For our NX Nastran Advanced Non-Linear Customers

ADINA R & D would like to keep NX Nastran Advanced Non-Linear (SOL 601/701) customers very satisfied and continuously served with valuable solution capabilities. Hence, please note:

The ADINA solver can be used with Simcenter 3D and Femap pre/post, so NX Nastran customers can seamlessly migrate from SOL 601/701 to ADINA without changing their workflow.

Many Sol 601/701 users have already decided to continue with ADINA usage

Many NX Nastran customers have already smoothly migrated from SOL 601/701 to ADINA. These customers are pleased with the smooth migration and the additional solution capabilities now available to them in the ADINA solver.

From SMART Engineering GmbH in Germany, committed to ADINA, received June 17, 2020:

“As German FEA specialist for Simcenter (Femap, Nastran, NX, FLOEFD) with more than 24 years of experience in sales and consulting, we have been using the ADINA technology as SOL 601/701 solver since the integration into NX Nastran. During this period we have successfully completed numerous customer projects in the fields of non-linear statics and dynamics and have come to appreciate ADINA as a reliable, robust and fast FEA solver. The large range of functions and the good handling in combination with the Femap preprocessor have also contributed to this. These reasons have left no doubt that SMART Engineering will continue to rely on ADINA technology even after the discontinuation of SOL 601/701. Most of our software customers, who have been benefiting from this technology for years, have also followed this example in the meantime.

Rolf Bröske

SMART Engineering GmbH”

ADINA offers all the capabilities of SOL 601/701 and many more

The ADINA solver offers all the capabilities of the SOL 601/701 solver offered by Siemens and many more, including:

  • Automatic analysis switch to change the analysis type at any solution time, including switching to frequency analysis.
  • Frequency analysis at any solution time in linear and nonlinear analysis, including analyses with contact.
  • Greater load definition flexibility.
  • Cast iron material model.
  • User-defined elements, materials, loads, and frictional contact conditions.
  • Fully-coupled thermo-mechanical analysis.
  • Ability to model bolt tightening sequences (bolt tables).
  • Initial stresses/strains for all element types in linear and nonlinear analysis.
  • Composite damage modeling.
  • Cyclic symmetry and periodic symmetry boundary conditions.
  • Buckling, post-buckling and crush/crash response of solids and structures, including geometric imperfections.

New ADINA Sparse Solver

The ADINA sparse solver has recently been greatly improved allowing customers to increase their productivity, while maintaining a high level of accuracy, for a wide range of analysis problems. Please see Customer Experiences with the New ADINA Sparse Solver.


ADINA offers the below important capabilities not available in SOL 401/402

The ADINA solver offers the below important capabilities not available in the SOL 401/402 solver offered by Siemens:

  • Explicit dynamic analysis and mode superposition dynamic analysis.
  • Automatic switching from implicit dynamic analysis to explicit dynamic analysis.
  • The Bathe time integration scheme for implicit dynamic analysis.
  • Special-purpose advanced nonlinear elements for mechanical joints, sliders, bushings, bearings, dashpots, robotic arms, etc.
  • Advanced nonlinear beam elements that account for the Wagner effect.
  • Moment-curvature beam elements.
  • 3D-shell elements for problems with large strain out-of-plane bending such as crash/crush analysis, metal forming, and deformation of thin rubber components.
  • Potential-based fluid elements for static, dynamic and frequency analysis.
  • A rich library of material models for soils and rocks, cast iron, plastics, rubbers, foams, fabrics, wood, ceramics, porous-media, and concrete.
  • Analysis zoom to analyze a detailed model of a local area of interest within a structure from the results of a coarse model of the entire structure in linear and nonlinear, static and dynamic analysis.
  • Fracture mechanics for mixed-modes.
  • Model reduction schemes such as substructuring, component mode synthesis, and general elements.

ADINA offers many more capabilities — in particular

Special Pricing

ADINA R & D offers special pricing for you as a user of SOL 601/701.
Please contact ADINA R & D for a full list of capabilities and special pricing to obtain ADINA.

Complete list of ADINA capabilities not available in SOL 601/701

A complete list of ADINA Structures capabilities not available in SOL 601/701 is given below. Please refer to the Theory and Modeling Guide – Solids & Structures for details of each item.

