CAD systems do not have facilities to do iterative calculations on the strength of the design, the distortion of the design or other physical changes and effects which occur during product-service lifecycle. Separate computer programmes such as Finite Element solver carry out the calculations necessary for the checking of the product during lifecycle. They can only be handle one shape of product at a time. To make changes, the engineer must make the decision and manually change the problem without recommendation. This means that not much iteration, usually one time in SME, are made and a less than optimal design is made. The aim of this project is to take the calculation stage from CAD and develop an interface with FE to automate calculations necessary for the checking of the product in dynamic use (Lifecycle). The system will undertake many repeat calculations automatically changing the design against given rules until an optimum is obtained.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards