The b4cast is advanced software for simulating the temperatures and stresses in 3-dimensional concrete structures during hardening. By means of the software, structures are modeled for different construction methods in order to optimize the solution.
It is very important to be careful about the hardening process of concrete. Inappropriate construction methods can cause:
In all cases the concrete structure will be directly damaged and the durability, functionality and appearance will be substantially reduced. On the other hand it is also important not to make more arrangements than necessary. By making a simulation prior to start-up of a project the risk of damages are reduced or eliminated.
The b4cast software is useful for:
Before the execution, you can choose a construction method which is satisfying requirements concerning:
By means of b4cast you can describe your 3D-dimensional structure and try different construction methods in order to get an optimum solution regarding quality, time and money.
Since b4cast is based on the Finite Element Method and is modeling in 3D, a wide range of problems can be solved.
The computer-program is very user-friendly. No in-depth knowledge about the Finite Element Method is required. What is needed is to describe the construction method, start the calculation and check if the results are reasonable.
Volumes corresponding to actual castings are defined geometrically. Geometries can be specified directly in the software or STL files can be imported.
Time of casting and the casting temperature are defined.
Scheduling of cooling pipes/heating wires is possible.
The hardening concrete is described by:
Maturity is based on Arrhenius or Nurse-Saul functions.
Materials can be imported from and exported to libraries. In this manner the same material can be reused in different jobs. Together with the software are delivered examples on materials, which are ready to use.
The following models can be assigned to surfaces:
All models are functions of time.
Internal heating or cooling can be done by specifying heating cables or cooling pipes (open circuits, closed circuit and cooling plants can be specified).
Shields can be imported from and exported to libraries. In this manner the same shield can be reused in different jobs. Together with the software are delivered examples on shields, which are ready to use.
The structure can be provided with displacement boundaries in relation external restraints. Displacement boundaries are also used in specifying planes of symmetry.
If none or some displacement boundaries are supplied by the user the software automatically complement boundaries in a way, which makes the structure statically determinate. Self-weight and external loads are considered.
The analyses (thermal- and stress-) are performed by means of the Finite Element Method. The structure is meshed into tetrahedrons. The variation of temperature, maturity and stress within the element is assumed to be parabolic within each element..
Results variation in space are presented as contour plots in user-defined sections
Results variation in time are presented as graphs with minimum/maximum-values, average values, or values in user-defined points.
Cross-sections with extreme values can automatically be located.
The b4cast software is available as licenses with a time limit.Free trial
|Product||Annual license||Monthly license|
|Thermal analysis only||1500 USD||200 USD|
|Thermal analysis + Stress analysis||3000 USD||400 USD|
|E-mail support during license period 1)||2250 USD||400 USD|
|Reusable USB License key||Included||120 USD|
|Shipping costs||Included||Not included|
All prices are exclusive VAT and exclusive duty.
Operative systems: Windows, Linux or Solaris
Thermal Analysis: min. 1 GB RAM
Stress Analysis without cooling pipes/heating cables: min. 4 GB RAM
Stress Analysis with cooling pipes/heating cables: min 8 GB RAM