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When working in the computing and simulation environment, software are our tools. Indeed, they are our key enablers; interfacing the machine and the engineer, our software centralize and capitalize most of our developments. 
At this stage, it is important to differentiate two categories of software for a company like Cenaero:
  • commercial software
  • in-house software
The first category includes software that are developed and commercialized by software vendors and that Cenaero uses to support its consulting activities (usually to satisfy a customer's requirement) or to support a research program where some of the features are needed and when the re-writing of similar features would be totally inefficient (why re-inventing the wheel?). 
In this context, here is a list (non-exhaustive) of some commercial software used at Cenaero: ABAQUS, ACTRAN, AutoGrid, Catia V5, CAPRI, elsA, Fluent, SAMCEF, Simmetrix, Solidworks, ...
As a complementary approach, Cenaero is also developing a few in-house codes in order to satisfy customer's specific requirements, but also to have a full control on the implemented algorithms or simply to implement and test innovative approaches and methods before they become future martket standards. 
These reasons have led each group to implement its features and develop a range of in-house tools:
  • Morfeo (Manufacturing Oriented Finite Element tOol) for process modeling and non-linear FEM applications (e.g. fracture mechanics)
  • Argo for CFD, targeting specifically complex geometries and aeroacoustics
  • Minamo for multi-disciplinary optimization
  • Hea-P for heat pipes modeling

Software quality development

The software development at Cenaero pursues two main objectives: efficiency and quality.
Collaborative development procedures and regression tests have been set up in order to ensure a professional and robust development. Constant on-line tracking is an important part of our quality system. Numerical validations and benchmarks represent another part of this quality system. Comprehensive on-line documentation on implemented features and developments is also available.