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Fusion of Test and Analysis in Structural Dynamics

A workshop on Thursday, 15th November 2018

Sometimes the best method for solving a dynamics problem is to gather data from both experiments and simulations. This has always been done but traditionally these have been separate disciplines. There is an initiative known as Fusion of Test and Analysis (FTA) which coordinates these activities. The objective of this workshop is to explain and show how fusion is applied.

This initiative is already operating in some high tech industries and has also been adopted by some specialist dynamics organisations. It has significant advantages in reducing uncertainty and is often faster, cheaper and simpler than using simulation or test alone. It is being adopted as a way forward for solving dynamics problems. In particular, one example of a new test method for qualification testing gives order-of-magnitude enhancements to the technical performance of a test, with the traditional over-tests and under-tests virtually eliminated. Typically, this can be achieved with a 3 times reduction in test running costs and a 6 times reduction in test infrastructure cost.

Some immediate advantages of FTA are the ability

  • To identify boundary conditions properly
  • To quantify damping values correctly
  • To identify the properties of elastomers 
  • To satisfy the needs of validation and verification

The day is divided into two parts:

  • In the morning several approaches to FTA will be discussed and examples of large-scale and small-scale FTA will be described.

  • In the afternoon an item will be tested and analysed illustrating how both test and analysis can help solve a dynamics problem.

Who should attend?

  • Dynamists will learn the broad range of FTA techniques available.
  • Project managers will learn how to fuse test and analysis
  • Analysts and experimentalists will learn the advantages of complementing each other’s work.



Coffee and Registration
Chairman’s Welcome and Introduction
Hugh Goyder, Cranfield University

General Introduction to Fusion of Test and Analysis
David Ewins, Imperial College

The Rolls-Royce approach to FTA
Ibrahim Sever, Rolls Royce Plc.

Small-scale Fusion of Test and Analysis
Brian Jarvis, Eatec
 Refreshment break

Simulation to Optimise Testing
Phil Ind and Phil Daborn, Atomic Weapons Establishment

Combined use of Simulation and Test Data  
Eddie Dascotte, Dynamic Design Solutions

Making Fusion Part of Project Management
Ed Green, Rolls Royce Plc.

 Lunch break
Practical example: An item will be both experimentally tested and simulated.

General discussion and closing remarks


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Purchasing Details

Members Price
£175 | $225 | €199

Non-Members Price
£250 | $322 | €283
Event Type: Workshop
Location: Coventry UK
Date: November 15, 2018


There is an opportunity available for your company to exhibit at the seminar, giving you maximum exposure to a highly targeted audience of delegates, who are all directly involved in simulation, analysis, and design.


Please contact Jo Davenport at NAFEMS if you would like more information.

tel: +44 (0)1355 225688