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MODELLING AND SIMULATION


”The democratisation of simulations is a big driver in the market. Simulation experts can now make sophisticated specialised models available to a wider group of users by means of simulation apps”


our tools continue to evolve and meet the needs of our clients, keeping pace with technological developments in the maritime and offshore industries. This latest release offers many new advantages over earlier versions.’ The FEA software is now capable of


carrying out local model analysis. This feature allows a fine mesh model to be built outside of the global model so that multiple engineers may work on a design simultaneously. The CSRS software platform aims to


provide users with an easy way to evaluate designs. By facilitating compliance to IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR), providing users with an easy way to evaluate designs. Nick Brown, LR marine and offshore


Builder for engineers creating simulation apps. A year-and-a-half ago, we released Comsol Compiler which makes it possible to create stand-alone apps that can run on any computer. For enterprise use, we provide customers with Comsol Server, a web service software, that allows organisations to have their users access simulation apps through a web browser,’ Sjodin continued. An example of the attempts to democratise the use of simulation, particularly FEA software, can be found in a recent announcement from Common Structural Rules Software (CSRS). CSRS is a joint venture company established by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Lloyd’s Register (LR) to provide the


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maritime industry with a validated and verified suite of software tools. The CSR FE Analysis software uses


finite element analysis to perform direct strength and fatigue assessment of ship structures for compliance based on the various IACS versions of the Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers. The CSR FE Analysis product also incorporates MSC Software’s Patran to provide capabilities needed for design review. However, the version of Patran incorporated is customised and not fully functional. Patrick Ryan, ABS senior vice president, engineering and technology commented: ‘We have worked together with Lloyd’s Register and the CSRS Team to ensure


director, stated: ‘LR and ABS’s partnership continues to improve functionality, integration and modularity of the CSR software to ensure that we provide the best tools for the industry to use when applying CSR.’ Another example was shared by


Comsol in a 2019 story published on the Comsol website entitled: ‘Democratising Simulation with Applications’ written by Comsol content writer Thomas Forrister, in which there are more details on creating applications for business use cases. The article states that to get an


overview of a workflow from model to application a simulation expert first creates a model Comsol Multiphysics. They would then use the Application Builder to turn the model into an application. Applications can be created in minutes using drag-and-drop functionality. The result is a specialised interface with


restricted inputs and outputs so that the end-user can focus on the parameters


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