Creo Elements/Direct Advanced Simulation

Advanced Simulation Software for Product Design Verification and Validation

Creo Elements/Direct Advanced Simulation Extension software provides a complete set of advanced capabilities for improving your company’s product design verification and validation processes. The software enables you to study in greater depth how advanced, nonlinear effects could influence the performance of your products in development. This allows your design and engineering team to achieve greater insight and fully evaluate product performance early in the development cycle.

The combination of Creo Simulate and Creo Advanced Simulation Extension can be used as a standalone application or as an extension of Creo Elements/Direct. Results include streamlined processes, reduced need for physical prototypes, lower costs, as well as greater product quality, safety and reliability.


  • Solve nonlinear large displacement, pre-stress, dynamic and transient thermal analyses
  • Simulate advanced materials behaviors such as hyper-elasticity, anisotropic, orthotropic and composite laminates
  • Support for advanced modeling entities such as mass/spring idealizations, pre-loaded bolts and friction on assembly contact points Leverage the familiar interface, workflows and user concepts found in the core design areas of Creo Parametric
  • Optimize product performance and reliability, reducing risk of failure by accurately simulating complex systems under real-world conditions


Includes all the features of Creo Simulate, plus the following:

Analysis Capabilities

  • Nonlinear static structural analysis of large displacements and strains, sliding contact, hyper-elastic materials, elasto-plastic materials, nonlinear springs, boundary conditions applied sequentially, and snap-through
  • Dynamic structural analysis of time response, frequency response, random response, and response spectrum
  • Pre-stress structural static analysis and pre-stress structural modal analysis
  • Nonlinear steady state thermal analysis of temperature dependent convections, gray body radiation, temperature dependent material properties, and boundary conditions applied sequentially
  • Transient Thermal Analysis


  • Adaptive nonlinear iterations and adaptive transient solution

Structural Boundary Conditions

  • Preloads of Bolts
  • Base Excitation for Dynamic Analyses for uniaxial, translations and rotations, and translations at 3 points
  • Frequency Dependence of Load Sets for Frequency Response
  • Time Dependence of Load Sets for Time Response
  • Power Spectral Densities for Random Response

Thermal Boundary Conditions

  • Transient heat loads and traveling heat loads
  •  Transient convection conditions and radiation conditions


  • Non-isotropic material properties such as orthotropic and transversely isotropic
  • Transversely Isotropic Material Failure Limits for the following supported criteria: Tsai-Wu, Maximum Stress, Maximum Strain
  • Material Orientation of volumes and surfaces
  • Hyper-elastic Stress-Strain Response with automatic fitting of experimental data for the following supported models: Arruda-Boyce, Mooney-Rivlin, Neo-Hookean, Polynomial Order 2, Reduced Polynomial Order 2, Yeoh
  • Elasto-plastic Stress-Strain Response with automatic fitting of experimental data and thermal softening effect for the following supported models: Linear Hardening, Power Law, Exponential Law
  • Temperature dependent Thermal Conductivity

Element Types and Idealizations

  • Laminate shells: general layup editor and direct import of laminate stiffness
  • Advanced springs: general (nonlinear) force-deflection curve and general stiffness matrix, including automatic calculation of off-diagonal coupling terms
  • Advanced concentrated masses: general moments of inertia and mass from component

Meshing Tools

  • Mapped meshed regions, prismatic regions, and thin solid regions


  • Advanced rigid links and weighted links

2D Analysis of:

  • 2D plane stress, 2D plane strain, and 2D axi-symmetric


  • Measure graphs vs. time, frequency, or load step
  • Measures for dynamic analyses or transient thermal analyses at each step, maximum over interval, or time at which maximum occurs