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As part of the Simulation & Test Solutions business segment within Siemens PLM Software since 2012, Samtech SA (A Siemens Company) continues to incorporate the latest engineering methods and techniques from linear and non-linear mechanical/thermal analysis of structures, composite or metallic materials, fracture mechanics and damage tolerance, mechanism simulation, parameterized analyses, statistical analyses, optimization techniques, to correlation and model updating.


Founded in 1986 as a spin-off of the Aerospace Laboratory of University of Liège, Samtech develops the general-purpose finite element analysis (FEA) software LMS Samtech Samcef, the multi-disciplinary optimization platform LMS Samtech Boss Quattro and the Open Integration Framework LMS Samtech Caesam. These core engineering software tools combined with professional applications answer to a wide range of industrial needs from the preliminary phases of design to the most advanced verification analyses. The software technology of Samtech has an unsurpassed reputation for its quality and reliability. It has been adopted by many major companies across all engineering disciplines as an integral part of their design process.


Over the last 28 years, Samtech software packages have been recognized by engineering departments and leading industries worldwide to be the reference in the linear and non-linear mechanical simulation world. Samtech is a major player in the computer aided engineering (CAE) software industry and is the editor of the finite element analysis (FEA) software LMS Samtech Samcef, the first simulation software editor to efficiently mix finite elements (FEA) and multi body simulation (MBS) techniques.



Tom van Eekelen
Rue des Chasseurs-Ardennais 8
B-4031 Angleur-Liège
+32 4 361 69 69

Key people involved

Ir. Tom van Eekelen graduated in 1993 as an Aerospace Engineer at the Technical University Delft (The Netherlands). He worked as a research assistant at the same University until 1998. Since 1998, he works for Samtech SA, on the development of the nonlinear LMS Samtech Samcef analysis module. His fields of expertise and scientific interests are finite element analysis, thermal analysis of charring ablators, radiation modelling and thermo-mechanical coupled solutions. He has an experience of about 14 years in the development of the LMS Samtech Samcef finite element code. He also teaches a thermal analysis course at ISMANS (France), as part of the course "MASTERE FEU".


Dr. Ir. Michaël Bruyneel, graduated in 1995 as Mechanical Engineer at the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium). He obtained his PhD in 2002 at the University of Liège (Belgium) in the field of optimization of composite structures. He is the Head of the Solver Group and Project Manager at Samtech SA (A Siemens Company) in the field of finite element numerical simulation and optimization. His fields of expertise and scientific interests are structural optimization using the finite element method, computational fracture mechanics and design of composites structures. Over the last 17 years, he’s been involved in more than 20 R&D projects (mainly in the field of composites) with top industrial players of the aeronautics, space and automotive industries. He is Assistant Professor at the University of Liège (Belgium), where he teaches the Mechanics of Composites.