We are pleased to announce the release of the Akselos 2020X. This release includes significant upgrades to our predictive digital twin software, all developed based on your requests. The most significant updates are summarised below.
INCREASED FLEXIBILITY WITH OUR TOKEN-BASED LICENSE MODEL
Akselos provides two license types: Akselos Integra and Akselos Innovate. Akselos Integra is the asset-based license model that is used for operational assets (no limit on solves or users). Akselos Innovate is a new license type optimised for your design and R&D work. With this new licence model, you have a pool of tokens available to share with members of your team anywhere in the world. The tokens have a value based on FEA degrees of freedom, and when a simulation is performed tokens are ‘spent’, relative to the size of the model. Tokens can be accessed and monitored through a web-based Dashboard.
SOLVE THOUSANDS OF SCENARIOS SIMULTANEOUSLY
Engineering workflows that involve thousands of distinct load combinations are now supported via new functionality – the Akselos Study Tool. This enables you to launch thousands of solves simultaneously on the Akselos Cloud, and then post-process all the results efficiently via Akselos Modeler once the solves are complete.
Study features that have been developed include:
- Finding max/min values across all solutions within a study
- Sorting the list of solutions based on structure displacements, reaction forces, moments and stress
- Highlighting max/min values within the list of study solutions
- Identifying the best/worst utilisation factors (Um) in any positions inside the structure, and hence rank model configurations and loading conditions based on risk.
NEW WAVE AND WIND LOAD FEATURES
Akselos also provides full support for industry-standard wave loading on offshore structures based on Dean Stream, Stoke’s 5th, and Airy wave theories. Wind loads based on standard approaches (API RP 2A-WSD 21st Edition) are also now supported. This enables you to integrate industry-standard workflows for structural integrity analysis of offshore structures within the Akselos platform.
INTEGRATE ALL YOUR STRUCTURAL DATA IN ONE SINGLE DATA WAREHOUSE
Akselos Modeler now includes a ‘parts mode’ which includes structural metadata such as plate and member specifications, and links to structural drawings and material certificates. Your assets’ inspection history can now also be stored. This provides a link between crucial structural documentation, and the structural analysis model itself, providing access to all your data in one place.
The ‘parts’ data is synced to Akselos Cloud with full version control so that you and your team can collaboratively view, edit and update the parts data (or revert to previous versions), and ensure that all data is consistent across multiple users seamlessly. This enables a single source of truth for your structural model and associated metadata within the Akselos platform.
CONDUCTING STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENTS COMPLYING WITH INTERNATIONAL CODES
The platform now supports automated code checks for structural assessments of topsides structures as well as jacket structures based on ISO, API and AISC standards. This means that you can create and assess topside models using the Akselos software. Models of topsides can be standalone, or they can be integrated within a full digital twin of the hull and topsides. In particular, due to the scalability of Akselos’ RB-FEA solver technology it is possible to model the hull and topsides of structures such as FPSOs in a single model with an unprecedented level of detail. This integrated hull and topside modeling approach ensures the most accurate analysis is performed to properly account for interactions between the hull and topsides structures.
STRENGTH ANALYSIS FULLY COMPLIANT WITH CLASS SOCIETY STANDARDS
Strength checks based on DNV-GL (DNVGL-RP-C201) and LR standards for floating offshore structures are now supported by Akselos. Our software provides the highest fidelity modeling of large-scale structures based on our RB-FEA technology. As RB-FEA is based on the same type of meshes as standard FEA, it’s straightforward to apply your FEA-based standards for strength checks to the stress results from RB-FEA solves.