Company:

Triple Eight Race Engineering Ltd.

Products:

MSC Nastran
Patran

Industries:

Automobile
Sports motorisés

Triple Eight Race Engineering Ltd. - Racing to Win

Overview:
Graham Lawrence is a Race Engineer for Triple Eight Race Engineering Ltd. in Greatworth, Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Triple Eight Race Engineering designs, builds and races Vauxhalls on behalf of the UK arm of General Motors (GM). Lawrence and his team are responsible for designing cars that race in the British touring Car Championship (BTCC). In the past, very little simulation was performed. Instead, components were physically manufactured and run on race cars during costly test sessions to evaluate their reliability and optimize their design.
Challenge:
2007 saw the start of a new era for the BTCC as the series adopted the S2000 regulations that are used in the World Touring Car Championship. The changes in regulations meant that Triple Eight’s Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch had to be replaced by a Vauxhall Vectra. Lawrence and his team were faced with the challenge of designing a new vehicle to meet unfamiliar regulations from the ground up. There was no time to field a competitive vehicle using traditional build-and-test methods.
Solution:
Patran pre/post-processor and MD Nastran multidiscipline simulation software.
Benefits:
Despite limited development time the new Vauxhall Vectra proved an almost instantaneous success, winning its second race and winning both the driver and manufacturer’s title in 2007. 2008 was even more successful for the new car as it won all three championship titles: driver, manufacturer and team.

 
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Products:

Dytran
FEA, AFEA et TFEA
MSC Nastran
MSC Nastran Desktop
Patran

Industries:

Defense

Agency for Defense Development - Improving the Survivability of Airframes

Overview:
Jong H. Kim is Senior Engineer for the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) in Daejeon, South Korea. Kim and other members of the Aircraft Structural Team are responsible for, among other things, improving the survivability of airframes so that aircraft will be able to return to base after being hit by enemy fire. The primary method of assessing design alternatives in the past, live fire testing, is so expensive and time consuming that aircraft could not be tested for all of the likely damage scenarios.
Challenge:
ADD needs to evaluate various wing fuel tank designs for their ability to withstand a high velocity projectile impact. Their goal is to predict and quantity the damage from impact so that subsequent survivability analysis, such as residual strength and structural/flutter stiffness can be performed on the remaining structure. This also provides understanding of how the aircraft should be flown to enable it to safely return to base. In order to accomplish these objectives, it is necessary to simulate the very complex phenomena of hydrodynamic ram which occurs when a projectile impacts a structure containing fluid and penetrates it or detonates near it to produce a blast wave.
Solution:
Patran, MSC Nastran, Flightloads, and Dytran finite element analysis software
Benefits:
ADD has demonstrated the ability to simulate the damage to the airframe caused by the penetration and detonation of a projectile. This is expected to reduce the amount of live fire testing required and to make it possible to evaluate the effect of far more damage scenarios.

 
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Company:

Diagnostic Simulations, Inc.

Products:

Marc
Patran

Industries:

Biomédical

Diagnostic Simulations, Inc. - Designing Palatal Implants

Overview:
Dr. Paul Buscemi was the VP of Research and Development at Restore Medical Inc. in Medina MN, now a part of Medtronic. Paul and his team were responsible for conceptualization and realization of a new tongue implant to treat sleep apnea.
Challenge:
Restore Medical’s challenge was to build a simple, innovative, minimally invasive, palatal implant. The R&D group needed to get insights beyond airway closure to study the effect of the implant on critical tongue functions such as speech and swallowing.
Solution:
Using MSC.Software’s CAE products Paul and his team were able to perform a complete analysis of a new human tongue implant design.
Benefits:
Using MSC.Software technology, Paul’s R&D team created an accurate model of tongue musculature and motion. The model was used to design and test a virtual prototype for a new tongue implant and its effects.

