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  • Virtual Coffee Break Series: Part 23

    Fast and Cost-Effective Compressor Map Generation using Cloud-Based CFD

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 22

    TotalSim US: Truck Add-on Predictor

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 21

    Virtual Testing of Severe Service Control Valve with Autodesk CFD in the AWS Cloud

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 20

    Afton Chemical Corporation: Fluid Performance

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 19

    Coupling in-house Finite Element code with Ansys Fluent

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  • RevSim Coffee Break Series: Part 18

    HPC Case Study: Clippard Instrument Laboratory had a proportional valve that was not delivering consistent performance. See how Democratizing HPC was able to help.

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 17

    HPC Case Study: North Sea Asset Life Extension – Assessing Impacts on Helicopter Operations.

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 16

    ANSOL, a small engineering company, was in need of big computing power to perform complex simulations.  Democratizing HPC makes High Performance Computing available to all regardless of size or budget.

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 15

    Case Study: Gas Liquid Two-Phase Flow Application – Evaluation of gas rate due to liquid flow in energy plant liquid storage facility

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break: Part 14

    Developing efficient processes to gain critical information to test aerodynamics and analyze racing behavior on various tracks keeps NASCAR ahead of the curve.

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  • Big Wave Surfboard Optimization Using Pointwise and CRUNCH CFD

    To the elite big wave surfer, extra speed and stability are crucial parameters of the surfboard design that allow them to catch that monster wave, ride it….and ultimately survive it!

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    Working with one of the world’s top big-wave board shapers, engineers at CRAFT Tech have applied computational fluid dynamics (CFD) within a design-optimization process that employs genetic algorithms to evolve the aerodynamic design of the board.

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  • Pointwise and the Evolution of Faster, Easier, More Reliable Automated Meshing

    Generating high-quality automated meshes for CFD analysis is difficult for three reasons: the geometry models upon which the mesh is built are complex, the mesh has numerous quality constraints, and it must resolve flowfield features that are unknown at the time the mesh is created.

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    The ultimate goal at Pointwise is to deliver user-independent solutions freeing users from tedious and repetitive work so they can focus on their core objectives. It begins with developing new technologies for automatically generating high-quality meshes.

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break: Part 13

    Case Study – CFD Analysis of a V6 Intake Manifold with STAR-CCM+

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    Rev-Sim virtual coffee break webinar series featuring case studies focused on democratizing high performance computing (HPC).

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 12

    Case Study – Pallet Design

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    Rev-Sim virtual coffee break webinar series featuring case studies focused on democratizing high performance computing (HPC).

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 11

    Case Study – Dielectric Heating of an Insulated Block

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    Rev-Sim virtual coffee break webinar series featuring case studies focused on democratizing high performance computing (HPC).

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 10

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Webinar Series. HPC (High Performance Computing) Part 10: Data Classification

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    Super-H has used Ohio Supercomputer Center resources for MySQL hosting, raw data processing, and data classification.

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  • Torso Model Generation for Simulating Pacemaker Performance

    Synopsys helps MicroPort reduce reliance on animal testing.

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    MicroPort typically use animal testing for their devices, but this is expensive, time-consuming, and has significant ethical risks when trying to reduce errors. Image-based finite element (FE) simulation offers an alternative testing method that reduces reliance on animal testing, cuts the risk of device failure, and provides insights without the same ethical hazards as animal testing.

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Web Series: Part 9

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Webinar Series. HPC (High Performance Computing) Part 9: Radial Fan CFD Simulation

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    UberCloud’s Wolfgang Gentzsch presents a case study detailing High Performance Computing in support of CFD Radial Fan Simulation.

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  • Welding Simulation

    Democratizing HPC – Part 8: Welding Simulation

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    awesim

    EMC2 and AweSim developed an App allowing non-specialists to access and use Virtual Fabrication Technology (VFT)

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break: Part 7

    CFD Modeling of ABB Transformers

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    Goal: Design dry-type transformers to reduce material costs while satisfying dielectric and thermal performance.

