AFD has extensive experience in the application of the Finite Element Method for modelling and simulating the behaviour of structure.

The aerospace benchmark analysis CODE is NASTRAN originally developed for NASA in the late 1960s by the MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation (MSC).

Our primary modelling tool is MSC ONE including the revolutionary Apex modeller.

MSC One provides AFD with a wide array of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software to solve complex problems accurately and efficiently.

Apex Modeller provides an advanced meshing and generative design capability that streamlines CAD clean-up and simplifies the meshing and design development workflow.

Our engineers are highly familiar with the techniques employed for modelling airframe thin-walled structures using 2D shell elements and bulky structures (e.g. major fittings) using 3-D TET or HEX solid elements.

AFD can execute all of the NASTRAN  solution codes including solvers for statics, normal modes, and linear or non-linear buckling.

AFD engineers are registered with NAFEMS and are certified Professional Simulation Engineers (PSEs). This accreditation underpins our commitment to delivering simulation services to the highest standard whilst respecting OEM quality assurance requirements for model checking and validity.