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Shorten aircraft design cycles with ESTECO’s digital engineering solutions for collaboration, simulation data management and multidisciplinary design optimization.

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Robust design of a lithium-ion battery considering manufacturing tolerance

Discover how experts from ESTECO and AVL benefit from coupling ESTECO modeFRONTIER and AVL CRUISE™ M Electrochemistry Battery Model.

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eBook
Unlocking innovation in Aerospace and Defense
Shorten aircraft design cycles with ESTECO’s digital engineering solutions for collaboration, simulation data management and multidisciplinary design optimization. This eBook deepdives how our digital engineering solutions provide aerospace companies with a comprehensive suite of tools and capabilities to facilitate the adoption of MDO technology and streamline aircraft design processes. ESTECO Technology is tailored to your needs. Downloading this eBook you get key highlights on Collaboration, Simulation Process and Data Management, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization and Shorten Design Cycles. Access our gated content for free for an in-depth exploration of aerospace digital engineering today.
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Robust design of a lithium-ion battery considering manufacturing tolerance
Discover how experts from ESTECO and AVL benefit from coupling ESTECO modeFRONTIER and AVL CRUISE™ M Electrochemistry Battery Model. Designing the best lithium-ion battery cell depends on many factors from materials design to manufacturing and more. In this webinar, ESTECO and AVL demonstrate how to address this challenge by combining the ESTECO Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) technology with AVL multi-physics system simulation tools. Among other factors, the impact of manufacturing tolerances on cell performance is a crucial aspect to consider when designing a lithium-ion battery. The Robust Design and Reliability capabilities within ESTECO modeFRONTIER are able to take these uncertainties into account and manage them effectively from the early stages of product development. During the webinar, experts from ESTECO and AVL will highlight the benefits of coupling ESTECO modeFRONTIER and AVL CRUISE™ M Electrochemistry Battery Model.
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Optimizing commercial aircraft designs to use future aviation fuels
Learn how ESTECO modeFRONTIER helped Delft University of Technology to perform multi-objective aircraft design optimization to compare future aviation fuels. Pieter-Jan Proesmans, PhD Candidate in the Flight Performance & Propulsion group at Delft University of Technology, used modeFRONTIER to perform multi-objective aircraft design optimization to compare future aviation fuels. ## Challenge This research has been undertaken in the framework of the GLOWOPT project sponsored by the EU’s Clean Sky 2 program, and under the supervision of Dr.Ir. Roelof Vos, associate professor at Delft University of Technology. The objective is the development and validation of Climate Functions for Aircraft Design (CFAD) with respect to minimizing global warming and their application to the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) of next-generation aircraft for relevant market segments. To reach this goal, novel fuels, such as liquid hydrogen (LH2) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) can provide more sustainable solutions. However, the climate objective conflicts with the typical design objective of minimal operating costs. While these two fuels can offer a significant reduction in climate impact, they are also more expensive and have consequences for the aircraft design (in the case of cryogenic LH2 tanks). ## Solution The modeFRONTIER Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) framework was selected to investigate the climate impact reduction and operating costs for hydrogen and SAF fuel in regional, medium-range and long-range aircraft categories. The cost-optimal, kerosene-powered aircraft served as the reference case for all multidisciplinary aircraft design optimizations. The MDO process was set-up in a modeFRONTIER workflow. Its Python interface made it possible to orchestrate in-house tools for aerodynamics, propulsion, mission analysis, mass estimation and climate impact. Next, the optimization strategy was executed. The pilOPT algorithm evaluated thousands of configurations by changing airframe, turbofan engine and mission design variables to obtain the cost versus climate trade-off for all fuel types in the three aircraft categories. ## Benefits “The easy-to-use parallel coordinates and scatter matrix charts were very helpful in gaining conceptual insights. One of the key finding was that the SAF-powered aircraft are preferred over the cost-optimal hydrogen aircraft for the regional and medium-range categories. With modeFRONTIER, we could perform the multi-objective optimization and post-processing in a much faster and user-friendly way compared to when we had to rely on programming libraries. In the future, we will investigate how to combine the aircraft optimization with a network allocation routine to update not only aircraft design variables, but also top-level aircraft requirements” said Pieter-Jan Proesmans, PhD Candidate in the Flight Performance & Propulsion group at Delft University of Technology.
