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PolyUMod and mcalibration Software

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about the software license and about the software itself.


Questions About the Software License

Are licenses linked to a specific computer or are they network licenses?        

It depends. PolyUMod licenses are offered for a single FE code, and whether the license is node-locked or floating depends upon the FE code selected. More specifically:

  • For Abaqus, ANSYS, LS-DYNA, and MSC.Marc, the PolyUMod software program is available with a floating network license, utilizing its own license server.

  • For COMSOL Multiphysics, PolyUMod is available with either a floating network license, utilizing its own license server, OR a node-locked license, installed on one computer and used on that computer only.

(A license server is a central location on a network where licenses are stored and can be accessed by users on the network.)

With a floating network license, you install a license server on a single computer, and install the software on an unlimited number of computers on your network.

The single computer where the floating network license resides can be a server or it can be a personal workstation. If it resides on one person's workstation, other users on the network (who have downloaded the software onto their own computers) can access the license simply by providing the name of the license-holder's machine when prompted.        

The floating network license also allows users to install PolyUMod on their local machines and to run another software program such as Abaqus on a different computer.        

Note that licenses can also be generated for use on a virtual server.        

Are there any geographical restrictions on the use of a license? If the license is installed on a server in Massachusetts, can someone in California use it as well?

We do not use geographic restrictions. Regardless of a user's location, the license will work as long as the user has a direct internet connection to the license server.        

What are the options for purchasing a license?

Licenses for MCalibration are based on "tokens."        

  • One token of MCalibration is used for each launched application (independent of how many CPUs are used).

    If you have, for instance, two license tokens for MCalibration on your server, you can run the program on two machines simultaneously.
                  

Licenses for PolyUMod differ according to the FE code:

  • For PolyUMod for Abaqus, LS-DYNA, and MSC.Marc, licenses are based on "tokens." One token of PolyUMod is used for each CPU needed to run a job.

    The number of CPUs used is the same as the number of cores that are used in an FE simulation. If you would like to run a job using four cores, then you need four license tokens for PolyUMod. Similarly, if you have four license tokens for PolyUMod on your server, you can run two simultaneous jobs each using two cores, or four simultaneous jobs each using one core, etc. Note that the license tokens remain checked out while a simulation is running.
      
           
      
  • For PolyUMod for ANSYS, licenses are structured to correspond with the user’s selected ANSYS product.  

    A standard solver license includes 2 CPUs and 1 solver. Additional solver licenses are for 2 CPUs each, and high performance computing (HPC) solver licenses are for 32 CPUs each.

  • For PolyUMod for COMSOL, licenses are structured to be compatible with the COMSOL Multiphysics licensing options.

    A floating license can use up to 32 parallel CPUs. A node-locked license allows an unlimited number of parallel CPUs.

How does the pricing work?

Veryst offers two versions of the PolyUMod and MCalibration software. Pricing differs according to the selected version.

Academic Version:
The Academic version is available to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff of academic institutions. (Student or faculty/staff ID or other proof of enrollment or employment by an academic institution is required, and the number of times this license can be renewed may be limited.)

  • This version of the software includes:

    • MCalibration: one token; and

    • PolyUMod for a single FE code:

      • PolyUMod for Abaqus, COMSOL Multiphysics, LS-DYNA or MSC.Marc: four tokens

        or

      • PolyUMod for ANSYS: 1 Standard Solver (2 CPUs) and 1 HPC Solver (32 CPUs)
  • This version is offered at special academic pricing.

Professional Version:
The Professional version offers a license tailored to your specific needs.

  • This version of PolyUMod includes the PolyUMod material models developed by Veryst as well as the built-in material models for the FE code of your choice.

  • PolyUMod and MCalibration are sold separately.

  • For use with Abaqus, LS-DYNA or MSC.Marc: pricing is based on the number of PolyUMod tokens and the number of MCalibration tokens you choose

  • For use with ANSYS: pricing is based on the number of Standard Solvers, Additional Solvers, and HPC Solvers, and the number of MCalibration tokens you choose

  • For use with COMSOL Multiphysics: pricing is based on whether the license for PolyUMod is a floating license (which can use up to 32 parallel CPUs) or a node-locked license (which can use an unlimited number of parallel CPUs) as well as the number of MCalibration tokens you choose.

