Much more than a finite element code
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.
Full description of MARS capabilities is available for registered customers here
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