Category Archives: Industry update

RBF mapping of electromagnetic loads onto FEM models: DEMO TF coil system example

New paper available for download: A new meshless approach to map electromagnetic loads for FEM analysis on DEMO TF coil system, Marco E. Biancolini et al. Highlights: Generation and mapping of magnetic load on DEMO using radial basis function. Good agreement between RBF interpolation and EM TOSCA computations. Resultant forces are stable with respect to the target mesh used. Stress results are robust and accurate even if a coarse cloud is used for RBF interpolation.

NAFEMS webinar—Democratization: Accessibility

NAFEMS webinar—Democratization: Accessibility, Oct. 27, 11:00 am EDT. Speakers: Dr. Dennis Nagy, BeyondCAE; Forrest Burney, BWAY Corp.; Dr. Jeff Crompton, AltaSim Technologies. Most existing general-purpose simulation tools are bound to a user’s desktop. While some of these tools are now being made available on the cloud, this process has been slow to gain traction for various reasons (e.g., ease of running graphics-intensive and complex applications on a desktop). Simulation apps are now beginning to make their appearance on both internal and external/public cloud platforms, allowing users to access these simple-to-use apps easily from anywhere and on their mobile devices. Furthermore, it is critical that a user also be able to access the required amount of computing hardware remotely. While a few (hardware) cores may suffice, there are situations when access to a large number of connected cores becomes essential (e.g., high run count for automated design exploration). In this webinar, an expert presentation and two end-user case study presentations will explore this topic further, demonstrating practical examples of simulation apps accessible on the cloud, and the ROI that the companies have experienced. Webinar presentations and recording available here.


NAFEMS webinar—Democratization: Usability

NAFEMS webinar—Democratization: Usability, Oct. 1, 11:00 am EDT. Speakers: Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights; Michael “Zack” Eckblad, Intel. For non-experts to be able to run sophisticated simulations, it is critical that simulation apps be highly usable, speaking the language of the user and not the simulation expert. While there has been significant progress in making general-purpose simulation tools easier to use, they are, almost by definition, mostly used only by the experts. Meanwhile, “non-experts” continue to find that they are seldom able to use these tools safely, and must defer to the experts. In this webinar, a presentation by Chad Jackson and a case-study presentation by Michael “Zack” Eckblad of Intel explored this topic further, demonstrating practical examples of simulation apps at work, and the ROI experienced. Webinar presentations and recording available here.

NAFEMS webinar—Democratization: Expert Knowledge Capture & Reuse

NAFEMS webinar—Democratization: Expert Knowledge Capture & Reuse, Sept. 17, 11:00 am EDT. Speakers: Ravi Desai, American Axle & Manufacturing; Tory Scola, NASA Langley Research Center; Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research. Forward-thinking companies have embraced targeted, solution-focused “simulation apps” to gain measurable improvements in innovation, development time and related product quality. Leveraging this approach has allowed companies to work with dispersed departments, suppliers and partners, all while maintaining control and consistency, enforcing standards, and ensuring the validity of analysis results. This webinar featured practical examples of automation templates and simulation apps at work, and the ROI that companies have experienced. Webinar presentations and recording available here.

DATADVANCE pSeven 6.1 release highlights

DATADVANCE pSeven 6.1 release highlights:

  • Siemens NX integration—Support for Siemens NX 10. Support for Unicode paths, names of model features and dimensions. Support for expressions. Stability improvements.
  • Algorithmic core updates—New method of solving mixed-integer optimization problems that does not require surrogate-based optimization. Better handling of cusp-like singularities in optimization problems. New sparse linear regression technique for approximation.
  • Project database cleanup—Compact a project database by removing redundant data. Significantly reduces size of projects that use the database actively.
  • Updated examples—Approximation model export. Using SolidWorks and ANSYS in optimization.

Accelerate 2015 with Autodesk PLM 360

Accelerate 2015 with Autodesk PLM 360, Sept. 1-2, Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Boston. Autodesk’s 2nd annual PLM conference will bring together customers, industry executives, market analysts and subject matter experts to learn, network and share strategies for solving modern manufacturing challenges, and get an exclusive sneak peek into the future of Autodesk PLM 360. Event and registration information here.

NAFEMS Simulation 20/20 webinar series

NAFEMS announced an initiative to collaborate with industry thought leaders and end-user companies to develop and deliver a webinar series titled Simulation 20/20—The Next Five Years. This year-long program offers 14 webinars aimed at advancing the understanding, usability and application of current and emerging CAE technologies and methodologies. The series commenced Thursday, August 27 with a webinar titled Democratizing CAE that discussed how CAE analysis is being deployed to a broadening group of users throughout product development using template-based simulation applications. Webinar presentations and recording available here. Following will be three webinars based on case studies related to the democratization topic: Expert Knowledge Capture & Reuse, Usability and Accessibility. Continue reading

North American modeFRONTIER Users’ Meeting 2015

ESTECO issued a call for presentations for the 4th edition of the North American modeFRONTIER Users’ Meeting, which will take place November 4-5, 2015 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel in Michigan. The gathering of modeFRONTIER enthusiasts provides a unique forum for sharing knowledge and learning about the latest applications, methods and techniques used to advance product innovation through simulation and design optimization. Event information here.