February 2016  



Next month, CD-adapco holds the 2016 STAR Global Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Design exploration is highlighted in various applications across several industries. Below are some examples of the work to be presented using HEEDS technology. As with each edition, we strive to bring you useful articles and examples of how HEEDS is being used to help engineers discover better designs, faster. Keep reading to learn more about exciting HEEDS-related happenings.


Customer Spotlight 


Design Space Exploration for Modern Gas Turbines

B&B-AGEMA, a German service provider for power plant engineering and turbomachinery design, is improving the performance of gas turbines by using advanced shaped film cooling holes. In modern gas turbines, film cooling technology is essential for the protection of hot parts. Today, shaped holes are widely used, but besides others, the NEKOMIMI-shaped cooling holes have shown that there is still potential to increase the film cooling effectiveness for high-speed turbines. In this study, HEEDS was used to efficiently and automatically vary the cooling hole design parameters in order to search the available design space and identify design candidates that significantly improve cooling performance. The work will be presented at the 2016 STAR Global Conference in Prague on March 7th.


Designing Lithium-Ion Batteries for High Energy

Consumer demand for longer runtime in electronic devices, especially cellular phones, is a major factor driving lithium-ion battery development. Typically, the battery engineer is given a specific shaped volume for the battery and then must develop a design that maximizes the energy and minimizes the cost. Battery Design LLC will present at 2016 STAR Global Conference how computer-aided design, in particular HEEDS and Battery Design Studio (BDS), enable exploration of a large number of cell designs with various constraints.


Improving Air Mixing in Modern Commercial Aircraft

Airbus engineers were looking for a way to better leverage their simulation models to quickly and easily perform design exploration of aircraft components and subsystems. Previous DOE-based attempts to do this for components like static air mixers took too long and showed limited success. In this work, Optimate+™ was used to automate the design exploration of an aircraft component and identify high performing new designs in just weeks. This work will be presented at the 2016 STAR Global Conference in Prague on March 7th.


Pushing the Frontiers of Ground Transportation

Hyperloop Technology is engaged in the development of a high-speed ground transportation system that is expected to achieve speeds in excess of 1000 kph. By the end of 2016/early 2017, Hyperloop will prototype a full speed, full size and fully capable test track that will launch a vehicle to top speed in less than 15 seconds. To make this a reality, long-term development is ongoing to engineer a high efficiency, low cost, electric motor capable of 500 kW constant power band between 3000 and 6000 RPM. The motor concept is designed using the SPEED™ motor design software and is connected to HEEDS for design exploration of key design criteria. This project will be presented at the 2016 STAR Global Conference in Prague on March 8th.


Designing a New Generation 60-Foot Monohull Competition Ship

The International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA) yachting rules allow a 60 foot-long racing boat to have only five appendages, most commonly one canting keel, two rudders and two daggerboards. The new generation is equipped with improved daggerboards, often called 'foils.' The skipper for IMOCA Ocean Racing, Michel Desjoyeaux, asked Mer Forte to look for improvements of the existing daggerboards. Optimate+™, based on HEEDS, was used to automate the process of evaluating each new daggerboard design concept and efficiently searching the design space to quickly identify better performing designs. Mer Forte will present their findings at the 2016 STAR Global Conference in Prague on March 8th.


Capabilities Highlight


Thinking in Parallel

There are a lot of great tools in HEEDS to help you gain insight into finding the best design. One area of enhancements in HEEDS 2015.11 focused on parallel plots. In this article, we'll highlight some ways to use new features of parallel plots in HEEDS to discover better designs, faster. Read more...



Call for Presentations


Optimize This 2016

The Optimize This! 2016 International HEEDS User Conference will be held on October 12, 2016 in Dearborn, Michigan. We're looking for papers covering a wide range of design exploration applications using HEEDS products, across all industries and disciplines. Deadline for abstracts is April 30th. Click here for more information.


Webinar Replay


Did you miss last month's webinar on Powertrain Multidisciplinary Design Exploration? 
The webinar covered how HEEDS can be used to significantly improve diesel engine performance through: the design of an intake port for ideal flow conditions, tuning the engine system dynamics at a given operating point, and modifying the shape of the piston bowl for ideal performance versus emission characteristics. The three separate topics are inter-related and when combined intelligently into HEEDS design exploration studies, can help you discover better designs, Faster.  << Listen Now >>


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Upcoming Events


STAR Global Conference 2016
3/7-9: Prague, Czech Rep
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2016 Ricardo Software USERCON Europe
4/5-6: Ludwigsburg, Germany
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Design of Medical Devices Conference
4/11-14: Minneapolis, MN
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2016 VI-Grade Users Conference
4/12-13: Wiesbaden, Germany
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ThermoAnalytics User Group Meeting (UGM)
4/19-21: Munich, Germany
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2016 CarSim Conference 
5/3-4: Novi, MI
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STAR Japanese Conference 2016
6/9-10: Yokohama, Japan
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STAR Chinese Conference 2016
6/13-14: Hangzhou, China
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STAR Korean Conference 2016
6/16-17: Seoul, Korea
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OptimizeThis! 2016 Conference
10/12/2016: Detroit, MI
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Webinar Recordings


Powertrain Multidisciplinary Design Exploration

Optimization for Powertrain Applications

Subsea Design Exploration: Optimizing a Split Lock Ring to Maximize Load Capacity

Tapping into the Unknowns Using HEEDS and Cloud Computing

Improving Thrust Reverser Performance Through Design Exploration

Better Products Faster through Multidisciplinary Design Exploration



Ron's Reflections


Ron Averill Ron Averill is one of the founders of RCT and a continuing contributor to our training programs. Ron takes the time to provide some thought-provoking ideas on expanding the usage of design exploration. 


Curve Fitting
Curve fitting We often need for a design or a model to perform in a specified way. For example, the parameters in a nonlinear material model should be selected to best match the experimental stress-strain response. The geometrical parameters of a rubber bushing should be designed so that its force-deflection response matches the desired nonlinear stiffness behavior. 

Optimization problems like these arise frequently. We refer to them as curve-fitting problems, because the goal is to minimize the difference between the specified target curve and the actual response curve of our design or model. Read more...


Company News


We are excited to welcome a new member to the Red Cedar Technology team. 


Weiyang Tong Weiyang Tong - Product Development Engineer

Dr. Weiyang Tong joined RCT in January 2016. He has expertise in multidisciplinary design optimization, optimization algorithms, and numerical simulations and recently worked in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Mississippi State University, where he was a research associate/postdoctoral researcher.  Weiyang is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds MS and PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He received his BE and MS in the Department of Aerospace Propulsion and Power Engineering at Beihang University. He enjoys soccer, skiing, and traveling.


We look forward to our continued relationship on helping you discover better designs, faster with HEEDS.

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Val Townsend

Marketing Manager



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