NAFEMS UK Conference

NAFEMS UK Conference

Future Challenges in Engineering Simulation

The inaugural NAFEMS UK Conference was held over two days from June 14th to June 15th 2006 at Crewe Hall, Cheshire.

Co-sponsored by IMechE, this two day conference covered the current best practices and state of the art in FEA and CFD and associated technologies, providing attendees with the most comprehensive overview of the latest technology available. The main themes the conference covered were;

Materials Characterisation
Business Benefits of Simulation
Stochastics, Robustness & Variability

These themes will be explored through a series of high powered presentations from invited speakers who are acknowledged experts in the field.


Presentations are available to download in PDF format for those who attended the conference, using the username and password which will be e-mailed to you.


Wednesday, 14th June 2006

Theme 1 – Materials Characterisation

Bridging the Performance Gap Metal and Composites
Antony Dodworth, Bentley Motors

Allowing for residual stresses in design: the role of FEAFrank Sherratt, EIS

Draping Methodology of Composite Materials
John Klintworth, Simulayt

Techniques for Determining Internal Integrity of Composite Laminates
Robert Prance, University of Sussex

Theme 2 – Business Benefits

Why You May Not Achieve the Full Financial Benefit of Simulation
Colin Mynott

Managing Change
Chris Clegg, Sheffield University

'Suits you Sir' - Why One Size Does Not Fit All in CAE
Stefan Kukula, Crowcon Detection Instruments


Thursday, 15th June 2006

Theme 3 – Stochastics, Robustness & Variability

The Use of Surrogate Models for Reliability Analysis
Vassili Toropov, Leeds University

Weibull Models and FEA
Mike McCarthy, Wilde Group

Robust Design – Methods and Application to Real World Examples
J. Verdicchio, Rolls-Royce 

Theme 4 - Multiphysics

Multi-physics modelling - reality and potential
Mark Cross, University of Swansea

Industrial Gas Turbine Fluid Structure Interaction
Michel Arnal, Wood Group Heavy Industrial Turbines AG

Assessment of Ultrasonic Transducer Design Tools for Commercial Implementation
Graeme McRobbie, Paisley University


The conference was held at Crewe Hall in Cheshire. Contrasting the very best mix of classical and contemporary styles, Crewe Hall is a stately home with a contrasting modern West Wing addition, offering stylish comfort.

The Hall is located just 4 minutes drive from junction 16 of the M6 and is 5 minutes by taxi from Crewe mainline train station, with regular connections to the centre of London and beyond.


The conference featured an exhibition area with participation from leading software, hardware, and consultancy companies.

CM Beasy
MSC Software
Sharc Ltd
ITI TranscenData
Wilde FEA