 
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Company:

Cleveland Golf

Products:

Dytran
MSC Nastran
Patran

Industries:

Biens de consommation

Cleveland Golf - Virtual Prototype for Golf Clubs

Overview:
Cleveland Golf, leading manufacturer of equipment in the $7.5 billion golfing equipment industry, launches new golf club designs on an annual basis in a highly competitive, performance-driven market.
Challenge:
Cleveland Golf has its sights set on becoming the #1 golf equipment manufacturer in the world. The company needed to evaluate many design possibilities thoroughly and quickly in order to produce best-in-class clubs for golfers of every skill level. In order to do this, they needed Jeff and his team to create, build, and test many prototypes each month to optimize golf club designs quickly. Considering the lead time and costs required for tooling to build prototypes, traditional “build & test” design methodologies could not meet this requirement.
Benefits:
Cleveland Golf can now create and test a virtual prototype for new or modified golf club designs within a day – a 3000% improvement in design cycle time.

 
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Products:

MSC Nastran

Industries:

Construction navale

Rina - Reducing Noise and Vibration of Ship Vessels

 
 
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Company:

Products:

Dytran

Industries:

Defense

Agency for Defense Development - Airframe Survivability Research

 
 
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Company:

TI Automotive

Products:

SimManager

Industries:

Defense

TI Automotive - Focus on design simulation

Overview:
When leadership at TI Automotive—a global supplier of fuel storage and delivery systems for cars and trucks— evaluated the company’s product development process, it discovered repeated design and test cycles. MSC gave the engineers at TI Automotive the essential tools they need to save time and money, by reducing prototyping.
Challenge:
The problem that TI faced was that simulation was disconnected from the design process. Compounding the situation was that in going from CAD geometry to simulation models, many data translations or fixes were necessary. TI really only had one simulation expert in the company, which kept analysis from being scaled across the enterprise.
Solution:
Using design simulation to support its product development process would enabled TI to account for complexities of manufacturing upfront, and, additionally, would move simulation from the desktop of one expert engineer to that of many engineers.
Benefits:
Since TI implemented an engineering simulation solution from MSC Software, the supplier of enterprise simulation solutions. The benefits have been significant.
  • TI Automotive now is able to run virtual tests without having to rely on the one in-house expert, which eliminates the previous bottleneck.
  • TI reduced physical prototyping, and analysis time went from two weeks to four days per design. With less than a half hour of user effort, engineers are able to create a new design, run all of the simulations, and receive results.
  • The new simulation capabilities have driven notable enterprise savings.
  • The use of simulation has aslo brought gains to the top line, by demonstrating significant engineering expertise and competitiveness to end customers early in the sales cycle.

 
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Company:

BMW Group

Products:

SimManager

Industries:

Defense

BMW Group - High Performance Computing

Overview:
In early 2007 the computer assisted engineering process chain at BMW was reviewed in order to identify possible bottlenecks in the future caused by the increasing size of simulation models. Under the name “Model of The Day After Tomorrow” the group of functional design body and fitting developed the largest known FEM model for a system-benchmark.
Challenge:
Identify the theoretical limits and bottlenecks of today's computing rsoruces

 
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Company:

Sogeti

Products:

SimManager

Industries:

Defense

Sogeti Group - Simulation Process and Data Management

Overview:
SOGETI Group (member of the Cap Gemini Group), a leader in IT services and R&D outsourcing, offers professional services that focus on three key complementary business areas: IT Application Management, IT Infrastructure Services and High Tech Consulting. Sogety enables their clients to leverage global technological innovations, and achieve above average results from their IT programs. The company employs more than 18,000 people in over 200 lcoations in Europe, the US and India. Around one third of the High Tech Consulting division's 3,000 employees are dedicated to engineering research and development.
Challenge:
As its simulation business grew, Sogeti realized that effective management of simulation content is critical to its ability to profitably and reliably offer services to its customers. In addition, increased globalization is driving compliance in R&D efforts in the aerospace sector.
Solution:
Sogeti selected SimManager, MSC Software’s simulation content and process management solution that eliminates time wasted in searching for data and streamlines the process of distributing standard methods, processes, material properties, and other content.
Benefits:
  • Creation of a simulation knowledge base that facilitates collaboration and streamlines content distribution
  • Managed simulation processes that improve consistency and reliability
  • Automation of methods and processes to dramatically reduce repetitive, manually intensive work
  • Open support of existing simulation investments including third-party CAE tools, HPC hardware, and methods

