• Improving Thrust Reverser Performance through Design Exploration
    Aerospace companies have traditionally relied on engineering intuition and low fidelity simulation to evaluate potential design candidates early within the product development cycle. The availability of low-cost HPC resources and modern simulation methods are allowing organizations to leverage high-fidelity parametric design studies to help engineers quickly identify promising design candidates in advance of more rigorous analysis. Viewers learn how to...
  • Better Products Faster through Multidisciplinary Design Exploration
    With ever more powerful computer hardware available and increased access to easy-to-use analysis environments, engineers now have the tools available to gain insight into product behavior like never before. The question is, how do you take that insight and use it to not only understand the behavior, but to improve it? Furthermore, how can design exploration help? This webcast demonstrates how advancements in simulation are allowing engineers to make better...
  • Optimate Evaluation: Design Optimization of a Generic Glider
    One of the difficulties of optimization of any design using CFD is the sheer number of runs required using traditional methods. This presentation details the use of Optimate for the optimization of a generic glider. This case was designed to stress the SHERPA algorithm with a realistically complex set of design criteria to optimize an aerodynamic vehicle, including stability requirements and trimmed L/D performance requirements.

Although there are several packages out there solely dedicated for optimization, there is a real advantage in having the optimization and design exploration as a part of the simulation software.

With this technology, there is a direct link from the CAD import stage to solution optimization, all within a single integrated package, resulting in a more efficient process.

CD-adapco has partnered with Red Cedar Technology to deliver Optimate, an add-on module for STAR-CCM+ that offers a breakthrough solution for design exploration and optimization with CAE/CFD simulations. Optimate uses HEEDS from Red Cedar for all the post-processing work. Optimate comes with CD-adapco’s revolutionary Power token licensing, removing the constraining link between license and hardware and offering more flexibility to the user. Optimate is currently offered in two modes:

Optimization Mode (Optimate+)

Optimate+ is an add-on to Optimate that adds the capability to perform automated design optimization studies using the SHERPA algorithm from Red Cedar, providing the required efficiency for optimization with complex CFD simulation. Once the design variables, parameters and optimization goals are set, the process is fully automatic inside STAR-CCM+ without any need for scripting and allowing engineers to focus on the design aspects of the product.

Design Exploration Mode (Optimate)

In this mode, Optimate can be used for design exploration studies like aero loads database, compressor maps and test replications automatically by simply setting up an initial simulation and allowing Optimate to do the rest of the work. Optimate will automatically set-up and submit jobs for all designs in the exploration space and collect and organize simulation results

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