eCar Design Challenge

By Jonathan
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Be Authentic…Do What’s Right…Simplicity…Mobility Services…New Usages…

Sustainable Mobility to address pending environmental, economical and social issues…

There is a new generation of car users, people who feel responsible for their environment. Citizens of all social categories, who strive for the right measures to be taken.

If this means something to you and your passionate about being part of the solution then the eCar Design Challenge is where you can express yourself!

Dassault Systèmes, in collaboration with 40 Fires, is hosting this international design challenge for professionals, students and design enthusiasts.

The car will transport 2 passengers and their luggage with ease. It will have a carbon fibre monocoque. The vehicle will be powered by H2 fuel cell technology, driven by 4 hub motors, one in each wheel. This innovative technology will allow a completely new design layout and therefore a fresh approach to the architecture of the vehicle. For recycling reasons the car body will be finished in raw carbon. New usages & services need to be invented together with a holistic company-philosophy that will seriously address the pending environmental, economical and social issues. Aerodynamics will play a key role in the vehicle design and therefore the car’s frontal footprint must be taken into account.  The vehicle should be aesthetically advanced without being shocking.

Awards: The winning designer will come with DS to the Frankfurt Auto Show in September and present to professionals and the public

The Jury:

3 phases:

  • Sketch It (13th June to 17th July) – post your 2D sketches (3 exterior views + 2 interior views)
  • Model It (18th July to 28th August) – the 5 finalists chosen by the community and the jury will be supported by DS to model their designs in 3D
  • Experience It (29th August to 9th September) – the winning design will be integrated into a 3D virtual experience illustrating the new usages and services

Registration and submission details can be found on the eCar Design Challenge community, just follow the video below to logon and get access:

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Good luck and have fun!

Yours sustainably,

Jonathan

Postcard from Barcelona – SIMULIA Customer Conference Day 2

By Chuck
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SCC 2011 customer conference Dassault systèmes 3DS DS4 system systemes catia solidworks delmia enovia simulia 3dvia exalead swym 3Dswym draftsight 3Dperspectives 3Dperspective 3D CAD CAM PLM product lifecycle management 2.0 PLM2.0 lifelike experience system engineering sustainable development design digital eraThe morning started with sweet pastry and strong coffee at the Ayer Hotel at Plaça d’Espanya, followed by a short walk to the Hotel Fira Palace conference venue passing by the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, where the conference banquet would be held at the end of the day.

Wednesday’s program opened with a keynote by Anita Bestelmeyer, of BD, a global medical device manufacturer with over 29,000 employees and $7 billion annual revenue. BD’s corporate CAE group uses simulation based optimization to save millions of dollars, and create game-changing designs that deliver competitive advantage.

Anita spoke fondly of 20 years of Abaqus usage and shared memories of 15 prior conferences.  Anita leads a small Corporate CAE team who perform structural and injection molding analysis and computational fluid dynamics. They also analyze thermoforming for simulation of blister packs which provide sterile barriers for medical products and use web enabled tools to share information with 600 collaborators across three business segments.

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Anita Bestelmeyer answers questions after her keynote

Anita’s group worked with SIMULIA to develop methods for many challenging new applications. She showed simulation results from a high impact burst of a container filled with thousands of beads, safely filling a receptacle with empty syringes, and “cutting edge” modeling of tissue penetration to determine peak insertion and drag forces on needles and lances.

Results were also presented from Abaqus/CFD for a fluid structure interaction simulation for blood collection studies on healthy vs. weak veins and a high pressure flow simulation.

There were 35 more customer presentations throughout the day and more complementary technology sessions.  I attended the life sciences track where Markus Reiterer of Medtronic presented a study of surface cracks in shot peened titanium to understand the influence of residual stresses on the crack growth using J integral methods.

Yara Safi of RWTH Aachen University in Germany, one of Europe’s leading science and research institutions, presented an investigation of the failure behavior of a cranial implant-skull model.

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Another highlight of the day was a general lecture on Isight by David Barnes who drew a compelling analogy between emerging automated simulation practices using Isight with the industrial revolution. The software is able to automate simulation processes creating what amounts to an automated assembly line for simulation.

Breaks between sessions provided networking opportunities with attendees and time to visit displays from 24 conference sponsors, who showcased complementary solutions while refreshments were enjoyed in the partner gallery.

