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Top performing companies have a few goals in mind such as cost targets, staying within budget and beating their deadlines. One way to achieve these goals is by utilizing simulation. It allows you to optimize your design, as opposed to iterating and then testing each of the iterations you come up with.

Simulation can be found in many places throughout the product cycle:

Concept Design

In concept design, the emphasis is on exploring performance variation in the design space. The key is to understand the design space so the best selection can be made. This translates into specific critical capabilities. Concept geometry tends to be simplistic and representative, perhaps even in 2D. So integration into fully detailed 3D models with CAD isn’t as important. Automated simulation iteration, such as the design of experiments, maps out the performance in the design space. Lastly, topology optimization, which suggests new shapes for consideration, is highly applicable.

Detailed Design

In detailed design, the need is to compare the performance between slight variants as well as size components.  Users want to compare and contrast slightly different variations of a design, allowing them to pick the right branch of the design decision tree. They also need to dimensionally size geometric traits of a design.

From a simulation capabilities perspective, these users need a few important capabilities. Tight integration with 3D modeling is critical. So is direct modeling to assist in simplification and abstraction. Parametric optimization and sensitivities allow users to hone in on the right size of the component by finding the right balance between design criteria, such as weight, performance goals, and maximum stress that leads to failures.

Validation and Verification

For this phase, accuracy in simulation becomes a top priority.  It is critical to take multi-physics into account as combined phenomena across structural, dynamics, thermal, excitation, fatigue, chemical and more can easily account for failures. The key is to avoid prototyping and testing failures. Simulation accuracy and multi-physics rule the needs of users here. Simulation automation is advantageous in that it expands the bandwidth of simulation analysts with deep queues of work.

For example, thermal expansion can directly impact the structural performance components. Chemical reactions affect the fluid dynamic behavior of fluids flowing through pumps and valves. Lastly, a point often overlooked is that simulation automation is very important. Because there is such a long queue of work for simulation analysts, they need tools to help them get their work done more quickly so they can expand their bandwidth.

It is critical for products to hold up under real-world conditions. And with PTC Creo Simulation you are able to do just that.

*Please know that MRC alongside providing personalized support to you and your team can also have your software purchase up and active in less than 72 hours. Unlike other vendors, MRC is centrally located which allows us to increase our speed and response to you.