Modeling & Simulation Conference: Desiloing the Design Process
Dassault Systèmes hosted a Modeling & Simulation users conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Mich., U.S. on Sept. 18-19, drawing a diverse, global audience of 800+ attendees. Company representatives from General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., FCA NA LLC, and Toyota Motor Co. were there, but so too were representatives from Bissell Inc., Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Proctor & Gamble Co., RJG Inc., Waymo LLC, and The Boeing Co. Composites were covered in a number of keynote talks and breakout sessions, but so too were unreinforced plastics, metals and even human tissue. Source | All images courtesy Dassault Systèmes
On Sept. 18 and 19, software provider Dassault Systèmes (Vélizy-Villacoublay, France) hosted over 800 attendees at its Modeling & Simulation users conference in the Detroit suburbs. The event combined both modeling (through Dassault’s CATIA multi-platform software suite) and SIMULIA simulation solutions, which includes both the ABAQUS as well as CATIA applications. A frequent mantra heard throughout the event was how imperative it was to break traditional “silos” between designers, analysts, manufacturing engineers and business teams. By drawing members from each group and showcasing innovative uses of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Dassault and its partners made a strong case for how relatively seamless as well as how vital it is to make the design process more interactive than it traditionally has been.
Something for everyone
Day 1 began with several hours of energetic keynotes and panel discussions. Clifton Davies, principal aeronautical engineer for the Skunk Works at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (Ft. Worth, Texas, U.S.) discussed Aircraft Conceptual Design using 3DExperience Simulation Process & Design Exploration Apps. Next up was an executive roundtable about Modeling & Simulation in the Age of Digital Transformation emceed by Michael Grieves, chief scientist-advanced manufacturing, Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne, Fla., U.S.). Grieves was joined by three Dassault panelists: Philippe Laufer, CEO, CATIA; David Holman, VP-SIMULIA R&D and brand leader; and Garth Coleman, VP-marketing ENOVIA. That panel was followed by a case history on The FINN Project — On the Road to Olympic Games: From Mod-Sim Optimization of a Composite Mast for Racing Applications given jointly by Pierre Yves Mechin, Dassault CATIA R&D composites and Laurent Tournier, founder-Heol Composites (Treffléan, France). This was followed by R. Byron Pipes, executive director-manufacturing & simulation center at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind., U.S.) whose talk, Simulation as the Language of Innovation, described how rapid prototyping and 3D printed composite tools solved problems and saved weight on a reverse thrust-blocker door for Rolls Royce aircraft engines. After lunch, attendees picked four talks from seven parallel tracks during afternoon breakout sessions, whose topics included:
- Electric, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles;
- Structural Vibration;
- 5G Communications;
- Robust Design;
- Know-How Capitalization and Automation;
- Component Functional Generative Engineering;
- Automotive Technology;
- Packaging Manufacturing;
- Advanced Visualization;
- Component Design for Structural Performance;
- Print to Perform (Additive Manufacturing End to End); and
The evening ended with a networking reception.
Among the interesting talks at the Modeling & Simulation Users Conference was a keynote by Clifton Davies, principal aeronautical engineer for the Skunk Works at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (top) who discussed work his team did on advanced aircraft design by leveraging distributed computing capabilities via custom adaptors. The “father of the digital twin,” Michael Grieves, chief scientist-advanced manufacturing, Florida Institute of Technology (bottom) discussed the goal of testing, making, and servicing everything — from design through distribution — in the digital realm before ever starting to move atoms. Grieves subsequently emceed a panel with three Dassault executives that covered topics as diverse as the Internet of Experience, cognitive, augmented design, modeling all physics at all scales, and the challenge of modeling key performance indicators (KPIs). Notably, one panelist lamented the fact that “accountants are the killers of joy.”
Day 2 began with early breakout sessions (two talks from seven parallel tracks), followed by keynotes and customer presentations; and then a return to four more talks in seven parallel sessions. Breakout topics included:
- Structures I;
- Structures II;
- Fluids Including Acoustics;
- Multibody System Simulation;
- Model-Based Systems Engineering;
- Composite Engineering & Manufacturing Preparation;
- Configured Engineering-Deep Dive Workshop;
- Dynamic Behavior Modeling & Simulation;
- Concept Structure Engineering;
- Generative Design in Context of Requirements;
- Optimizing Simulation Using CATIA; and
- Multidisciplinary Optimization.
Day two’s keynote was by Jeswin Chankaramangalam, program & research manager, National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University (Wichita, Kan., U.S.) on Composite sUAS Simulation, Validation and Manufacturing on the 3DExperience Platform about development of a small composite-bodied unmanned aerial system (drone). Next, customer presentations were given by Allan Zhong, manager-R&D, engineering simulations, at Halliburton Co. (Houston, Texas, U.S.), with a topic titled On Formulations and Applications of Computational Modeling to Product Development in the Energy Sector on downhole drilling equipment; and Hansong Huang, director-advanced engineering, Amcor Rigid Packaging (Ann Arbor, Mich., U.S.) who discussed Sustainability and Innovation in Consumer Rigid Packaging Enabled by Simulation Driven Design on efforts to develop lighter, thinner beverage containers with increasing amounts of recycled resins. Additionally, Dassault’s Nicholas Faure, CATIA technical director-North America and Fabien Letailleur, director-SIMULIA transportation & mobility strategic initiatives demonstrated Seamless Integration of Modeling & Simulation: Real World Application Examples Using the 3DExperience Platform.
An event highlight was the Reveal the World multi-station, interactive virtual-reality demonstration housed in a tractor trailer near the building where attendees could use a variety of goggles, glasses, and headsets to view results from real simulation projects such as how hot or cool air flowed through vents and ducts inside what appeared to be a passenger vehicle traveling down a highway; different views of a traumatic brain injury seen from “slices” of the brain; and a very-realistic simulation of a race car driving onto, around, and off a race track. That module was so realistic that this writer, who had foolishly just eaten lunch, felt the contents of her stomach lurch as her “car” barreled around corners. Reportedly, after the Detroit Modeling & Simulation event, the mobile demonstrator would be spending the next few months traveling to universities and other venues throughout the U.S. Midwest.
There also were two two-day training sessions with certification exams on the 3DExperience Platform and ABAQUS: Structural Analysis as well as a 3.5-hour hands-on workshop on Day 2 on PLM Collaboration Services. About two dozen customers and partner/resellers had displays that were open between sessions.
Focused on optimizing traditional hand layup, nacelle and thrust reverser manufacturers cast an eye on future use of automation and closed molding.
Innovative use of international supplier base to revolutionize aircraft manufacture.
New technologies and improved methods keep up as tools get bigger and more complex and toolmaking gets ever more challenging.