Coconuts, Blood Cells, and Snail Armor – Oh My

By Tim
Crysomallon Squamiferum (Deep Sea Snail) Courtesy MIT

Crysomallon Squamiferum (Deep Sea Snail - MIT)

As the 2010 SIMULIA Customer Conference approaches, it reminds me of a thought-provoking presentation given by Dale Berry of SIMULIA at the 2009 SCC in London. He reminded the audience, of engineers and researchers, that  Realistic Simulation is not only good for evaluating mechanical behavior of product performance, but it’s also an indespenible tool for driving innovative research that improves our lives and society.

I personally think of the researchers who are applying realistic simulation as the ‘Unsung Heroes’ of product development. They are the ones using realistic simulation technology in amazing and creative ways to solve challenging issues facing our society, not just reduce time and costs of product development.

Here are a few examples of innovative research highlighed by Dale that  illustrate how realistic simulation can help improve our society. 

Sliced vew of a Coconut (courtesty of Blekinge Institute of Technology)

Sliced vew of a Coconut (Blekinge Inst of Tech)

Go Coconuts: Next time you think of renewable and biodegradable materials, think coconut fibers. Check out how researchers at Blekinge Institute of Technology are studying the mechanical properties of coconut fiber using Abaqus FEA.

These researchers are investigating how coconut fiber can be used as reinforcement in biodegradadable fabric and plastic containers, which could mean less landfill waste and less reliance on hydrocarbons to make plastic. 

Red Blood Cell Analysis (National Univ. of Singapore)

Red Blood Cell Analysis (National Univ. of Singapore)

Blood Cell Research: Collaboration between researchers at MIT and theNational University of Singapore has resulted in deeper understanding of how disease, such as Malaria, affects red blood cells.

They are using Abaqus FEA to model and analyze the mechanical structure and deformation of red blood cells in response to disease progression. Such realistic simulation is enabling researchers to study the efficacy of treatments for diseases more efficiently.

Bad Vibrations: Vibration induced by trains or road traffic is a frequent problem for urban buildings and dwellings. Such vibrations can range from minor annoyance to significant building damage. A straightforward explanation on how vibrations occur and transfer to nearby structures can be found at Canada’s National Research Council’s website.

Vibration Barrier Analysis (Tokyo Inst of Tech)

Vibration Barrier Analysis (Tokyo Inst of Tech)

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have used Abaqus FEA to evaluate how wave barriers can be improved to reduce vibration levels on nearby buildings. Check out their paper presented at the 2009 SIMULIA Customer Conference.

Now it’s your turn. What can you think of that could improve our lives or society? Better treatment for back pain? New technology for renewable energy? Better ways to dispose of hazardous waste?

Just do a simple search on Abaqus and ‘fill in your interest’. Here’s one to get you started; “Abaqus and Snail Armor”.

Let me know about the Unsung Heroes that you discover.

Have you met The Collaborative Tribe?

By Nicolas

The Collaborative Tribe is a series of 1 minute videos to communicate the values of Dassault Systèmes V6 PLM solutions mixed with some fun.  I’ve embedded the 1st episode below and invite you to go to, join the tribe, and watch other episodes.

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If you think about it, working in tribe mode could be very efficient for companies. A tribe is a community (what a trendy word!) that  shares common interests, a common language and rules. A tribe works as a  team for the interest of the whole community. Isn’t what companies could develop more and more within their teams around their projects?

Because I’m working on this campaign I’ve seen all of the episodes.  In all of them you’ll see the  six characters, communicating and collaborating in 3D, evolving their ideas thanks to their collective intelligence and testing them in “real life” conditions (sometimes unexpected events may occur!).

What do you think about The Collaborative Tribe?  What business messages do you see in the film?



Nicolas MNicolas Maritan works for Dassault Systèmes WW Marketing.

Introducing Let’s Go Design, a new interactive video series from SolidWorks

By Matthew

Back at SolidWorks World 2010, Jeremy Luchini, the brains behind the SolidWorks certification programs, announced that he would be hosting a new video series called Let’s Go Design. We’re happy to announce that the series is now live.

Over the course of the next year, Jeremy will be designing and building some new things from the ground up. But first, he’s looking for ideas from all of the designers out there. You can submit your ideas, vote on what Jeremy will build, and even have input into critical design decisions. If you want to get an idea of what this is all about, here’s Jeremy explaining what he’ll be doing.

So which project do you want to see Jeremy work on? All you have to do is visit and vote, then check back in later to see which one gets picked. You can even sign up for email alerts.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s go design!

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