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Simulation Automation (Templates)

Simulation Automation is critical to achieve the Democratization of Simulation

Do you wish to Automate your Simulation Processes?

Simulation Automation using templates has been used by many organizations to significantly improve the accuracy, consistency, repeatability, and efficiency of performing complex simulations.  For example, the use of SimApps – simple-to-use Apps that drive underlying Simulation Automation Templates – has put the power of simulation in the hands of non-experts in many product development organizations. Web-Deploying these SimApps provides ubiquitous access to them, often across global organizations, ensuring that best practices are not just documented, but enforced via executable templates.

  • Success Stories

    What good is a revolution if it doesn’t result in useful change? See how companies are achieving significant time savings with measurable improvements in consistency, accuracy & repeatability…
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  • Template-Based Simulation

    Interesting discussion among members of the NAFEMS Simulation Data Management Working Group on the pros and cons of Template-Based Design Analysis.
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  • Model-Based Systems Engineering for Aircraft Engines

    Modelon’s newest library, the Jet Propulsion Library, provides the foundation for modeling and simulating jet engines along with the integrated model-based systems engineering of aircraft systems.

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    The prime mover of an aircraft, the jet engine, is one of the most important subsystems of an aircraft. Jet engines provide primary power (thrust) and secondary power (to drive flight control, air conditioning, cabin lighting, etc.) to the aircraft. Performance and efficiency improvements are becoming increasingly difficult to achieve when focusing on the engine in isolation. In the past, engine improvements have largely been developed separately in incremental design cycles – these cycles have not considered the need to develop the total aircraft package as an entire unit. Today, aeronautical systems and their subsystems are becoming more and more integrated and therefore simulation models need to become further aligned to meet performance and efficiency needs.

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  • The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates

    CIMdata report of a 2012 presentation by Malcolm Panthaki on the use and benefits of Intelligent Templates to Democratize Simulation.

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    The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates
    Realizing the Full Benefits of Simulation

    An “Intelligent Template” is an innovative concept in product development that focuses on the automation of simulation processes across a product family. The template leverages the common functional architecture across the product family using a concept called the Abstract Model. This functional model of the product family is independent of a particular instance of the product design and of its geometry. The template captures the simulation best practices of the organization and enforces them when it is executed on a particular instance of the product design.

    Experts must create the templates, but non-experts can use them reliably.

    Keith Meintjes, CIMdata Practice Manager, 2012.
    This publication is derived from the keynote presentation by Malcolm Panthaki of Comet Solutions at the CIMdata annual conference, PLM Road Map 2011.

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  • Using an Intelligent Template to Analyze a Complex Optical System

    This NASA Langley case study demonstrates how and why a simulation template was used to aid in the analysis and design of a complex space-borne electro-optical sensor.

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    Structural-Thermal-Optical-Performance (STOP) Model Development and Analysis of a Field-widened Michelson Interferometer

    An integrated Structural-Thermal-Optical-Performance (STOP) model was developed for a field-widened Michelson interferometer which is being built and tested for the High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) project at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). The performance of the interferometer is highly sensitive to thermal expansion, changes in refractive index with temperature, temperature gradients, and deformation due to mounting stresses. Hand calculations can only predict system performance for uniform temperature changes. An integrated STOP Simulation Template was developed to automate and investigate the effects of design modifications on the performance of the interferometer in detail, including CTE mismatch, and other three- dimensional effects.

    The STOP Template was developed using the Comet SimApp Authoring Workspace which performs automated integration between Pro-Engineer®, Thermal Desktop®, MSC Nastran™, SigFit™, Code V™, and MATLAB®. This is the first flight project for which LaRC has utilized Comet, and it allows a larger trade space to be studied in a shorter time than would be possible in a traditional STOP analysis. This paper describes the development of the STOP Template, presents a comparison of STOP results for simple cases with hand calculations, and presents results of the correlation effort to bench-top testing of the interferometer. A trade study conducted with the STOP model which demonstrates a few simple design changes that can improve the performance seen in the lab is also presented.

    This paper was published in the 2014 Conference Proceedings of the SPIE.

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  • Using (Simulation) Templates to Support The Engineering Designer

    ASME paper on simulation templates for designers.

