CAESES® stands for “CAE System Empowering Simulation” and its ultimate goal is to help engineers to design optimal flow-exposed products.
CAESES® gives you innovative CAD capabilities to create variable geometry models that are geared towards simulation. These models are perfectly suited for fully-automated workflows, such as parameter studies and shape optimizations with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics).
The geometry that is created in CAESES® gives you 3 major benefits:
- Simulation-ready: CAESES® geometries are closed and can be meshed without any pre-processing
- Robust during variation: No broken or infeasible designs during an automated geometry generation process
- Parameter reduction: Fewer design variables, leading to tremendous computational time savings
Automation and Optimization
In addition to specialized CAD, CAESES® contains capabilities for automation of simulation tools (or any other external tool) and fully-integrated optimization strategies. This allows you to efficiently investigate large sets of new design candidates with your simulation package of choice.
With this, CAESES® is your platform for highly customized CAD models, CFD automation and shape optimization – all in a single and unified beautiful user interface!
CAESES® itself contains no CFD methods, instead it seamlessly integrates existing CFD tools to create a closed loop. It is used in various industries, typical areas of interest include ship hulls, turbomachines, ducts and manifolds, engine components, aerodynamic bodies, amongst others. CAESES® is suited for both internal and external flow applications, and it is available for Windows and Linux. Check out all details below.
How to create smarter parametric geometry for simulation with fewer parameters but with more flow-related control? CAESES® gives you specialized CAD for CFD that is geared towards generation of design variants.
Your parametric models in CAESES® are ready for automated meshing and CFD analysis. The geometry is clean, closed and colored in terms of their boundary information. Save time with one-time pre-processing that gets automatically applied for all new design candidates.
CAESES® allows you to integrate and automate your CFD software. With this, you can analyze a new design candidate with a single click. Any external tool that can be triggered by means of a batch mode can be immediately integrated and coupled to your geometry model.
Design Exploration and Shape Optimization
Once your geometry is ready and your CFD package is integrated, you can directly run design explorations and shape optimization. CAESES® provides a set of methods for the automated creation of design candidates so that no external optimization software is required.
In addition to the parametric modeling capabilities of CAESES®, you can make use of morphing and shape deformation techniques. These methods are suited for fast shape optimization of existing geometries such as given STL data. This greatly complements the CAD functionality of CAESES® and provides you another tool for the optimal design of your product.
Optimization with Adjoint CFD
The use of adjoint CFD methods has been getting more popular in recent years. As an answer to this, CAESES® allows you to couple the results of adjoint CFD with the geometry parameters of your model. With this, you can bring down the number of considered parameters and run faster shape optimizations.
CAESES® is a completely command-based platform where the commands are triggered in the background of the graphical user interface. However, all commands can be directly accessed by yourself to fully script, automate and customize the use of CAESES®.
No time to learn a new software? The variable and robust CAESES® models can be wrapped into an easy-to-use interface for non-experts of CAESES®. Use simple sliders and buttons to control your model, export geometry or even run full optimizations.
Online Showroom [BETA]
Interested in seeing CAESES®-based geometry models live in your browser? We have prepared a showroom with web apps where CAESES® acts in the background. All examples given in our showroom are created with the desktop application of CAESES®. You can interact with the 3D model, in particular, you can modify its shape parameters. The remote CAESES® instance regenerates the model according to your new parameter settings, and sends back the updated geometry to your browser. Finally, there is the option to download the modified geometry at the end of the live preview. This work is still in beta, but you can already try it out.
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When it comes to the CAD modeling capabilities, CAESES® has its focus primarily on the design and variation of complex free-form surfaces. We target CFD engineers that need a lightweight and flexible tool for the pre-CAD stage, to explore novel designs, and to be able to finally hand over an optimized/improved geometry to the CAD department.
Our users build models that typically have fewer parameters than traditional CAD models, and they skip details that are not relevant for simulation. Instead, they build-in parameters that follow a flow-centric thinking, to have an intuitive and efficient control that is related to the flow. Furthermore, our users set up models such that the patch names and edges are fixed during a variation, in order to be able to fully automate the meshing procedure. As a result, creating and analyzing a new design candidate of a geometry is perfectly robust. The robust variation of parametric geometry models is really the core competence of CAESES®.
CAESES® gives you geometry modeling in the first stage! This is a key difference to other general-purpose optimization software. Besides that, CAESES® also offers a set of strategies for advanced parameter studies and shape optimization that can be readily used. Our focus are CAE engineers that want to automatically vary a CAESES® geometry model. Furthermore, CAESES® has a batch mode possibility and hence can be controlled by other optimization software. So if you already have an optimization software, you could simply stick to it and use CAESES® only for the robust and efficient generation of geometry variants. This is one typical situation in our user base. We have various optimization partners where we make sure that our solutions work together as easy as possible for the user.
CAESES® does not contain any CFD capabilities. Instead it seamlessly integrates existing CFD tools that can be triggered in batch mode. Finally, CAESES® is completely independent of the meshing and simulation software that you use in your company. We are not restricted to a specific vendor, which might be of interest when you consider to jump on another simulation software or if you want to use in-house tools.
We provide different licenses for companies and for academic purposes. Ranging from a standard edition up to a power edition: There are several editions to choose from, depending on your application, design task and budget. We are also very open to discuss special packages for small companies, start-ups and freelancers. Read more ….
Free Trial License
We provide free trial license for 2 weeks. If you need more time, just let us know – no problem! Simply download and install CAESES® from our download area. During the registration process, choose “Trial License” and follow the instructions. That’s it.
Free Student / PhD Student License
We also offer a personalized, non-commercial free academic edition for students and PhD students! The license is intended to be used on a personal PC/notebook. This pro edition comes with CAD, CFD integration and the full optimization environment. Download and install CAESES® from our download area. During the registration process, choose “Free Student License” and follow the instructions. We need your certificate of enrollment displaying a date and student period (PDF or image), to verify your enrollment. Once we have received this, we issue the license. As soon as your certificate expires, just send us a copy of the new one using this email address (include your license ID in the subject line), and we will extend it again. By granting you this free license, we friendly ask you to send us your thesis (PDF) once you have finished your student/PhD work with CAESES®. For help and support with CAESES®, please visit the forum.