Innovations in Engineering Simulation
Career Path : Engineering Technology
Simulation techniques are more popular than ever in research and development, enabling substantial improvements in innovation and optimal results for the all important bottom line. This interesting blog post by technical design college Digital School demonstrates the importance of this training in the field while providing several examples of innovations in engineering simulation. Where once engineering simulation had the intent of predicting the effects of a single physical phenomenon, such as heat transfer or structural deformation, today’s innovative designs must often account for two or more interrelated variables, such as fluid, structure, electromagnetics and acoustics.
“Since additive manufacturing is primarily used in prototyping and 3D printing, simulation technology has basically come full circle, where using 3D printing makes it possible to create physical prototypes, as was done in the pre-simulation software technology era.
Another example of technology that is making improvements to simulation-based engineering is COMSOL Multiphysics, cross-platform software which offers programming, preprocessing and post processing possibilities to improve workflow from design study to prototype. A few examples of projects where COMSOL has been used include beam-steering, meta-materials satellite antenna, TerraPower nuclear reactor conceptual design, and a cold storage device for the distribution of vaccine.”
Integrated models use multiphysics solutions that automatically combine two or more of these effects within one unified environment, therefore providing far greater accuracy and exploring a wider range to bring innovation to the forefront in a fraction of the time. Valuable CAD school training integrates these tools into the process from the beginning to account for uncertainties and reduce the risk of inefficient design.