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Issue 7, March 2005


OBJECTIVES OF THE FENet EC PROJECT FENet coordinates activities within Europe aimed at improving both the quality of industrial applications of finite element (F.E.) technology and the level of confidence that can be placed in the computed results. Its principal objective is to collate and structure existing information and to facilitate the efficient exchange of experience and knowledge within, and between, different industrial sectors in the European Community. By conducting state of the art reviews and documenting best practice the network expects to impact on the efficiency of European industry. The network will run for an initial period of four years.

Paul Newton Managing Director NAFEMS Ltd.

Tim Morris Chief Operating Officer NAFEMS Ltd.

Nigel Knowles Assistant Coordinator of the FENet Project

Some Reflections on the Project
Project Coordinator Paul Newton and Tim Morris NAFEMS Ltd. As we approach the end of the FENet project it is appropriate to try to objectively review how successful the project has been. There is no doubt we have met, or will meet, our formal goals. We have produced over fifty reports or documents, held four Annual Industry Meetings and, so far, run 37 Workshops. These are all important aspects for the project to achieve. However, for a project of this nature, these are really just the basics that must be achieved to be considered successful. The real value of the project must come from the level of interaction between the participants. The knowledge you gain and the contacts you make create an unquantifiable benefit to all participants. Certainly, the formal feedback we have tried to capture after each meeting indicates that most participants feel very positive about their participation in all of the meetings. But, for us, the real demonstration of the success of the project has been the number of participants who have continued to regularly attend the meetings throughout the life of the project. Participants are still finding issues that generate lively discussion about the current state of simulation technology. What is more, four years on, there are still a number of important issues that have been identified which we have not had time to include in our programme of activities. So, even at the end of the project, we have a dynamic group of people actively thinking about issues that need to be tackled in the future. This is the real “measure” of success of the project. We would like to thank you for your continued support for the network. As NAFEMS takes on further projects of this nature we hope you will feel able to provide the same level of enthusiasm for participation as we have experienced during the FENet project.
Contents of this issue Some Reflections on the Project - Project Coordinator 1 - Assistant Coordinator 1 - Co-cordinator 3 History - Glasgow, UK - Lisbon, Portugal - Budapest, Hungary Meeting Overview Contacts Final FENet Meeting Fax Reply Form 4 4 5 6 5 6 7

Assistant Coordinator Nigel Knowles Some 5 years after the first approaches to the EC about creating FENet, it is perhaps appropriate to reflect on how the thinking behind the original proposal has stood the test of time.