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    This ASME paper, “Using Templates To Support The Engineering Designer Performing Computer-Based Design Analysis”, authored by Hakan Petersson, discussed how simulation templates can be used by engineering (CAD) designers  to perform complex simulations.

    Here is an extract from the Abstract:
    The introduction of TBDA in an industrial setting has resulted in many advantages, such as shorter lead times, opportunities to generate more concept candidates, and increased collaboration between the engineering designers and the design analysts, all of them contributing to more mature technical solutions. Three different automation levels of TBDA have also been identified and accounted for as well as being exemplified. In the companies in which TBDA has not been implemented, some of the reasons for not doing so are high costs, company policy, and the lack of knowledge and experience on the part of the engineering designer. This paper presents the results both from the new online survey as well as from the interviews. © 2015 by ASME

    ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition: November 13-19, 2015, Houston, Texas, USA, New York: ASME Press, 2015, Vol. 11, article id V011T14A002

    PS: Hakan Petersson has published his PhD Thesis on this topic.

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  • Fit for Purpose App at ZF & TRW Automotive

    Learn how a Pitman Arm Smart Generator process was reduced from 2 weeks down to only a few hours with a fit for purpose app.

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    ZF and TRW Automotive worked with Front End Analytics and EASA to have fit for purpose app developed for a Pitman Arm Smart Generator, allowing users to confidently create new designs with any web browser in minutes!

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  • Case Study: Composite Joint Analysis Sim App

    Sim App for the computation of the energy release rate along a delamination front of a Pi-Joint. Ply-by-ply modeling and automatic lamination using 3D-solid elements enable the creation and deployment of this App in a Desktop CAE-Handbook.

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    Watch a video here on this Composite Joint Analysis Sim App:

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  • Technical Requirements for the Deployment of Engineering Simulation Apps

    Technical paper for Sim App requirements published in June 2016.

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    Sim Apps must satisfy several important technical requirements to ensure the level of reliability needed for professional use by experts and non-experts alike.

    Ricardo Actis, President & CEO, ESRD, Inc.

    June, 2016

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  • Template-Based Design Analysis

    Interesting discussion among members of the NAFEMS Simulation Data Management Working Group on the pros and cons of Template-Based Design Analysis.

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    A recent PhD thesis titled, “Template Based Design Analysis – An Alternative Approach for the Engineering Designer to Perform Computer-Based Design Analysis”, by Håkan Petersson of Lund University was shared with members of the NAFEMS Simulation Data Management Working Group and generated a lively (email) discussion. The discussion was documented in this article in the NAFEMS Benchmark magazine.

    The participants discuss the pros and cons, and the dangers and potential ROI of simulation templates, borrowing from their extensive experience implementing and deploying them over the last couple of decades.

    October 2017

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  • Simulation is Becoming Democratized at Last (Part 3)

    Part 3 of a 3-part series discussing the Democratization of Simulation.

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    This third and final installment is focuses on a revolutionary new generation of fit-for-purpose, product-specific and often user-organization-specific simulation “apps.” By placing advanced simulation and analysis technologies “under the hood” from the user’s perspective, simulation apps are making unprecedented powers of automated design exploration, optimization, synthesis and validation accessible, usable and safe for non-analyst engineers and designers across a wide and still growing range of products and industries.

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  • Simulation is Becoming Democratized at Last (Part 2)

    Part 2 of Bruce Jenkins series on the Democratization of Simulation.

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    Two decades after software vendors’ first efforts to put simulation and analysis capabilities in the hands of non-analyst engineers and designers, a wealth of new technological avenues have opened up to finally make this a practical reality.

    Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research
    February, 2017

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  • Analysis Template Development at NASA Langley

    Achieving safe, robust, and feasible Democratization at NASA Langley Research Center.

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    From the CAASE 18 conference, this presentation outlines NASA Langley’s Democratized Simulation implementation and how challenges were overcome with intelligent templates.

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  • Simulation Apps: Simulation for Everyone!

    Simulation Applications are advancing product quality, innovation, and productivity by allowing non-experts to safely run simulations.

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    Comet Founder & CTO, Malcolm Panthaki discusses how Simulation Applications are able to advance product quality, innovation, and productivity by capturing and extending the expertise and knowledge of CAE experts to allow non-experts to safely run simulations.

