We are pleased to announce the release of version 2.7 of FEBio (Finite Elements for Biomechanics). This new version adds several new and exciting capabilities to FEBio, including a powerful fluid mechanics solver. The fluid solver can solve both steady-state and dynamic fluid analyses and offers various material options for simulating a wide variety of fluid types. In addition, new shell formulations are introduced that can be seamlessly integrated with solid element meshes (e.g. shell on top of solid, shell between two solids). The optimization module has also been greatly revised and offers now much more powerful capabilities, including parameter optimization of almost any model parameter (not just materials) and to fit to almost any model output parameters (not just rigid bodies). FEBio’s plugin framework was also expanded and now includes the capability of creating new physics solvers. As an example, we developed the FEBioChem plugin, which solves the nonlinear reaction-diffusion equation for modeling chemical reactions. This plugin is available on the plugins website. Please check the release notes for a more detailed overview of all new features and bug fixes.
We encourage you to submit images/videos of your research, to be posted on the FEBio Gallery, to showcase the research being done with FEBio. We’ll even create the images/videos for you if you’ll send us the .feb or .plt/.xplt files!
We’d also like to remind you that as part of our effort to track the impact of the FEBio software suite, we have assembled a list of all publications that have used or referenced FEBio. If you publish manuscripts, conference papers or abstracts that use FEBio, please reference the following manuscript:
Maas SA, Ellis BJ, Ateshian GA, Weiss JA: FEBio: Finite Elements for Biomechanics. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 134(1):011005, 2012.
Please report any problems or questions on the Software Forum.
We also would like to take this opportunity to thank our ever-growing user base for helping us make FEBio a great tool for computational biomechanics. As always, we would really appreciate any feedback that you may have to help us improve FEBio.
Kind Regards,
The FEBio Software Team
Steve Maas
Gerard Ateshian
Jeff Weiss
Ben Ellis
Dave Rawlins
June 8, 2018