The NAFEMS World Congress 2017, incorporating the 3rd International Conference on SPDM, will take place 11-14 June in Stockholm, Sweden. Featuring an unrivalled line-up of technical presentations, keynote speakers, workshops, training courses, and much more, this is one event you cannot afford to miss.
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Having a simulation capability is no longer a differentiator. To remain competitive companies need to have a capability and be able to use the capability effectively to produce results that are reliable and repeatable. Generating confidence in the capability of the simulation team is essential to move analysis from being a ‘tick box’ in the design process to a strategic capability.
Putting simulation into the hands of the non-expert is a subject that elicits much discussion within NAFEMS committees. On one hand, NAFEMS aims to act as an advocate for the deployment of simulation, and extending the capability of running simulations or accessing simulation results to inform strategic decisions is viewed positively. However, if the capabilities are not controlled errors and incorrect assumptions will lead to simulation being viewed with suspicion.
Engineering analysis and simulation offers significant cost and time savings by reducing the amount of experimental testing that is required to design a product so that it is fit for purpose.
With increasing product complexity the role of the systems engineer has become more prevalent. Systems Engineering involves an integration of multiple disciplines to form a development process that proceeds from concept to production.
Companies wishing to implement SDM often find it very difficult to put off-the-shelf offerings into production. Most managers and practitioners in Engineering Simulation organisations have little experience in designing information systems and are ill-equipped to run a selection process to ensure that the proposed solution will deliver the expected benefits.
While the benefits of incorporating simulation into the manufacturing process are clear, manufacturing process simulations are inherently complicated. The processes that are being simulated are often highly coupled Multiphysics environments with the input properties required by the material models often difficult to obtain and subject to significant variability. Accurate modelling of the physical processes can result in long run times that do not meet the requirements of the manufacturing team.
The last decade has seen the cost of hardware fall dramatically meaning that the cost of software licenses is now a significant consideration when selecting hardware to support an organisations analysis capability. Many numerical codes scale extremely well and are taking advantage of recent advances in terms of utilising GPUs. With many experts predicting that the end is finally nigh for Moore’s law where does that leave the simulation engineer.
Additive manufacturing is a breakthrough technology that has the ability to produce parts without tooling. This method has seen widespread publicity in recent years and, as the technology advances and the costs continue to fall, additive manufacturing is expected to become more prevalent and lead to innovative new designs.