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This event aimed to explore the existing, and state of the art solutions to provide feedback from CAE simulations to the CAD environment. This led to discussions which identified the limitations and barriers preventing users getting to the ultimate solution.

Event Scope

  • What feedback is required ?
  • What data is required to support the feedback, i.e. parameters, values, precise geometry, mesh etc ?
  • How is the feedback data managed ?
  • How does the feedback benefit the overall design process ?
  • Can Open Standards be part of the solution, or does it require a vendor supplied solution ?
  • What methods are used to interpret the CAE data to provide the feedback ?
  • How do closed loop systems (i.e. optimization and robustness) differ from open loop systems in providing feedback ?
  • What would be the perfect solution ?

Event Format

The event was a mix of presentations from NAFEMS members and software providers. At the beginning  of the day, a breakout session took place (please see the question posed below). A round table panel discussion with the presenters alsol provided an opportunity for Q&A and discussions. A summary of the day’s information on future needs was briefly presented.



Breakout Session
Cecil Armstrong, Queens University Belfast

Thermo-mechanical Modelling of Gas Turbine Engine Components and Assemblies in FE and CFD Codes
Jeffrey Dixon, Rolls-Royce

Analysis Results Used to Create New 3D BREP Geometry in Metal Forming
Laurence Marks, on behalf of NMB Minebea

Optimization-Based Design: A Roadmap from Analysis to Manufacturing Data
Zoran Andjelic, ABB Corporate Research Switzerland

A PDM/SDM Environment Supporting Collaborative Change Processes
Thomas Weninger, Engineering System International GmbH

Parametric Driven Change – Ansys Workbench
Brian Miller, Wide FEA Ltd.

Conceptual Designing Using Optimization in your Existing CAE and CAD Systems for Accelerating the Design Process
Claus Pedersen FE-Design