Fly On, Little Wing

By Richard

A few months ago, I told you about the Xplorair Passion for Innovation project.

This post title that I’ve borrowed from one of my favorite Jimi Henrix’s tune (have I told you I’m a big rock fan?) says it all. The Xplorair project is taking a whole new dimension, and we’re glad about it.

XPlorair creator Michel Aguilar had set up a non-for-profit association to develop Xplorair. The association groups enthusiasts from all horizons: students from his former engineer school, professionals from the local aero industry and even a professor from the local business school. The Xplorair association then applied to the Passion for Innovation Program and became one of its most exciting projects .

Through Passion for Innovation, an aerodynamic study of the aircraft has been completed. This study proved the concept to be valid: Xplorair can take off using the Coanda effect, and the study computed the key aero coefficients ( lift coefficient: Cz and drag coefficient: Cx). It took six months to complete this study, due to numerous computing iterations and the need for high computing power.

Now, here comes the best part of the story: Dassault Systèmes sponsoring caught an important aeronautic and space Group’s attention regarding the Xplorair association. This prestigious Group is seriously considering to support the Xplorair challenge. Our CAA software partner CD-Adapco is involved as well.

Dassault Systèmes is delighted that its Passion for Innovation Program allowed Michel Aguilar to develop Xplorair to the point that one of the most important aeronautical and space groups in the world is considering to partner with him.

Our sponsorship mission is now complete and has succeeded well above expectations with a passionate sponsoree about to find an ideal strategic partner. One of the Passion for Innovation missions is to make it possible for our sponsorees to find industrial partners to complete their projects and hand it over to them.

Xplorair is one of the best examples of such a success

We wish Xplorair all the best in its future developments.

Keep 3D-ing!


What’s the Buzz on Realistic Simulation? SCC 2009 Final Day

By Tim

I think the buzz from the 2009 SCC is going to last a while and I am not talking about a caffeinated or London Ale induced buzz. I am talking about the noise-level created by our customers talking with each other, with our partners, and our SIMULIA staff.

In fact, I think the buzz is getting louder. From what I heard, many of our customers are pushing their management for stronger investments in cluster computing and realistic simulation software, because they know the high ROI that our technology provides.

Frank Popielas of Dana Sealing Group presented his company’s recent benchmark results running Abaqus 6.9 on a compute cluster. The benchmark shows that Abaqus 6.9 is providing significant simulation speed improvement, saving his company time and money. Even in a downturn economy Frank is promoting the need to continue investing now and staying up to date with the latest software releases. His 2009 SCC paper and a few others can be downloaded at

Watch the video to hear the buzz at the SCC customer banquet. Plus, check out the comments from Frank Popielas from Dana and Charlie Watt from Cambridge University Eco Racing Team. YouTube Preview Image

Al Dean, from Develop 3D was here on Tuesday and filed a report featuring the Abbott Vascular keynote by Kelly Pike on his blog site.

There was so much going on at the SCC that we’ll be having lots to ‘buzz’ about in upcoming posts.

Thanks for the comments. Visit Al Dean’s site and leave him a comment too. Let’s work with our customers to elevate the noise level about the benefits of realistic simulation.

I am off to Dublin for a little R&R… stay tuned

PS – The timing of our group photo could not have been better. The city only opens Tower Bridge about once a day and we were there for the dramatic photo opportunity.

I think our customers were getting a royal salute from the city of London for the work they do that improves our world.

SCC DAY 2: Jaguar, Coca-Cola and Weatherford Accelerate Product Development with Abaqus

By Tom

Last night during the partner reception here at the SCC, our partners had the chance to show off. Check out the 20+ partner sponsors here. We had a “World Food” themed canapé reception, which went down really well.

This morning was the Jaguar Land Rover Keynote. Mark Stanton got the ball rolling with an excellent insight into JLR’s CAE process. There was also an awesome video on the Bonneville Salt Flats of the new XF-R reaching some incredible speed! The Jaguar XF-R launch video on their website is equally as cool.

I could only make it to a few of our customer presentations (there’re so many presentations to see!). Ken Watson from Weatherford Expandable Sand Screens talked about a really smart piece of engineering; their product is effectively a big filter, which stops all the sand and silt from the sea bed getting into the pipeline with the oil as it is pumped up from the bottom of the ocean. Here is a little video I made with Ken and a few others at the SCC.

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Luca Furbatto of McLaren Racing (I’m a big F1 fan so I’ll try not to be biased!), demonstrated why optimisation is the name of the game in F1. Luca’s presentation focuses on topological optimisation with a combination of Abaqus and a partner product from FE-DESIGN.

Another cool customer presentation today was from Alejandro Santamaria of Coca-Cola – Aluminium Bottle Forming in Abaqus. They have developed (for want of a better way to describing it) a bottle shaped can of Coke. With this fantastic innovation the trademarked coke shaped bottle is reshaping the way we drink Coke!

Off to the banquet…



P.S. Also yesterday we launched the new release of Abaqus – 6.9. This is a feature packed release, one of the most exciting additions are the new co-simulation capabilities. You can find out more from the press release here.

Tom Bianchi works as SIMULIA’s UK & Ireland marketing manager.

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