Advanced Simulation

Why Simulate?

Bringing a competitive new product to market is hard. Engineers have to create something the world has never seen before, and they have to be absolutely sure that it will work 100% of the time. That’s a scary proposition. How do you effectively manage this risk? Failure to do so will have serious consequences: production delays, lost contracts, failure in the field, expensive recalls, reputational damage, the list goes on.

We refer to simulation by many different names — CAE, FEA, CFD, numerical analysis, virtual testing or prototyping — but it all means one thing:

Better engineering decision making through computer prediction.


  • Model Generation

    High-precision analyses, large assemblies, and strict FE guidelines require the advanced level of modeling capability that CATI possesses.
    See Model Generation
    High-precision Analyses
    While automatic meshers can often get the job done for stiffness analysis or non-critical parts, it requires preplanning and a human touch to get accurate results in sensitive areas, handle difficult CAD, or grapple with large assemblies.
    Large Assemblies
    Complex assemblies involving many attached or moving parts can also be difficult for the inexperienced to manage or model realistically, requiring great organizational skills, attention to detail, and understanding of FE connector behavior.
  • Project Analysis

    “Does it pass the test?” CATI can assemble the model, design the simulation, and give you the answer. Compare your options, validate your ideas, hit your targets with confidence.
    See Project Analysis
    Engineering Analysis
    i.e. virtual prototyping, simulation, FEA, or CAE — keeps engineers, and indeed whole companies, on the right heading as they design increasingly complex and interconnected systems.
    Augment Your In-house Engineering
    For those who need more heads or more computers, we’ve got both. If you’re comfortable with the way you’re doing things, we can pick up your methods and your standards as if we were another part of your team. We’ll be there when you need us, and you can keep your pipeline moving smoothly, through all the peaks and troughs.
  • The CATI


    • Expert Engineers
    • Lower Development Costs
    • Faster to Market
  • Product Design & Development

    Integrated design & development services from research to production. CATI designers and engineers work side-by-side using the latest analysis and optimization tools to efficiently develop parts to specification.
    See Product Design & Development
    Project planning
    Detailed Gantt charts and Resource and cost identification
    Reliability growth
    Boundary diagrams, process flow, and Failure Modes Effect Analysis (FMEA)
    Supplier Coordination
    Prototypes, capability assessment, cost analysis
    Engineering, cost and supplier status
    Concept sheets and Customized management dashboards
    Cost forecasting and tracking
    Financial planning, tracking, and Cashflow analysis
  • Correlation & Characterization

    Accuracy is essential to effective simulation, so we’ve made physical-to-virtual test correlation and material characterization two of our most practiced skills.
    See Correlation & Characterization
    Material characterization
    Complex materials can be tricky for FEA, especially under extreme loading or environmental conditions or in composites. Clever modeling, sound data interpretation, and user subroutines can be used to reproduce nonlinear and situationally dependent behavior, like failure and degradation, complex layering, variable properties, etc.
    Test Correlation
    Many of our projects, especially those involving nonlinear dynamics, start with a physical test video. With the appropriate material properties, assembly connections and constraints, and an intelligent approach to model simplification, true-to-life simulation behavior is very achievable. From there, new design and analysis can be pursued with confidence.
  • Methodology Development

    As Abaqus experts, developing and teaching custom simulation methodologies is one of our unique specialties. We can show your FEA team how to use their tools to get whatever answers they need.
    See Methodology Development
    Cutting-edge Simulation
    All atypical project work is to some degree an exercise in methodology development, but it can also be done expressly for the purposes of training your engineering analysts new simulation capabilities.