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CAE for Non-CAE Engineers


  • Dr. Nils Kara­jan

CAE for Non-CAE Engineers


There are no pre­req­ui­sites. This class is not a be­gin­ners class for sim­u­la­tions with LS-DY­NA®.


This class is de­signed for at­ten­dees who would like to gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the sim­u­la­tion meth­ods used in com­put­er-aid­ed en­gi­neer­ing (CAE) and what can be ac­com­plished with them. It is al­so for at­ten­dees who need to in­ter­act with CAE en­gi­neers but do not have a CAE back­ground.

The class gives an overview of sim­u­la­tion tech­niques used in ve­hi­cle de­vel­op­ment with the goal of in­creas­ing ac­cep­tance of CAE meth­ods. Ad­di­tion­al­ly, at­ten­dees will in­crease their un­der­stand­ing of sim­u­la­tion mod­els as well as gain the abil­i­ty to bet­ter un­der­stand and in­ter­pret sim­u­la­tion re­sults. Specif­i­cal­ly, we will dis­cuss CAE vo­cab­u­lary, mod­el as­sump­tions, and mod­el plau­si­bil­i­ty and lim­its.


  • In­tro­duc­tion
    • Mo­ti­va­tion and brief his­tor­i­cal re­view on sim­u­la­tion
    • Ap­pli­ca­tion ex­am­ples with fo­cus on au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try
  • The­o­ret­i­cal ba­sics
    • From the re­al world to the sim­u­la­tion mod­el
    • The fi­nite-el­e­ment method
    • Time-ad­vanc­ing schemes
    • Modal analy­sis
  • CAE Work­flow
    • How is the mesh­ing done
    • In­tro­duc­tion to ma­te­r­i­al mod­els
    • What are loads and con­straints
    • Con­tact and join­ing tech­niques
    • What does the solver do
    • What is post pro­cess­ing