NAFEMS Professional Simulation Engineer (PSE) is an independent certification program, providing an educational framework for professional development, that was launched at the NAFEMS (International Association for the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Community) World Congress in 2013. NAFEMS PSE accreditation is highly regarded within the industry due to the benefits it brings to the individuals who achieve it, their employers and end user clients.
Eight Finite Element Analysts from TWI have each achieved NAFEMS PSE accreditation for their expertise in numerical modelling and optimisation. The team uses Finite Element Analysis (FEA) techniques to simulate the behaviour of structures under static, dynamic and cyclic loads, including the analysis of the welding process for distortion and residual stresses. They also model inspection and testing procedures required by relevant standards, such as BS 7910, API 579, R6 and BS 7608, as part of engineering-critical assessments and fitness-for-service assessments (ECAs), as well as developing in-house software tools to supplement commercial FEA software codes.
Candidates for NAFEMS PSE accreditation complete an extensive application process which requires them to evidence their level of professional experience against a series of standards, followed by an in-depth interview with a certified Assessor. TWI’s Analysts were measured and evaluated against a range of competencies including:
- Flaw assessment and fracture mechanics
- Computational fluid dynamics
- Composite materials and structures
- Fatigue; and
- Thermo-mechanical behaviour
The successful candidates are now accredited to NAFEMS PSE for a period of three years.
Tat-Hean Gan, Business Group Manager, Integrity Management at TWI said “Achieving these accreditations enables our Finite Element Analysts to demonstrate that they have been externally verified to a high standard of international competency, reflecting the knowledge and experience they have acquired during their professional careers to date across a range of specialist areas within the discipline of numerical modelling and optimisation.”
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