Is IDEA StatiCa Connection a FEM solution like Abaqus or ANSYS?


No, it is isn’t. The scope of IDEA Connection is to provide the engineer the tool that allows to safely CHECK any type of connections according to the codes, by running FEM analysis in the background and performing the code checks based on the internal forces obtained by the FEM solver (see more on that at the question: "Do I have to be a FEM expert to use IDEA Connection?").

IDEA StatiCa Connection focuses on the actual checking (and not the analysis) providing the engineer the possibility to overcome the limitations of current Component method, on which all of other existing connection software are based on. It also provides simple pass / fail statuses for all elements, which is something the general FEM tools simply do not have.

There is a huge difference it terms of user-friendliness and productivity with software like Abaqus and ANSYS, where every single part of the procedure is very time-consuming. However, in terms of calculation results they can be comparable. On the other hand, IDEA StatiCa Connection can only evaluate steel connections, so you can’t simulate anything, like you do with Abaqus or ANSYS.



Related topics:

Theoretical background

Why IDEA StatiCa Connection?

Do I have to be a FEM expert to use IDEA connection?

I already have a connection design tool, why to bother with IDEA Connection?