CAPA-3D is a three dimensional finite elements based research tool. The development history of CAPA-3D goes back to the late 80ties. At that time, CAPA-2D, was developed by Tom Scarpas as a fast analysis tool for research purposes.

Since then, several (inter)national PhD projects have been devoted on developing particular aspects of the program. Over the years, the main focus of the code development became the modeling of the in-time response of infrastructural materials (e.g. soils, concrete, asphaltic mixes) and the simulation of the associated large number of loading cycles and wheel-pavement interactions.

CAPA-3D is currently used by several international research groups and continues to be developed to date by the group of Mechanics of Infrastucture Materials at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

The scope of the CAPA-3D system includes among others:

  1. Development of energy-based constitutive models;

  1. Advanced finite element types (such as various interface elements);

  1. Coupling various flow phenomena (heat transfer, oxygen diffusion, fast and slow moisture infiltration) to the mechanical models;

  1. Contact-Impact algoritms;

  1. Simulation of large number of cycles;

  1. Porous media formulations;

  1. Various solvers.

This web-site is focussed on the CAPA-3D development team, the ongoing research projects, upcoming events and other news items.

Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are currently working on a downloadable test-version of CAPA-3D!