 
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Company:

John Deere Welland Works

Products:

Adams
MSC Fatigue

Industries:

Machines et équipements lourds

John Deere - Durability Analysis

Overview:
With the help of MSC Software Professional Services and products such as ADAMS/Durability and FE-Fatigue, John Deere Welland Works completed the design and testing of their new rotary cutter system within two weeks instead of several months. Thanks to the implementation of durability analysis, John Deere could reduce the number of the required physical prototypes and was able to try out several design concepts. As a result, the total development time on one cutter was reduced from four years to two, and John Deere is on track to produce another cutter in one year.
Challenge:
One of the most time-consuming aspects of the cutter systems’ development in the past was the lengthy process of building physical prototypes, testing them for durability, then redesigning several parts and starting all over again.
Solution:
Utilizing ADAMS/Durability enabled complete integration of key virtual prototyping techniques such as finite element analysis, multibody simulation, and fatigue life prediction. The implementation of durability analysis at John Deere Welland Works was one of the key factors in reducing development time for their rotary cutter systems.
Benefits:
Development on a 20-foot cutter was reduced from about four years to two, and most recently, to one year. Compressing the time cycle also meant that the company was able to evaluate many more design concepts than previously possible, which leads to more innovative approaches.

 
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Company:

Bombardier, Inc.

Products:

MSC Nastran
Patran

Industries:

Transport

Bombardier Transportation - Passenger and Fright Rail

Overview:
Bombardier Transportation is a market leader in the rolling stock industry for short- and long-haul, passenger, and freight rail transportation. Its wide range of products includes passenger rail vehicles and complete rail transportation systems.
Challenge:
Need to consolidate multiple engineer software packages
Benefits:
By doing analysis early in the project, Bombardier can eliminate a significant amount of physical testing. Sometimes as a result of early analysis, the engineers set up a physical fatigue test on particular components, especially bogies. This testing runs in the background as analysis continues. Each new product series is monitored throughout its life to measure and document its fatigue response.

 
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Company:

Fimtextile

Products:

Adams
MSC Nastran

Industries:

Equipements industriels

Fimtextile - Complex Kinematic Simulation in the Textile Industry

Overview:
Fimtextile designs, manufactures, and sells shedding motions (called dobbies andcam motions), which are fitted to weaving machines with rapier, projectile, or air- and water-jet weft thread mechanisms. The shedding motion is the device that moves the frames holding the warp thread in weaving machinery. These frames and their threads are reciprocated for ever pass of the weft mechanism. For maximum weaving efficiency, the motion of the frames must be as fast and as smooth as possible.
Challenge:
One of the main challenges in designing rotary dobbies is arriving at a good selection mechanism. There is a significant dynamic problem to solve for the selection mechanism: stopping the loom at a specific locked configuration in a quadrilateral frame moving at high speed. Also, significant inter-part impacts involved in this locking mechanism can cause problems in use.
Solution:
MSC.ADAMS and MSC.Nastran are essential tools to simulate the precise way these impacts between the flexible components of our machines affect their performance,
Benefits:
Virtual analysis and simulation allow Fimtextile to produce significant virtual test data in a very short time, which reduces development time, improves product quality, and eliminates the need for many intermediate physical prototypes.

 
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Company:

Pilatus Aircraft Inc.