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break: Part 6

    Democratizing HPC. Ohio Supercomputer Case Study: Aircraft Design

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    Through the Ohio Supercomputer Center, TotalSim US was able to provide a web app to teams in the GoFly competition that performs CFD analysis on designs.

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break: Part 5

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series:  Democratizing High Performance Computing – Air Bag Simulation with ANSYS LS-DYNA

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    A RevSim (RevolutioninSimulation.com) virtual coffee break short video presented by Wolfgang Gentzsch of The UberCloud. This case study features Air Bag Simulation with ANSYS LS-DYNA.

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 4 – Greenlight Optics

    A RevSim virtual coffee break short video featuring a Greenlight Optics Case Study.

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    Through the Ohio Supercomputer Center Greenlight Optics was able to model thermal properties involved in producing an injection-molded lens used for collimating LED light.

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 3 – ANSYS for Bioreactors

    A RevSim virtual coffee break short video highlighting the virtual modeling and simulation of pharmaceutical production tank mixers by ANSYS.

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    A RevSim (RevolutioninSimulation.com) virtual coffee break short video highlighting the virtual modeling and simulation of pharmaceutical production tank mixers by ANSYS as an example industrial case study showcasing the democratization of HPC services and resources for everyday business purposes.

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 2 – BWAY Buckets

    Case study showcasing the democratization of HPC services and resources for everyday business purposes.

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    A RevSim (RevolutioninSimulation.com) virtual coffee break short video highlighting the virtual modeling and simulation of plastic buckets by BWAY as an example industrial case study showcasing the democratization of HPC services and resources for everyday business purposes.

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Webinar Series. Part 1: Introduction

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Webinar Series.  HPC (High Performance Computing) Part 1: Series Introduction

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    An overview of the new RevSim (RevolutioninSimulation.com) virtual coffee break series of short videos that will each highlight an example industrial case study illustrating the accessibility, availability, and capabilities (e.g. democratization) of HPC services and resources for researchers and engineers.

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  • Shaping up to Hover and Fly

    A case study highlighting how the Italian Aerospace Research Centre uses Optimus to explore innovative tiltrotor aerodynamic design concepts.

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    The Italian Aerospace Research Center, uses Optimus to explore innovative tiltrotor aerodynamic design concepts. Tiltrotor aircraft hold the potential to combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft.

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  • Improving Blood Circulation

    Optimus identifies best shape for patient-specific coronary stents

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    Optimus design optimization software integrates mesh morphing (using Sculptor) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations (using ANSYS Fluent) into an automated, repeatable process – speeding up the entire simulation campaign by a factor of 10. CFD simulations are used to model the complex fluid dynamics induced by the stenosis (narrowed section of the artery) in its proximal (upstream) and distal (downstream) regions, to investigate innovative ways to improve local blood circulation.

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  • Taking Wing

    Optimus helped Fuji Heavy Industries realize 1.2% reduction in aircraft takeoff weight

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    Wingtip devices are intended to reduce aircraft drag through partial recovery of the tip vortex energy. Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) used Optimus to automate and couple FEM and CFD simulations to identify optimized winglet design configurations offering operational and environmental benefits.

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  • Sliding to the Faster Finish

    A case study on aerodynamics optimization of a bobsled.

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    The Shitamachi bobsled project is an engineering collaboration between Tokyo University and 40 design & manufacturing companies in the Tokyo region. The team of engineers first modeled a two-man bobsleigh design in CATIA, and used SC/Tetra to perform a CFD analysis.

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  • Glanzner Dynamics Reduced Their Need for Physical Prototyping by 90%

    Glanzner Dynamics is a small design company based in Einhausen, Germany. They are improving HVAC duct dystem through cloud-based simulation from SimScale.

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    Ductwork plays a crucial role when it comes to controlling the delivery and removal of air in both residential and industrial buildings. In the past, simplified analytical models were used to predict the flow profile of a complete duct system. In contrast, nowadays fluid flow simulation (CFD) technology delivers three-dimensional insights into the whole flow field and takes into account all physical effects, as well as the full geometry of the object.

