Simulation in Product, Equipment and Component Development

Simulation in Product, Equipment and Component Development

Practices and industrial perspectives on FEA, CFD and MBS


Companies across Portugal and Spain, and all over the world, are under pressure to accelerate product development and save costs.

Numerical techniques in computational simulation offer a key in the development of complex products, such as aircraft, cars, trains, ships or offshore systems, and components and industrial processes.

Many companies are already using Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Multibody Systems (MBS) to reduce physical testing and use virtual testing early in the design process to optimize products.

But issues involved in the use of computational simulation are complex, and design targets such as reliability are important. How should FEA, CFD and MBS technology be used in the development process? Who should use them and how should the development organization be structured? What are the implementation and training issues and what is the return on investment in component and system simulation? What are the differences between component and system approaches and how can they be integrated?

This seminar brings together industrial practitioners, software vendors, end users, researchers, and hardware suppliers to discuss these issues.

Who should attend

This seminar will be of interest to analysts, engineers and managers working for engineering companies whether original equipment manufacturers, suppliers or consultants.

Universities and centres of excellence in simulation are also invited to attend to add their views of the future developments and current research topics.


9: 00 Registration

9: 30 Welcome and NAFEMS Presentation
David Quinn (NAFEMS-UK)

10: 00 Damage models and mesh independent solutions for large plastic deformations
J. Cesar Sá (Feup-Porto)

10: 30 State of the art of Virtual Product Development in the Transportation field: Auto, Aero, Railway and Ship building
Rocio Núñez Chozas (MSC.Software-Madrid)

11: 00 Coffee

11: 30 Plastic Component Analisis by Finite Element Method
Blas Molero (IBERISA-Bilbao)

12: 00 Finite Element Analysis in Biomechanics
Antonio G. Completo (U. Aveiro)

12: 30 Almoço

14: 30 Computational Dynamics of Nonlinear Systems with Large Rigid Body Rotations
Jorge C. Ambrósio (IST-Lisboa)

15: 00 Computational Fluid Mechanics (CFD) to Design and Optimise
Antonio M. G. Lopes (U.Coimbra)

15: 30 Computational damage and fracture mechanics for advanced composites
Pedro Camanho (Feup-Porto)

16: 00 Mechanical Component Simulation
Nuno F. Rilo (U. Coimbra)

16: 30 Discussion session

17: 00 Closure

Seminar Location

FEUP-Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

Tel. +351 239790742, Fax +351 239790701

Software and Services Exhibition

This Seminar will be at 22th June, after the conference  IDDRG 2006 - Drawing the Things to Come, Trends and Advances in sheet Metal Forming, ( ) that will be 19th – 21th June in the same place of Faculty of Engineering of Porto University (FEUP).

So, both organizations  agreed to promote a Software and Engineering Services Exhibition. Interested companies in exhibit their software products and services during two events, may deal with any of the organizations by E-mail: