Adams 2013 Offers Dramatic Performance Gains and Automotive- and Machinery-focused Solutions

SANTA ANA, CA--(Business Wire – January 29th, 2013) – Building on its groundbreaking Adams multibody dynamics technology platform, MSC Software Corporation, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced the new release of Adams 2013. The release includes new modules for machinery dynamics analysis along with extended automotive features for ride test, leafspring generation, and powertrain modeling.

The Adams 2013 release helps mechanical engineers more accurately model systems, predict performance, and visualize results. Key enhancements include:

Faster Performance

The HHT integrator was enhanced with a more efficient step size selection which benefits all classes of models with faster speed. Adams 2013 also provides users with the option to implement the “Adaptive Interpolation” in all integrators to improve the solver speed.  The “Adaptive interpolation” approach has increased simulation speed by 4 times for a typical Rough Road ride simulation, and by 10 times for a similar Straight Flat Road test.

New Bearing Module for Machinery Designers

In the new Adams 2013 release, the Adams/Machinery solution adds a new bearing module to the existing gear, belt, and chain modules introduced in the 2012 release. The new Adams/Machinery Bearing module enables a user to select from a library of more than 24,000 off-the-shelf bearings spanning a range of 14 bearing types. The library supplies characteristic geometry values for bearings from 8 leading manufacturers. The novel modeling technique employed enables service life prediction based on widely-accepted industry standards.

Adams/Machinery is fully incorporated inside the Adams/View environment and makes analyst-level simulation practical and approachable for machinery designers. Engineers now can use multiple modeling productivity modules to create common machinery components more efficiently than with the generic Adams/View environment, while encountering a shorter learning curve. See Machine Design article:

Also included are productivity enhancements for automotive & truck engineers such as:

User-Customizable Model Browser

The model browser in Adams/View is now customizable, and is available in both Adams/View and Adams/Car. It exists in both Template Builder and Standard User Interface modes, and has User Defined Element (UDE) support.  With the customizable model browser, including dynamic searching and savable filters, it is now easier to access and modify complex vehicle models.

New Leaf Spring Preprocessor in Adams/Car

Taking advantage of previously available and proven leaf spring modeling tools in Adams/Chassis, Adams 2013 implemented this new capability in Adams/Car. Also, a single leaf spring model will be fully supported, thus reducing the need for custom solutions and improving the ease of use. This new feature will benefit the CAE analysts in light and heavy truck industries.

“The 2013 leafspring editor provides vast improvements in usability and commonality across the Adams automotive solutions,” said Robert Borries, Core Vehicle Dynamics CAE engineer at Ford Motor Company.

Expanded Options for Robust Powertrain Modeling

Adams 2013 features the powertrain consolidation in both Adams/Car and Adams/Chassis. In the new release, engineers find a variety of pre-defined templates, including those for manual, automatic, CVT, and dual-clutch transmissions.

Adams/Tire with Belt Dynamics

The traditional Adams/Tire focuses on handling tests with frequencies below 15 Hz. In the new Adams 2013 release, the belt dynamics option offers validity up to 70Hz, which enables engineers to apply Adams/Tire to ride analysis with high fidelity and low computational cost.


To learn more, view the Adams 2013 new release videos or the on-demand webinar at


About MSC Software

MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and the worldwide leader in multidiscipline simulation. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC’s technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,100 professionals in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC Software’s products and services, please visit:

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