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

Composites of Sailing Innovation

By Tom

Is it a bird . . . a plane . . . or . . . ?  No! It’s a World Speed Sailing Yacht!

I studied Aerospace Engineering at university and so as you’d imagine I have a keen interest in all things aerospace. When Tim Clarke from Verney Yachts first showed me his new design, my gut reaction was, “this is one strange looking plane!” This was very quickly followed by a moment of confusion and then a moment of realisation.

Tim and his team at Verney Yachts have set themselves the challenge of breaking the world outright sailing speed record using the Yacht they are designing, the V39 – Albatross:

V-39 Albatross Wing Sails

To break the record they aim to travel at 60-65 knots (Approx. 71-76 miles per hour). Also the operation of the sail is a little different than normal. To tack, the wing-sail rotates by 90 degrees around a hinge on the hull of the boat. Even Tim has acknowledged the challenge: “the concept design phase has thrown up a really challenging and interesting set of requirements for the wing-sail structure.”

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Verney have been using SIMULIA’s Abaqus software to conduct non-linear finite element analysis on the boat and wing-sail as well as conducting the overall design in SolidWorks. As you can see it has two wings (or sails!) in an “L” configuration. The wing-sails are made of a composite construction, much like an ultra-modern aircraft wing. This material choice makes the wings very light and strong, but complex.

I’ll be following Tim and Verney throughout their quest to break the world record and you can too:

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Good Luck Verney!

Cheers, Tom

Do I really look scary in a dust mask?

By Tim

As I raked leaves and mowed my lawn this spring, I could quickly tell that I was breathing in dust, pollen, and some nasty mold spores. It’s no wonder that I ended up with a scratchy throat, stuffy nose, and watery eyes. I took an antihistamine and felt better, but I decided to be more careful the next time I was doing yard work.

Coincidentally, my team at SIMULIA was writing a customer case study detailing the process that Kimberly-Clark is using to evaluate the realistic performance of their dust masks. The article made me consider the idea of wearing a dust mask while working in the yard. But dust masks are uncomfortable – and to be honest – I feel goofy and think I look a little scary wearing one.

But I was intrigued when I read the story about how Chris Pieper and his engineering team at Kimberly-Clark are creating 3D models of human facial movements using the same Hollywood technology used to make The Incredible Hulk movie. On top of that, they have figured out how to combine those models with Abaqus FEA to analyze realistic ontact pressure of their masks with the human face – that’s innovation!

Their story motivated me enough to go out and buy a dust mask to wear while doing yard work. While, I may still feel goofy and look scary, I’m breathing a lot easier.

Do you wear dust masks when working in dusty environments? What do you think about leveraging Hollywood technology with FEA? Do you think I look scary in a dust mask? If you feel motivated, leave a comment.

Best,

Tim



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