• Ercan M. DedeEmail author
  • Jaewook Lee
  • Tsuyoshi Nomura
Part of the Simulation Foundations, Methods and Applications book series (SFMA)


Starting from the mid-1950s, and progressing into the following two decades, the mathematical framework behind the finite element method was developed by researchers due to the potential of the method as a revolutionary tool in the analysis and design of civil and aerospace structures. Building off this early work, and under financial support from the United States federal government, finite element analysis software was developed for aerospace applications. Today, finite element analysis is a highly developed and commercially available computational approach that allows the estimation of the response of real world structures that are subjected to multiple physical processes. In this chapter, the role of finite element analysis in design via simulation is explored, and the importance of this approach for advanced electromechanical design is emphasized. Representative differences between single and multiphysics simulations are presented in the context of an example electromechanical system. Common challenges associated with multiphysics simulation are then described to motivate the discussion of the various computational tools presented throughout this book. An introductory overview of the selected optimization techniques that are presented later on in the text is additionally provided.


Topology Optimization Electromechanical System Defense Advance Research Project Agency Optimal Structural Topology Defense Advance Research Project Agency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Toyota Research Institute of North AmericaAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Korea Aerospace UniversityGoyang-siKorea, Republic of (South Korea)
  3. 3.Toyota Central R&D Labs.NagakuteJapan

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