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Introduction to CAE for Non-CAE Specialists

During virtual product development and research, computer simulations play an essential rin computer-aided engineering (CAE). However, these computer simulations usually require a fundamental background in physics, mathematics and numerical methods such that it often takes years to become a simulation specialist.

This class is designed for non-simulation specialists who would like to gain a better understanding of the simulation methods used in CAE and what can be accomplished with them. Typically this addresses Test Engineers, Technical Experts, Project Leaders or Managers as well as Design Engineers, i.e. everybody who needs to interact with CAE engineers but does not have a CAE background.

The goal of this class is to provide an overview of simulation techniques used in vehicle development and to increase acceptance of CAE methods. Attendees will strengthen their capability to understand simulation models and gain the ability to better understand and interpret simulation results. Following this, the complex matter of simulation technology is presented in a rather illustrative manner for an easier access, however, not lacking the necessary technical background when needed. This includes learning of the specific vocabulary, understanding model assumptions as well as model plausibility and limits.

Please note that this is NOT a beginner’s class for simulation with LS-DYNA.


  • 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
  • Closing remarks and future aspects
    • What can go wrong
    • Reliability of the results
    • Where are the limits
    • Where is the future
    • Closing remarks and future aspects

Class organization

Duration and cost

One-day class for $625.00 including notes.

Dates and venue

Scheduled on request and held either in our training center or on your premises (travel expenses may apply).


Nils Karajan
Area of expertise:
Multiphysics, CFD/FSI, Particles Methods, Implicit Nonlinear Analysis, Contact Modeling, Biomechanics

Civil Engineering - Applied Mechanics