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Simulation for AEC

Posted by Laurence Marks

To somebody who has spent their entire career in the mechanical engineering world the built environment seems both familiarModelling the construction of a dam and alien at the same time. Some of the challenges are the same, some are very different. But one thing is obvious. That understanding the physics to ever increasing levels of detail and complexity allows more creative and adventurous design solutions to be considered and ultimately completed.

Writing this blog sparked an office discussion about materials in AEC. The upshot being that new materials don’t seem to be a feature of the  market. Irrespective of whether we are right or wrong about materials, it is certainly true to say that designs which push the envelope of the possible need simulation that goes beyond the traditional. And traditional is almost defined by programs like Staad and Tekla. When the physics gets interesting, in situations like earthquakes, fires or explosions we are firmly in the realms of the non-linear, and that needs a solver like Abaqus. Building on the interesting physics theme fracking presents the simulation engineer with many challenges, be they in modelling the process which is now possible using X-Fem developments, or the environmental impact which is something tackled using SRRS technologies.

CFD in this arena is also very interesting. Big simple shapes and low speeds should make life simple, but as always happens when you think something should be simple AEC CFD simulation gets surprisingly complicated, and often requires the use of “interesting” turbulence models to yield useful results. XFlow model of Rael MadridXFlow model of Rael Madrid

We are holding an event to highlight how Abaqus and XFlow can compliment and extend traditional simulation tools; the morning covers non-linear finite element analysis for AEC, and the afternoon is concerned with how XFlow can give insights into flow regimes that other tools struggle to provide.

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