Products:

Adams
MSC Nastran

Industries:

Aéronautique & Défense

Pilatus Aircraft - Bring New Turboprop Aircraft to Market Faster

Overview:
Pilatus Aircraft Inc. is highly regarded due to the excellent performance and reliability of their products, which they owe to their turboprop engines. The flagship of the company’s reputation is the Pilatus PC-6 Porter, in production for more than 40 years. The civil program has been supplemented since the mid- 1990s by a single-engine business aircraft, the PC-12. In 1945, the company produced its first military training aircraft and to date has sold more than 750 Pilatus trainers to customers in more than 20 countries. In order to secure their leadership role in the trainer market of the future. Pilatus’ high-tech specialists worked at full speed on a new project. The PC-21, which undertook its maiden flight in 2003, was planned to be certified in 2004 and released to the market. For the first time in the history in Pilatus, the most advanced development methods and tools were used to implement this ambitious project.
Challenge:
Achieve three core objectives for the PC-21 project: Superior aerodynamic performance when compared with any other turboprop trainer currently on the market; a more powerful, flexible, and cost-effective integrated training system than any other turboprop or jet trainer; and a lifecycle support cost that did not exceed current turboprop benchmarks.
Solution:
MSC ADAMS was used for the design of control kinematics. In order to increase the use of multi-body simulations in the future, Pilatus engineers used MSC.ADAMS as part of its Multiphysics Applications in which kinematic simulation is combined with structural mechanics data.
Benefits:
  • Shorter time-to-market
  • lower investment cost
  • lower lifecycle costs
  • minimization of technical risk

 
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Company:

Hollandsche Beton-en Waterbouw bv

Products:

Marc

Industries:

Machines et équipements lourds
Construction navale

HBW/Netherlands - Simulation Leads to Successful First-time Operation of Inflatable Dam

Overview:
The design/build engineering company Hollandsche Beton-en Waterbouw bv (HBW) investigated and validated the concept of a new, very large, inflatable dam with the help of MSC.Software Professional Services and products such as MSC.Marc. Using MSC.Marc nonlinear simulation software, HBW could understand the dam’s performance and the inflation/deflation procedure, as well as ensure that stresses were within the specified margin of safety. Thanks to the implementation of VPD tools, HBW realized design improvements in the inflatable dam’s flexible structure and completed the design. When a heavy storm hit the Netherlands in 2002, HBW’s dam automatically deployed within one hour -as predicted by MSC.Software tools.

Challenge:
Because an inflatable dam of this size had never been built before, the concept had to be validated before it could be built.
Solution:
MSC Software Professional Services was engaged to investigate the concept, as well as to make design improvement recommendations, using MSC Marc nonlinear simulation software.
Benefits:
The simulation performed by MSC Software Professional Services gave the customor as well as the government of the Netherlands an accurate prediction of the behavior of the rubber dam.

 
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Company:

Germanischer Lloyd

Products:

Patran

Industries:

Construction navale

Germanischer Lloyd - Pattern-based semi-automatic modeling of ship structures

Overview:
The German classification society Germanischer Lloyd is using MSC Patran as the foundation for their industry-specific solution GL/ShipModel. Through customization based on the MSC Patran pre-processor, GL/ShipModel enables pattern-based semi-automatic modeling of ship structures while taking into account specific shipbuilding modeling needs. Tailored to the shipbuilding engineering process flow, the program's functionality is saving time-up to 30%-and cost, and increasing quality. VPD tools from MSC Software are helping Germanischer Lloyd meet safety requirements, and tight schedules while maintaining acceptable profit margins.
Challenge:
Scenarios such as hurricanes and other extreme weather situations are codified in technical regulations and considered in the design and construction of a vessel.
Solution:
MSC Patran from MSC Software was used as a foundation for the targeted solution, providing both a high basic functionality and, with its open architecture, the best conditions for GL’s plans. The result is a system that offers scheme/pattern-based semi-automatic modeling of ship structures while taking into account specific shipbuilding modeling needs.

 
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