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A Methodology and a Framework for FE Modeling of Complex Systems
KTH, Superseded Departments, Machine Design.
1999 (English)In: NAFEMS World Congress, Rhode Island, USA, April 25-28, 1999, 1999Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Integration of CAD and CAE technology enables engineers to explore design alternatives andto ensure product quality before the first prototypes are manufactured. It also helps to clarifyproblems that are identified in the use phase for a product. Present commercial CAD and CAEsoftware supports an associativity on component model level. Engineers are usually hinderedin their efforts to simulate the physical behavior of complex systems of components. Thispaper describes a framework and a modeling methodology, with the scope to enable numericalmodeling, simulation and analysis of the physical behavior of complex systems. Theframework, which is based on commercial CAD, CAE and PDM software, includes ametamodel, which can be characterized as ISO STEP aware but not STEP compliant. Thepresented approach is exemplified with an industrial case.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19453OAI: diva2:338061
QC 20100810Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10 Last updated: 2010-08-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Simulation-driven design: Motives, Means, and Opportunities
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Simulation-driven design: Motives, Means, and Opportunities
1999 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
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Efficiency and innovative problem solving are contradictory requirements for productdevelopment (PD), and both requirements must be satisfied in companies that strive to remainor to become competitive. Efficiency is strongly related to ”doing things right”, whereasinnovative problem solving and creativity is focused on ”doing the right things”.Engineering design, which is a sub-process within PD, can be viewed as problem solving or adecision-making process. New technologies in computer science and new software tools openthe way to new approaches for the solution of mechanical problems. Product datamanagement (PDM) technology and tools can enable concurrent engineering (CE) bymanaging the formal product data, the relations between the individual data objects, and theirrelation to the PD process. Many engineering activities deal with the relation betweenbehavior and shape. Modern CAD systems are highly productive tools for conceptembodiment and detailing. The finite element (FE) method is a general tool used to study thephysical behavior of objects with arbitrary shapes. Since a modern CAD technology enablesdesign modification and change, it can support the innovative dimension of engineering aswell as the verification of physical properties and behavior. Concepts and detailed solutionshave traditionally been evaluated and verified with physical testing. Numerical modeling andsimulation is in many cases a far more time efficient method than testing to verify theproperties of an artifact. Numerical modeling can also support the innovative dimension ofproblem solving by enabling parameter studies and observations of real and syntheticbehavior. Simulation-driven design is defined as a design process where decisions related tothe behavior and performance of the artifact are significantly supported by computer-basedproduct modeling and simulation.A framework for product modeling, that is based on a modern CAD system with fullyintegrated FE modeling and simulation functionality provides the engineer with tools capableof supporting a number of engineering steps in all life-cycle phases of a product. Such aconceptual framework, that is based on a moderately coupled approach to integratecommercial PDM, CAD, and FE software, is presented. An object model and a supportingmodular modeling methodology are also presented. Two industrial cases are used to illustratethe possibilities and some of the opportunities given by simulation-driven design with thepresented methodology and framework.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 1999. vi, 42 p.
Trita-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 1999:26
CAD, CAE, FE method, Metamodel, Object model, PDM, Physical behavior, System
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-2875 (URN)99-3055738-5 (ISBN)
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1999-12-01, 00:00
QC 20100810Available from: 2000-01-01 Created: 2000-01-01 Last updated: 2010-08-11Bibliographically approved

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