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  • Template-Driven Simulation Apps, Published in COMSOL 5.0 App Builder

    Learn how COMSOL 5.0 allows experts to publish template-style simulation apps for non-experts using the COMSOL App Builder function.

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    In this video, Digital Engineering’s Senior Editor Kenneth Wong takes a look at the sample apps available on COMSOL’s beta version of the app library.  This video shows how COMSOL 5.0 allows experts to publish template-style simulation apps for non-experts using the COMSOL App Builder function.

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  • NAFEMS Americas 2016 Conference Democratization Track

    A recap of the June, 2016 conference which featured a Democratization Mini-Symposium.

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    A recap of the June, 2016 NAFEMS Conference which featured a Democratization Mini-Symposium.

    Matt Ladzinski, VP NAFEMS Americas
    June, 2016

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  • Simulation for Everyone who Needs it!

    What if there was a way to capture and embed the tangible knowledge and intangible judgement of your CAE experts throughout the product development team?

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    What if there was a way to capture and embed the tangible knowledge and intangible judgement of your CAE experts throughout the product development team?  SimApps from Comet Solutions are driving new product development by democratizing simulation.

    Siemens PLM Community
    June, 2016

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  • Democratization of CAE – Wading Through the Hype

    The current state of democratized simulation.

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    The current state of democratized simulation.

    Malcolm Panthaki, Founder & CTO of Comet Solutions
    June, 2016

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  • GKN Driveline: Propshaft Analysis

    Implementing and leveraging Democratized Simulation at GKN Driveline delivers big results.

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    Presented at CAASE 18, this presentation outlines the challenges and benefits of Democratized Simulation as implemented by GKN Driveline. The presentation compares and contrasts traditional analysis methods with Democratized Simulation.

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  • Democratization of Structural Analysis using Meta-Code and Web Apps

    Learn how simulation can deliver more innovative products to market faster and how a small population of simulation experts can be better leveraged.

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    Learn how the power of simulation can deliver more innovative products to market faster and how a small population of simulation experts can be better leveraged by using simulation automation templates and SimApps.

    M. Z. Eckblad, Intel
    June, 2016

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  • Democratization Lessons Learned from an Enterprise Practitioner

    GKN's journey to democratized CAE.

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    GKN’s Glenn Valine discusses the company’s journey to democratized CAE.

    GKN Driveline North America
    June, 2016

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  • CAD-Based Process Analyzes Lidar Interferometer Instrument

    A Structural-Thermal-Optical-Performance (STOP) analysis is an interdisciplinary analysis used to verify optical requirements. It is performed to identify and solve design issues early before building hardware.

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    A Structural-Thermal-Optical-Performance (STOP) analysis is an interdisciplinary analysis used to verify optical requirements. It is performed to identify and solve design issues early before building hardware. In a traditional STOP analysis, data must flow sequentially from engineer to engineer, requiring multiple data handoffs, which are time-consuming. If the STOP analysis shows that design changes are necessary, trade studies can also be time-consuming.

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    February, 2016

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  • Dramatic Improvements for AAM by Automating NVH Analysis Process with SimApp

    American Axle & Manufacturing Sees Dramatic Productivity Gains, Cost Savings from Automating NVH Analysis Process with Comet NVH Driveline SimApp

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    American Axle & Manufacturing Sees Dramatic Productivity Gains, Cost Savings from Automating NVH Analysis Process with Comet NVH Driveline SimApp

    Bruce Jenkins, Principal Analyst, Ora Research, LLC
    September, 2015

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  • Multiphysics for the masses. COMSOL wants to democratize simulation in the design process– TV-report

    Simulation is key to making virtual product development a reality. So it's no wonder that simulation software is growing rapidly in terms of software spending and usage in product development processes.

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    The Simulation and Analysis piece of the PLM investment pie was 12.3% in 2013, making it almost as big as the cPDM component at 13.8%.  While a few big providers lead the CAE market, there are still major opportunities for other market participants including COMSOL, a developer of multiphysics solutions. Over the last five years or so they have seen their revenues increase by 20% per year to around $65 million 2013. This makes them one of the market leaders in the multiphysics CAE sub-segment.

