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  • Deep Learning for Fluid Flow Prediction in the Cloud

    UberCloud project #211 on Deep Learning for Fluid Flow Prediction in the Advania Cloud has been performed solely for educational purposes, for our wider engineering community.

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    CFD is demanding both in terms of computing power and simulation time. Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) can learn complex dependencies between high-dimensional variables. In this UberCloud case study, the goal of the approach is to apply an ANN to solve fluid flow problems to significantly decrease time-to-solution while preserving much of the accuracy of a traditional CFD solver.

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  • Ninth Graders Tap HPC in the Cloud to Design Flying Boats

    9th-grade students in Norway designed flying boats in ANSYS Discovery Live, 3D-printed them, and ‘crowned’ their 3-month tech course with a final competition for the best flying boat.

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    This UberCloud project #208 has been performed by a class of 9th-grade middle-school students in Norway, supported by their physics teacher, ANSYS channel partner EDRMedeso, and HPC Cloud service provider UberCloud. On Microsoft’s Azure Cloud they used ANSYS Discovery Live which provides real-time 3D simulation, tightly coupled with geometry modeling, to enable interactive design exploration and rapid product innovation.

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  • HPC in Personalized Non-invasive Clinical Treatment of Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s

    India’s National Institute of Health was able for schizophrenia to replace highly risky brain-invasive operations with an innovative technique of non-invasive low-risk treatment based on CAE.

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    This UberCloud use case #200 describes how India’s National Institute of Health was able for schizophrenia – and potentially Parkinson’s disease, depression, and other brain disorders – to replace the current highly risky procedure of brain-invasive operations with an innovative technique of non-invasive low-risk treatment based on CAE that is also significantly more affordable.

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  • Paving the Way for Rapid Simulation Results

    Material Transfer Vehicle (MTV) manufacturer, Astec Industries, finds smooth roads with ANSYS.

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    Roadtec, Inc. manufactures material transfer vehicles (MTVs) that enable nonstop, noncontact road paving. The MTVs are delivered to job sites on flatbed trucks that can reach speeds of 70 mph. Depending on the flatbed operator, the MTVs may be loaded facing forward or backward. To design a safety restraint system that would protect both front- and back-facing MTVs, engineers had to model the airflow patterns associated with both configurations.
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  • Rossignol has a team of engineers that work with skiers, designers and others to create new products. Of course, time to market is critical for them in terms of the ski season.

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    With ANSYS Discovery they realized that their engineers could assess changes in real-time and discuss them with the other team members to rapidly explore designs. What was previously a longer and more individual exercise became collaborative not just among engineers, but with every team member benefiting from simulation insight. The engineers could literally capture feedback from the skiers as they came off the slopes and Discovery gave them a joint language to explore product performance

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  • Simulation Sheds Light on Building Dispute

    PBBL Law Offices in Las Vegas/Orlando approached UberCloud and Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics asking for HPC support in a lawsuit dealing with a twin tower residential condominium.

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    This case study details the growing acceptance of High Performance Computing especially in new user communities and application areas. Major reasons for this trend are the ongoing improvements in user-friendly simulation software, the continuous performance improvement of HPC servers, and the easy and affordable access to HPC resources in the cloud.

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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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  • Zhongli Corporation

    Automotive supplier, Zhongli Corporation,  sought to improve time to market by leveraging simulation more broadly.

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    Zhongli manufacturers engine mounts, chassis shock absorbers, chassis modules, interior/exterior plastic parts and PU products.  Simulation Applications (SimApps) from Comet Solutions are helping Zhongli accelerate productivity and innovation by Democratizing Simulation.

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  • Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries

    One of the world’s leading heavy equipment manufacturers, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) was in need of tools to improve communication and simulation.

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    Challenges: Software barriers (Different models, Non-inherent data, Manual data transfer) and Designers didn’t have the expertise needed to perform simulations.

    Solution:  Democratized Simulation through intelligent simulation applications (Comet SimApps).

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  • Implementing Rules-Based Simulation Automation for Democratizing Automotive Wheel Design

    CAE Engineers Tim Hood and Jeromy Elder present the Goal, Challenges and Successes of Democratizing Simulation at Superior Industries.