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This common understanding is documented in the Annual Industry Reports. Nevertheless. The brief has been interpreted very widely however. (In the first proposal there were six topic areas. It is now routinely used for simulation and analysis in most sectors of industry and is a key component of the modern CAE process. by all industry sectors. In particular we have attempted to establish consensus. Council has representatives from 6 different countries and local steering groups are in operation in 7 areas worldwide. At a technical level a number of issues were identified at the outset which are shared.“ Subsequently the briefing document was expanded into the full proposal and further commentaries about the perceived state of practice in the eight key industry sectors were added. It appears that in many industry sectors. data exchange protocols. DLE has been strongly supported and there has been a lot of interest focusing mostly on durability rather than life extension. initiated quite quickly against a tight deadline and there was little time to discuss and develop the underlying thinking. Multiphysics and Analysis. Product and System Optimisation. A thematic network was seen as a useful tool to help in this process. there still remain a number of technical barriers that restrict its use. On a technical level. about the importance of each issue and we have ranked each one in terms of the availability of the supporting technology (“Technology Readiness Level”). through discussions at the Annual Industry Meetings. These commentaries remain remarkably topical today . The drivers for this work are several and include • Increasingly stringent safety standards requiring increased accuracy and reliability • Integration into CAE processes necessitating increased functionality and efficiency Taken together these drivers explain the enormous effort going into the further development of FE technology in order to support the vision of faithful real time simulation of real world behaviour to whatever level of detail is required. Five technical reports on optimization methods have been delivered and one STAR. Annual Industry meetings were given over to the first 3 of the above and the issues were explored in some depth. For example the modeling of damage & deterioration. nonetheless the reports do represent the considered views of the FENet community -comprising some 110 organisations and they surely bear wider dissemination and scrutiny. Accordingly it remains a fruitful area for research and development in both academia and industry. Many challenges nonetheless remain. Now.NEWSLETTER Issue 7. Most commercial 2 . Accordingly the Industry Coordinators have been invited to present their reports at the NAFEMS World Congress in Malta. Such prioritization is unfortunately inevitable when running parallel workshops and PSO has suffered as a result. Potentially they are authoritative statements which could be influential in determining future technology strategy policy – for example in shaping research programmes. Notable work on contact benchmarks has been done and useful state of the art reviews (STARS) on weld simulation and nonlinear fracture mechanics Relative to the other RTD areas support for PSO has been disappointing. March 2005 The 2000 proposal to the European Commission was. despite this apparent maturity. MPA and PSO – appear to have become accepted by the wider FE community. Returning to the briefing document and quoting from it: „Finite element technology is one of the industrial success stories of the last twenty years. ultra-high speed computing. NAFEMS is increasingly international (or perhaps multi-national?) in its operations. This of course does not mean that nothing has been achieved. e-commerce and e-working. visualisation. There appears to be increasing recognition that serviceability and reliability are important drivers in many sectors of industry. but these were further concatenated when the EC said that they would provide only half the funds requested. This issue has grown accordingly over the network’s lifetime. product optimization is seen as a relatively mature technology (system optimization has not really been addressed in depth) and issues addressed in other areas have taken priority.although the emphasis has no doubt changed as technology has evolved. One undeclared aspect of the underlying rationale of the proposal to the EC was a desire for NAFEMS to become more European. to some extent. The research addresses areas as diverse as modeling of materials (ranging from concrete to human tissues). of course. FENet has contributed to this change and benefited from it. multi-physics phenomena. Although some contributors feel uncomfortable because they were not able to consult fully with world –wide FE user base. as a result of the activities of FENet we hopefully now have a far better understanding of what these somewhat superficial expressions mean in each of the industrial sectors and what is being done about it. 5 years on. On the other hand. In hindsight it is interesting to reflect whether we could have undertaken a wider set of activities). the proposal grouped technical topics into 3 main areas – Durability and Life Extension. the degree to which industry has espoused it (“Maturity Level”) and in terms of its overall importance to the industry (“Priority level”). MPA has “come of age” during the network’s lifetime. They include. • Modeling real materials • Confidence in results • Integrating fe into the business process and delivering real benefit • How to treat and allow for the effect of uncertainty in models of the real world. The ensuing acronyms – DLE. The ideas embodied in the 2 page “briefing document” that NAFEMS circulated to its European members were quite untested with the recipients but nonetheless 167 organisations expressed a wish to be included in the formal proposal to the EC to establish FENet. In fact. Nevertheless a core group has done some good work.

multinational) organisation? FENet has provided a vehicle to help answer some of these questions and to test ideas. a world wide survey was undertaken and largely confirmed them but it has proved much more difficult to decide how to address them. NAFEMS faces a number of challenges in serving its increasingly worldwide membership. The latter in particular have contributed generously with their time in organizing and leading the technical workshops and I suspect have put far more into the project than they got out. Werbos GbR During the last four years of the FENet project we organized lots of interesting FENet workshops and FENet Industry seminars all over Europe. In particular • How to decide and respond to topics of importance to membership? • How to tap expertise and skills of European (and worldwide) membership? • How to disseminate knowledge at European level? • How to operate as an international (c.beneath many other . (This is not to denigrate the value of the work done. but rather to recognize the scale of the task). I am confident that NAFEMS will be seeking similar opportunities to continue its networking activities. MY thanks to them all. One notable outcome has been the resurrection of NAFEMS Q A working group (now renamed the Analysis Management Group). Judging by the feedback received.f.NEWSLETTER Issue 7. many thanks to allwho are involved in the project. FENet has been a success. March 2005 Heike Wankel Werbos GbR Albert Roger Oswald Werbos GbR codes now claim a multiphysics capability (although the coupling is not always very strong) and there is a far better understanding of what is required and what is possible. In addition 7 Newsletter were published and almost all presentations are put on the FENet website. To learn from each other is . It was very exciting to meet people from all over Europe. Much has been done but overall progress has been disappointing and there remains a lot of work still to do. 3 . The hands-on workshops have proved very successful in this respect. We are looking very forward to meet you again. We like to thank all the local people who helped us. It was a great pleasure to be part at this big benefit of the project. Again.000 delegates visited the FENet events. We hope that you enyojed every meeting you attended. This success is due in no small measure to the enthusiastic work of the Industry and RTD Coordinators. many. We now have more than 850 contacts of interested FE users all over the world in the FENet database. In all of the meetings we tried to bring some local flair in and managed a smooth progress through the meeting. Over the years a sum of almost 1. Barriers to uptake were identified early on. especially we like to thank those who offered to host a meeting in their company facilities. The various Education & Dissemination workshops have addressed the issues involved. A key objective of FENet has of course been to disseminate a better understanding of best practice into the FE community. FENet Co-Coordinator Heike Wankel and Albert Roger Oswald.