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  • Rapid Concept Engineering at The Aerospace Corp.

    In this article, published in 2012 as an MSC Partner Showcase, Don Tolle, now at CIMdata, describes how Comet’s Intelligent Templates are used at the Aerospace Corp., to rapidly perform STOP (integrated Structural/Thermal/Optics) analysis using the platform’s Abstract Modeling techniques.

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    The long desired goal of simulation driven design has been to enable engineering analysts to focus on achieving the product’s functional requirements starting early in the R&D cycle. By putting simulation analysts in control of the “engineering geometry” starting at the conceptual design stage, reusing CAE best practices, and automating highly manual and repetitive

    design simulation tasks, performance simulation results can finally drive critical new product development decisions.

    As Dr. David Thomas (Engineering Team Lead, The Aerospace Corporation) commented, “The Comet-enabled integrated STOP process allowed our interdisciplinary engineering team to conduct an analysis that normally takes several days or weeks to perform to be completed in a single day. These savings are realized for each design cycle in the iterative process needed to converge to a satisfactory overall design for the IR telescope.”

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  • General Dynamics Land Systems Achieves Early Simulation in a Unified Performance-Engineering Workspace Based on Abstract Modeling

    General Dynamics Land Systems Achieves Early Simulation in a Unified Performance-Engineering Workspace Based on Abstract Modeling

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    General Dynamics Land Systems Achieves Early Simulation in a Unified Performance-Engineering Workspace Based on Abstract Modeling.

    Bruce Jenkins, Principal Analyst, Ora Research, LLC
    September, 2008

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  • Simulation is Becoming Democratized at Last (Part 3)

    Part 3 of a 3-part series discussing the Democratization of Simulation.

    View SummaryGet Content

    This third and final installment is focuses on a revolutionary new generation of fit-for-purpose, product-specific and often user-organization-specific simulation “apps.” By placing advanced simulation and analysis technologies “under the hood” from the user’s perspective, simulation apps are making unprecedented powers of automated design exploration, optimization, synthesis and validation accessible, usable and safe for non-analyst engineers and designers across a wide and still growing range of products and industries.

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  • AAM Sees Dramatic Productivity Gains

    In this 2014 case study whitepaper, Bruce Jenkins of Ora Research interviewed the engineering team at AAM about their use of the simulation automation platform from Comet Solutions and the ROI they have measured.

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    American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM) is a leading global Tier-One automotive supplier of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components for light trucks, SUVs, passenger cars, crossover vehicles and commercial vehicles. The company has a long history of successfully using FEA to master the many NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) challenges in any driveline engineering project – gear whine, gear rattle, shudder/moan/chatter, clunk, prop-shaft instability and others. Nevertheless, its traditional simulation methods had limitations.

    Glen Steyer, AAM’s Executive Director of Product Engineering, reports major benefits from the new tool:

    • Average 75% time reduction for each analysis iteration.
    • Approximately $130,000 in annual cost savings at a single engineering site.
    • Improved quality through globally enforced standards and practices which remove human error.
    • Ability to run many more NVH analysis iterations, leading to more design decisions, earlier.
    • Ability to redeploy resources as less experienced engineers are now able to safely run simulations.

     

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  • Simulation Apps: Simulation for Everyone!

    Simulation Applications are advancing product quality, innovation, and productivity by allowing non-experts to safely run simulations.

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    Comet Founder & CTO, Malcolm Panthaki discusses how Simulation Applications are able to advance product quality, innovation, and productivity by capturing and extending the expertise and knowledge of CAE experts to allow non-experts to safely run simulations.

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    • Numerous Democratization Success Stories at CAASE18

      CAASE18 (the Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering) will showcase 22 presentations, workshops and discussions all focused on democratization.

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      Dating back to the 2015 NAFEMS World Congress, interest in democratization has grown from a single session to a full conference track at NAFEMS events.

      CAASE18 (the Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering) an event hosted by NAFEMS and Digital Engineering Magazine, will take place June 5-7 in Cleveland. What makes CAASE18 so noteworthy is that it highlights the first time that democratization has earned a leading role as a key topic running the duration of the three day conference.

      We have pulled together a list of democratization-themed abstracts covering presentations, workshops and discussions taking place at CAASE18. Click on the link below for details.

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