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  • 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.

  • Optimisation procedures as an Engineering tool - examples

    In this presentation, professor Giovanni Lombardi from the Polytechnic University of Milan illustrates the benefits of aerodynamic optimization applied in different sectors (automotive, energy, marine, etc.) based on several case studies.

  • Pressure drop reduction in cyclone separator for natural gas by means of design geometry optimization

    This study was based on optimization processes using genetic algorithm MOGA-II in modeFRONTIER and 3D CFD simulations. The focus was on improving design of a cyclone separator for natural gas in order to minimize pressure drop that will increase efficiency.

  • Design by Optimization of Ship Hull Forms. New perspectives through full parametric modelling and multi-objective optimization

    Conventional hydrodynamic studies in ship engineering have so far relied in physical tow tanks testing for the analysis and prediction phases as well as approximate modeling for what concerns design methods. This often results in a slow and inefficient process. At the MIT’s iShip Lab, a new approach including virtual towing tanks and automation of the design process is being developed.

  • Fluid Dynamic Design Optimization of an Innovative High Temperature Gas to Gas Heat Exchanger

    Polytechnic researchers aimed to design a high temperature gas-to-gas HE based on solid particles for medium and large-scale combined power plants fed by alternative and dirty fuels such as biomass and fuel. modeFRONTIER reached all the optimization goals and reduced the overall optimization time through the use of parallel computing.


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