Programme of Events

This is the preliminary programme of events taking place at the UK Conference. More details and exact times will be published in due course.


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

Open Spaces
John Verdicchio, Cambridge Flow Solutions

‘Open Spaces’ is a way to enable everyone attending the conference an opportunity to have their say and ask some poignant questions.

Delegates will create their own parallel working sessions around a central theme of strategic importance, such as:

  • “How do I perform a successful non-linear analysis”
  • “What is the future of linear elements in FEA analysis?”
  • “Bad geometry, do I mesh it or stop?”
  • “I want all my analysts to have PSE certification.”
  • “Can I let non-specialists carry out advanced analysis / what measures should I put in place?”

It is hoped that the result of ‘open spaces’ is a powerful, effective connecting and strengthening of what’s already happening in the engineering analysis community, planning and action, learning and doing.

The rules are:

  • No ideas are right or wrong, they are important and need to be discussed.
  • If you suggest a topic you should be prepared to lead the discussion of the topic, or at least introduce the “idea” behind the post-it note.

VMAP Standard (release 0.4.0) for Simulation Process Interoperability
Gino Duffett, NAFEMS

VMAP (, created via the almost-complete ITEA-VMAP project, has released a public version of the vendor-neutral standard for CAE data storage and transfer to enhance interoperability in virtual engineering workflows. This open and free-to-use standard defines data structures for geometry, discretization, material parameters, results and state variables and includes a software library to read/write the VMAP data files; test cases are also provided. The standard is supported by a strong community made up of industrial and software companies and vendors, experts from academia, etc.

This workshop/discussion will present the VMAP release, current software implementations, test and use cases and the VMAP community. There will be ample time for Q&A and enable participants to discuss their simulation process requirements, their data transfer, etc. with the possibility of engaging in the creation of functioning simulation processes.

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.

Further sessions to be announced ...

"From Grains to Properties: Calculating Bulk Scale Behaviour from Microstructures"
"Dynamic Benchmarks: Sharing Good Practice in Explicit Analysis"
"Multiphysics Technical Working Group Panel Discussion Session"
"Open Discussion on Verification and Validation, Specifically Focusing on Code Verification"

Invited Speakers

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

Engineering Simulation Powering Innovation at Royal Enfield Motorcycles
Rod Giles, Head CAD & CAE at Royal Enfield, A unit of Eicher Motors Ltd.

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