Computer simulations are increasingly being used in the automotive industry to evaluate the state of stress in cylinder blocks during casting and heat treat processes. With recent advancements, it is now possible to model casting and quenching processes as well as residual stress and high cycle fatigue. However, calculating the final stress in cylinder blocks requires the integration of several software tools with different meshing topologies, numerical methods, data structures, and post-processing capabilities. The intent of this research is to develop an integrated virtual engineering environment that combines casting simulation, computational fluid dynamics, and finite element methods in order to simulate the manufacturing process from the beginning of casting, through water quenching heat treatment, to engine dynamometer testing. The computational environment is built on three CAE tools, Magmasoft, AVL Fire, and Abaqus, and required considerable amounts of research and development to validate each numerical method and the tools that facilitate data exchange between them.

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