Monday, August 13, 2012

Virtual Prototyping - The power of Simulations

With the ever increasing demand for products comes tighter deadlines, shorter product lifecycle and product innovation. However, the product has to be tested for it's robustness and quality without which the product will never appeal to the mass and will eventually lead to failure.
Virtual prototyping is gaining importance largely because of faster turnaround time and faster decision making cycle (due to the fact that multiple configurations can be tested within a limited time).
Simulations are approximations to real world physics but through rigorous testing and correlation with experiments can reduce the margin of error. Simulations are becoming the bread and better for various companies and it continues to grow.
Some of the advantages of performing computer simulations are:
  • Faster turnaround time
  • More virtual experiments and designs can be churned out with limited resources and limited time
  • Limited human resources unlike experiments
  • Easy to visualize results and get better understanding of the system unlike experiments where the visualization is limited to graphs and charts. The system can be visualized in real time with the desired physical variables
  • Initial investment for simulations is orders of magnitude lower than experiments
  • Return on Investment is much higher than experiments
  • Easy to make changes to design parameters unlike experiments where it takes long time to get new data set.
  • Quite helpful for companies that are constrained by their geographical locations. Results can be made easily available to anyone around the world. Users from anywhere can modify the design parameters without being bounded by any constraints

Simulations are used in a variety of applications. These include:
  • Aerospace
  • Healthcare
  • Turbomachinery
  • Civil Engineering
  • Consumer Products 
  • Electronics
  • MEMS - Semiconductor
  • Defense
  • Chemical and Petrochemical
  • Oil and Gas
  • Marine
  • Clean Technologies
  • Automotive
  • Industrial Equipments and many more!!
Our next post will focus more on various simulation tools available within ANSYS

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