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    Comet Solutions

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    Implementation Goals:

    Reduce the time required to clean up CAD geometry and generate a precise FEA mesh based on known criteria. The current average time for geometry cleanup and mesh creation is more than eight hours. For complex asymmetric wheels, this time can be sixteen hours. It is desired to reduce this time to less than four hours

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  • Wind ITO Fulfillment Center: Capturing Proprietary Processes for Wind Farm Siting Analysis

    Democratizing Simulation at General Electric Global and General Electric Renewables wind farm engineering.

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    Program Advantages:

    – Automates multiple sequential or parallel siting analyses, where each analysis may itself execute multiple steps.

    – Provides the flexibility to define the workflow and the set of steps that form the analysis, as well as the dependencies among them.

    – Serves as a corporate knowledge base while providing automated reporting & searching of previous analyses.

    – Provides the same simplified user experience and global access to the entire wind farm engineering team and the sales organization

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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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  • 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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  • Semiconductor Optimization at First Solar Achieved through Democratization

    By using high performance computing to process these large data models, First Solar is able to continue innovating in advanced technologies that lower electric costs, increase energy yield and provide stable and reliable grid integration. Through First Solar’s research and development, their large-scale solar farms can deliver energy to utilities at prices that are lower than fossil fuels.

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    With more than 13.5 gigawatts sold worldwide, enough to power more than 2 million homes, First Solar is a globar leader in photovoltaic solar energy solutions. The performance of
    semiconductor devices such as solar cells depends strongly on the properties of materials used in their fabrication. Deep understanding of these properties and the ability to tune them is
    critical for the development of new generations of advanced photovoltaics and electronics. First Solar, the world’s largest manufacturer of thin-film solar panels, is using AweSim resources from the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), to predict and optimize semiconductor properties in crystalline
    structures such as cadmium telluride (CdTe). Although the efficiency of commercial CdTe photovoltaic material has grown dramatically in recent years, the advances in performance and stability of CdTe devices are achieved mostly through costly experimentation and process development while lacking theoretical guidance.

    Through First Solar’s research and development, their large-scale solar farms can deliver energy to utilities at prices that are lower than fossil fuels.

    Published in 2016

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  • Democratization at Jeco Plastic Products Lands New Opportunities

    Jeco Plastic Products is a small custom-mold manufacturer of high-tolerance products with a customer base that includes large U.S. and
    international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the automotive, aerospace, printing and defense industries. When faced with a very difficult situation in its ability to quickly change a product design for a major large German automotive OEM, Jeco needed to upgrade its modeling and simulation from tedious physical testing to a quicker, HPC-based strategy.

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    Though it took a frightening situation to spur Jeco Plastic Products to jump into HPC, the company has now demonstrated its ability to use HPC modeling and simulation, which has helped pave the way for lucrative projects with major aerospace, automotive and joint product development projects. Those projects include a multi-year contract with annual orders of $2.5 million during the next five to 10 years along with 15 more jobs and a capital investment of more than $500,000.

    Published in 2012

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  • NASCAR Models Aerodynamics to Boost Safety and Performance

    Drive a car not originally built for racing around an oval track at 200 mph for a couple hours and you begin to understand why stock car drivers want the latest and greatest information on how their car will handle in close traffic on a banked curve. Traditionally, engineers in NASCAR relied on wind-tunnel and track testing. But in recent
    years, NASCAR began looking for an alternative.

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    TotalSim

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    In 2012, NASCAR turned to TotalSim USA, an engineering services provider and stalwart AweSim partner, to help teams and drivers
    leverage the valuable information computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can offer. TotalSim worked with Eric Jacuzzi, aerodynamics and vehicle performance engineer at the R&D Center for
    NASCAR, to teach him the necessary software tools and Ohio Supercomputer Center usage.

    Published in 2015

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  • Clippard Avoids Manufacturing Process Defect with Democratization

    Clippard Instrument Laboratory, a community-oriented company near Cincinnati, specializes in miniature pneumatics. So, when the team encountered a proportional valve that was not delivering consistent performance, they knew they needed to take a closer look at the valve components and design.

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    Thanks to the results provided through modeling and simulation and a quick turnaround, the Clippard team was able to make changes in their computer translation to correct the issue and manufacture a better product. Since the valve solution, Clippard has developed new methods to measure their material surface, improving processes from initial computational design to the finished product. According to Robertson, modeling and simulation has saved the team valuable time and resources.