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  • Rimac’s Journey Towards Full Vehicle System Simulation

    Rimac, a Croatia-based automotive technology powerhouse, needed a more efficient and flexible way to evaluate multi-physics powertrain systems.

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    This case study details how Rimac used Modelon’s simulation and modeling solutions, such as the Modelon Electrification Library, to meet their electric modeling, battery modeling, and full vehicle system simulation needs.

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  • BellaSeno used SimScale to maximize fluid flow through its high-end 3D printed implants Senella®

    Success story featuring BellaSeno – a preclinical stage medical device startup aiming to introduce a new generation of absorbable implants for breast reconstruction.

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    The technological success of the Senella® platform depends upon efficient vascularisation of the porous space within the implant volume such that the infiltrating tissue is adequately nourished.

    Due to this, it is very important that the pore architecture of the implant is designed to maximise fluid flow (and maximize fluid contact with the implant surfaces).

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  • The Growing Acceptance of CAE

    Simulation is being used for lawsuits in court, treating schizophrenia, use in middle school education and in deep learning.

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    With the following four UberCloud case studies we are demonstrating the growing acceptance of computer-aided engineering (CAE), especially in new user communities and application areas. Major reasons for this trend are continuous improvements in user-friendly CAE software, the ongoing price/performance improvement in high-performance computing (HPC), and easy and affordable access to powerful computing in the cloud.

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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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    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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    awesim

    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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    awesim

    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

    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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    awesim

    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.

    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.

    Solution Providers:

    EASA

    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.

    Solution Providers:

    EASA

    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.

    Solution Providers:

    EASA

    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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  • Democratization of CAE at P&G

    Proctor & Gamble democratizes simulation to a much broader user community, creating easy to use but intelligent apps to drive complex multi-step, multi-software workflows.

    Solution Providers:

    EASA

    P&G determined that software modeling tools are critical for the kind of innovation necessary to develop thousands of consumer products competitively, and has therefore invested heavily in a variety of modeling and simulation technologies. Realizing that the benefits of modeling and simulation could be scaled by orders of magnitude if only these tools could be made usable by a much wider and larger group, P&G turned to EASA to help democratize modeling tools as intuitive streamlined web apps.

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    Previously limited to specialists, many tools (and related workflows) such as spreadsheets, legacy codes, databases and CAE applications were quickly repackaged as EASA web apps, which offer:

    • Ease of use, built in intelligence, consistent look-and-feel, and error-checking
    • Ease of access, running with complete reliability (even on mobile devices), with no dependence on locally installed software
    • Intellectual property security and audit trail of usage

    Published: Fall 2016

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  • Cloud Infrastructure Enables Easy & Fast Simulations in Shipbuilding

    In this user success story, readers will find an UberCloud Experiment on a CFD Study of the Maneuverability of a KRISO Container Ship Model in the Cloud. This case study highlights how cloud infrastructure enabled easy and fast simulations, accessible with one click through the browser-based GUI, resulting in a dramatic increase in the engineer’s productivity and the ability of focus on the simulation experiment at hand.

    Solution Providers:

    The aim of this UberCloud Experiment #201 was to verify the feasibility of overset grids for direct zigzag test using “appended” KRISO Container Ship (KCS) model by means of the NUMECA UberCloud container on the cloud. The commercial CFD software FINETM/Marine packaged by NUMECA International S.A. was
    employed during this experiment. All simulations were run on the newest software version 6.2, whose robustness has been drastically improved. Meanwhile, it was hoped to accelerate simulations through the powerful HPC Cloud resources provided by UberCloud Inc. and NUMECA.

    Published April 2018.

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  • When fast isn’t fast enough

    If you would get access to the heart of development at a top Formula 1 team, chances are high that you would find they simulate their vehicle-handling behavior using Modelica models. Dymola and the Vehicle Dynamics Library (VDL) are the de-facto standards for simulating car handling in the premiere motorsports leagues.

