ESTECO’s just-released modeFRONTIER 2016 features an optimization environment with modular, profiled-based access designed to enable multidisciplinary engineering practices to consolidate the specialized expertise spread among experts, and streamline teamwork by allocating software resources where needed. Continue reading
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To help engineering organizations link their simulation and optimization data and workflows to their enterprise product information backbone, the latest release of ESTECO’s Enterprise Suite features new plug-in connectors in SOMO 1.6 that provide direct integration with PLM systems. First unveiled in 2013, ESTECO Enterprise Suite combines the capabilities of the modeFRONTIER multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) platform with SOMO, ESTECO’s distributed execution framework for enterprise-level collaborative design process management.
The new SOMO plug-in connectors use the PROSTEP OpenPDM technology to enable design teams focused on simulation and optimization to connect with external PLM and PDM repositories and databases such as Siemens Teamcenter and PTC Windchill. This lets SOMO users easily transfer projects to and from SOMO and PLM repositories, ESTECO says, with consistency of simulation data links ensured throughout the entire information flow, including when working at the desktop level. Continue reading
Design space exploration and design optimization are rapidly becoming strategic competencies that engineering organizations must master to remain competitive. To have strategic and not just tactical impact, design exploration and optimization need to be adopted and deployed within the framework of a collaborative, enterprise-wide vision.
To date, however, the tools and methods are too often implemented at only the department or workgroup level, keeping their impact limited and localized. This deployment pattern is rooted in the early history of design optimization, when the discipline consisted mainly of abstruse mathematical methods that could only be applied manually by small numbers of PhD-level specialists. But today the picture is different, thanks to the burgeoning number of software tools that make these powerful methods more broadly available to the engineering community. Continue reading
ESTECO published the agenda for the North American modeFRONTIER Users’ Meeting 2015, Nov. 4-5, Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel. On Nov. 4, presentations from industry and academic experts will outline the most advanced application scenarios for optimization technology, kicking off with a keynote by Ford’s Mario J. Felice, Manager of Global Powertrain NVH & Systems CAE. On Nov. 5, attendees will have the opportunity to take part, for free, in advanced and basic training courses to get hands-on experience and find out about the latest modeFRONTIER features. Register here.
Collaborative Multidisciplinary Design Optimization in the Automotive Industry is a white paper just released by ESTECO detailing how Ford achieved “streamlined, multi-user design process management by expanding its MDO approach at [the] enterprise level with ESTECO’s collaborative web-based environment, SOMO.”
The accomplishments of Ford and ESTECO documented in this paper reinforce our long-held view that institutional adoption of design space exploration, design optimization and process integration is a crucial goal for engineering organizations working to establish these as strategic competencies, not just tactical. Too often implemented at only the department or workgroup level, the technologies and their attendant work processes need to be recognized and given backing as enterprise capabilities to have their greatest impact on engineering’s ability to advance corporate strategic objectives. See Design space exploration: Institutionalizing the practice and Ford adopts ESTECO’s SOMO to institutionalize enterprise MDO.
The new paper centers on two case studies. The first documents how Ford combined “multi-domain, simultaneous analysis and optimization with advanced mathematical tools that enable consistent computational resource savings,” while the second “looks into the extension of the collaborative optimization approach to the ONE Ford core platform system and targets a wider design scope.” From the white paper: Continue reading
With the unprecedented demands on today’s vehicle engineering organizations, auto makers face a daunting challenge to reach their next targets for aerodynamics drag using traditional tools and methods. Trial-and-error development using wind tunnel testing achieved a coefficient of drag of 0.3. Introducing digital simulation to sequentially improve designs brought CD down to 0.24 for today’s best performing cars. But most companies have the next target set to 0.2. Without either a radical increase in time and resources—not a realistic solution for most—or else a radically more efficient and effective approach to aerodynamics engineering, this target will remain all but out of reach. Continue reading
Optimization was a theme running throughout the 2015 Automotive Simulation World Congress organized by ANSYS last week in Detroit. We attended sessions on topology, structural, aerodynamic, adjoint, multi-objective and multidisciplinary optimization that ranged across all the conference tracks—Powertrain, Body & Interior, Chassis, Electrification & Electronics. Continue reading
The high-speed train market in recently industrialized countries is one of the most hotly contested engineered-product markets in the world, with even the smallest advantage important in gaining a competitive edge. In particular, fuel consumption is a critical factor in design, sales and maintenance of these vehicles. In this project, a manufacturer of high-speed rail vehicles needed to maximize efficiency, reduce emissions and decrease design time.
Seeking a more efficient engineering approach that would let it maximize the number of designs that could be tested within the project schedule, the manufacturer selected Sculptor from Optimal Solutions Software. By specifying key design parameters, the software allows hundreds of designs to be generated in a matter of minutes—a radical improvement over the company’s previous process, in which this phase of the project took months. Continue reading
EVENT NOTICE—If you’re in the Detroit area, join Noesis Solutions’ free seminar April 9 on Innovations in Process Integration & Design Optimization. You’ll hear three perspectives on how this technology can help you streamline your simulation processes and identify benchmark product designs in less time, including a presentation by me on Innovative Uses of Optimization for Engineering Design Problems. Event and registration information here.
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Achieving institutional adoption of design space exploration, design optimization and process integration is a crucial goal for engineering organizations working to establish these as strategic competencies, not just tactical. Too often implemented at only the department or workgroup level, the technologies and their attendant work processes need to be recognized and given backing as enterprise capabilities to have their greatest impact on engineering’s ability to advance corporate strategic objectives. [See also Design space exploration: Justifying the investment.] Continue reading