Multi-physics Module

Rationale

This module is part of a series of modules defining competencies that an engineering analyst or simulation engineer would be expected to possess in order to carry out safe and effective analyses in the various module areas. In this regard the modules may be considered to be defining standards of competency in this area. The competencies and modules as they stand would define necessary requirements, but not sufficient requirements, for safe and effective analysis and simulation. In particular, industry specific competencies and non-technical competencies have not yet been included, as discussed below.

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In general most modules will have specified pre-requisites and any pre-requisite modules should be examined for relevant competencies. It should also be recognised that most engineering analyses and simulations will involve competencies from quite a few modules.

Not all modules will be relevant to all analysts (e.g. buckling may not be an issue for the components being designed and manufactured by a particular company) and not all competencies in modules will be relevant to all analysts and organisations (e.g. welding may not be a process used and hence competencies relating to fatigue of welds may not be relevant).

As well as defining a general standard level of competence, the statements with their links to specific references, should also provide a good basis for informal learning in a work-based environment (a refresher for some and a basis for a move into new areas, preferably under the guidance of a mentor, for others). That is not to say that the competencies could not also be used for the development of short courses, text books or other learning material. For such structured purposes, the competencies would no doubt benefit from a re-sequencing in some areas. The competencies could also be used as the basis for interview questions and the production of self-test quizzes and even formal examinations. In this case each competency would benefit from the development of associated threshold statements, defining a base level of achievement as well as a comprehensive  level.

This module is to provide an overview of general multiphysics modelling and analysis in a broad area of industrial applications and research.

The following points are important to be noted:

  1. Multiphysics should be considered as a simultaneous combination of various analyses to address a variety of physical phenomena.
  2. There are a number of sub divisions in multiphysics investigations that, in general, comply with all statements in module competence table. The technical competence for sub divisions of multiphysics should be developed in future.
  3. A particular attention has given to the difference between multidisciplinary and multiphysics analyses hence the module statements are to address issues surrounding multiphysics investigations.
  4. Wide range of prerequisites may be required depending on types of analysis although more general aspects are covered in the module in order to be inclusive.
  5. Non-technical competences relating to project management, finance, ethics, interpersonal skills, human resource management etc are not included in this module. New modules in these and other areas may be added to the competence framework in future.
  6. All competence statements and references can be modified, deleted or replaced as necessary. New modules can also be added. In this way, the competence framework can be tailored to particular sector or company needs.
  7. While the module addresses the overview of the subject, it does not address research topics, areas not in general use across industry sectors or techniques specific to a sector.
  8. General coverage of multiphysics approaches is covered in this module and therefore more specific approaches for various applications should be developed in future.
  9. The module has an industrial focus and therefore does not address research topics, areas not in general use across industry sectors or techniques specific to a sector.
  10. It is recognised that not all users will be involved in all aspects of this module. In these circumstances, some competence statements may be assumed to be redundant.
  11. ¬†Clearly effective analysis will require a range of industry-specific competences and these have yet to be developed. It is anticipated that in the future, various competence frameworks will be developed to address the needs of particular sectors. These generic modules will provide the basis for this.¬† This will involve the development of new modules as well as a “flavouring” of the current generic modules to provide specific industry focus.