Today's simulation is only getting more complex. You start with the original CAD model. You simplify and abstract it. You mesh it. You apply boundary conditions and loads. Then you solve it. How do you repeat the process once a design change occurs? In this eBook, the problems and solutions of managing that complexity are discussed. In particular, the approach of using a combined CAD and CAE model is covered.

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This eBook is valuable for managers responsible for teams of simulation analysts as well as those driving simulation use by design engineers. This eBook is relevant for companies of all sizes in discrete manufacturing industries.


Simulation has become critical to engineering. That, in essence, was one of the major findings from a recent Lifecycle Insight's study titled: The Value of Simulation. Fully 95% of the respondents stated that simulation was either advantageous or essential to an engineering organization's function within a company. That doesn't mean it is easy to execute simulations. The development process can be chaotic, meaning simulations must be updated to keep pace. Products are offered in an increasing variety of configurations, requiring a higher volume of simulations for completeness. Shorter schedules means less time for physical testing, translating into simulations that incorporate more physical domains. All of it adds up to a simple reality: the complexity of today's simulation is only increasing.