Dassault Systèmes welcomes Safe Technology!

By Mark

I’m very pleased to announce that Dassault Systèmes has acquired Safe Technology, Ltd., the developer of the fe-safe durability simulation application suite.

Even if you haven’t used their products, you’ve probably heard the name – Safe Technology has been a partner of ours for over 15 years, providing a fatigue solution to Abaqus users through fe-safe. As an add-on to Abaqus/CAE, fe-safe uses proven techniques to accurately determine the fatigue life of metal components under complex cyclic loading. fe-safe combines finite element analysis results for multiple loading conditions from Abaqus with the cyclic load history to predict the life of the component. Reading from & writing to the Abaqus results files allows the users to view fatigue results in Abaqus/CAE or Abaqus/Viewer as contour plots for damage, fatigue life and safety factors. Similar interfaces are available for many other leading FEA product suites.

In addition to fe-safe, there are several complementary modules available which expand the capabilities of fe-safe to account for specific applications, such as composite materials, creep and  thermomechanics.

Check out this short video tutorial for an overview on fe-safe, and it’s use in solving Fast Gear Fatigue Analysis example.

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This technology can (and to a degree, already has) benefit the analyst in the quest for a complete, unified solution to engineering problems. We’re all really excited to welcome our new colleagues and begin our journey to provide an even better 3DEXPERIENCE with this exceptional acquisition in the field of durability & fatigue  :-)

Mark MONAGHAN is a Senior member of the SIMULIA User Advocacy team and manages the SIMULIA Learning Community

More about Design Optimization technology from FE-DESIGN

By Mark

In case you haven’t heard, Dassault Systèmes announced a really exciting acquisition today. The SIMULIA brand is expanding with the addition of FE-DESIGN to the growing 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This will extend SIMULIA market leading solutions for design optimization. Check out the News Release for the official statement.

If you’re unfamiliar with FE-DESIGN products, you’ve been missing out! :-) Headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, FE-DESIGN developed TOSCA Structure and TOSCA Fluid, two leading optimization technologies for both FEA and CFD simulations. These tools provide exceptional advantages to the simulation analyst, helping to create innovative and more easily manufactured design early in the product development process to deliver better products to the market faster.

  • TOSCA Structure is the market leading technology for structural optimization, leveraging a variety of FEA packages. It allows for rapid and reliable design of lightweight, rigid and durable components and systems. Using topology optimization with TOSCA Structure technologies can help determine optimal design proposals during the design concept phase. Further detail improvements through shape and bead optimization make these designs ready for production and manufacture.
  • TOSCA Fluid is so far the only available system for topology optimization of channel flow problems. Starting from an initial design space, an optimized design of a flow channel is determined automatically by TOSCA Fluid. With only one CFD solver run an optimized structure is derived (e.g. structural redesign with significantly reduced pressure drop). This unique technology allows an economic topology optimization of industrial large scale flow applications.

Imagine the possibilities for increased efficiency and creative design when using these technologies with in association with current SIMULIA products like Isight, our process automation and design optimization solution. Such a combination will provide a comprehensive suite of applications to support decisions ranging from the shape of a product to entire business processes.

You can learn more about design optimization from this SIMULIA webinar replay.

Last but not least, join us at the SIMULIA Customer Conference, May 21-24th, 2013 in Vienna, Austria to learn more about design optimization, TOSCA technologies and how they can improve your simulation & design efficiency. Looking forward to seeing you there! :-D

 

Mark MONAGHAN is a Senior member of the SIMULIA User Advocacy team

Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain…

By Tim
Farming The Wind in Iowa

Harvesting the Iowa Wind

If you thought I was talking about Oklahoma, think again. In my last 3D Perspectives blog post, I wrote about Keokuk, Iowa leading the world in renewable hydroelectric power, way back in 1913. Today, according to the American Wind Energy Association, Iowa ranks second in the United State in wind power installations (by megawatts). Go Cyclones! Iowa State University’s sports team’s name seems to be a good nickname for Iowa’s efforts to harness the wind for clean, renewable energy production – Cyclone Power!

While from a distance, windmills look elegantly simple, they really are complex-and extremely large-systems – consisting of the foundation, the tower, the blades, and the turbine (see animation at U.S. Department of Energy website). To meet the multidisciplinary design and engineering challenges, wind power manufacturers are leveraging Product Lifecycle Management solutions from Dassault Systèmes, including 3D design, composites modeling, manufacturing automation, finite element analysis, multiphysics simulation, design optimization, as well as process and data management. Check out the coverage on DS solutions for wind energy at Eureka Magazine.

The wind energy industry also has plans to accelerate innovation through cross-industry collaboration. Check out this announcement between Boeing and Vestas discussing the benefits their respective companies plan to achieve by sharing research on light-weight materials and aerodynamics.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that both companies use PLM solutions from DS.

China research on using offshore platforms

China prototype using offshore platforms

The wind energy industry is also leveraging the experience and infrastructure developed for offshore oil exploration. Research is underway in China to evaluate the viability of using abandoned offshore oil platforms as the foundation for wind power turbines, with the help of Abaqus FEA from SIMULIA.

If you’re not already benefiting from wind power, it seems you will be in the near future. In fact, with the steady wind blowing across the lake in my backyard, I am seriously considering building a small-scale windmill of my own. I guess that idea – should it become a reality - will really take me back to my ‘renewable energy’ Iowa roots.

What do you think of Wind Energy? Will it continue to grow or do you think the industry has reached a plateau?

Go Cyclones!

Tim

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