Basic vs. Pro
PRODUCT FEATURE 

ANALYSIS TYPE 

 Linear elastic stress 
X 
X 
 Assembly contact stress 
X 
X 
 Steadystate heat transfer 
X 

 Nonlinear elasticplastic stress 
X 

 Transient heat transfer 
X 

 Natural frequency 
X 

 Forced vibrations (transient & steadystate) 
X 

 Elastic buckling 
X 

 Nonlinear large displacements 
X 

LOADING TYPE 

Stress modeling 

 Fixed displacements 
X 
X 
 Point forces 
X 
X 
 Distributed vector forces 
X 
X 
 Pressures 
X 
X 
 Temperatures 
X 
X 
 Acceleration forces 
X 

 Centrifugal forces 
X 

Thermal modeling 

 Fixed temperatures 
X 

 Heat fluxes in/out 
X 

 Convection heat transfer & fluid temperatures 
X 

ELEMENT TYPE 

 2d & 3d beams 
X 
X 
 3 & 6 node triangles  plane stress & strain, 3d axisymmetric 
X 
X 
 4 & 8 node quadrilaterals  plane stress & strain, 3d axisymmetric 
X 
X 
 3 node 3d axisymmetric thin plates/shells 
X 
X 
 6 node triangle & 8 node quadrilateral 3d thin plates/shells 
X 
X 
 6 & 15 node curved solid wedges 
X 
X 
 8 & 20 node curved solid bricks 
X 
X 
 4 & 10 node curved solid tetrahedra 
X 
X 
SOLVER TYPE 

 Fast Direct MultiFrontal Cholesky with Optimised Blocking 
X 
X 
 Fast Iterative Conjugate Gradient with Preconditioning 
X 
X 
X  currently available in FEMdesigner standalone only. Planned for future release of FEMdesigner AD.