• Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) includes all types of computer support in engineering.

Application or problem areas

Structural Mechanics

Program systems that numerically
  • Strength problems
  • Heat propagation problems
  • Problems from heat-structure coupling
  • Problems from fluid-structure coupling
(mostly based on the finite element method).

Fluid mechanics

Program systems that treat flow problems numerically. Important features are among others:
  • steady and transient flows
  • Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids
  • laminar and turbulent flows
  • isothermal and non-isothermal flows
  • compressible or incompressible fluids
  • multiphase flows, chemical reactions
  • mass transport
  • phase transitions
  • free surfaces

electrical engineering

Development tools for electronic devices:
  • circuit simulation
  • unbundling of printed circuit boards
  • measurement data acquisition and processing
  • Plant control
  • Electromagnetic compatibility


Integrated Circuit (IC) Design:
  • Development tools for ASICs and FPGAs
  • IC technology descriptions (design kits)
  • Teaching of the production of ICs in small series (participation in multi-project wafers)


Numerical solution of Maxwell's equations:
  • Electro- and magnetostatic problems
  • Propagation of electromagnetic waves in frequency and time domain (antennas, waveguides, resonators)
  • Motion of charges in the electromagnetic field
  • Eddy currents


Computer Aided Design (CAD):

  • Mechanical design and CAD/CAM software.

Pre- and Postprocessing:
Software for generating models for calculation with finite element or finite volume programs (preprocessing) and for visualization and animation of the calculation results (postprocessing).

  • geometric modeling or import of CAD data

  • assignment of physical properties
  • meshing
  • generation of input data for the FE or FV solvers
  • import of the result data
  • visualization, animation