Numerical simulation of extremely non-linear problems has been for a while at the forefront of research in computational mechanics. In more than twenty years tremendous progresses have already been accomplished. Simulations you could hardly dream of two decades ago are now part of the daily routine of hundreds of engineers and scientists.
Simultaneously, the use of large scale computing took a more and more important place in engineering offices of many industries. Numerical simulation contributes in a very significant way to the reduction of both the production costs and the “time-to-market” during the development of new products. Some large companies even declare that “if you cannot simulate it, we don’t even try to realize it”.
However, although huge progresses have already been accomplished, manufacturing processes are so complex that there is still a very large room for improvement.The goal of this special issue is to present some cutting-edge contributions in the numerical simulation of manufacturing processes ranging from microscopic to macroscopic aspects and bridging the scales to better model, capture and simulate the various involved phenomena that take place during manufacturing processes.
Guest editors: Stefanie Reese and Ton van den Boogaard