data provenance. Scotland. 7th Technology Workshops Glasgow. It embraces a wide set of issues including constitutive modelling. MPA and PSO. UK. Moat House Hotel (left) and SECC (right) on the banks of The River Clyde. data requirements. The meeting provided the opportunity for participants to share their experiences of how they are tackling these issues and to learn 4 what is being done in various industry sectors. Glasgow . scale effects. materials data bases. Scotland. Scotland. testing & test data processing. most of them FENet members. held in the Sana Lisboa Park Hotel. UK. In the afternoon there were three parallel sessions on DLE.Finite Element Modelling of Damage Multi Physics and Analysis (MPA): .again. 4th FENET Annual Industry Meeting & AGM „Materials Modelling“ Education & Dissemination (E&D): . Scotland. continuing on the morning session of the second day. Portugal 2nd . etc. The workshops started with two parallel workshops on DLE and E&D. 7th 8th October 2004 in Glasgow. Durability and Life Extension (DLE): . Scotland. Glasgow. Q. 7th . Again there was a plenary session in the afternoon with summary reports and discussions from each Workshop Chairman. validation/qualification.Process Integration and Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation Results of the feedback form – FENET Technology Workshops. There was also a break out session when industry coordinators led an interactive discussion addressing simulation issues and overall technology requirements in their sectors.Users Feedback . August 2004) NSC Meeting Glasgow.Dissemination of Best Practice – Finite Element Modelling The workshops were attended by 62 delegates . All industry sectors repre- Hotel Gellért sented in FENET have identified this as an area of topical importance.Practical Experience of Computational Modelling of Multi-Physics Problems using AUTODYN Product and System Optimisation (PSO): .Advanced FE Contact Benchmarks . UK. Downloads at www.NEWSLETTER Issue 7. UK 6th October 2004 Prior to the 7th FENet Technology Workshops an NSC meeting was held in the Companile Hotel in Glasgow. March 2005 FENet HISTORY (cont´d from Newsletter 6.3rd December 2004 The theme of the 4 th FENET Annual Industry Meeting”. with 20 presentations illustrating the “state-ofpractice“ in each of the eight industry sectors represented by the FENET Thematic Network. UK.8th October 2004 The 7th FENet Technology Workshops were held at the Moat House Hotel.A. was “materials modelling” or more specifically “How to categorise and analyse real material behaviour”.fe-net.

Hungary.part I Durability and Life Extension (DLE): .NEWSLETTER Issue 7.3rd December 2004 in Lisbon.Process Management Tools Applied in Industrial Multidisciplinary Design Process .25th February 2005 The 8th FENet Technology Workshops were held at the Gellert Hotel in Budapest. 2nd .Design by Analysis: The use of Finite Element Analyses in Design Codes of Practice .Contact Benchmarks Multi Physics and Analysis (MPA): . Lisbon Photo: José Manuel. © 2004 Icep Portugal 5 . 8th Technology Workshops Budapest. March 2005 Results of the feedback form – 4th FENET Annual Industry Workshop & AGM. In the afternoon there were three parallel sessions on DLE. Portugal. continuing on the mor- ning session of the second day and a plenary session with summary reports and discussions from each Workshop Chairman. NSC Meeting MPA and PSO. Hungary.again. Praça Império. Império square. Hungary 24th . Results of the feedback form – FENET Technology Workshops. Downloads at www.Visualisation in Multidimensional Space The workshops were attended by 67 delegates .Design by Analysis: The use of Finite Element Analyses in Design Codes of Practice part II . Hungary. 24th 25th February 2005 in Budapest. The workshops started with a plenary joint workshop on DLE and E&D.Practical Experience of Computational Modelling of Thermal-Fluid-Structure Interaction Product and System Optimisation (PSO): . Education & Dissemination (ED) and Durability and Life Extension (DLE): . most of them FENet members.fe-net. Hungary 23rd February 2005 Prior to the 8th FENet Technology Workshops an NSC meeting was held in the Gellert Hotel in Budapest.

