Computer-aided engineering (CAE) is the broad usage of computer software to aid in engineering analysis tasks. It includes finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), multibody dynamics (MBD), durability and optimization. It is included with computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) in the collective abbreviation "CAx".

Computer aided engineering primarily uses Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, which are sometimes called CAE tools. CAE tools are being used, for example, to analyse the robustness and performance of components and assemblies. The term encompasses simulation, validation, and optimisation of products and manufacturing tools. In the future, CAE systems will be major providers of information to help support design teams in decision making. Computer-aided engineering is used in many fields such as automotive, aviation, space, and shipbuilding industries.

       In regard to information networks, CAE systems are individually considered a single node on a total information network and each node may interact with other nodes on the network.

CAE systems can provide support to businesses. This is achieved by the use of reference architectures and their ability to place information views on the business process. Reference architecture is the basis from which information model, especially product and manufacturing models.

Applications of CAE


  • CAE applications support a wide range of engineering disciplines or phenomena.

  •  Stress and dynamics analysis on components and assemblies using finite element analysis (FEA)

  •  Thermal and fluid analysis using computational fluid dynamics (CFD)

  •  Kinematics and dynamic analysis of mechanisms (multibody dynamics)

  •  Acoustics analysis using FEA or a boundary element method (BEM)

  •  1D CAE, or mechatronic system simulation, for multi-domain mechatronics system design

  •  Mechanical event simulation (MES)

  •  Control systems analysis

  •  Simulation of manufacturing processes like casting, molding and die press forming

  •  Optimization of the product or process

some CAE software's

Description-Best known for explicit dynamics / crash analys

Developer - LSTC - Livermore Software Technology Corporation   

Version -R8.0
Release - 2015-03
Li sense -Proprietary commercial software
Oprating systems - Linux, Windows



Description-US-based and -developed full CAE software package

Developerr -Ansys Inc.

Li sense -Proprietary commercial software

Oprating systems - Linux, Windows