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In designing new pumps for this type of system, CAE Engineer Tom Lincoln uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to simulate the flow of coolant through the device. AcuSolve, the sophisticated CFD solution within Altair’s HyperWorks suite of CAE tools, transformed the capabilities and creativity of the Cooper Standard unit. Cooper Standard ends up with a better product faster as a result of employing AcuSolve to design a pump that will improve passenger comfort in a battery- powered electric vehicle
Within the Ecoshell project, Altran, a leading provider of engineering services, is working on a new eco-friendly, lightweight, electrical urban car concept named “CITI-zen Concept”. The main objectives of the Ecoshell project have been the use of bio-materials, an optimized mechanical performance, a reduced weight and low costs regarding material and production of the concept car.
To cover the required development tasks Altran used HyperWorks tools such as MotionView, OptiStruct, HyperMesh, HyperView and RADIOSS within the development process of the concept car.
Danish Team Uses HyperWorks to Prove the Value of Topology Optimization for Concrete Architectural Structures
Denmark’s Aarhus School of Architecture was interested in exploring the potential of applying the kind of simulation-based topology optimization used in the automotive, aeronautical and naval industries to architectural concrete structures and coupling it with robotic fabrication of polystyrene formwork for concrete casting. Led by Per Dombernowsky, who served as project manager and engineer, and Asbjørn Søndergaard, who headed the project’s design and optimization aspects, the combined academic and industrial team created the Unikabeton Prototype project.
[AB]structures Relies on HyperWorks in Developing Three Record Breaking Round the World Racing Yachts
[AB]structures, an Italian structural design and engineering company, used the CAE suite HyperWorks first for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2006 to design the yacht for the ABN AMRO White team and has used it since then successfully for several other Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup yachts.
This year [AB]structures used HyperWorks to structurally design and optimize three VO70 Round The World Racing Yachts for the 2011 – 2012 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. This included the yacht Groupama 4, skippered by Franck Cammas, which claimed victory on July 9, 2012 in Galway, Ireland, after 9 months and more than 37,000 nautical miles sailed around the world under the harshest conditions.
If only one bullet train whizzed across a clear landscape, its aerodynamic design would be a relatively uncomplicated matter. But Japan’s bullet trains speed into and out of tunnels on their routes, and they pass other bullet trains in open areas and within tunnels. When a train runs into a tunnel,
the pressure wave traveling in front of the leading car can cause a very loud noise
and vibration, so designers are challenged with trying to make the change in pressure smaller when entering and exiting the tunnel by shaping the nose of the lead engine.
Nippon Sharyo, based in Nagoya, Japan, has been building trains since the late 19th century. Today it is one of Japan’s most prolific manufacturers of railroad cars.
Altair Enables BorgWarner to Automate Process for Determining Combined Impact of Temperature and Mechanical Stress on Turbochargers.
Inherently, turbochargers are adversely impacted by hot exhaust gases. This heat impacts the material strength of the turbocharger housings, resulting in degraded performance and the potential creeping or rubbing of turbine wheels. When extreme fluctuations occur, the turbocharger can suffer from premature thermal-fatigue resulting in cracking.
Kanto Auto Works, Ltd. is a core member of the Toyota Group, developing and producing Toyota vehicle bodies. The company’s organic-material engineering department evaluates and develops plastic parts to be used in vehicle bodies. In the initial stage of development for large plastic parts, such as instrument panels, rigidity and heat resistance are verified using computer aided engineering (CAE). While plastic is significantly lighter than metal and can be molded into complex shapes, deformation, such as warping from external force or thermal expansion in high temperatures, also occurs easily. In order to make parts lighter while still ensuring sufficient rigidity and heat resistance, there is a need to identify which areas require reinforcement.