For floating licenses (all licenses except for the Professional node-locked license option for use with COMSOL Multiphysics), fees are for the license itself—the software can be installed on any number of computers without any additional fee.

All license fees are for a one-year license. A new license is issued when the software license is renewed.       

Please visit the Veryst Software Help Center: License Requests to request pricing details. If you do not yet have an account you will be asked to create one to log in. From there, you can request information on purchasing a professional license or an academic license, or request a free, two-week trial license.

What kind of technical support is there from Veryst?

The PolyUMod software comes with an extensive User's Manual. This manual is installed automatically when the software is installed.

In addition, technical support for the software is available and includes the following:

  • assistance with the software functionality

  • troubleshooting technical problems related to the software

  • guidance on how to improve your calibration results.

The professional software licenses include free technical support ranging from one to five hours, according to the details of your license. Veryst can also provide additional technical support, as well as training in the use of the software. To request assistance with using the software, please visit the Veryst Software Help Center: Technical Support

Note that there is no free support provided for the academic licenses.

What happens when you release a new version of the software? Will I need a new license file for it or will the old license file work with the newer version of the software?

You will not need a new license when a new version of the software is released. You can continue to use the software version you have already installed or can download and use the new version. (If you wish to download the new version, we recommend that you uninstall your current version first.) Whichever you choose, the license is unaffected.

What information do I need to provide to get a license?

In addition to knowing the number of tokens of PolyUMod and/or MCalibration you would like to buy, we will need to know if the machine where you would like the license installed is a virtual server.


Questions About the Software

What computer platform do I need to use the software?

The PolyUMod library and MCalibration software are currently available for the following computer platforms:

* A x86-64 computer running Microsoft Windows
* A x86-64 computer running Linux (Red Hat 5, 6 or 7 or Ubuntu 14.04)        

Note: The PolyUMod library for use with COMSOL Multiphysics is currently available only for Microsoft Windows.

What finite element (FE) software does the PolyUMod library support?                

The PolyUMod library currently supports Abaqus (versions 2016, 6.14, and 6.13), ANSYS (versions 17, 16.2, and 16.1), LS-DYNA (version R8.1), MSC.Marc (version 2015) and COMSOL Multiphysics (version 5.2).        

What kind of information is provided in the PolyUMod library? Are these models off-the-shelf and ready to use or are they tailor made?                

The software comes with 19 pre-defined material models that can be used to represent the nonlinear viscoplastic behavior of many different types of materials. The software also comes with calibrated material parameters for four materials.        

Does the software include results and data for materials from the main raw material vendors or do I have to provide test data myself?        

The PolyUMod and MCalibration software comes with a library of material models (i.e. implemented mathematical models), but it currently does not come with representative experimental data for common materials. Please contact Veryst if you would like us to test your materials for you.        

Can I use a material model in the PolyUMod library with my own user-defined subroutines?        

Yes, you can combine the material models in the PolyUMod library with your own user subroutines to use in an FE program. You simply compile your user-subroutines into object-code format and then link them with PolyUMod. To do that you need to download PolyUMod in object-code format.        

Please contact Veryst if you would like us to develop customized material subroutines for specific polymers for you.

Can we use several testing data to do the calibration?        

The answer is yes, you can use as many sets of data as you wish. Each data set may be given a fitness weight from the "Load Case Setup."

Do I need a compiler to use the software?        

You do not need a compiler to use the PolyUMod software. The user-material library is already compiled and is provided as a shared library.        

How do I use the PolyUMod software?        

There are three simple steps:

1. Install the shared library or custom executable on the simulation computer.        

2. Specify the appropriate material parameters in the pre-processor or the input file. (The required material parameters can be obtained from the MCalibration® software.)        

3. Run the FE simulation as usual. The finite element simulations will then automatically use the specific Veryst user-material model library as if it were a built-in feature.

A User's Manual that details model installation and usage is provided with each polymer library.        

How do I use the MCalibration software?

We recommend you do the following:        

1. Install the software on the simulation computer.        

2. Open MCalibration. The Tutorials are located in the navigation bar on the left.        

3. Read through the “Introduction to MCalibration” tutorial to learn how to enter data, perform a basic calibration, and export a calibrated material model to ANSYS or Abaqus.        

Additional tutorials that detail a variety of analyses that can be performed within MCalibration are provided.        

       

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