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  • Diesel fuel efficiency takes shape with optimization

    In the debate on how best to tackle the impact of vehicles on environment, the improvement of diesel engine efficiency has emerged as a transitory but effective solution, especially for heavy-duty vehicles and passenger cars. Researchers at the ISUZU Advanced Engineering Center (IAEC) have analyzed how to enhance fuel efficiency by modifying the shape of the diesel engine combustion chamber.​

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  • modeFRONTIER bolsters Henniges Automotive's seal performance

    Henniges Automotive uses modeFRONTIER optimization and robustness evaluation methods to improve seal design.

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Optimization in Composite Materials modelling and simulation

    Composite materials are gaining importance in a huge range of applications. Among others, reinforced plastics replace metal designs and are used in many industries including automotive and aerospace, targeting the request to build lightweight structures, a common driver for these industries. However, they exhibit highly complex material behaviours imposing the assessment of various part performances for the composite design. 

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  • 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.

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  • INFOSHEET | SCULPTOR integration node

    Users of ESTECO’s process integration and optimization software modeFRONTIER and Optimal Solutions’ Sculptor mesh morphing software will now find it even easier to couple the two tools, thanks to the new interface. 


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