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ESI Group announces the release of ProCASTProCAST

ESI Group : 30 July, 2007  (New Product)
ESI Group (ESIN FR0004110310) is pleased to announce the new release of ProCAST 2006, the leading finite element software package for foundry simulation. This new version brings additional new features in meshing, processing capabilities and numerous improvements in product performance.
The ProCAST solutions include automatic mesh generation, thermal analysis with radiation effects, flow analysis for mould filing, fully coupled thermal, flow and stress analysis, and advanced metallurgical options.

Three main improvements deserve to be highlighted:

ProCAST can predict porosity by taking into account graphite expansion phenomenon in nodular cast iron. Indeed, in this specific material the formation of graphite nodules during solidification leads to a volume expansion. The capacity of ProCAST to couple local microstructure calculations with porosity predictions is a real benefit for the cast iron industry.

With the delivery of ProCAST an important progress has been made: the meshing time for models that took hours to mesh previously, takes only minutes with the new version. This improvement is also due to the use of Geomesh, the ESI Group tool for geometry analysis and repair, whose interface allows the use of major industrial native CAD files formats.

Parallel processing of mould filling and solidification was already included in the previous ProCAST release. With this new ProCAST version, the stress module is now fully parallelized, allowing the complete casting process to be simulated in hours.

ďProCAST new release is a clear sign of ESI Group commitment to provide- 1) state-of-the-art software capabilities to the casting industry allowing full coupling between filling, solidification, stress, porosity and microstructural features and - 2) allowing even the most complex processes to be simulated overnight providing foundries the capacity to test more mould designs in less timeĒ says Marco Gremaud, Casting Solutions Product Manager, ESI Group.

For more information, please contact either your ESI Groupís representative or visit

ESI Groupís Casting Solution
Casting process simulation is now widely accepted as an important tool in product design and process development to improve casting yield and quality. ESI Groupís casting portfolio includes ProCAST,
the market leading finite element solution for casting process simulation, CALCOSOFT, for fast and efficient modeling of continuous casting processes and PAM-QUIKCAST, the finite difference solution for casting process evaluation.
ProCAST 2005 has received the European Technology Leadership of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan
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