POSTPONED - Exploring Explicit Dynamics : Impact, Shock & Crash


As you will be aware COVID-19 is becoming increasingly prevalent across the world. Our main priority is the well-being of NAFEMS delegates and therefore we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the seminar.

We will be in touch with everyone who has registered when a new date has been confirmed.

We apologise for any inconvenience due to these circumstances which are beyond our control.

Exploring Explicit Dynamics

Impact, Shock & Crash

Explicit Dynamics Finite Element Analysis has been used by industry and academia for many years. With advanced techniques such as particle methods, Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian and advance failure methods becoming more prevalent in general purpose simulation packages, simulation engineers have never had such capabilities at their fingertips.

Modelling impact, shock & crash phenomenon is inherently difficult. The process is highly non-linear, materials are strain rate dependant, damage has to be realistically represented in order to capture the response of the product. The aim of this seminar is to present and discuss the challenges, and solutions in this field, using real engineering examples.

This seminar is therefore applicable to all of the typical analyses across a number of different industries, from automotive to electronics and everything in between. This seminar has been organised by the NAFEMS Impact, Shock & Crash Working Group and the Computational Structural Mechanical Working Group. NAFEMS recently created the ISCWG in order that knowledge of state-of-the-art explicit dynamic methods may be disseminated across the broader simulation community. The ISCWG would like to use this initiative to reach out to potential new members, to hear about the needs of industry.

Who should attend?

  • Design engineers who wish to learn how to access the performance of their products under dynamic loadings
  • CAE Managers and Practitioners who want to learn about state of the art techniques
  • Engineering managers who want to learn about the benefits that can be realised by investing in an explicit dynamics capability



Chairman's Introduction & Welcome
David Ellis, Chairman of NAFEMS Impact, Shock & Crash Working Group

The Use of Crash Dummy Models in the Virtual Vehicle Development Process
Richard Brown, Jaguar Land Rover

Will we Forever Live in Fear of The Dark Side of the Moon?
Sean Duvall, International Nuclear Services

The Enduring Qualification of Nuclear Road Transport Containers Exposed to Abnormal Insults – Modelling and Validation
Tom Anthistle, AWE

A New Method for Fast Finite Element Explicit Crash Simulations
Alex Van der Velden, Dassault Systemes SIMULIA USA

Reducing Computational Costs – Practical Insights into a Lower Order (Macro-Element) Approach for Automotive Crash
Kevin Hughes, Brunel University London

Using Advanced FEA to Redefine ‘Failure’ for the White Rose Offshore Platform
Joseph Fisk, Arup

Prediction of the Ballistic Limit of an Aluminium Sandwich Panel
James Campbell, Brunel University London

Blast & Ballistic Explicit FEA Simulations
David Ellis & Paul Turner, D J Goode & Associates Ltd

Experimental Validation of Stainless Steel Pipe Dropped-Load Impact Models
Guy Steemson, Rolls-Royce plc.

General discussion and closing remarks



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We would like to extend an invitation to your company to be part of this exciting event. There are several outstanding opportunities available for your company to sponsor or 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 - to discuss the options available.