Much more than a finite element code
MARS is a special purpose computational software for simulating the mechanical response of concrete structure under various loading conditions.
It is based on dynamic explicit algorithms and it includes all the capabilities and versatility of a general finite element code.
MARS features some unique techniques, such as the Lattice Discrete Particle Method (LDPM) and adaptive remeshing algorithms
for shell and solid meshes, which facilitate the solution of problems involving structural break-ups,
fragmentation, and post-failure response under extreme loading conditions.
MARS, thanks to its object-oriented architecture, makes it possible to add new capabilities in an efficient and systematic fashion.
All entities in MARS are organized in a hierarchical framework.
MARS has been successfully adopted for the simulation of a wide variety of problems, which include:
- Modeling of cracking and failure of cement-based materials
- Response of reinforced concrete structures to blast loads and fragment impacts
- Cable dynamics problems
- Fragmentation of ordinance casings
- Laceration of plates and shells
Many of the unique capabilities available in the MARS software requires an understanding of the specific MARS
mathematical algorithms used. This knowledge is crucial for developing valid analytical models and obtaining
good numerical simulations. New users may need help to use MARS effectively. ES3 is available to assist your
analysts in developing valid and efficient models with MARS for those problems of interest to you. For more
information, please contact us at
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