The primary focus of the AMWG is the Quality Assurance of engineering simulation and the management of the simulation process. This is predominantly a management responsibility in as much as it demands the development of appropriate procedures and organizational support.
The Terms of Reference refer to Engineering Analysis and Simulation. The remit of the working group therefore extends beyond FEA, to encompass CFD and the emerging simulation technologies such as multi-physics. The working group will also examine the role of the more traditional techniques such as hand calculation (this still being simulation by calculation). The group has already attracted support from the CFD fraternity. We consider quality assurance to be relevant to the assessment and qualification of products or structures through any form of calculation, whether computer aided or not.
The working group output therefore influences not only the quality of the simulation, but by extension the quality of the finished engineered product.
A current issue is the rapid increase in the use of ‘push-button’ simulation products; where sophisticated simulation tools are embedded in CAD systems. Whilst these technologies have obvious benefits in terms of productivity and accessibility, there is concern that such products suggest that complex simulations are fool-proof. The challenge is to examine the uses these simulation tools; looking at the proper implementation of quality control measures whilst at the same time not hindering the development and deployment. With the simulation remit we are able to examine the advantages, disadvantages, concerns and potential dangers of such trends in the technology.
The working group would welcome the involvement of software developers to assist in our discussions and developments.
1. The NAFEMS Analysis. Management Working Group has the remit to produce, monitor and maintain; guidance, procedures and advice relating to:
a. The applicability of engineering simulation in relation to improving business practice and performance; and
b. Best practice with respect to the definition and execution of engineering simulation.
2. The working group’s output will relate to all “Engineering Numerical Simulation”.