Environment-friendly aircraft stretches its wings with modeFRONTIER
In an ambitious collaborative venture, Alenia Aermacchi is heading the Green Regional Aircraft (GRA) design team of the The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative, committed to developing environmentally friendly aircraft. Domestic air travel of the future will meet demands for: weight reduction, aerodynamic efficiency, high level operative performance, compliance with emission standards, and respect of noise limits.
Optimization Wins the Race Against Time at Polestar
Polestar Racing has been using modeFRONTIER in different steps of the development of the ‘Polestar Performance’ concept. The software is used both as a tool for driving the aerodynamics, multibody and structural analysis process, and to improve the real lap time simulation. In 2012 Touring Car Team Association (TTA) championship, Polestar Racing won the first prize for the Drivers, Teams and Manufacturers categories with their innovative car design.
modeFRONTIER @ Airworks Engineering: Multidisciplinary collaboration made easy
Manufacturing products often require the assembly of components, the study of which involves different physics (e.g. Fluid dynamics, structural, thermal, electro-magnetic, etc). By increasing the complexity of the output performance assessment multi-disciplinary analyses are called into action, requiring disparate levels of individual expertise as well as computing resources. Airworks, a multidisciplinary company for mechanical engineering, was facing the challenge of improving efficiency in conversion of wind energy into electrical power by optimizing the whole assembly of a wind power unit rotor.
Bottero innovates with optimized high performance mold-motion
Leading in the glass industry is Bottero’s declared ambition. The recent launch of E-MOC, a family of mold opening and closing mechanisms (MOC), has challenged the hollow glass industry. E-MOC introduces a completely new cooling concept, granting the possibility to achieve the proper temperature profile, according to the type of process required for the application field.
Optimizing ECUs at Alma Automotive with modeFRONTIER for LabVIEW
By applying modeFRONTIER for LabVIEW to the automatic calibration of ECUs, Alma Automotive in close collaboration with ESTECO addressed the challenge of reducing car manufacturing costs and development times.
Keeping it cool with modeFRONTIER
When it comes to reducing fuel consumption, one effective strategy is to improve the performance of an engine’s transient cooling system. The Diesel Engine Development Department at BMW used modeFRONTIER® to optimize engine parameters related to the cooling system and to support the validation steps for the newly updated thermal model, in this way determining an accurate framework for comparing and optimizing different cooling packages.
A brighter future for TRE solar technology
TRE (Tozzi Renewable Energy), a producer of renewable energy, was looking to improve the long-term stability of its photovoltaic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) - widely considered the next generation solar cells - under development by TRE start-up company Daunia Solar Cell. Compared to the current generation, DSSCs are cheaper to produce, work well in low-light conditions and are suitable for most engineering applications. They are particularly well suited to architectural applications where aesthetics are important, offering design choices that were previously unavailable (i.e. color and transparency). However, the issue of unconfirmed long-term DSSC stability was standing in the way of satisfying stringent manufacturing certification standards.
Hybrid rocket lifts off with modeFRONTIER
Since the early 2000s, the Hybrid Propulsion Team at the University of Brasilia has been a pioneer in the development and test of hybrid rocket engines and small sounding rockets. By following a system design approach based on the multidisciplinary optimization technique, the Team has developed a conceptual hybrid rocket motor, attaining a valuable technological option for the reentry maneuvering system of SARA, the reusable satellite designed by the Brazilian Institute of Aeronautics and Space.
Optimal Design of an Unmanned High-Altitude Solar-Powered Airplane
In recent years the development of High Altitude/Long Endurance (HALE) solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been gaining importance. Such aircrafts could serve as “pseudo satellites”, with the advantages of being closer to the ground, more flexible and less expensive when compared to common satellites.
Bombardier uses modeFRONTIER to optimize high-speed trains
Bombardier uses modeFRONTIER to optimize high-speed trains for drag reduction and improvement of cross-wind stability. In recent years, the German and Swedish based company has turned to modeFRONTIER to drive the design simulations, in order to try to achieve improved greater drag reduction, increased speed with lower traction power and increased cross wind stability.