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Software environment for CAD/CAE integration


Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) are two significantly different disciplines, and hence they require different shape models representations. As a result, models generated by CAD systems are often unsuitable for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) needs. In this paper, a new approach is proposed to reduce the gaps between CAD and CAE software's. It is based on new shape representation called mixed shape representation. This later, supports simultaneously the B-Rep (manifold and non-manifold) and polyhedral representation, and creates a robust link between the CAD model (B-Rep NURBS) and the polyhedral model. Both representations are maintained on the same topology support called the High Level Topology (HLT), which represents a common requirement for simulation model preparation. A new software environment for CAD/CAE integration based on the mixed representation is presented in this paper, thus a set of necessary tools is associated to the mixed shape representation which contribute to reduce as much as possible the time of model preparation process.

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hal-00645343 , version 1 (27-11-2011)



Okba Hamri, Jean-Claude Léon, Franca Giannini, Bianca Falcidieno. Software environment for CAD/CAE integration. Advances in Engineering Software, 2010, 41 (10-11), pp.1211-1222. ⟨10.1016/j.advengsoft.2010.07.003⟩. ⟨hal-00645343⟩
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