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Expedite design process with cutting-edge optimization technology
Step-by-step guide into modeFRONTIER - the intuitive vendor agnostic software for process automation and design optimization. In this eBook, we take a deep-dive into ESTECO modeFRONTIER’s open ecosystem for simulation process automation and design optimization. A pioneer in this field for over 20 years, modeFRONTIER provides engineers with a modern, intuitive optimization-driven design approach to help them eliminate endless simulation iterations and unleash product innovation.
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ESTECO Technology spotlight - VOLTA and modeFRONTIER at the forefront of Digital Transformation
Our digital engineering software solutions are being driven by a range of key technologies, including Hyperautomation, AI Engineering, Decision Intelligence and Cloud-native paradigm. This video is an inspiring conversation with Dario Campagna (Research Project Manager), Danilo Di Stefano (modeFRONTIER Product Manager) and Marco Turchetto (VOLTA Product Manager) covering our main development drivers to address companies’ expectations in the digital engineering age. The discussion is about ESTECO VOLTA and modeFRONTIER, how they have evolved to stay on the edge of these technology trends and how they support organizations to embrace the necessary digitalization shift in product development.
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Enabling the digital thread with VOLTA SPDM enterprise platform
Connecting simulation to the digital thread is the next big step for engineering teams to unleash the potential of simulation across the product life cycle. In this eBook, we demonstrate how the ESTECO VOLTA platform for Simulation and Process Data Management and Design Optimization enables organizations to take full control of the engineering design process, from simulation workflows to high-level business decisions.
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Hyundai streamlines Genesis luxury sedan's conceptual design
Learn how ESTECO world-class engineering software helped Hyundai Motor Group R&D optimize the vehicle architecture trade-offs. In the wider context of Hyundai Motor Group R&D efforts aimed at integrating engineering design, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and testing for vehicle development, ESTECO world-class engineering support proved itself a trustworthy partner in optimizing the vehicle architecture trade-offs. In particular, ESTECO modeFRONTIER software solution was utilized in the conceptual design phase for the next generation of Genesis luxury sedan. ## Challenge Hyundai’s architecture-driven structure conveys vehicle concept planning which takes numerous factors into account from the initial stage of development, including vehicle performance, parts sharing, standardization and even up to procurement, production and suppliers. Currently, their research engineers need to find a proven simulation-driven design technology for upcoming Electric Vehicle (EV) architecture development. To test this methodology, they took as baseline a Genesis G80 luxury midsize sedan looking at rapidly investigating and identifying the global optimum design region , focusing on mechanical package, system selection, and attribute modeling. The analysis involved components such as suspensions, fuel economy, battery, and architecture costs. Solution By employing modeFRONTIER, they could perform Trade Space Analysis (TSA) in order to identify a set of system parameters, attributes, and characteristics to satisfy the required vehicle performance during the conceptual product development phase. In practice, starting from an automated multidisciplinary modeFRONTIER workflow, they ran 3000 Design of Experiments (DOE) to rapidly evaluate all the possible vehicle configurations. For this purpose it was mandatory to build fast evaluation simulation models such as Matlab (Octave) for suspensions, Excel for batteries, RSM for the performance and so on, to get the results in a few hours. Then, they applied advanced post-processing techniques such as Clustering and Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) to group similar designs and rank all reasonable alternatives on the basis of given preferences. ## Benefits “We realized that modeFRONTIER software is the ideal solution for vehicle trade-off-analysis and optimization. After generating 3000 different vehicle configurations, we could cluster and then rank all reasonable design alternatives on the basis of user-defined preferences. This significantly accelerated our internal decision making process among all stakeholders involved in the project. We look forward to applying the same methodology for our next EV architecture development projects by also considering ESTECO VOLTA SPDM platform to foster collaboration across departments” - said James (KR) Yoon - Senior Research Engineer, Virtual MBSE & HPC AI Research, Hyundai Motor Company.
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ESTECO VOLTA and modeFRONTIER capabilities
Discover ESTECO VOLTA and modeFRONTIER capabilities applied into different case studies: supersonic business jet, beam optimization.
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Server-based MDO using ESTECO VOLTA SPDM platform
Discover more about the server-based MDO using ESTECO VOLTA SPDM platform applied to different case studies.
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Getting started with parametric design optimization in modeFRONTIER