Master Thesis: Life as a CAE Engineer

6 weeks into my Master’s thesis, I can say I finally had a taste of being a CAE engineer. It taste like candy.

CAE Engineer from Wiki:

Computer-aided engineering (CAE) is the broad usage of computer software to aid in engineering analysis tasks. It includes Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Multibody dynamics (MBD), and optimization.
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Why CAE?

  • Performing real-world testing cost a lot of $$, manpower, and time… especially on Swedish payroll…
  • There are a lot of uncertainties in real-world testing set up (e.g. Funny looking graphs? Did the operator perform the test on Monday morning or Friday afternoon?)
  • Who does physical testing anyways? It is so 1996. (joking)
  • The potentials of simulations are substantial. End of argument!

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What is it like being a CAE engineer in Sweden?

  • You sit in front of your big computer screen for 8 hours… with headphones on.
  • The CAE department is almost dead silent, only occasionally you hear people sighing.
    • I think this is quite common in Sweden… my friend was also complaining about how quite his work place is… except during FIKE TIME!
  • Simulations can often crash (ie. the math didn’t add up on the computer, and you get an ugly red warning!)
  • It is quite desperate when the simulation crashes and you don’t know why.
  • That is why CAE job taste like candy. I stress eat candy… I also bribe other CAE engineers into helping me using candy. IT WORKS LIKE CHARM!!!
  • There is nothing a little sugar cannot dissolve!

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Otter

Source: https://hbr.org/2016/03/why-your-late-twenties-is-the-worst-time-of-your-life

… and now you know what kind of stuff I read.ma

Gimmy

Chinese-Canadian Automotive Engineering graduate from TU Chalmers. Contact me if you have questions or just want to grab a beer at gimmygoteborg (at) gmail!
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