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Although in the last years many commercial numerical simulation tools have been developed and are on the market, there is still a strong need for appropriate tools capable to simulate multi-field problems. An implementation of a new partial differential equation (PDE) or physical coupling between PDEs into a commercial software, e.g. using provided interfaces via user routines, results in most cases in very inefficient numerical schemes. For this reason, we have decided to develop our own tool, based on the Finite Element (FE) method. The result of our effort is CFS++ (Coupled Field Simulation in C++).

The development of CFS++ was initiated by Manfred Kaltenbacher at Department of Sensor Technology, Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg, in the year 2000 and was then continuously improved within many Ph.D. projects supported by the German Research Council (DFG), the Austrian Research Council (FWF) and industry. Currently, the following main research groups further develop CFS++:

Reasearch group of Manfred Kaltenbacher: Institute of Mechanics and Mechatronics, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Research group of Michael Stingl: Chair of Applied Mathematics 2, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg; Germany

Research group of Reinhard Lerch: Department of Sensor Technology, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Here, you find a list of people and their main contributions (without demand of completeness):

  • Max Escobar aeroacoustics
  • Jens Grabinger nonconforming grids, aeroacoustics
  • Andreas Hauck concepts, class structure, p-FEM
  • Andreas Hüppe aeroacoustics, spectral FEM, mixed FEM, concepts, class structure
  • Manfred Kaltenbacher coupled PDEs, nonlinear PDEs, material modeling, hysteresis
  • Gerhard Link fluid flow and coupling to mechanics
  • Michael Mohr algebraic system and XML-structure
  • Simon Triebenbacher nonconforming grids, aeroacoustics, CFSDEPS
  • Adrian Volk magnetostriction
  • Fabian Wein optimization
  • Elena Zhelezina first implementations
  • Stefan Zörner fluid-structure-acoustics

For the commercial version of CFS++ see | SIMetris.