COPRA FEA RF 2022.1 Release and WebSeminar


The new 2022.1 version presents a wide range of developments: Increase software capabilities, enhance the usability of the software from a roll forming industry perspective, Improve the existing documentation to allow a better understanding of the available functionalities and their usage.

WebSeminar - New Release Highlights

The live presentation was recorded on December 2, 2022 and is now available for streaming.

It covers the highlights from below plus the other new features (see release notes).

Export of Simulated Profile Results to LS-DYNA:

[Professional Version]

Often roll formed profiles are not the final product. Instead, they are an intermediary product that still goes through further steps in order to reach its final shape. Recognizing the importance of using accurate representations of roll formed profiles in subsequent analysis allows for an improved design and simulation workflow. Results from roll forming simulations can be exported into a LS-DYNA Key-file and used as a pre-state condition in LS-DYNA simulations.

Post-Processing Tools to Investigate End Flare:

Roll forming induces residual stresses which are then released during the cutting process, causing the profile ends at the cut-off to undergo additional deformation.

COPRA FEA RF 2022.1 introduces a set of functionalities to help designers to better understand and visualize defects introduced by the cutting process in the profile.

‘Diamond’ Remeshing to Prevent Collapsing Elements (Advanced Restart):

[Professional Version]

Profiles with small-radii are, typically, a challenge to simulate. Elements located in the areas with small-radii tend to collapse and cause the simulation to stop. To face this challenge, the new version of COPRA FEA RF introduces a new remeshing possibility.  Elements with a tendency to collapse are remeshed into an optimized shape (“Diamond” element) which can handle the excessive deformation.

Automatic Import of Already Existing Meshes:

Manually modifying a mesh can be difficult and time consuming but important and necessary when meshes with specific characteristics are desired. To avoid that the user has to redo all the manual modification steps again and again, COPRA FEA RF offers the possibility to select an already existing mesh and import it into a different simulation model. The possibilities in COPRA FEA RF 2022.1 are even greater. The user can now define portions of an already existing mesh and import them into another mesh. The two meshes are then automatically combined.

Check out COPRA FEA RF InfoCenter for a video-tutorial on how to automatically import already existing meshes.


Additional Developments and Notes

  • Sheet Overhang in Navigation Toolbar
  • Cross-Sections can be moved to Improve Their Visualization
  • New COPRA FEA RF InfoCenter Content
  • Improved Sheet Monitoring in Friction Simulations to Avoid Sheet Braking
  • Marc/Mentat 2022.2 Included (also for COPRA FEA RF WireRolling)
  • Improved Software Stability and Usability