    Published in 2016

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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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  • GDLS Achieves Early Simulation using Simulation Automation Platform

    In this 2008 case study whitepaper, Bruce Jenkins interviews senior engineer Mike Patterson at General Dynamics Land Systems, about their use of the Comet simulation automation and Abstract Modeling technology to bring simulation upfront.

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    How to bring simulation earlier in the product design process has been discussed for years but few have been able to overcome the technical and work-process barriers to doing so. General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has launched a process where automation through templates with abstract modeling technology creates a seamless modeling/simulation process. By eliminating manual steps and allowing engineering and analysis processes to be built around an abstract model, this new process condenses project timelines – in a project piloting the new technology, extracting data from a CAD model and using it to populate an analysis database was slashed from an all-day job to just two hours. Even more, the new process makes it feasible to begin analysis early in design, while alternative geometries and product configurations are still being evaluated.

    Mike Patterson emphasizes how this rapid-response capability (based on Comet’s automation platform) promises to transform the role of simulation and analysis in product development, radically increasing the value it offers to a program. “We want to change analysis from a reactive process occurring late in development, to a proactive process used early and throughout design.”

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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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  • 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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  • Democratization & Enterprise Wide Deployment at Pfizer

    A major limitation of most modeling and simulation tools is that only subject matter experts can use them. Pfizer has overcome this limitation by using EASA’s patented “application” technology to create a proprietary “app store” of intuitive web apps that drive a wide variety of models created with tools such as gPROMS, Aspen Plus, DynoChem, Fluent, and MATLAB, as well as in-house codes and scripts. These web apps incorporate both expertise and comprehensive error checks, enabling users who are not familiar with the underlying modeling tools to safely use them.

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    EASA

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    For pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, modeling technology serves as the backbone for product design, testing, and improvement. Streamlining and integrating the modeling process and workflows is essential for maximum efficiency as well as for enabling non-experts practical access to these tools.

    Using EASA, Pfizer can create custom GUIs without any programming, for various modeling applications, from simple to complex multi-software workflows, providing:

    • Web accessible models running with complete reliability throughout the IT infrastructure, including mobile devices
    • GUIs with a consistent look and feel, enhancing ease of use and eliminating the need to be familiar with complex software codes
    • Complete security of the intellectual property embedded in software models
    • Full version control and automated audit trail of usage

    Published: Fall 2016

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  • Simplifying CAE with Automation & Embedded Expert Knowledge at Air International Thermal Systems

    Air International reduces design lifecycles while putting simulation technology into more hands by creating custom, task-specific applications simplifying the use of many of its powerful computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools.

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    At Air International, computer simulation has long been viewed as a key competitive advantage, permitting early evaluation of many different design alternatives before building a prototype. With EASA, Air International has leveraged these benefits by creating custom, task-specific applications simplifying the use of many CAE workflows, including tools such as Fluent, NX/NASTRAN, and CATIA. Furthermore, expert knowledge was embedded into the streamlined user interface, making modeling and simulation available to engineers and designers with little or no CAE experience while also significantly accelerating the process for experienced users.

    In addition to significant ease of use improvements, Air International benefited from many other EASA advantages, including:

    • Deployment of tools and models was easy and fast
    • Access control (who could see results, use apps and collaborate) was implemented, as well as audit information tracking
    • Critical intellectual property embedded in the models was completely secured
    • Custom apps could be developed by experienced modelers without relying on programmers, enabling a highly efficient implementation and knowledge capture process

    Published: Fall 2016

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  • Modernized GUI-Driven Apps at Monsanto

    Monsanto extends the life of legacy applications, replacing ancient text based interfaces with modernized GUI driven EASA apps.

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    Modernizing Legacy Applications

    Monsanto was able to breathe new life into extremely valuable legacy codes which had become – by modern standards – only marginally usable. The transformed tools were greatly enhanced with new characteristics endowed by EASA, including:

    • Substantial improvement in ease of use and a dramatic reduction in learning curve, particularly for those unfamiliar with the process of running the legacy applications
    • Web accessibility (including via mobile devices) to specific tools for defined user groups, with a full audit trail of usage automatically logged
    • Reliability of execution, regardless of locally installed software
    • Full version control and security of intellectual property embedded in the legacy codes

     Published: Fall 2016

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