A new spin on washing machine design

By Estelle
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Do you remember the old washing machine your parents owned when you were a kid?

After mom would load up the washer with the family’s laundry she would turn the big central knob to the on position. From that point on the washer would begin to vibrate, shake, and convulse as it seemingly pulverized our clothes into a state of cleanliness again. The loud thumping of the spin cycle would echo throughout the house as the floor beneath us would vibrate. If wash time began to interrupt dinner or family movie night then I would be sent on a mission down to the basement to stop the bubbly beast mid cycle; only to be started up again when we no longer needed to speak or hear our own thoughts again.

Some of you may still experience the horror … I mean nostalgic pleasure of using a washing machine like this today. But I have since moved on to a much more quiet, efficient and smart machine.

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Consumers demand connected, intelligent, almost instinctual electronic products to enable their work and delight their senses. Imagine my new washing machine … it is smart enough to optimize its energy and detergent use. It calculates load weight and detects what kind of clothing is being washed. It runs so quiet, it can be housed anywhere. And because it’s connected, I can control its operation through a mobile device anywhere, at any time.

You may not know it, but today’s innovative washing machine designs, are in part the result of leading technology manufacturers using realistic simulation technology to analyze and improve their designs.

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By using simulation and design exploration software, white goods manufactures have been able to simulate virtual product tests while evaluating and analyzing hundreds of design options. It’s interesting to learn how the advances in simulation capabilities and computing resources are enabling washing machine producers to save time and money while optimizing the perfect washing machine design for all our needs.

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You’ll learn how washing machine manufactures are using simulation to help us keep our clothes clean, save energy, and live in peace!

Simulation Ushers in the Age of Experience

By Estelle
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Gone are the days when building a best-in-class product was simply about a novel idea or a supersized set of features. According to a recent Eventbrite survey, 78% of gen y respondents said they would rather spend money on an experience than a thing, and 77% said their best memories come from an experience. So the question is how can smart organizations create high tech products with winning experiences?

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Economies progress as companies differentiate themselves by staging experiences that command premium prices. Source: “The Experience Economy” by B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore.

Consider the Apple iPhone and Boeing Dreamliner 787, two defining products that exemplify the “Experience Economy”. Their designs push the envelope in user engagement by raising the bar on delivering a holistic experience that connects with customers on an emotional level. With an ever growing demand for experiences, leading high tech manufacturers have turned to simulation in order to innovate and optimize new designs, while creating more robust, more efficient, and more durable products.

Let’s consider simulation and its impact on the white goods market. Many of us cannot avoid house hold chores like doing the laundry – how can we make this a better experience? Leading washing machine manufacturers are using washing_machine_overlayrealistic simulation to innovate washers that deliver clean, colorful clothes, while saving energy and detergent at the same time. My old top load washer used to rattle the entire house while gulping down a whopping 40 gallons of water per load. My new energy efficient washer quietly washes clothes while using a meager 14 gallons of water per load. Now I can happily “experience” greater ease of use, a more peaceful home, and a heavier wallet!

As customers of all ages become more informed and empowered, they increasingly expect a more personalized product and experience, and companies that can’t adapt are in serious danger of failing or falling behind…
The results of simulation on the high tech industry are extraordinary!

To get the details, download the whitepaperMaking_the_Case_for Simulation WP:
Making the Case for Simulation in the Age of Experience” to learn how using the right simulation tools can help to better serve customers’ need for an experience, while at the same time save time and money, and improve high tech designs.

Out of This World Engineering

By Tom
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EXPERT Re-entry Vehicle Thermal FE Analysis - Courtesy Dutch Space

You may have read my earlier post about the End of a Space Shuttle Era – the Space Shuttle’s last flight, where I hinted at what NASA was going to do next. I thought I’d update you a little, sharing work from other companies using SIMULIA’s simulation tools on projects that could decide the future of space travel.

Most recently in the SIMULIA magazine – Realistic Simulation News, Dutch Space shared with us how they used Abaqus to analyze the new re-useable spacecraft test bed (EXPERT) being designed by the European Space Agency. They focused on testing their Thermal Protection System (TPD), which is fitted to the nose-cone, the area of the craft that’s subjected to the brunt of the heat during re-entry.

The nose cone TPS is a very challenging component to design. It has to be structurally strong as well as being able to withstand enormous changes in temperature. Because of this, it’s made up of two parts; a ceramic matrix composite (which handles the extreme heat very well) and a conical metal after body.

Abaqus is able to handle the complex virtual testing of this component, testing temperatures and forces that are very difficult to replicate here on earth

Inflatable Lunar Habitat - Coutesy ILC Dover

Inflatable Lunar Habitat - Coutesy ILC Dover

One of our other customer’s ILC Dover also shared their story. With the prospect of traveling further than the orbit of our planet always an option, ILC Dover is looking to help support our (relatively) fragile human life forms on other planets. They started back in the 50’s and 60’s by designing space suits for the Apollo missions, but have taken things one step further with inflatable habitats.

I guess you could consider this to be a really big space suit capable of looking after multiple humans, but the inflatable habitat is designed to be a home away from home for traveling astronauts. In this example, the inflatable house is pictured in a lunar environment, using Abaqus, however, has enabled them to test the environmental conditions and the inflation process of the structure in multiple scenarios for any atmospheric condition imaginable.

The habitat is designed to fold down into the smallest space possible for transportation and then inflate to become several times the folded size.

To find out more about these two exciting projects, check out the full articles here:

Dutch Space – Simulating Spacecraft Launch and Re-entry

ILC Dover – Camping on the Moon – or even Mars

Best,

Tom

@3DSTom



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