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  • ECS System Simulation - Architecture and Performance Optimization from the Early Phases of the System Design

    This case study from Alenia Aermacchi’s Environmental Control System (ECS) department shows how the different design disciplines involved are handled effectively through process integration and automation, enabling the optimization of the overall performance from the early stages of system design.

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  • CFD-Based Optimization Methods Applied to Polymer Die Design

    Researchers explored the potential of CFD associated to RSM and optimization techniques in the design processes of the chemical industry. Two polymer die design examples were explored using different slot die geometries, different CFD codes, and different optimization packages and methods.

  • Front Shape and Slipstream for Wide Body Trains at Higher Speeds

    Study the slipstream air speeds of wide body Bombardier trains at high speeds so that designers can meet the various requirements for front end shapes and develop a prediction methodology. An efficient optimization methodology implemented in modeFRONTIER helped optimize the performance and take all constraints into account early in the design cycle saving time and cost.

  • Design by Optimization of a Controllable Pitch Marine Propeller

    Cavitation, or boiling, is a result of low pressure and flow speed rather than high temperature in water. The higher the speed of a propeller, the lower the pressure in water and therefore the higher levels of cavitation. Researches wish to design a propeller that delivers the same thrust (both at the design and at the reduced pitch working points) in order to reduce the cavitation phenomena and, consequently, the resultant radiated noise. 

  • modeFRONTIER helps Cummins Improve Engine Performance

    Cummins Engine, a leader in the manufacturing of diesel and natural gas-powered engines for a wide range of transportation and equipment purposes, has created a new power module ready to take on the stringent US - EPA regulations. It is significantly more compact and cost-effective than medium-speed engines at the same horsepower. It took 150 engineers to design it, and modeFRONTIER helped the High Horsepower group find the optimal valve timing, hence reducing fuel consumption.

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  • Driving Product Development with CAE and System Design at Whirlpool Corporation | UM14

    Whirpool aims to cultivate advanced engineering knowledge in dynamics, structures, fluids, thermodynamics and controls, and embed it in the design process. In doing so, they strive to shorten the design cycle, minimize the reliance on build-and-test methods and leverage the global talent within the company.

  • Optimisation in Development Phase of Vehicles Related to Total Cost of Ownership

    The AeroEfficient technology approach adopted by Bombardier and the multi-disciplinary optimization capabilities in modeFRONTIER takes into account constraints deriving from crash safety, structure, industrial design and ergonomic limits of the cabin to reduce aerodynamic drag. However, the most drag-efficient engineering concept presents weight concerns and high maintenance costs.

  • Aerodynamic Optimization of AC External Fuel Tanks at Airbus Defence and Space

    Design a large external aircraft fuel tank ensuring the maximum range and endurance while minimizing the costs within a given time frame. Furthermore, due to the strict aircraft design standards, the flight conditions, static strength and other requirements should still be satisfied while meeting objectives and respecting the geometric constraints.

  • Coupled Evolutionary Shape Optimization and Reverse Engineering in Product Design and Virtual Prototyping

    Developing products from existing designs and optimizing for better performance and cost reduction could shorten time to market while enhancing quality standards. Researchers developed a systematic procedure by starting with a 3D scan of the existing design, defining shape the parameters, and then developing an evolutionary optimization model.

  • Composite Material Multi-Objective Optimization Using Ansa, mETA and modeFRONTIER

    modeFRONTIER workflow automation and optimization capabilities enabled Formula 1 car front wing engineers to integrate with ANSA and mETA software and reduce the weight by 27.4% and the angle of attack by 2.5%, thereby significantly improving the drag coefficient.


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