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Handling the Complexity of Mechatronic System Design

Two design projects highlight how ABB Group leverages optimization-based development to handle the complexity that automation and control systems entail and to maximize mechatronic product performance, meet reliability demands and ease overall environmental impact.

Aerodynamic Design Best Practices Using PowerFlow and modeFRONTIER optimization

The best practices developed by Exa and ESTECO ensure accurate simulation results and a streamlined process for vehicle design optimization


Figure 1. Regions of design morphs and related flow features

A new collaborative MDO strategy for improving vehicle design at Ford

Ford Motor Company achieves streamlined, multi-user design process management by expanding its Multidisciplinary Design Optimization approach at enterprise level with ESTECO Collaborative web-based environment.

Two design projects highlight how Ford pools resources from different departments around the world and funnels this knowledge into the vehicle design process

Multidisciplinary Optimization of Unmanned Aircraft Considering radar signature sensors and trajectory constraints

The optimization problem of the present case study is about improving the radar signature and sensor capabilities of the aircraft while at the same time ensuring that it can perform well in the given mission profile and that it has acceptable flying characteristics.​

Influence of actual component characteristics on the optimal energy mix of a photovoltaic-wind-diesel hybrid system for a remote off-grid application

Hybrid energy systems are an interesting solution for the electrification of remote, off-grid users, which usually are obligated to satisfy their electricity demand by means of quite old technologies, like for example diesel generators. In the present study, a sizing strategy was developed based on a long-term energy production cost analysis, able to predict the optimum configuration of a hybrid PV-wind-diesel stand-alone system. The approach was tested on an isolated mountain chalet in Italian Alps.

Minimization of the Environmental Emissions of Closed-Loop Supply Chains A case study of returnable transport assets management

A closed-loop supply chain (CLSC) is a system where the forward and reverse flows of items occur and should be managed simultaneously​.  The proper management of a CLSC requires the design, control and operation of the system to maximize value creation over the entire life cycle of a product, with dynamic recovery of value from different types and volumes of returned items​. This aim of this research is to evaluate and minimize the environmental impact of an existing CLSC​.

Bladelets Winglets on Blades of Wind Turbines A Multiobjective Design Optimization Study

Although much work has been reported on design of winglets on airplane wings, , the volume of published efforts to design bladelets (winglets at the tips of the wind turbine blades) for rotating lifting surfaces is still very limited. This work investigated the effectiveness of bladelets on the tips of wind turbines on increasing wind turbine rotor power output.​

Reliability analysis and optimization of ADAS systems

The validation of ADAS systems today is still a difficult task to achieve as it is unclear what the load cases getting the system to fault are considering that the ADAS system needs to be operational all the time, not to mention the need to fulfil the Euro NCAP requirements. It is therefore mandatory to develop a simulations approach in which the ADAS control systems, integrated with sensors and actuators, vehicle dynamics, inter-vehicle behavior and traffic environment are simulated.

Increasing passive safety performances using an automatic CAE methodology

In the automotive industry, safety requirements are more and more stringent leading to engineering challenges in finding the best tradeoff between crashworthiness performances, structure weight, design and production costs. The goal of the activity is to develop an automatic optimization work flow for a car door. The final objective is to fulfill the safety requirements and obtain the best rating in the pole test.​

Design optimization of a main landing gear shock absorber hydraulic system

The present study describes  the advantages obtained by the usage of the modeFRONTIER software for the design optimization of a Main Landing Gear (MLG) shock absorber hydraulic system to guarantee the compliance with the customer performance requirements. 

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