Computational and Modeling Facility

Several software packages, acquired commercially or developed in house, are available for 2-D and 3-D visualization of NDT results, data fusion or integrating data analyses from different NDT devices, and advanced data analysis. A wealth of general-purpose software packages for finite element (e.g. LSDYNA, NASTRAN, and ANSYS), finite difference (e.g. FLAC3D and WAVE2000), and discrete element (e.g. PFC2D and 3D) modeling is available at UTEP. Sophisticated numerical models have already been developed to simulate deflection, impulse and vibration techniques. For very sophisticated simulations and computations, a 128-cluster parallel-processing computer is available to the researchers which can reduce the run time of these models by a factor of 100 relative to the advanced PCs.