Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Central R&D have developed a
knowledge-based system to generate meshes for finite element simulation e.g.
for forging simulation. The system was announced with an award-winning
presentation at the 9th International Conference on Industrial
& Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence & Expert Systems.
According to Toyota, the system is ``applicable to various fields of
computational dynamics with structured meshes. We analysed and modeled
experts' mesh generation procedures in the simulation processes of forging
deformations, vehicle aerodynamics and engine in-cylinder flows''.
``The characteristics of GENMAI are as follows: (1) Plural solutions can be
efficiently obtained at the same time in the search phase, using the global
dependency and local dependency. (2) The meta-level inference method and its
knowledge representation method are applicable to various analysis fields.
We have applied GENMAI to forging simulation, and found it to have a real
prospect for practical use.''
The system is implemented in IF/Prolog, delivered by Itochu Techno Science
with hardware from Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard.