Computer Aided Engineering, or CAE, is a general term encompassing various types of computer analysis techniques used in engineering. The analysis is often utilized to simulate physical phenomenon such as stiffness of a structural component, fluid flow around an aircraft, motion of a mechanism, or similar phenomena. Luxon Engineering employs multiple techniques in simulating product designs to validate performance without the need for a physically testing a prototype. This capability allows us to quickly iterate through product designs at minimal cost to the client which results in a superior design and minimizes time to market. Various disciplines of CAE are explained below; and any of these analysis types can be utilized in an optimization routine to automate the iteration process. This results in the ideal design for your project goals. See more on our optimization page here.
The Right Tools for the Job
The right tool for the job is problem dependent, and we employ a wide variety of those tools. Be it a simple Excel spreadsheet utilizing the solver add-in, or a non-linear fluid-structure interaction analysis, we have the capabilities to simulate your design scenario. Our primary analysis tools are within the Altair HyperWorks Suite, which includes a vast array of simulation tools. From simple linear-static FEA to highly non-linear models, the Optistruct and Radioss solvers are more than capable. Acusolve is our primary CFD package and very powerful, suitable for most flow and thermal simulations. For most simulation jobs, we utilize a combination of different analysis runs with data organized/computed within an Excel spreadsheet for easy reference and communication with the client. Upon completion of an analysis project we offer a thorough written report summarizing the analysis techniques, assumptions, and results.