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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.


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


    HyperWorks is a multi-discipline simulation software.


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


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


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


    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.


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


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


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


    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/.


    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.


    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.


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


    NI Multisim is an electronic schematic capture and simulation program.


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


    SageMath is a system for algebra and geometry experimentation via 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


    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.


    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


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


    Flexsim is a discrete event simulation software.


    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.


    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.


    Modelica is an open standard for modeling software.


    OpenEaagles is a multi-platform simulation framework to prototype and build simulation applications.


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


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


    Plant Simulation is a plant, line and process simulation and optimization software.


    20-sim is a bond graph-based multi-domain simulation software.


    Actran is a finite element-based simulation software to analyze the acoustic behavior of mechanical systems and parts.


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


    advantum PDM is a engineering CAD software that makes possible for engineers to work more effectively and access drawings and models directly in advantum using CAD integrations.


    Easily simulate mechanical product aspects with electrical aspects (in 0D, 1D, and 3D) and leverage automatic code-generation for embedded systems - in harmony with Altair's broad and deep portfolio of CAE simulation products and IoT solutions.


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


    ANSYS Autodyn simulates the response of materials to short duration severe loadings from impact, high pressure or explosions. It is best suited for simulating large material deformation or failure. Autodyn provides advanced solution methods without compromising ease of use. Complex physical phenomena such as the interaction of liquids, solids and gases; the phase transitions of materials; and the propagation of shock waves can all be modeled within Autodyn. Integrated within ANSYS Workbench with its own native user interface, this program has for decades led the industry in ease of use, enabling you to produce accurate results with the least amount of time and effort


    A comprehensive tool kit that includes the best of ANSYS's world-class computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software so you can enjoy the fastest, most accurate results across the widest array of applications, all the time, without compromise


    The most advanced companies in the world are deploying CFD simulation in a big way to meet and beat market demands. But CFD is no longer just for specialists. Now simulation tools are being used by more companies and by less-specialized engineers across a broad range of industries and products. They are discovering the increased accuracy, functionality and expandability of serious CFD solutions that provide greater insight, give you greater confidence and reveal unexpected behavior.


    ANSYS CFX is a high-performance computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software tool that delivers reliable and accurate solutions quickly and robustly across a wide range of CFD and multi-physics applications. CFX is recognized for its outstanding accuracy, robustness and speed with rotating machinery such as pumps, fans, compressors, and gas and hydraulic turbines.


    ANSYS Discovery Live provides instantaneous 3D simulation, tightly coupled with direct geometry modeling, to enable interactive design exploration and rapid product innovation. It is an interactive experience in which you can manipulate geometry, materials types or physics inputs, then instantaneously see changes in performance


    ANSYS Electronics Desktop is the premier, unified platform for electromagnetic, circuit and system simulation. Gold-standard tools like ANSYS HFSS, Maxwell, Q3D Extractor, and Simplorer are built natively in the Electronics Desktop, which serves as a universal Pre/Post processor for these tools


    FENSAP-ICE provides leading three-dimensional, state-of-the-art, design and aid-to-certification simulation software to provide enhanced aerodynamic and in-flight icing protection solutions in a cost-effective manner


    ANSYS Forte incorporates proven ANSYS Chemkin-Pro solver technology, the gold standard for modeling and simulating gas phase and surface chemistry. While legacy engine-combustion CFD simulations utilize chemistry solvers that are too slow to handle the chemistry details required for accurate predictions of ignition and emissions, Forte uses multicomponent fuel models combined with comprehensive spray dynamics, without sacrificing simulation time-to-solution


    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 Icepak provides powerful electronic cooling solutions which utilize the industry-leading ANSYS Fluent computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver for thermal and fluid flow analyses of integrated circuits (ICs), packages, printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electronic assemblies. The ANSYS Icepak CFD solver uses the ANSYS Electronics Desktop (AEDT) graphical user interface (GUI). This provides a CAD-centric solution for engineers who can leverage the easy-to-use ribbon interface to manage thermal issues within the same unified framework as ANSYS HFSS, ANSYS Maxwell and ANSYS Q3D Extractor. Electrical and mechanical engineers working in this environment will enjoy a completely automated design flow with seamless coupling from HFSS, Maxwell and Q3D Extractor into Icepak for thermal analysis.


    ANSYS Mechanical Enterprise is the flagship mechanical engineering software solution that uses finite element analysis (FEA) for structural analysis using the ANSYS Mechanical interface. It covers an enormous range of applications and comes complete with everything you need from geometry preparation to optimization and all the steps in between. With Mechanical Enterprise you can model advanced materials, complex environmental loadings and industry-specific requirements in areas such as offshore hydrodynamics and layered composite materials


    ANSYS Mechanical Premium uses the ANSYS Mechanical interface to deliver powerful finite element modeling capabilities in a way that you can use to make real structural engineering decisions. Mechanical Premium gives you access to the ANSYS Mechanical solver with incredible scalability, wide industry adoption and superb support from a broad base of engineers around the globe


    ANSYS Q3D Extractor efficiently performs the 3-D and 2-D quasi-static electromagnetic field simulations required for the extraction of RLCG parameters from an interconnect structure. It then automatically generates an equivalent SPICE subcircuit model. These highly accurate models can be used to perform signal integrity analysis to study electromagnetic phenomena, such as crosstalk, ground bounce, interconnect delays and ringing, to understand the performance of interconnects, IC packages, connectors, PCB's, bus bars and cables.