Title: Managing complex simulation processes: the generalised contact and channel model

Authors: Albert Albers, Hans-Georg Enkler, Jens Ottnad

Addresses: Institute of Product Engineering at KIT (IPEK), Kaiserstraße 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany. ' Institute of Product Engineering at KIT (IPEK), Kaiserstrasse 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany. ' Institute of Product Engineering at KIT (IPEK), Kaiserstrasse 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

Abstract: Today, usage of simulation tools is a common practice in many fields of product development. Performance and complexity of modern simulation tools and methods increased steadily throughout the past years. Concurrently, the selection of an appropriate simulation process became more and more challenging. As this task is of main importance for a successful application in product development, the Contact and Channel Model (C&CM) is extended towards a more generalised approach now including also processes and their interfaces. For the first time, the C&CM has been implemented in a standardised software solution that may be used within modern product development.

Keywords: simulation; FEA; finite element analysis; MBS; optimisation; C&CM; contact and channel model; virtual product development; multi-body systems; topology optimisation; humanoid robots; robot control; robot simulation; turbine blades; rotor blades; shape optimisation; moulded microcomponents; grain structure.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2011.040267

International Journal of Product Development, 2011 Vol.13 No.3, pp.204 - 221

Published online: 27 Feb 2015 *

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