Project Leader(s): Conor O'Neill
One of the frustrations with conventional numerically-based tools for engineering simulation, such as finite element analysis, is the length of time that it can take such models to solve. This is particularly true when modelling very complex scenarios such as vehicle collisions and derailment, which are inherently transient and non-linear by their very nature. With finite element simulations typically taking hours or even days to solve, iterative design optimisation can become a slow process.
Therefore, as a complement to existing engineering analysis software, NewRail is currently developing alternative simulation technologies that are capable of providing ballpark estimations in real time or near real time. These facilitate the very rapid evaluation of design concepts, particularly for the early stages of a design process in which the rapid approximate evaluation of a wide range of design options is often more important than absolute precision.