ADINA in Teaching
ADINA is now used at many Universities for teaching and research.
In the following, some experiences and key points are given for the
use of ADINA in teaching. Note that a
Teaching Finite Element Methods
ADINA is used in courses on finite element methods — in elementary introductory subjects and in advanced subjects. Since ADINA offers modern finite element methods for structures, incompressible and compressible fluid flows, heat transfer, and general multi-physics problems, ADINA can be used in a variety of courses on finite element methods. In such courses, typically, homework is completed using the freely available 900 nodes version on students' laptops or other machines, and term projects are completed by the students on University-wide available machines (using ADINA with unlimited number of nodes and elements).
ADINA is also used in courses not focusing on numerical methods, but to illustrate to the students certain physical behaviors in "virtual experiments" of solids and fluids. Instead of performing a laboratory experiment, the numerical simulation of the physical event is shown, and the students can directly ask "what if" questions, like what if the geometry is changed. The numerical simulations directly illustrate the answers to these questions. ADINA can be used in "virtual experiments" in courses on structural analysis, elasticity, fluid flows, heat transfer, etc.
Analysis in Design
ADINA is particularly suited for stress, heat flow, mass transfer,..., analysis of designs: in preliminary design, simple models are solved; then, as the design progresses, the analysis models become more complex — all with the use of the same graphical user interface.
What the University license offers
There is much offered for the use of ADINA, at very low license fees: