An Artifact-based Workflow for Finite-Element Simulation Studies

by   Andreas Ruscheinski, et al.

Workflow support typically focuses on single simulation experiments. This is also the case for simulation based on finite element methods. If entire simulation studies shall be supported, flexible means for intertwining revising the model, collecting data, executing and analyzing experiments are required. Artifact-based workflows present one means to support entire simulation studies, as has been shown for stochastic discrete-event simulation. To adapt the approach to finite element methods, the set of artifacts, i.e., conceptual model, requirement, simulation model, and simulation experiment, and the constraints that apply are extended by new artifacts, such as geometrical model, input data, and simulation data. Artifacts, their life cycles, and constraints are revisited revealing features both types of simulation studies share and those they vary in. Also, the potential benefits of exploiting an artifact-based workflow approach are shown based on a concrete simulation study. To those benefits belong guidance to systematically conduct simulation studies, reduction of effort by automatically executing specific steps, e.g., generating and executing convergence tests, and support for the automatic reporting of provenance.



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