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The Best Simulation Experts are also Good Engineers.

Frustrated by Contract CAE Services Who Don’t Seem to Know Anything about Engineering?
Upwind Technology specializes in solving complex Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) problems requiring high levels of engineering knowledge and expertise. You can go to a lot of places to have Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) work done. Their sales people will always tell you that they can solve your problems no matter what they are. Then the company will assign a fresh college grad or junior engineer to build a computer model and generate a lot of pretty pictures for you. They’ll loosely call this “Analysis” although it’s probably not what you’d call true analysis from an engineering viewpoint. Some CAE companies use overseas affiliates or their own employees located overseas to offer very low labor rates. They’ll do exactly what you say; even if you’re not sure it’s right because they don’t know any better. If your CAE project is straightforward, easily definable, or something you’ve done for the hundredth time, it’s not a bad idea to use these companies. They’ll almost always be less expensive.

Don’t Pass Up Your Chance to See What No One Has Ever Seen Before
If you’re dealing with highly complex geometries, complicated physics, or trying something you’ve never done, you’ll need a lot more collaboration, guidance, and engineering expertise. In addition, one of the greatest benefits of doing CAE analysis is that it enables you to see things that you could never see by physical testing or observation. We consider CAE as being a pathway to new discoveries. CAE models will enable you to see things that no one has ever seen before. And when properly harnessed, this capability can lead you to major product and process innovation. But the computer modeler who just got his engineering degree six months ago most likely won’t recognize these opportunities. His interest is in building the model and getting a converged solution, not in looking for engineering insight. Likewise, you may also miss the opportunity if you don’t have time to deep dive into the models.

There is No Substitute for Education AND Experience
It’s situations like these where Upwind Technology offers its greatest value. We have been providing CAE services to major automotive manufacturing customers and suppliers for over ten years. Automotive CAE applications are some of the most challenging in the business. The Upwind Technology staff consists of MS and PhD level engineers who have significant practical experience solving real world engineering problems and providing our customers with greater engineering understanding. These include:

Computational Fluids Dynamics (CFD)
• Engine cooling
• In-cylinder flows
• Intake/exhaust
• Water pumps and turbo machinery
• Climate control
• Exterior aerodynamics
• Under hood and underbody flows

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
• Engine thermal and stress
• Gasket contact/seal
• HVAC modal and frequency response
• Thermal fatigue
• Paint oven heat transfer
• Heat treatment quenching
• Dynamics/Crash
• Electronic packaging