2003 4 . 2004 23 Feb. Italy Trieste. 2001 Copenhagen. 2003 27th . 2002 11th Dec. 2001 13th .13 Dec. United Kingdom 18th Dec. 2002 26th Feb.NEWSLETTER Issue 7. London.3 Dec. NL Hamburg. 2005 24 . Hungary Atlanta. United Kingdom 18th July 2002 Barcelona. Georgia. Czech Rep. UK Lisbon.8 October 2004 2 . United Kingdom 27 June 2003 8 Oct.N. Hungary Budapest. 2001 27th .12 Sept. Spain Barcelona. Switzerland Zurich. 2003 9th .13th Dec. Portugal Budapest. United Kingdom 27th .28th Feb. Spain Barcelona. March 2005 MEETING 1st NSC Meeting 1 Annual FENET Industry Meeting & AGM • Industry Analysis Requirements Workshop • FENET / NAFEMS Seminar: „FEM in Structural Dynamics“.5 Dec.28th Sept. USA Noordwijk.10th Oct.25 Feb. Germany 13 to 15 Nov. 12th June 2002 13 . Workshop Planning Meeting (RTD Co-ordinators) 1st Technology Workshops NSC Meeting and EC Review Workshop Planning Meeting (RTD Co-ordinators) NAFEMS/FENET Awareness Seminar: „Web Based Training for Engineering Analysis“ 2 Technology Workshops Workshop Planning 3 Technology Workshops NSC Meeting 2 Annual Industry Meeting & AGM • „Workshop: „Proposals for the EC Framework VI Programme“ • „Integration of Engineering Analysis into the Business Process“ NSC Meeting 4th Technology Workshops Joint ESA-NASA Workshop on Data Exchange Standards NAFEMS World Congress Structural Reliability (joint meeting with ASRAnet and I. 2001 14th .14 June 2002 11 . 2001 Wiesbaden. Denmark Copenhagen. 2005 19th . Spain Washington DC.15th Nov.28th Feb.7th July 2004 6th October 2004 7 . Denmark London. 2002 1 March 2002 th st th th 28 148 (both) 93 111 6 76 27 7 80 76 3/3 55 27 58 93 27 76 -> 150 54 23 96 82 22 60 -27 62 67 27 67 --N.31 May 2003 th th th th th th th th th th th th London. 2003 7 . UK Glasgow. United Kingdom 12 April 2002 Zurich. USA London. 2002 12th . 2003 24 March 2004 25 .26 March 2004 5 .22th April 2005 15 March 2005 17 . 2002 11 . Germany Majorca. 2002 13 Sept. Italy Prague. UK Malta London.StructE) NSC Meeting and EC Review 5th Technology Workshops 3 Annual Industry Meeting & AGM NSC Meeting 6 Technology Workshops ASRAnet International Colloquium on Structural Reliability NSC Meeting 7 Technology Workshops 4 Annual Industry Meeting & AGM NSC Meeting 8 Technology Workshops 7th ESA-NASA Workshop on Product Data Exchange ASRAnet Meeting NAFEMS World Congress + FENet Final Project Meetings Previous and future official FENet meetings th th th th rd nd rd nd st LOCATION DATE ATTENDEES London. USA Orlando. Spain Majorca. Switzerland Trieste. Spain Glasgow.20 May 2005 th th th th th th th th th th th th th th th th th 6 .14th Nov.10 April 2003 27 . NL Noordwijk.

Enquiries should be sent to Werbos peter.NEWSLETTER Issue 7. D-85567 Grafing The Newsletter can be downloaded from the FENet website iain_davidson@dtlr. University of Cranfield Werbos GbR Tim Morris Paul Newton David Quinn Nigel Knowles Roger Oswald tim. NAFEMS NAFEMS 7 geir@tek.cross@gre. However. fax +49-(0) RTD Thematic Area Co-ordinators Multi Physics & Analysis University of Greenwich University of Greenwich CIMNE Durability and Life Extension University of Nottingham University of Padova Product & System Optimisation Qinetiq Universita de Trieste Education & Dissemination University of Wrexham University of Strathclyde Mark Cross Avril Slone Michele Chiumenti Adib Becker Nicola Petrone Peter Bartholomew Carlo Poloni John Smart Jim Wood m. ã Copyright laurence@iasolutions. The FENet Newsletter is published by WERBOS GbR for the FENet Industry Co-ordinators Civil Construction Biomechanics Process and Manufacturing Consumer Goods Land Transport Aerospace Marine and Offshore Power and Pressure Systems TNO Diana b.a. NNC Ltd DTLR Gerd-Jan Schreppers Geir Horrigmoe Yasar Deger Laurence Marks Gerrit-Jan Dop Stefano Odorizzi David Ellis Niels Dam Lerke Peter Segaert Fernando Espiga David Fitzsimmons Hans Peter de Koning John McVee Jack Reijmers Nawal Prinja Iain Davidson espiga@labein. The content of the FENet Newsletter has been carefully reviewed and is deemed to be accurate and chiument@cimne. yasar. Subscriptions to the FENet Newsletter are free to qualified e-mail: nafems@werbos.petrone@unipd. IDAC Ltd Nokia Danmark A/S LMS International Labein EADS/ Airbus ESTEC Qinetiq Nevesbu All rights reserved. WERBOS GbR doesn´t guarantee or warrant accuracy or completeness of the material contained in this publication. phone +49-(0) poloni@units.fitzsimmons@airbus.v. Mü hans-peter. March 2005 FENet CONTACT INFORMATION Co-ordinators NAFEMS Ltd. Trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective Norut Teknology Ltd Sulzer Markets & Technology AG Integrated Analysis Solutions SKF Engineering & Research Centre Engin Soft Trading jdmcvee@qinetiq.

