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Multi-Disciplinary Simulation in Engineering Analysis

Invitation and Agenda for the NAFEMS NORDIC Seminar:

Multi-Disciplinary Simulation in Engineering Analysis

21st – 22nd April 2009, Helsinki, Finland

Download Invitation & Agenda (pdf)

Register online here


Today, engineers working on the development of products are increasingly faced with multi-disciplinary modelling. The equations governing mechanical behaviour of solids and fluids, acoustics, electricity and magnetism, chemical reactions etc. are often coupled. However, in the same way as we tend to ignore non-linearities, we, as engineers, tend to simplify the coupling in our simulations.

Many industrial problems request to consider multi-disciplinary coupling – in building the model, and in running the simulation – taking into account true interactions between the quantities. Easy to say, more difficult to accomplish because of the lack of experience and confidence most engineers have in commercial software.

Multidisciplinary simulation is a new challenge that industry, vendors and analysts are taking up. Making dedicated software for different modeling disciplines to work together - simultaneously ensuring convergency - may need new thinking. Are we going into a general multi-disciplinary software or is it more efficient to expand pre-existing software to cover multi-disciplinary applications?

This seminar aims to clarify these critical issues through keynote presentations and contributed papers.

Who Should Attend?

The event is aimed at engineers and managers who are involved or interested in engineering simulation.


The seminar will be accompanied by an exhibition of leading software and hardware suppliers and vendors. The exhibition will enable these to feature the latest developments and give all attendants the opportunities to discuss technical topics.

Technical coordinators of this seminar

Jouni Freund (Helsinki University of Technology) and
Kenneth Eriksson (Process Flow Ltd Oy)



Tuesday, 21st April 2009

10:30 – 12:00
Optional tour: CSC - IT Center for Science


Welcome and NAFEMS presentation

Prospects and Challenges in the Computational Modeling of Multiphysics Processes and Systems
M. Cross (Swansea University - GBR)

Advanced Multiphase Models for Process Simulation
P. Koukkari (VTT Process Chemistry - FIN)

Multi Disciplinary Simulation for Collaborative Robust Design
O. Tabaste (MSC.Software - FRA)

Coffee Break

Invited Speaker:
Numerical Modeling of Heavy Construction Machinery - Common Challenges with Examples
P. Beierer (Sandvik Mining and Construction - FIN)

A Combined Simulation Method Applied in Development of Semi-Active Cabin Suspension System for an Agricultural Tractor
P. Hannukainen , T. Virtanen (Valtra - FIN)

Invited Speaker:
An Industrial Perspective on Modelling of a Rotary Kiln for Lump Lime Production
M. Eriksson (Nordkalk - FIN)

FSI Simulations for the Drying Section of a Paper Machine
– An Overview of the Challenges and the State of the Art
E. Immonen (ProcessFlow - FIN)


18:30 – 20:00
Beverages & Snacks in the Exhibition


Wednesday, 22nd April 2009

Usage and Possibilities of Simulation in the Paper Industry
M. Karlsson (UPM)

Simulation as a Tool to Develop the Papermaking Process and Equipment
R. Talja (Metso Paper - FIN)

Design and Development of Chemical Production Processes
J. Aittamaa (Neste Oil - FIN)

Coffee break

Applications of Fluid-Stucture Interaction Simulations
M. Hermodsson , H. Ekman (Altair Engineering - SWE)

IOSO Optimization Technology Application Examples Aimed to Improve Technical Objects Efficiency in Industry and Engineering
I. Egorov (Sigma Technology - RUS)

Combined Visualization
T. Alstad , T. H. Hansen (Ceetron - NOR)


Acoustic Simulations for a Head-and-Torso Model
T. Huttunen (Kuava - FIN); T. Avikainen, J. Cozens (Nokia - FIN)

Explicit Analysis of a Mineshield Behaviour of a Military Vehicle
A. Yanchukovich, J. Rinnevalli (Stressfield - FIN)

Link-Arm Mooring Stability Study
M. E. Hyötyniemi (Lujax); M. Soininen (Elomatic Marine - FIN)

Coffee break

Multi-Attribute Robustness Optimization of a Vehicle Suspension Using Multibody a nd Durability Simulation
R. d’Ippolito , M. Hack (LMS – ITA/GER); N. El Masri, N. Tzannetakis (Noesis Solutions - BEL)

Manufacturing Oriented Design Optimization of Layered Composite Structures
A. Mönicke, H. Katajisto , M. Palanterä (Componeering - FIN)




Location & hotel accommodation

Scandic Continental Helsinki
Mannerheimintie 46, 00260 Helsinki, Finland
Tel: +358 (0) 10 808 002, Fax: +358 (0) 9 473 72380

Seminar registrants can reserve a discounted room at the conference hotel before 3rd April 2009 . Please quote reservation code NAF190409 (110 EUR / single room / night, 145 EUR / double or twin room / night). Rates include buffet breakfast and all local taxes.

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities

We would like to extend an invitation to your company to be part of the NAFEMS NORDIC Seminar.  There are several outstanding opportunities available for your company to sponsor or exhibit at the conference, giving you maximum exposure to a highly targeted audience of delegates, who are all directly involved in simulation, analysis, and design. Please request furhter information.

Costs for infopoint (1 table + own poster or small display) incl. power supply: 390 Euro + VAT
All personnel need to register as regular attendees.


Optional tour: CSC - IT Center for Science

Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 - approx. 12:00 am

The CSC – IT Center for Science is located in Otaniemi, about 20 min. by bus from the hotel. The bus will pick up those who registered for the tour at 10.30 am (hotel entrance) and will be back at the hotel approx. 12:00. Please find more information at .

If you are interested to join this optional tour please register separately using the registration form or online at .


Registration fees

NAFEMS members: free
(NAFEMS members can apply seminar credits towards free attendance at this event. This event will charge 3 seminar credits per delegate.)
NAFEMS member, but no more seminar credits available: 375 Euro + VAT
NAFEMS non-members: 520 Euro + VAT

Note: These fees include attendance at the seminar, one copy of the proceedings, lunch on second day, break refreshments, and beverages & snacks in the evening of the first day. Hotel accommodation is not included.

Please register with the registration form, online or via e-mail ( ).

* All costs + VAT if applicable.



Event Type: Seminar
Location: Helsinki Finland
Date: April 21, 2009

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