Biomechanics of the Human Spine

Simulation in Medicine and Biomechanics

CADFEM Ireland presents at Europe’s leading Conference on Numerical Simulation Conference on Computer Aided Medical Engineering at the ANSYS Conference & 33rd CADFEM Users’ Meeting, 24th – 26th June, Bremen – Germany

On 25th June, Philip Purcell of CADFEM Ireland presented on “Investigating the Biomechanics of the Human Spine Following an Orthopaedic Procedure known as Balloon Kyphoplasty”

For many years, CADFEM Ireland has used engineering simulation for applications in the biomedical fields. Among our clients, who use ANSYS and count on our technical support and know-how, are some of Ireland’s leading biomedical companies. We have expanded our expertise in various biomedical applications of ANSYS also through our collaborations in the frame of several European Research Projects, such as @neurIST and BLOODSIM.

Funded by the Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship awarded to Philip Purcell RS/2011/399


Mark your diary, next presentations on ANSYS in Biomedical Engineering:

ANSYS Conference & 2nd CADFEM Ireland Users’ Meeting, 24th & 25th September, Engineers Ireland, Dublin (link

For more details and to discuss your biomedical applications, please contact Derek Sweeney at +353 (0) 1 652 2734 or email:

Energy Ireland 2015

CADFEM presents world class ANSYS technologies at Energy Ireland 2015

CADFEM Ireland exhibited at Energy Ireland, Ireland’s largest energy conference, on 17th and 18th June in Croke Park Dublin.

At the CADFEM booth, our team of engineers gave advice and presented the powerful software technologies from ANSYS for Engineering Simulation to the attendees.

CADFEM Ireland Engineer Philip Purcell at Energy Ireland 2015
CADFEM Ireland Engineer Philip Purcell at Energy Ireland 2015

We presented the suits of ANSYS software and discussed how Simulation of Structures, Fluids and Electromagnetics can be used to make better products, in less time and at a lower cost.

ANSYS maintains a leading position in the European and global Energy Engineering and Science sectors. CADFEM have been providing software, expert services and training to companies in the energy fields for many years.

We can also support you in implementing these advanced technologies successfully into your product development.

Talk to us to hear more and to get advice for your projects !

Call Derek Sweeney now at +353 (0) 1 652 2734 or email:


Engineers Ireland Annual Conference

CADFEM Ireland are proud to support the Engineers Ireland Annual Conference, 

which is taking place in the Malton Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry on Thursday, 14th and Friday, 15th May as a Silver Sponsor.

The theme of this year’s conference is: Engineering and Technology: Delivering Tomorrow’s Ireland

It is in this spirit that we encourage you to meet us in Killarney, to discuss your applications and the potential of engineering simulation for your R&D, your design and product development.

To fix an appointment in advance, please email

or call Derek Sweeney at 01 652 2734.

For more information about the Conference and to see the program, please visit:

3D Printing, ANSYS and Engineering Simulation

We are delighted to announce our collaboration with U3D of University College Dublin.

3D printing, also called additive manufacturing AM, is regarded by many as a new revolution in manufacturing. It is a cornerstone in an era where designers look at more creative and efficient ways to enhance product development and production.

U3D is Ireland’s first full-service commercial 3D printing centre. The centre is open for commercial printing, design services, scanning, classes, and collaborative research. It provides the latest 3D printing technologies including metal printing and stereolithography.


U3D provides quick-turn around, high-precision prints at extremely competitive prices.

CADFEM Ireland has collaborated with UCD for many years to foster and maintain the advanced use of ANSYS in engineering education.

It gives us great pleasure to inform you as well about U3D’s 3D Printing Classes for Industrial Clients.

The Classes will give you access to specialists with extensive printing experience, expertise and the commercial grade equipment for the production of your 3D printed prototypes.

For details about the different programs that are available to you and your colleagues, please visit:

3D Printing Classes for Industrial Clients – Download Brochure

Dynardo GmbH – Release optiSLang 4.2.1

optiSLang 4.2.1

 The most relevant changes are

  • Support ANSYS Workbench 16.0
  • Generalized AMESim integration for e.g. use of .ame files and wizard guided execution
  • Move optiSLang projects more convenient through automatic relocation and interactive adaption of used file paths
  • Define user specific directories for your templates to share knowledge with colleagues or store it in your version control system
  • Users can now implement their own optiSLang integration node in Python or C++

For detailed information see change log >>

 Links for download

For further information please contact >>

optiSLang inside ANSYS 4.2.1

 The most relevant changes are

  • Support ANSYS Workbench 16.0
  • The Preprocessor container now supports CFX-files (.gtm) to handle external geometry updates (e.g. CFturbo) and meshing (TurboGrid) during parametric analysis in optiSLang
  • Import designs from optiSLang database files (.bin/.omdb) to Workbench design table
  • Export designs from Workbench design table to optiSLang database files (.bin/.omdb)

For detailed information see change log >>

 Links for download

The most relevant changes are

  • Complete redesign of user interface and user guidance
  • New functionality: Import designs from optiSLang database files (.bin/.omdb) to Excel
  • New functionality: Approximate designs inside Excel using MOPSolver

Links for download

optiSLang Excel Addin 4.2.1 >>

CIT’s Brian Hand Final Year Undergraduate Engineering Project


Brian’s final year undergraduate capstone project on “An Analysis Into Wind Induced Loading Effects on a Ship-to-Shore (STS) Crane and Investigation into Design Optimisation” arose from his work placement at Liebherr Container Cranes of Killarney, Co. Kerry and was carried out under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Cashman.

Details of Brian’s award winning work, including illustrated summary, full capstone project report and two developed videos, can be found at:

Over ninety percent of the world’s cargo is transported by sea. Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes play a pivotal role in the provision of this safe and reliable means of transporting goods. The increasing transport demands of the maritime industry has dictated that STS container cranes are significantly increasing in size. The environmental locations of these cranes invariably leads to exposure to damaging meteorological effects of storms and other adverse weather phenomena.

Currently traditional and highly conservative standards are utilised to quantify wind loading on these structures. The traditional standards based design approach leads to high mass crane structures and creates foundation problems in many harbour and quay structures – a problem exacerbated by the increasing trend towards larger STS cranes. The complex physical geometry of modern STS cranes combined with the dynamic and unpredictable nature of wind flow poses a major challenge to the designer / analyst wishing to diverge from the standard based approach.

Extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models were created and analyses conducted by Brian to examine the airflow around critical modelled sections of a Liebherr STS crane. Physical scale model generation and wind tunnel testing were undertaken by Brian to validate the determined CFD results. The CFD approach is indicated as an optimal analysis method – allowing the designer to accurately determine locations and magnitudes of high pressure and make informed design decisions based on these results.

Design optimisation is conducted by Brian on the critical crane tie-down system – this system significantly influenced by Brian’s CFD determined critical wind loading. A systematic design and prototype production approach was adopted by Brian to create and optimise a functional and dynamic design.

Brian is to graduate on 20th October 2014 at Cork Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Level 8 First Class Honours Degree.

Brian has also been awarded a CIT Rísam PhD Scholarship.

Senior Lecturer Sean F. O’Leary
Department of Mechanical, Biomedical and Manufacturing Engineering
School of Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering
Cork Institute of Technology


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