher level of sophistication than previously.”
The INTEGRATED API also provides a key building block for users to construct custom analysis tools. The functionality is easy to explain and the names are self-explanatory and consistent, in order to drive development. A programmer can write a script, or a full program, describing how to build and analyze a specific problem with selected user controls, and can then invoke the INTEGRATED program direct through the API to provide the analytical tools.
Using the dedicated user guide included within the program, samples can be written as Excel VBA Macros or complete programs with Visual Studio solutions/projects.
Alongside the development and introduction of API features into the version 9.1 software release, INTEGRATED has included other new features within the upgrade, including:
- Much greater parallelization – as well as parallelizing the 2D BEM solver, there is more efficient use of parallel processing for the FEM solver and, in general, for post-processing operations
- Faster mesh generation – the time taken to generate an element mesh is now substantially reduced for many simulations
- Weighting factors – these can be used to inform the solver what areas are of special interest so it will produce especially good local results (fine element mesh)
- Auto solver- the auto solver setting will make the choice of FEM or BEM based on the general nature of the model. Either can still be manually forced
- CAD – new *.STEP/STP & *.SAT file import options; new geometry tools for healing common 3D CAD problems
- Geometry – the geometry now enables convenient names; new “block” option
- LORENTZ includes a new quasi-transient mode
- New mixed mode in OERSTED allows to establish effective permeability in nonlinear materials
- INDUCTO offers new heat/power source calculation
- CHRONOS now includes different methods of plane wave polarizations
Alongside this comprehensive software upgrade, INTEGRATED has developed its website to include a range of new demonstrative videos offering tutorials on the major new features in version 9.1, including API. These are available at: http://www.integratedsoft.com/Support/Videos .