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Overview of Metafor GUI

What is Metafor?

Metafor is an object-oriented Finite Element code for the simulation of solids submitted to large deformations

Main coding languages

  • C++: algorithms
  • Python: input files

Main features

  • 2D/3D elements (large strains).
  • Implicit/explicit time integration (HHT, Chung Hulbert, …)
  • Thermomechanical coupling (staggered or fully coupled schemes).
  • Frictional contact between deformable bodies or analytical surfaces.
  • Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian formalism.
  • Meshing and remeshing procedures.
  • Large set of constitutive laws (thermo-elasto-visco-plastic, damage, …)
  • Crack propagation (erosion method).


  • … is a numerical implementation of the algorithms described in course MECA-0464
  • … includes all the PhD theses, Final Year Projects and research projects performed at Prof Ponthot’s laboratory
  • … is not a commercial software (less robust but more modular)

Typical applications

  • Metal forming processes (roll forming, deep drawing, roll levelling, hydroforming, etc.)
  • Crash, impact (fan blade out, shock absorbers, etc.)
  • Biomechanics (brain shift, orthodontics, etc.)
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