Design for Affordability: Implications for Simulation-Based Engineering - White Paper

Simulation-based engineering (SBE) tools — such as finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics and electromagnetics field solvers — are a proven value-added contributor to the product development process in the defense industry. In fact, numerous reports demonstrate significant return on investment in this sector. All too often, however, the industry focuses on the tools’ capabilities. While fundamental capabilities are necessary for effective contributions, they represent only a fraction of factors that enable best-in-class organizations to leverage the tools’ full value. In general, how the tools are used (process) and who is using them (people) are assigned lower priority — or neglected altogether — by the wider modeling and simulation community. This introduces inefficiency factors that become embedded and accepted as a cost of business in operations and new program proposals.