CAE – What it is
CAE – What it is and why CAE matters
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) refers to the procedure that encompasses the entire product and manufacturing development process. This includes design and virtual testing with complex geometries and analytical algorithms, sophisticated IT, as well as manufacturing planning. Most industries in the world of design that use a design software program to develop products use Computer-Aided Engineering, otherwise known as CAE.
Using CAE tools for Computer-Aided Engineering in the product development process not only facilitates the design process, but also allows testing the product’s physical properties without having to do physical prototype testing. CAE simulation analysis types include Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Analysis, Multibody Dynamics, and Optimization.
For design engineers, integrating CAE and CAD has become a vital part of their day-to-day workflow.
With both solutions being available in SaaS, the differences can be minimized, so it’s easy to create a CAD model and run engineering simulations with little difficulty.
There are generally three main phases to a CAE simulation session
Pre-processing – The CAD model is uploaded, the model is defined, and environmental factors added
Running solvers applications – This depends on simulation analysis algorithms
Post-processing – The model is validated and 3D visualization created
Computer-Aided Engineering simulation through advanced CAE can significantly reduce the cost and time of each design iteration cycle.
It can also streamline the overall development process, particularly when combined with the power and speed of high-performance cloud computing.
A typical CAE workflow
First, an initial design is first generated and the CAD geometry is simulated.
Then, once the simulation results are in, they are evaluated and used to optimize the product’s design. This is an iterative process, and is done until all the product’s criteria are met and virtually confirmed.
When the digital prototype does not perform as expected, engineers and designers can improve the CAD model more and test the updated design by testing it in a Computer-Aided Engineering simulation, known as CAE simulation.
As early versions of a product do not require making physical prototypes, this process supports faster product development.
Primary benefits of CAE
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation techniques and computer software provide key benefits.
Less time in product development
Optimized product quality and reliability
Streamlined manufacturing processes
Lowered risk exposure
Assists simulating complex geometries
Improved product quality
Works with CAD software
Cost and time savings
Effectively leverage performance insights
The ability to make early concept and design corrections
Significant reduction in costs when it comes to physically testing prototypes
Met deadlines through each of the different phases of the engineering workflow
Remarkable improvement in product quality and reliability
Improved customer satisfaction
Extended product life cycle
Types of CAE Analysis
CAE software and advanced CAE software company or business provide the world of engineers with a wide range of engineering and computer simulations and analysis types.
Finite element analysis (FEA) of stress and dynamics
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for thermal and fluid analysis
Kinematics and dynamic analysis of mechanisms (multibody dynamics)
Boundary element method (BEM) or FEA to analyze acoustics
1D CAE, or mechatronic system simulation, for multi-domain mechatronics system design
Casting, molding, and die press forming simulations
Particle simulation as part of a flow industrial process
Multiphysics analysis utilizing multiple simulation phenomena
Product or process optimization
Large Applicability of CAE
Many industries and engineering teams use Computer-Aided Design, advanced CAE, and simulation software such as Simcenter 3D to great effect in the engineering process.
CAE for industries
These include the aerospace, automotive, energy, plant engineering, industrial equipment, HVAC, electronics, maritime, and consumer goods industries.
Here, CAE tools are used to simulate, validate, and optimize products in design and manufacturing processes, while minimizing the need for physical prototypes.
Applications of CAE
The varied applications of engineering simulation range from small components or products, to complex appliances, plants, and equipment.
For this reason, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) solutions, and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)are the best way to ensure cost and time savings.
Without the need to build a physical prototype with every design change, CAE helps to solve product design and engineering problems.
Powerful CAE with Simcentre 3D
Simcenter 3D is a unified, scalable, open and extensible environment for 3D CAE.
The accelerated computer simulation process provided by Simcenter 3D is because of ts best-in-class geometry editing, associative simulation modeling, and multi-discipline solutions, embedded with industry expertise.
Structural, acoustics, flow, thermal, motion, and composites analyses are done quickly and accurately thanks to Simcenter 3D’s solvers power.
Simcenter 3D computer simulations are powered by high performance computing and provide performance insights, optimization, and multi-physics simulation for iterative design improvements.
Through this, Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) not only shortens the engineering process, it carries significant performance implications, and process improvements.
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