EXAMINATION OF A PRIORI SIMULATION PROCESS ESTIMATION ON STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS CASE
In the field of Engineering Analysis and Simulation, part simplification is often used to reduce the computational time and requirements of finite element solvers. Reducing the complexity of the model through simplification introduces error into the analysis, the amount of which depends on the engineering scenario, CAD model, and method of simplification. Expert Analysts utilize their experience and understanding to mitigate the error in analysis through intelligent simplification method selection, however, there is no formalized system of selection. Artificial Intelligence, specifically through the use of Machine Learning algorithms, has been explored as a method of capturing and automating upon this informal knowledge. One existing method which found success only explored Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations without validating the method on other kinds of engineering analysis cases. This study attempts to validate this a priori method on a new situation and directly compare the results between studies. To accomplish this, a new CAD Assembly model database was generated of over 300 simplified and non-simplified examples. Afterwards, the models were subjected to a Structural Analysis simulation, where analysis data could be generated and stored. Finally, a Regression Neural Network was utilized to create Machine Learning models to predict analysis result errors. This study examines the question of how minimal a neural network architecture will be able to make predictions with a comparable accuracy to that of the previous studies.
- Master of Science
- Computer Graphics Technology
- West Lafayette