NEWSLETTER Issue . will assemble together. 140 high quality papers In total. cost for accomodation and half of the attendee fees = 412. March 2005 Final FENet Meetings The Final FENet Project Meetings will be integrated into the NAFEMS World Congress. who are all leading figures from industry and academia. giving delegates the opportunity to visit 8 www. Malta. and combined with our invited speakers. Located in a prime position at St George’s Bay. • Power & Pressure Systems • Process & Manufacturing as well as a summary paper on the FENet project are integrated into the agenda of the World Congress.nafems. will make this an outstanding event for all those in the engineering analysis community. and within walking distance of some of Malta’s finest shopping. you’ll explore 7000 years of history yet live passionately in the present. The promise excellent technical content. A wide range of leading industrial experts. For agenda and more information please see: Registration Please register with the registration form provided with the invitation for the NAFEMS World Congress and with the invitation for FENet members and send it directly to NAFEMS. The NAFEMS World Congress 2005 will bring together world leading industrial practitioners.50 Euro against their FENet budget (if available!!). FENet Budget International Conference This will be the 10th international conference organised by NAFEMS. some of the wonderful sites and architecture on this lovely Mediterranean Island. understanding of current best practices and the future state of the art. along with a vision of how future technologies will have an ever increasing impact on the product development process. 140 high quality papers will be presented at the congress. the Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. the 2005 Congress is easily accessible from across the globe. consultancies. The papers are from many industry sectors. along with academic researchers at the forefront of the simulation field. academic researchers and software developers with a common interest in engineering analysis. providing excellent technical coverage of the conference themes. You’ll span the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. St. seven kilometres from the historic capital of Valletta. • Product and System Optimization) • Education & Dissemination from eight Industry areas on • Aerospace • Land Transport • Bio-Medical • Civil Construction • Consumer Goods • Marine & Offshore FENet members can reclaim travel costs. These conferences are widely held to provide a forum for presenting a unique combination of innovative techniques and best practice methods. The colours are striking. And wherever you go. InterContinental Malta is only ten kilometres from Malta International Airport. Julians. The event will provide an exclusive insight into established methods and best practices. enabling those present to further develop their FENet Presentations Presentations from RTD themes on • Durability and Life Extension • Multi-physics and Analysis. and come from countries around the globe.20th May 2005 in St Julians. 17th . An invitation for FENet member will be sent out immediately. Malta. Conference Venue Held in the picturesque setting of the 5 star Intercontinental Hotel. Knowledge and experience will be exchanged. entertainment and nightlife in St Julian’s. Honeycoloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues. The presentations are not included in the NAFEMS World Conference proceedings but will be separately distributed. In Malta. Malta offers numerous sightseeing attractions and the nearby islands of Gozo and Comino enjoy a quieter pace of life.

Amex Mastercard Visa Expiry Date Signature Conference Fees Authors & NAFEMS/FENet Members Non NAFEMS Member Delegates Conference fees include €825 €900 • Attendance at the World Congress • Morning Coffee • Lunch • Afternoon Tea • Conference Banquet • Social Events • One Set of Proceedings Hotel Accommodation: Not included in the above fees. Please contact me to discuss sponsorship or other opportunities for participation Organiser Details:. East Kilbride. Payment Details Credit Card Authorised Name Card Number Company P . Glasgow. No.nafems.O. Whitworth Building. Scottish Enterprise Technology Park. but can be booked on-line at www.Anne Creechan NAFEMS Ltd.creechan@nafems. G75 W www.O.NAFEMS World Congress 2005 Delegate Registration Form Contact Name to whom all correspondence will be sent (BLOCK CAPITALS PLEASE) Personal Details Title Organisation Mailing Address Family Name First Name Post/Zip Code Tel. Email Country Fax. UK T +44 (0) 1355 225688 F +44 (0) 1355 249142 E .NAFEMS Please complete and return to:. for a discounted rate Exhibiting & Sponsorship Opportunities My organisation is interested in supporting the event by taking exhibition space.nafems. (please give P number if you wish to be invoiced) .