Interface management for automating finite element analysis workflows

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This paper outlines the importance of robust interface management for facilitating finite element analysis workflows. Topological equivalences between analysis model representations are identified and maintained in an editable and accessible manner.The model and its interfaces are automatically represented using an analysis-specific cellular decomposition of the design space. Rework of boundary conditions following changes to the design geometry or the analysis idealization can be minimized by tracking interface dependencies. Utilizing this information with the Simulation Intent specified by an analyst, automated decisions can be made to process the interface information required to rebuild analysis models. Through this work automated boundary condition application is realized within multi-component, multi-resolution and multi-fidelity analysis workflows.
LanguageEnglish
Pages329-339
Number of pages14
JournalComputer-Aided Design and Applications
Volume13
Issue number3
Early online date04 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Work Flow
Interfaces (computer)
Finite Element
Finite element method
Model Analysis
Boundary conditions
Interface Tracking
Topological Equivalence
Rework
Multiresolution
Fidelity
Decomposition
Geometry
Decompose
Simulation
Design
Model

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