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:
- 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;
- to prepare a CEN Workshop Agreement on validation of computational solid mechanics models using strain fields from calibrated measurement systems;
- to raise awareness in the EU industrial base and international engineering community of the validation protocol through a programme of knowledge dissemination and exchange.