Published in Vector and Parallel Processing - VECPAR'96, Palma J.M.L.M., Dongarra J. (eds) Vector and Parallel Processing — VECPAR'96. VECPAR Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 1215, pp 258-294, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 1997
The paper presents an overview of the possibilities of parallel computing for the analysis of industrial forming processes using the finite element method. The theoretical and computational aspects of the various finite element formulations are presented in some detail as well as the different strategies for parallehzation of the solver, the mesh generation, the error simulation and the mesh adaption modules. Some examples of parallel analysis of powder compaction and sheet stamping processes using parallel finite element codes developed at CIMNE are finally presented.