    Solution Providers:

    If you would get access to the heart of development at a top Formula 1 team, chances are high that you would find they simulate their vehicle-handling behavior using Modelica models — the same holds true for NASCAR. Dymola and the Vehicle Dynamics Library (VDL) are the de-facto standards for simulating car handling in the premiere motorsports leagues. In this post, I will explain why.

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  • Democratization Success Stories to be Presented at CAASE18

    On June 5-7, more than 500 individuals will gather in Cleveland for the 2018 Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering. At CAASE18, numerous customer success stories covering democratization and simulation governance will be presented.

    CAASE18Take a moment to review the CAASE18 agenda, which contains a listing and abstracts for all democratization and simulation governance focused presentations.  Democratization presentations from end-users include: Accuride, GE Global Research & Development, Shanghai Zhongli Investment Co., John Deere, ZPMC, BISME,  and Superior Industries. Presentations from software and services providers highlighting customer cases will be delivered by: ANSYS, HBM Prenscia, EASA, Eckdyn Analysis Solutions, Siemens AG, Romax Technology, and Comet Solutions. Furthermore, CAASE18 will showcase a Democratization Round-Table Discussion, hosted by the Revolution in Simulation moderators.

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  • Cross Tidal Kites to Harvest Ocean Energy

    Ocean Energy Tamed by Modelon. Modelica based system simulation is the key enabler for product innovation.

    Solution Providers:

    Tidal energy is an enormous sustainable resource. The challenge is to harvest this energy. It is offshore, which makes it one of the harshest environments. It needs large investments. It bears significant risks.  The company Minesto from Gothenburg in Sweden has developed a new green technology to exploit this energy in places where conventional techniques fail.

    Modelica models are used to explore the design and validate the complete multi-physics system model.

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  • ROI of 300% After Discovering CAE

    Design and Innovation Solutions O&G CaseHow does one company undertake the herculean challenge of testing a product in a working environment 500m underground and submerged under water? By discovering and leveraging cloud-based CAE for CFD simulations, of course. Learn how Design and Innovation Solutions was able to understand the behavior of the system at play and what decisions were made to have the best design.

    Solution Providers:

    SimScale

    Read how Design and Innovation Solutions came to discover CAE and shortly thereafter was able to leverage cloud-based CAE solutions from SimScale to realize a 300% ROI while reporting on 10 different simulation configurations, giving full confidence in the results.

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  • Accessibility at BWAY Corp.

    Forrest Burney describes the success he experienced with the adoption of cloud-accessible simulation apps and the ROI realized at BWAY Corp.

    Solution Providers:

    Comet Solutions

    As part of a one-hour NAFEMS webinar on,  “Democratization: Accessibility,” Forrest Burney compares the benefits of simulation apps to the “cut-and-try” and vended CAE processes. Forrest also delivered a demo of a top load analysis simulation application process with cost and time-to-market comparisons.

    Presented on: October 27, 2015

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  • Highly Usable Apps at Intel

    Zack Eckblad shares his views on the importance of usability, highly-usable simulation apps, speaking the language of the user for non-experts at Intel.

    Solution Providers:

    Comet Solutions

    As part of a one-hour NAFEMS webinar on,  “Democratization: Usability,” Zack Eckblad shares his vision for applying numerical structural analysis to all products and associated best practices metrics at Intel. In this presentation, Zack delivers a demo highlighting analysis processes for a socket stack while comparing old processes lasting three months to a new process that only took three days. Additionally, he covers the value of webtools and the changing roles and responsibilities in the organization.

    Presented on: October 1, 2015

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  • Expert Knowledge Capture & Reuse at American-Axle & NASA

    Ravi Desi (American-Axle Manufacturing) and Tory Scola (NASA Langley) discuss the importance of knowledge capture & reuse and why companies need to embrace targeted, solution-focused simulation apps to gain measurable improvements in innovation, development time, and related product quality.

