Revolutionizing Simulation: How Polytec uses Cloud-Based HPC for Virtual Non-Destructive Testing using Finite Element Analysis of Elastic Wave Propagation

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This webinar discusses Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of elastic wave propagation for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). Modern manufacturing techniques and complex materials pose highly challenging inspection scenarios that make engineering simulation essential to their development.

Simulation of guided wave propagation in an aluminum honeycomb component.
FEA results courtesy of OnScale.


Simulation of NDT applications has often been viewed as computationally expensive, however, with the advent of cloud engineering simulation, these computational barriers are removed. An industrial case study from Polytec, a provider of advanced 3D laser interferometry measurements capture and visualization of ultrasonic inspections, demonstrates how cloud-based FEA provides the needed accuracy to simulate traveling wave measurement across a thin plate and crack detection.


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Jeff Dodson is a senior application engineer at OnScale with an Engineering Doctorate specializing in non-destructive testing (NDT) from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Jeff is an expert in the simulation of ultrasonic NDT inspections of complex components and materials.

About this Series

In this “Learn From Your Peers” Webinar Series, you will hear from your peer manufacturing companies about their successful deployment of next-generation simulation technologies. What customer challenges they faced? How did they meet these challenges? What were the hurdles they overcame? What benefits did they reap? What lessons did they learn along the way?

The focus of this series is not the underlying technologies that were used, but rather the journey – from challenges to solutions, benefits, and the valuable lessons learned along the way. When possible, you will get to meet and have a discussion with the presenter from the manufacturing company.