Computer-Aided Engineering (Design Analysis)
Office of Automotive Engineering

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image: 3-D modeling was used to create a display model of a cylinder head with rapid prototyping.

3-D modeling was used to create a display model of a cylinder head with rapid prototyping.

Design engineers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) are experts in the appropriate application of computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools during a design program to obtain meaningful results. SwRI engineers are well versed in design processes and procedures and have particular expertise with applying CAE tools for production intent as well as research oriented designs. Appropriate application of CAE tools is not just knowing how to operate the software package; it is

  • Selecting the appropriate tool for the application at hand
  • Generating engineering models through proven processes
  • Understanding the underlying assumptions
  • Having the experience to be able to appropriately interpret and apply the results

Having access to a range of finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and other analysis and simulation packages, knowing their limitations, and having defined procedures mixed with years of traditional design expertise provides The most efficient overall design process involves:

SwRI engineers apply the following computer aided analysis techniques as appropriate in the design process for components, engines, drive trains, and vehicle subsystems:

Related Terminology

computer-aided engineering  •  CAE  •  design analysis  •  computer-aided analysis  •  CAA  •  computer-aided design  •  CAD  •  computational fluid dynamics  •  CFD  •  cycle simulation  •  finite element analysis  •  FEA  •  kinematics  •  design  •  modeling  •  design process  •  engineering models  •  noise, vibration and harshness  •  NVH

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