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).

AFD subscribes to MSC ONE, the most advanced simulation software using a token based system that allows our team to access a huge array of world-class CAE simulation software all from one flexible, subscription-based platform.

MSC One includes Apex Modeller, a CAE specific direct modelling and meshing solution that streamlines CAD clean-up and simplifies the meshing workflow. 

All engineers with AFD have registered with NAFEMS to gain accreditation as Professional Simulation Engineers (PSEs).

AFD engineers are highly familiar with the techniques employed for modelling airframe thin-walled structures using 2D shell elements and modelling bulky 3-D structure using TET or HEX solid elements.

AFD is able to execute the NASTRAN static solution sequence SOL101, normal modes sequence SOL103, linear bucking sequence SOL105 and non-linear sequence SOL106.

AFD supplies all models to high standard respecting OEM QA approval procedures to ensure models are appropriately checked in terms of quality and validity.