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Best Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Software

Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software, also referred to as simulation software, supports engineering analysis tasks. CAE software encompass finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), multibody dynamics (MDB), and optimization capabilities. CAE software enables users to simulate, validate, and optimize products and manufacturing tools. Some CAE products allow users to model discrete events, while others can model continuous events. Some CAE products are hybrid simulators that can model both continuous and discrete events.

CAE products are used for both academic and industrial applications across a variety of industries such as communications and agriculture. Many CAE products offer a wide range of functionality in the form of all-purpose multiphysics platforms that can be applied to a diverse range of use cases. Some fit-for-purpose CAE systems provide more limited functionality in a single area such as for modeling network or mechanical structures. CAE products is frequently implemented with other CAx applications, such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, to support an organization’s product lifecycle management (PLM).

To qualify for inclusion in the Computer-Aided Engineering category, a product must:

  • Enable users to create product and structure simulations through an graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Allow users to test and verify components of a simulation with customizable environmental variables
  • Help users optimize process or product development
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    MATLAB is a programming, modeling and simulation tool developed by MathWorks.


    Simulink is a tool for block diagrams, electrical mechanical systems and machines from MathWorks.


    NI Multisim is an electronic schematic capture and simulation program.


    SimEvents is a part of MathWorks which adds discrete event simulation to the MATLAB/Simulink environment.


    Mathematica is a computational software program based on symbolic mathematics, developed by Wolfram Research.


    HyperWorks is a multi-discipline simulation software.


    GNU Octave is an open-source mathematical modeling and simulation software very similar to using the same language as Matlab and Freemat.


    SimScale is a leading cloud-based CAE platform that provides access to CFD, FEA, and Thermodynamics simulation capabilities 100% via a standard web browser. No hardware or licenses required. Try the free plan or the 14-day trial for the Professional account at https://www.simscale.com/product/pricing/.


    Scilab is a free open-source software for numerical computation and simulation similar to Matlab/Simulink.


    NetLogo is an open-source multi-agent simulation software.


    NEi Nastran is a software for engineering simulation of stress, dynamics, and heat transfer in structures.


    Enterprise Architect is a visual platform for designing and constructing software systems, for business process modeling, and for more generalized modeling purposes. Enterprise Architect is based on the latest UML® 2.5 specification. UML defines a visual language that is used to model a particular domain or system (either proposed or existing). Enterprise Architect is a progressive tool that covers all aspects of the development cycle, providing full traceability from the initial design phase through to deployment, maintenance, testing and change control.


    COMSOL Multiphysics (formerly FEMLAB) is a finite element analysis, solver and simulation software package for various physics and engineering applications, especially coupled phenomena, or multi-physics.


    AnyLogic is the standard in multimethod modeling technology, delivering increased efficiency and less risk when tackling complex business challenges. The unmatched flexibility found in AnyLogic allows users to capture the complexity of virtually any system, at any level of detail, and gain a deeper insight into the interdependent processes inside and around an organization.


    OpenFOAM is an open-source software used for computational fluid dynamics (or CFD).


    NetSim is a network simulation software for defense applications, network design validation and network research and development.


    Adaptive Simulations offers a cloud-based service: Ingrid Cloud, a fully automated flow simulation experience. Ingrid Cloud increases accuracy, flexibility and cost efficiency when simulating flow. The accessibility and ease of use of the solution enables designers and architects without any prior knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) or simulations to accelerate and improve their design. Our unique automated solution makes the complex easy. Read more about Ingrid Cloud, and TRY FOR FREE at https://www.ingridcloud.com.


    ANSYS Mechanical Pro adds more features to the capabilities of ANSYS DesignSpace. It has the same user interface as DesignSpace, resulting in a fast learning experience and greater productivity for regular or occasional users


    ExtendSim is a simulation software for discrete event, continuous, discrete rate and agent-based simulation.


    Maple is a general-purpose computer algebra system developed and sold commercially by Waterloo Maple Inc.


    PLECS is a tool for system-level simulations of electrical circuits.


    SageMath is a system for algebra and geometry experimentation via Python.


    Simio is an object-oriented discrete event and agent based simulation software developed by Simio LLC.


    SimPy is an open-source discrete-event simulation package based on Python.


    ANSYS Fluent software is the most-powerful computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool available, empowering you to go further and faster as you optimize your product's performance. Fluent includes well-validated physical modeling capabilities to deliver fast, accurate results across the widest range of CFD and multiphysics applications


    Autodesk® CFD software provides computational fluid dynamics and thermal simulation tools to help you predict product performance, optimize designs, and validate product behavior before manufacturing.


    DX Studio is a suite of tools for simulation and visualization.


    Elmer is an open-source multiphysical simulation software for Windows/Mac/Linux.


    Enterprise Dynamics is a simulation software platform developed by INCONTROL Simulation Solutions.


    Flexsim is a discrete event simulation software.


    ModelCenter is a framework for integration of third-party modeling and simulation tools/scripts, workflow automation, and multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization from Phoenix Integration.


    OpenSim is an open-source software system for biomechanical modeling.


    PRO/II is a software for steady state chemical process simulation and extensively used by oil and gas refineries.


    TRNSYS is a software for dynamic simulation of renewable energy systems, HVAC systems, building energy use and both passive and active solar systems.


    Vensim is a system dynamics and continuous simulation software for business and public policy applications.


    Advanced Simulation Library (ASL) is an open-source hardware accelerated multiphysics simulation software.


    AMESim is a platform to analyze multi-domain, intelligent systems and predict and optimize multi-disciplinary performance.


    ANSYS HFSS software is the industry standard for simulating high-frequency electromagnetic fields. Its gold-standard accuracy, advanced solvers and high-performance computing technologies make it an essential tool for engineers tasked with executing accurate and rapid design in high-frequency and high-speed electronic devices and platforms. HFSS offers state-of the-art solver technologies based on finite element, integral equation, asymptotic and advanced hybrid methods to solve a wide range of microwave, RF and high-speed digital applications.


    ANSYS Maxwell is the industry-leading electromagnetic field simulation software for the design and analysis of electric motors, actuators, sensors, transformers and other electromagnetic and electromechanical devices. With Maxwell, you can precisely characterize the nonlinear, transient motion of electromechanical components and their effects on the drive circuit and control system design. By leveraging Maxwell’s advanced electromagnetic field solvers and seamlessly linking them to the integrated circuit and systems simulation technology, you can understand the performance of electromechanical systems long before building a prototype in hardware.


    ASCEND is an open-source equation-based modelling environment.


    Chemical WorkBench is a chemical kinetics simulation software tool developed by Kintech Lab.


    CYME Power Engineering Software is a suite of applications composed of a network editor, analysis modules, and user-customizable model libraries to get the solution.


    Freemat is a free environment for rapid engineering, scientific prototyping and data processing using the same language as Matlab and GNU Octave.


    Galatea is a multi-agent, multi-programming language, simulation platform.


    GoGetFunding is a crowdfunding website that lets you raise money for anything that matters to you.


    GoldSim is a simulation software for system dynamics and discrete event simulation, embedded in a Monte Carlo framework.


    Khimera is a chemical kinetics simulation software tool developed by Kintech Lab.


    Mobility Testbed is an open-source multi-agent simulation testbed for transport coordination algorithms.


    Modelica is an open standard for modeling software.


    ns-3 is an open-source network simulator.