Dave Martin in the blog “CAE Simulation: How It Works and Why It Matters” discusses about Computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation works by using computers to divide a 3D model of a product into smaller elements; applying loads and boundary conditions to geometry; and then solving a stiffness matrix to determine the resulting behavior and response.

CAE simulation empowers product development companies to be on the leading edge of their industry and quick to market. Let’s take a deeper dive into how it works and how it can benefit you.

Areas for CAE Simulation

CAE simulation can be used for a variety of analyses including the following:

Structural analysis finds the stresses, strains, and displacements for objects under loading, which can be static or dynamic (changing as a function of time or frequency).

Modal analysis determines the natural frequencies and mode shapes of an object. Knowing these modes helps avoid resonance due to nearby vibration sources.

Thermal analysis calculates the temperatures and heat flux for objects experiencing conduction, convection, and radiation. The analyses can be steady-state (at equilibrium) or transient (over time).

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