Simulation: essential for transforming technology

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Simulation is essential in transforming the world we inhabit” stated Francisco Martínez – Fluids Director, SIMULIA R&D, Dassault Systèmes.

Thus started the XXII Meeting of SIMULIA users, which Principia has been organising annually for 22 years, no less, presenting the latest tendencies in simulation and its role in the technological transformation of the world around us.

Being better, faster and more efficient are the challenges faced by B2B companies. Those challenges are imposed by society to ensure their continuity and sustainability.

Simulation allows us to control material quantities, the wear characteristics, their applications, and many more aspects that will make the design to be the best it can be. And not just that, it expands the horizons of creativity, making it possible to imagine the future possibilities of the changes introduced.

During the meeting we had the chance of seeing many of the achievements, and also of the possibilities, of the technological transformation in a variety of industries. From the aeronautics sector, Eduardo Oslé, Senior Expert from AIRBUS, a company always pursuing better prediction and prevention, stated: “We have to maintain our simulation capabilities throughout the product cycle, which may be 30 or 40 years”, because we strive for planes that are lighter, safer, use less fuel and resist better the unexpected.

Simulación: innovación esencial en la transformación tecnológicaOr the health industry, which uses simulation to establish bone loss in patients with dental implants to optimise the design and, with it, the quality of life of the patient, as explained by Álvaro José Martínez, from ICEMM.

Because, as said by Nere Gil-NegreteResearcher at the Transport and Energy Division of CEIT-IK4, “innovation must be applicable to reality, that is why we at CEIT investigate the problems that industry encounters to help to solve then, something in which simulation is fundamental”.

Simulation has many benefits that may not be obvious to the outsider. Something like forming steel plate, conducted extensively in the steel industry, benefits from simulation in inspection tasks or in the ability to modify cutting tools for maximum efficiency, as pointed out by Ricardo Hernández, from Eurecat-CTM.



Here the star was the XFlow simulation software, capable of conducting very precise calculations for unsteady, strongly turbulent flows. Santiago García, from SIMULIA, explained fluid-structure interaction using XFlow and Abaqus.

Simulación: innovación esencial en la transformación tecnológicaThe advantages of the Lattice Boltzmann methods in computational fluid dynamics are numerous, such as the automatic generation of the calculation domain, or reducing to minutes the design calculations that used to take days with traditional methods

We have tried to summarise here a day in which we counted with great speakers, whose participation must be recognised, explaining the advantages they perceived in using simulation. Many thanks are owed to all of them, not only for contributing their knowledge, but also for being part of the transformation that numerical simulation is bringing to all sectors of the real world, as noted by Jorge Ginés from SIMULIA.

One more year, we learnt about the tendencies and developments that SIMULIA users introduce in industry through innovation of processes, designs and applications. A true luxury.

We would like to acknowledge the collaboration of:

Francisco Martínez , Fluids Director, SIMULIA R&D, Dassault Systèmes; Eduardo Oslé, Senior Expert from AIRBUS; Nere Gil-Negrete, Researcher at the Transport and Energy Division of CEIT-IK4; Sergio Horta, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha; José Alfonso Artero, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; Sergio Sádaba, IDOM; Álvaro José Martínez, ICEMM; Rubén Escribano, IK4-Lortek; Ricardo Hernández, Eurecat-CTM; Jorge Ginés, SIMULIA; Santiago García, SIMULIA, and Ioannis Asaniotis from BETA CAE Systems.

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