Download the first draft of the conference agenda now!


Workshop & Special Sessions

Introduction to the Essentials of SPDM
Mark Norris, the SDMConsultancy

This short taster training course will include an introduction to SPDM based on 20 years of production experience for engineers currently not using an SPDM solution. It will cover SPDM project successes, the core technology of SDM and SPDM, the different classes of solutions available, how SPDM fits with other engineering systems and the value obtainable from SPDM, including functional Digital Twins.

What are the Chances of the Ship Snapping?
Considerations When Using Probabilistic Analysis
The NAFEMS Stochastics Technical Working Group

In the April 2019 issue of NAFEMS BENCHMARK magazine, two challenge problems are presented. The first one consists of two normal distributions, producing an analytical (theoretical) solution. The second one contains several distributions (normal, uniform and lognormal), and therefore an exact solution is not available. At the NAFEMS World Congress 2019 these problems were discussed and a few solutions were presented. In this special session at the UK Conference, these solutions and additional ones will be deliberated in combination with the theoretical background and the pitfalls of these methods.

Sheet Metal Formability – Material Properties, Failure and Simulation
Trevor Dutton, Dutton Simulation

This workshop is intended to assist all those involved in the design of sheet metal components to identify the key material properties and potential failure modes during manufacture. The session will demonstrate how CAE methods can be used to simulate the manufacturing method in order to identify any potential problems with the process and establish if part design changes are required.

Workshop Topics – Part 1:

  • Introduction to sheet metal forming processes
  • Characterisation of sheet metal material properties for use in simulation
  • Definition of process failure

Workshop Topics – Part 2:

  • Discussion of the different materials used in sheet metal forming
  • Description of how materials are tested to establish the required material parameters
  • Application of simulation with an example using the Forming Limit Test

Short Taster Course - Complete Guide to Automatic Design Optimisation
Gino Duffett, NAFEMS

The short course will explain some practicalities of doing automatic design optimization as completely as possible. The course treats optimization generically, independent of sector, and will start by discussing design cycles, process simulation integration, design evaluations, design of experiments and move onto single and multi-disciplinary (MDO) and multi-objective optimizations (MOO). Time will limit the information provided and will not enable in depth discussion of more difficult concepts such as meta models, response surface, robust and statistical design. Examples from different sectors will be used to discuss and highlight the different issues, advantages and disadvantages of the tools available.

Cracking the Crush Tube: A Nonlinear Large Deformation Problem
The NAFEMS Computational Structural Mechanics Working Group

The Computational Structural Mechanics Working Group invites you to learn about the many ways of modelling a crush tube. A challenge problem, available from the NAFEMS website, has been posed and this session will act as a forum for respondents to discuss their solution and why they made the choices that led to it. A summary of all received submissions will also be presented.

Grains to Properties: Calculating Bulk Scale Behaviour from Microstructure
The NAFEMS Computational Structural Mechanics Working Group

Modern engineering uses material design to obtain advantageous properties for challenging applications. This material design is underpinned by advanced simulation methods that use knowledge of the microstructure of the materials to predict the bulk-scale material response. This session will focus on one such technique, crystal plasticity finite element analysis, and will serve as an introduction to what it does and how it can be used.

Invited Speakers

High-fidelity CFD to Improve Formula 1 Overtaking
Dr Neil Ashton, Senior Researcher Oxford Thermofluids Institute at University of Oxford

European Materials Modelling Council
Dr Gerhard Goldbeck, Goldbeck Consulting

Torsional Stiffness Simulation of Metallic Disc Membrane Couplings Considering Pre-Stretch and Post-Buckling Behaviour
Murat Islam, Design Engineer, Global Couplings R&D, John Crane UK Ltd.

Innovation through Engineering Simulation - A Rolls-Royce Perspective
Dr Akin Keskin, Head of DaVinci, System Design, Civil Aerospace, Global Chief of Design Systems, Rolls-Royce Engineering Associate Fellow - Design Systems

Digital Twin : Myth or Reality?
Dr. Prashant Khapane, Advanced Simulation & Measurement Technology, Engineering Laboratories, Jaguar Land Rover

Simulation, Driving and Supporting Better Physical Experimentation
Rob Lewis, Managing Director, TotalSim Ltd.

Using Optimisation in the Design of the RWUAS Air Vehicle Structure
Gordon Mackenzie, Head of Airframe Analysis and Simulation, Leonardo Helicopters