    Solution Providers:

    Comet Solutions

    As part of a one-hour NAFEMS webinar on,  “Democratization: Expert Knowledge Capture & Reuse,” Ravi Desi explains why knowledge capture and reuse is critical in developing new vehicle architectures and for faster decision making at American-Axle Manufacturing. Tory Scola shares how NASA Langley adopted a new process for automated design space exploration (with complex multiphysics calculations, including design changes) resulting in a single iteration taking a full week down to 140 analyses in a single overnight run.

    Presented on: September 17, 2015

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  • Democratizing CAE at GKN Driveline

    Hear from Glenn Valine on his efforts to democratize CAE at GKN Driveline. Lessons learned include: How to make SPDM & Democratization a part of the approach to augment simulation opportunities, identify the new and important role for the engineer analyst, prepare for organizational change, and more.

    Solution Providers:

    Comet Solutions

    As part of a one-hour NAFEMS webinar on,  “Democratizing CAE,” Glenn Valine delivered a brief presentation on success with democratizing CAE with Simulation & Process Data Management (SPDM) at GKN Driveline. (No Password Required)

    Presented on: August 27, 2015

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  • BWAY Teams up with Kinetic Vision, Comet Solutions to Improve Product Testing

    BWAY found the solution through simulation applications, SimApps, that automate analyses for various American and Asian manufacturing companies.

    Solution Providers:

    Comet Solutions

    “Instead of a handful of iterations, we can use these apps and submit many iterations and really zero in on a product design and optimize it as much as possible before we ever cut steel on a mold. Typically, it’s one and done or two and done and we’ve got a product out in the marketplace.”

    Forrest Burney, Engineering Manager

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  • Engineering Firm Converts Welding Simulator to Manufacturing App

    Engineering Mechanics Corporation of Columbus (Emc²) and its partners developed a cloud-based tool called Virtual Fabrication Technology (VFT) that simulates welding processes employed in the manufacture of metallic products.

    Solution Providers:

    “Small and medium-sized manufacturing firms need improved weld-fabrication processes to ensure improved quality at lower costs to remain globally competitive. We are developing a sophisticated high performance computing based tool and making it accessible to these firms from a supercomputer center to easily permit use of these tools at affordable prices.”

    Frederick “Bud” Brust, Ph.D.
    Sr. Research Leader

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  • Greenlight Optics Simulation Reduces Manufacturing Time

    Greenlight sought to improve molding processes for plastic optics that were traditionally made of glass.

    Solution Providers:

    “Through AweSim we were able to model thermal properties involved in producing an injection-molded lens used for collimating LED light. With the modeling software, we were able to accurately predict a problem with the lens, and subsequently, to reduce the manufacturing cycle time by 64 percent.”

    Michale O’Keefe
    Managing Partner, Greenlight Optics

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  • GE: Producing a Custom Proposal Generation Tool with Process Knowledge Reuse

    With EASA, GE was able to create and deploy a substantially simplified and streamlined “CPQ” (Configure, Price, Quote) method in the form of a custom web app with embedded expertise, coupled to a variety of underlying tools.

    Solution Providers:

    GE Energy required a highly tailored web application to streamline knowledge capture, retention, and communication for wind farm site suitability analysis, proposal generation, and subsequent project management. The highly manual process involved many disjointed steps, and required significant input from experts familiar with specific components and engineering, environmental and business issues.

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  • Intel: Democratization of Simulation at Work

    Comet Solutions has enabled Intel to automate very complex analysis tasks enabling significant (months to days) reduction in time-to-decision for product design teams.

    Solution Providers:

    Comet Solutions

    “Comet has enabled us to automate very complex analysis tasks enabling significant (months to days) reduction in time-to-decision for product design teams. Equally important is the ability of the Template-based automation approach to be combined with simple web forms to create SimApps. SimApps allow non-specialists to safely execute analysis and make decisions without the involvement of an analysis expert.”

    Michael “Zack” Eckblad, Senior Engineer, Intel

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