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DATADVANCE webinar—New in pSeven 6.8: SmartSelection, model smoothing and other new features, August 30, noon Moscow time. Presenters: Alexander Prokhorov, Head of Software Development, & Dmitry Frolov, Marketing Director, DATADVANCE. Webinar attendees will learn about new features in the latest release of the pSeven design space exploration software platform that improve product performance and reduce design lead time: new SmartSelection technology in Predictive Modeling Toolkit, smoothing for approximation models, remote launch for Windows with pSeven Agent, and task manager-like features to control workflow execution. Register here.
Structural components made of glass-fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) fabricated into complex-profile linear shapes are widely used today in aerospace, civil infrastructure and other industries. Examples include aircraft structural components, elements of power line support structures, and bridge structural elements such as beams, decking and girders. Although somewhat more expensive than comparable components made of traditional materials such as metals, concrete or wood, polymer composite structures can have decisive advantages over their traditional counterparts, especially where weight or corrosion resistance is critical.
However, they still need to be cost-effective. One way to achieve this is by taking advantage of GFRP’s ability to be fabricated into large integral structures with lower production costs than counterparts made of traditional materials. While feasible and already applied in various industries today, this approach requires sound understanding and control of the fabrication process to avoid process-induced shape deformations. When the dimensions of finished items fall outside specified limits, misfits or clashes result when assembling components of complex structures.
The challenges of fabricating GFRP components within specified dimensional tolerances have conventionally been solved experimentally, through trial-and-error variation of process parameters during fabrication. This iterative procedure is expensive, labor-intensive and, above all, not very effective, especially when fabricating large components. Thus, industries that rely on GFRP components have an urgent need for mathematical models that effectively predict process-induced residual stresses and deformations, and reveal how to improve and optimize the fabrication process. Continue reading
DATADVANCE is adding new features and functionality to its pSeven design space exploration software platform at a lightning pace. pSeven 6.6 Release was unveiled April 5, followed by pSeven 6.7 three days ago. Highlights of the two releases include a new interactive Predictive Modeling Toolkit built on the company’s pSeven Core algorithms (formerly called MACROS), new ANSYS Workbench integration, and a rich array of feature updates and enhancements to further increase pSeven’s performance, stability and ease of use.
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Static helix mixers are widely used in the chemical industry for in-line blending of liquids under laminar flow conditions. Geometric modification of their elements can yield significant improvements in mixing performance. In a project for Sulzer Mixpac, a leading provider of mixer technologies, DATADVANCE determined the optimal geometric parameters for a helix mixer that yield minimal pressure drop together with best mixing performance. Continue reading
A timeline of company formations, product launches and M&A activity among design exploration and optimization software vendors maps the pace and direction of the industry’s development.
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Automating the search for solutions to engineering problems can take either of two broad approaches: design exploration or design optimization. Practitioners making technology choices need to understand which tools do one, which do the other, and which approach best fits their needs. A global roster of commercially available design exploration and optimization software appears at the end of this post. Continue reading