Teaching Simulation-Driven Innovation

To know how to evoke enthusiasm is the art of teaching

Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss author)

Even though it is difficult to keep up such teaching spirit all the time, isn't it a great way of looking at the very demanding task of educating students?

We do hope that the teaching material compiled herein will make your life as a teacher and instructor much easier. The teaching material in short, consists of:

  • PPTs (for your presentations while teaching in the classroom)
  • Reading material (PDFs) for your students` self learning
  • Tutorials - Handouts (PDFs) for your students
  • Model Files to practise

The teaching material is grouped in two categories named either Short Course .... or Detailed Course ...

The differences are related to the CAE software program used in the class. The short teaching courses are based on Inspire. Here, the focus is on teaching  the general workflow (process). Details about, for instance the solver syntax (i.e. Card Images) are not included and not needed to solve the contained exercises. The detailed teaching classes are more comprehensive and go "deeper" into model building, model quality checks, solver syntax, and post-processing.

Teaching Courses

Coming Soon:

  • Detailed course - Teaching Finite Element Analysis
  • Detailed course - Teaching Structural Optimization
  • Detailed course - Composite Analysis & Optimization
  • Detailed course - Multibody Simulation
  • Detailed course - Explicit Finite Element Analysis
  • Detailed course - Design of Experiment (DoE) Studies

Also available is the "next level" teaching material related to the Virtual Bike Project.
Here we propose the following (but different) teaching strategy:

  • Pick the CAE topic of interest (e.g. analysis, optimization, CFD, crash etc.)
  • Let your students review the available video recordings
  • Ask your students to download the model files to re-run (re-do) what is shown in the recordings and tutorials. Let them write a short summary about model assumptions (i.e. the built-in limitations) and results
  • Discuss the findings (results) of your students in your class. Examine options (strategies) on how to improve the designs
  • Let your students re-run the simulation with the discussed improvements
  • Discuss their results in your class ....

Please don't hesitate to contact altairuniversity@altair.com with questions and/or feedback regarding the teaching material.