Advanced Simulation technologies, the ability to understand how a product or process will behave has significantly improved. With computer-generated design and development methods, digital transformation has optimised the design process by eliminating the need to build physical prototypes.
Advanced Simulation (AS)
Creating optimised designs faster with advance simulation
CFMS uses AS to pioneer new capabilities for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and thermal and electromagnetic analysis. Combining these capabilities with other digital engineering services, we offer a robust test bed that provides digital expertise, and innovation support across advanced applications.
Some of our previous AS projects resulted in more efficient aircraft, faster Formula 1 racing cars, better flood prevention, lower cost manufacturing, and we recently designed the world’s first 3D-printed snowboard bindings. The bindings were tested virtually are being used by Darren Swift at 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in China.
And we haven’t stopped there. Our simulation team is pioneering more complex digital engineering capabilities, combining AS techniques that focus on the Design of Advanced Wing Structures (DAWS). This new project will generate intelligent designs, optimised for performance, material cost, manufacturing methods, and other critical industrial and commercial issues.
Budgetary or time constraints means designers often fail to fully assess all available options, potentially resulting in poor decisions, rework, delays or cost overruns, something all too frequently encountered on large programmes. To overcome this, CFMS employs the power of advanced computing to automate the activity of multi-objective and multi-disciplinary optimisation to generate and assess thousands of potential solutions prior to finalisation.
To illustrate this process, CFMS have worked with KISPE Space to evaluate the benefit of generative design for satellite platforms. Such products consume large amounts of engineering resources to optimise the positioning of payloads or attachment points for a range of launch vehicles.
CFMS have automated this process to minimise the level of human effort required to create and augment the design. The nature and position of each element of the structure can be varied according to a specified range, creating an array of models that are automatically tested against required criteria. The outputs are then evaluated and those that are worthy of consideration by the designer are highlighted. Engineering judgement then determines the optimum for detailed evaluation, saving time and money.
Here at CFMS, our technical skills and capabilities in AS include:
Understanding how a body moves through a fluid is a core skill that CFMS uses to virtually model the aerodynamic performance and acoustic impact of future products.
We tailor the creation of meshes to computationally represent physical products and their environments in order to improve the performance of engineering analysis.
CFMS takes a multidisciplinary approach to engineering design, to ensure understanding of how one phenomenon may collectively affect a product.
Finite Element Analysis
Our consultancy teams utilise finite element methods to solve engineering problems for a range of complex products that span many industrial sectors.
Understanding how a product will perform in environments of extreme temperature is a critical skill used by CFMS to improve engineering design.
To ensure product safety, engineering structures must be accurately analysed under a range of loading conditions, a core competence of CFMS.
Industrial Process Simulation
Our capabilities in the modelling and visualisation of industrial processes helps to build digital twins of modern manufacturing facilities.
CFMS creates computational models to simulate the actions and interactions of entities within systems to better understand how they will work in practice.
Discrete Event Simulation
Our modelling capability enables customers to understand how systems or processes will evolve and perform over a series of time based events.
CFMS uses immersive technology to aid visualisation of concepts and aid collaborative design activities for its customers and partners.
Our other services
CFMS creates new design methods and methodologies and offers extensive digital engineering services, consultancy and facilities to assist businesses of all sizes in understanding and exploiting digital technologies.
Digital Engineering Services using Model Based Engineering and digital threads to improve designs and processes.
Engineering Computing Services to provide a platform that enables organisations to collaborate and connect.
Providing a collaborative environment and enabling technologies for next generation robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) development.