CEMEF's software development

What are the reasons for developing software?

> Software can be used for designing and optimising processes, as well as parts. They help us understand why defects occur and avoid them, reducing the costs of adjustments.

> Because software availability is either inexistent or imperfect. This relates to:

  • a new process, an existing process, or a variant of a process,
  • new material, whose physical behaviour is to be adapted,
  • a need for more sophisticated physics laws for improving precision,
  • new requests: e.g. computing end-use properties.

> Because when an industrial company pilots software developments, it can:

  • adapt its work to obtain fully operational software fitting its specific needs,
  • stay one step ahead of its competitors by having faster access to the code.

CEMEF's strong points:

  • sound knowledge of processing and materials behaviour, based on the instrumentation and tests available at CEMEF,
  • increasingly advanced physical modelling,
  • efficient numerical tool boxes: meshers and solvers,
  • a wide experience in parallel computing, vital for large 3D computations.

CEMEF's development policy:

  • Numerical methods are developed, checked and validated through experimental investigation during PhD thesis work,
  • They draw on previously developed software packages, enabling them to progress rapidly by taking advantage of past experience,
  • They are handed over to commercializing structures, like Transvalor and SCC, which convert academic computations for industrial use, and also ensure maintenance and training, and thus the work’s durability.
    Restrictions on the dissemination of methods mean that partners who have funded the project can stay ahead of their competitors.
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