Code_Aster is a free software for numerical simulation in structural mechanics, developed mainly by the “Advanced Mechanical Analysis” department of EDF‘s research and development department (ERMES, ElectRo – MEchanics Studies).
Since Code_Aster is provided for Linux environment only, we chose to rebuild it from sources to share its Windows binaries as many users were asking on the forum.
ASTER stands for “Analyses des Structures et Thermomécanique pour des Études et des Recherches”, french phrase meaning “Structural Analysis and Thermomechanics for Studies and Research”. More Info »
Code_Aster is a solver, based on the theory of the mechanics of the continuous media, which uses the method of the finite elements to solve different types of mechanical, thermal, acoustic, seismic, etc. problems. It is a general software for simulation in mechanics and calculation of structures. Besides the standard functions of simulation software in thermomechanics, Code_Aster has many laws of behavior, finite elements, types of loadings.
This software is widely used in production environments and it is an industrial, state of the art engineering tool that can compare with the main actors in the market. You can download a presentation from the main site.