VANESSA, or Validation of Numerical Engineering Simulations: Standardization Actions’ is a project funded under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, which has as its goal the establishment of a validation methodology for computational solid mechanics models and associated calibration procedures within a standards framework. It is based on the scientific results of two earlier EU projects known as SPOTS and ADVISE.
Objectives of VANESSA
The aim is to integrate the results and to promote their adoption by the European industrial and scientific communities in order to achieve better quality modelling of engineering structures and more elegant, sustainable designs.
The VANESSA project is supported by partners from across the innovation spectrum and has representation from a wide range of industrial sectors, including aerospace, automotive and energy.
The scientific and technical aims of VANESSA are:
a) To conduct international inter-lab comparison (round-robin) exercises that will generate evidence that the reference material, for calibration of optical systems for strain field measurement, and the validation protocol, for computational solid mechanics models, form a solid basis for standardization;
b) To prepare a CEN Workshop Agreement on validation of computational solid mechanics models using strain fields from calibrated measurement systems;
c) To raise awareness in the EU industrial base and international engineering community of the validation protocol through a programme of knowledge dissemination and exchange.
CEN Workshop Agreement
The outcomes of SPOTS and ADVISE projects will be used as basis for the development of the CEN Workshop Agreement in line with the dissemination aims and transfer of technology of the VANESSA Project. In this sense, the CWA will be an instrument to inform a wider group of potentially interested parties about the results of the EU projects, in terms of validation and calibration methodologies, research on enhanced quality of optical strain measurement, quantification of uncertainties in both experimental and numerical analyses of engineering structural components, and augmentation of the engineering design process based on quality-quantified data.
CEN Workshop Status
The kick-off meeting took place on 12 June 2013 at the CEN and CENELEC Management Centre in Brussels.
The first CEN workshop meeting took place on 4 September 2013 in Cardiff.
Prof. Eann Patterson
The University of Liverpool
School of Engineering
Brownlow Hill, The Quadrangle
Liverpool L69 3GH
Tel. +44 (0)151 794 4665
Head of Standards development
SNV, Swiss Association for Standardization
Tel. +41 (0) 52 224 5423
CEN-CENELEC Management Centre
Mr Alexandre Beltrão
Multi-sector Products and Services
Avenue Marnix, 17
Tel. +32 2 550 0933