Last week, technical managers, IT managers and advanced users of CAE simulation software gathered at the Volandia Flight Museum in Milan, Italy, to discuss how aerospace industry simulation experts can effectively deal with the increasingly complex challenges they face.
ANSYS and Enginsoft, along with HP and Nvidia, came together to present a full overview that included not only software, but complete solutions made through a combination of software, hardware processes and knowledge. This event opened with Robert Harwood, Global Aerospace & Defense Director of ANSYS, discussing the trends in the aviation industry around the world.
As the aerospace industry has long been a pioneer of the most complex systems and the use of physics- based simulation, it really can take the most advantage from the renaissance that is ongoing in the engineering community as we transition from the traditional design processes to new and exciting technologies to solve the problems of tomorrow, at the system level.
Never forget lessons from the past, when the Apollo 13, a quite complex system for those times, failed because of a series of very small details. Today, engineers are under a lot of pressure. Environmental regulation and rising fuel prices are driving innovations in engines, aerodynamics, biofuels, electrification of power and control systems, and light weight materials. Passengers are demanding a more comfortable and connected travelling experience. Engineers are asked to do much more with much less, and all this in the context of a safe and reliable environment.
To address the new design paradigms, single physics and vertical solutions need to adapt. In this seminar, experts showed examples of how fluid structure interaction is required to solve adaptive wing aerodynamics, coupled thermal and structural analysis is required to manage the thermal environment for composite structures, jointly solving the electromagnetic and structural performance of load bearing conformal antennas.
Optimization was another key topic discussed. If you want to design a system that will perform and thrive in the real world, it’s important to start as early as possible in exploring hundreds of design hypothesys, and than optimize the final selection to have the best product possible before you launch into production.
Products are just one part of the solution. We invest heavily in the infrastructure to make the process of using simulation as efficient as possible in areas such as knowledge capture and high performance computing. And we cannot forget the people who use the products.
If you’d like more information about HPC solutions that ANSYS is developing in concert with world leading hardware producers, or how Workbench is contributing to integrated multiphysics solutions that map to the critical needs of the aerospace industry you can visit our High-Performance Computing page.