1501 Tools and Standards for Finite Element Design and Analysis

Pedro Marcal, MPACT Corp.
James Filliben, NIST
Robert Rainsberger, XYZ Scientific Corp.
Nobuki Yamagata, ACT Ltd.
In recent years much effort has been devoted to assessing the errors in FEA. Much of this may be attributed to element type and mesh generation from a CAD model. The Design of Experiments have helped us understand the statistical nature of the problem and also enabled us to compare the results from different commercial tools. At the same time the widespread deployment of FEA across the Industrial Landscape has necessitated the use of database tools and practices to ensure quality of simulation results ( e.g. Simulation Data Management ). We also need a common description and semantic language to enable us to digitally extract generic results from a multitude of analysis. All the above activity is to ensure that the Organization achieves its objective of a good design. Towards this end, new optimization tools have been developed to guide the designer towards his objective. Engineering practice is usually enshrined in Codes of practice, most of these have legal standing. Some Codes have optionally encouraged the direct use of analysis. It would be useful to understand how these codes compare with modern day analytical practices. Dr. Fong has devoted himself to various aspects of these problems. It is our intention to honor him with a collection of papers and presentations in any new developments of tools and practices devoted to the solution of any of the above problems. Timely reviews are also encouraged and will be placed as plenary lectures for each session. The community is encouraged to contact any of the co-organizers for further discussions.