The day wrapped up with an overview and demos of Abaqus 6.11 by Eric Weybrant and Asif Khan.  Topology optimization and bi-directional capability added to the CATIA V5 Associative Interface were among the new features highlighted. New multiphysics capabilities include Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics and introduction of low frequency electromagnetic simulation.  Performance enhancements include the support of GPGPU for Abaqus/Standard. A more detailed description of the Abaqus 6.11 release is available online.

All-in-all the second day of the SIMULIA conference exceeded my expectations and those of our partners and customers and I’m eagerly awaiting participating in day three.

Best,

Chuck.

SCC 2011 customer conference Dassault systèmes 3DS DS4 system systemes catia solidworks delmia enovia simulia 3dvia exalead swym 3Dswym draftsight 3Dperspectives 3Dperspective 3D CAD CAM PLM product lifecycle management 2.0 PLM2.0 lifelike experience system engineering sustainable development design digital eraChuck Anastasia is a member of the SIMULIA Strategy & Marketing team based in Providence.

GM & PSA Create Buzz in Barcelona

By Karen
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Bon Dia from beautiful Barcelona!

When  J. (Siva) Sivakumar, the Engineering Group Manager for General Motors Powertrain, opened the  23rd annual international SIMULIA Customer Conference on Tuesday, he showed a slide with the names of dozens of engineering simulation software products that  his team uses. Siva joked that Abaqus was at the top of the list because the list was in alphabetical order, but he then stated it was also true that Abaqus is the most used simulation software used by his group!

Siva got a good response from the crowd of engineering analysis experts by showing a quote from a 1980’s poster that read; “Everybody believes the test results except the test engineer, and nobody believes the analysis results except the analysis engineer.”

I could tell that many of the 400 engineers in the session had heard this statement before as they laughed and murmured in acknowledgement of this long-held belief.  He then presented a slide on how GM has turned this adage around, and now Computer Aided Engineering is driving the development process, while physical testing is now mainly used as final validation tool.

Sivakuma SCC 2011 customer conference Dassault systèmes 3DS DS4 system systemes catia solidworks delmia enovia simulia 3dvia exalead swym 3Dswym draftsight 3Dperspectives 3Dperspective 3D CAD CAM PLM product lifecycle management 2.0 PLM2.0 lifelike experience system engineering sustainable development design digital eraHe gave many highly-visual examples on their use of Abaqus and other simulation tools being used to achieve designs with the right ‘first-time’ performance.  In addition to improvement in quality through upfront use of CAE, GM has also achieved significant time and cost reduction by reducing pre-production hardware builds, engineering test vehicles, and warranty costs.

Siva made it clear that, while the CAE vendors have made vast improvements in their simulation software over the years, that is ultimately the users, like those in the audience, that are at the heart of making the realistic simulation an invaluable tool for driving product development.

The rest of the day was jam-packed with 35 customer presentations and 8 complementary technology sessions.  Some highlights include analysis of high speed train disc brake systems by Nabtesco Corporation, drop tests on printers by Xerox Corporation, composites analysis at Fokker Landing Gear B.V. and pedestrian protection analysis by EDAG GmbH & Co. KGaA.

The last presentation of the day was a general lecture on SIMULIA SLM, which included a guest presentation by Benoît Guillaume, numerical Operations Specialist, PSA Peugeot Citroën.   For the past 3 years, Benoît and his team have worked to deploy their Automation and Optimization Platform which aims at improving operational efficiency and capitalizing on best practices.

The hard work of our conference team is paying off at the conference, as the smiling faces and loud conversations of the more than 400 engineers at the conference are clear signs that the event is a real highlight of everyone’s year as they are able to reconnect with long-time acquaintances, make new friends and share their ideas for driving improvements in realistic simulation technology and methods.

The Sangria and tapas served at the Partner Reception hosted by 21 exhibiting partners was a relaxing way to top off a great day at the 2011 SIMULIA Customer Conference!

Stay tuned for more from the conference!

Hasta Mañana!

P.S.: I really think the Sangria, tapas, and sites are definitely worth a future visit to Barcelona! ;-)

Karen

SCC 2011 customer conference Dassault systèmes 3DS DS4 system systemes catia solidworks delmia enovia simulia 3dvia exalead swym 3Dswym draftsight 3Dperspectives 3Dperspective 3D CAD CAM PLM product lifecycle management 2.0 PLM2.0 lifelike experience system engineering sustainable development design digital eraKaren Curtis works in customer referencing for SIMULIA.



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