Safe and Economical Simulation for the Built Environment
In order for the UK and, indeed, the world to meet the targets agreed in the 2016 Paris Agreement, significant reductions in the current rate of harmful emissions need to be made as soon as is practically possible. Engineering, which is responsible for many of the benefits seen in our modern society that we now see as essential to our way of life, needs to embrace cleaner technologies in power generation and transportation.
In writing this article I am hoping to provoke the simulation community to think of other, non-conventional, finite element (FE) formulations and design methodologies that will, I feel, be the new, future, paradigm required as engineers necessarily become concerned not only with the safety of their designs but with minimising the embodied energy use in the production of the artefacts (structures or machines) that they design.
This article was published in NAFEMS Benchmark Magazine, April 2021.