You hear that word a lot these days. Rightfully so, as various fields like education, technology, business etc. benefit from this megatrend. I was reminded of it over the past year as my kids had to stay home from school due to the Covid pandemic and engaged in virtual learning. Although the school supplied online material for the coursework, I often found that my daughter would be just as likely to go to the various resources available on the internet to gain further insight into a topic. Or sometimes, she would just find sites like Khan Academy or apps like Duolingo easier or more fun to use to learn. Even though my kids benefited from living in an economically developed country, the ease with which this type of knowledge can be accessed by so many more people, including from areas of the world where they historically would not have means or access to equivalent educational resources is amazing. The internet, and the proliferation of these websites and apps have been a major democratizing forces for education and knowledge.
In engineering, CAE simulation plays an increasingly powerful role in product design. But the factor limiting its more explosive growth is the reliance in many of the disciplines on experts and analysts. There is certainly a desire to be able to democratize at least a subset of the CAE simulation areas and broaden the pool of engineers that can effectively conduct these analyses and benefit from the more immediate performance feedback of their designs.
CFD, for example, is a technology that can give valuable feedback about how your design performs relative to fluid flow and heat transfer effects. For large enterprises the CFD work is typically handled in analysis groups by specialists. Although they may do great work, there are typically not enough of them to handle the volume of potential applications that could be run at various points in the design process, especially in the earlier phases. For small-to-mid-sized companies doing CFD in-house in many cases has historically been impractical due to the required expertise to use CFD codes. Simcenter FLOEFD, a frontloading CFD tool from Siemens, with its CAD-embedded approach and unique technologies to streamline the CFD process, can open the door for design engineers to start making use of CFD and begin to democratize this powerful technology where it hasn’t been used before.
Recap : Realize LIVE + U2U 2021
Catch up on the Realize LIVE + U2U 2021 as we dive into the topic of “Democratization of Simulation”. Topics include:
- Simulation for Designers, the benefits of fully CAD-embedded CFD
- Leverage digital twins for non-expert users with Simcenter Webapp Server
- Riding the Digital Wave
- Streamlining a highly accurate modeling approach for lightweight transmission and gear systems, through a combined experimental and simulation approach