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 Not available in SOL 601/701 (based on section numbers in Theory and Modeling Guide) —

2. Elements
- 2.8 Pipe elements
- 2.10 Displacement-based fluid elements
- 2.11 Potential-based fluid elements for dynamic analysis and frequency analysis
- 2.12 Alignment elements
- 2.13 Cohesive elements
- 2.14 Connector elements (for modelling bushes, bearings, and joints)

3. Materials
3.4.2 Mroz-bilinear material model
- 3.4.3 Plastic-orthotropic material model
- 3.4.4 Gurson material model
- 3.6 Creep-variable and irradiation creep material models
- 3.7 Concrete material models
- Curve fitting
- 3.8.5 Orthotropic effect
- 3.8.5 Thermal strain - temperature-dependence
- 3.8.6 TRS material
- 3.8.7 Temperature-dependent material
- 3.8.8 Rubber stability indicators
- 3.9 Geotechnical material models
- 3.10 Fabric material model with wrinkling
- 3.12 Porous media formulation
- 3.15 Anand material model for soldering
- 3.16 Piezoelectric material model
- 3.17 Parallel-Network Framework (e.g. for modelling Teflon)
- 3.18 User-coded material model

4. Contact
- 4.6.1 Analytical rigid targets
- 4.6.2 Contact body

5. Boundary conditions/applied loading/constraint
- 5.4.3 Rotational loading
- 5.5 Prescribed velocities & acceleration
- 5.6 Prescribed temperature gradient
- 5.7 Pipe internal pressure data
- 5.8 Electromagnetic loading
- 5.9 Poreflow loads
- 5.10 Phiflux loads
- 5.11 Contact slip loads
- 5.12 Surface tension boundary
- 5.14 User-supplied loads

6. Eigenvalue problems
- all

7. Static and implicit dynamic analysis
- 7.3.2 Time history by mode superposition
- 7.3.4 Modal damping ratios based on strain energy proportional damping
- 7.4.2 Time history by mode superposition
- 7.7 Solution monitoring

8. Explicit dynamic analysis
- 8.1.2 Noh-Bathe method
- 8.1.5 Damping - Noh-Bathe method

9. Frequency domain analysis
- all

10. Fracture mechanics
- all

11. Additional capabilities
- 11.1 Substructuring
- 11.2 Cyclic and periodic symmetry analysis
- 11.6.1 Initial accelerations
- 11.6.2 Initial temperature gradient
- 11.6.3 Initial pipe internal pressures
- 11.6.4 Initial strains
- 11.6.5 Initial stresses
- 11.7 Energy calculation
- 11.8 Element group inertial properties
- 11.12 Miscellaneous options
- 11.13 Remeshing options
- 11.14 Analysis zooming
- 11.16 Geometric imperfections
- 11.17 Bolt tables (bolt tightening sequences) and bolt damping
- 11.18 Component mode synthesis (CMS) method

12. Heat transfer capabilities in the ADINA program
- 12.3 Soil consolidation analysis
- 12.4 Piezoelectric analysis
- 12.5 Thermal coupling between solids and fluids

Default solver settings for ADINA and SOL 601/701

Some default solver settings are different for ADINA and SOL 601/701. The major differences are:

  • SOL 601/701 uses the Newmark implicit time integration method by default, whereas ADINA uses the Bathe implicit time integration method.
  • SOL 601/701 uses incompatible modes by default, whereas ADINA does not.

The ADINA program philosophy is to use, by default, reliable and robust solution techniques. Please see:

Implicit Time Integration — What Can Go Wrong
Surprises in Analyses with Incompatible Modes Elements

When the ADINA solver is launched from Simcenter 3D and Femap pre/post, the SOL 601/701 default solver settings are used.

When the ADINA solver is launched from the ADINA User Interface (AUI), the ADINA default solver settings are used. However, the AUI option flag “-sol601” can be used to set the AUI to the SOL 601/701 default solver settings.

Hence, the difference in the default solver settings is only applicable when solving a SOL 601/701 model by launching the ADINA solver from the AUI. In this case, the “-sol601” option flag can be used to instruct ADINA to use the SOL 601/701 defaults.

The ADINA Handbook gives a complete list of the differences in default solver settings for ADINA and SOL 601/701.