Using Simulation in Product Design: 3 Success SimStories

SimStories - SimScale Case Studies

The reason why SimScale was created was to help engineers, designers and manufacturers develop better products better, faster and cheaper with the help of engineering simulation (CAE software).

More than 3 years have passed since the initial release and many things have changed, while our mission stayed the same. The number of users has increased to over 50 000, plenty of simulation features have been added to the platform, the SimScale Community was created and we were even the first ones to make simulation free to everyone, both professionals and academics.

The main reason why a part of our users choose the Professional or Enterprise account instead of the free Community plan is because they want to protect their copyright and perform private simulations for their product design instead of making it public. This is, of course, common for the majority of our users who are working on a new product. And talking about products, there is a wide variety that can be simulated with SimScale, from a chair design to a vehicle or a construction (take a look at this page for an application overview).

3 Success SimStories

With this article, we would like you to get to know better a few of our customers and give you more information about what products you can virtually test and analyze with SimScale. So here are 3 of our customer’s products tested and optimized on the SimScale platform:

1. Carlsson Autotechnik: Car Aerodynamics Optimization

Carlsson Autotechnik: Car Aerodynamics Optimization with SimScale

The design and development of sports cars and their components require proper testing and high-end tools to ensure product quality and performance.

Large automobile companies usually maintain a large or several development departments with hardware, machines and super computers for testing. Carlsson Autotechnik was facing the challenge of managing the same tasks and getting accurate results with limited resources.

Choosing the SimScale’s pay-as-you-go model, Carlsson’s team was able to use the platform and perform the CFD analyses they needed, paying only for what they used. On the basis of the simulation results obtained with SimScale, it was possible to examine and optimize the aerodynamics of their vehicle.

2. Tokyowheel: Simulating Premium Racing Wheels

Tokyowheel: Simulating Premium Racing Wheels with SimScale

Founded in 2010 and based in Japan, Tokyowheel is a highly-specialized company that is designing and manufacturing technical carbon fiber racing wheels for competitive cyclists. Their carbon wheels for road, triathlon, and cyclocross bikes provide significant performance improvements through decreased aerodynamic drag of the wheel shape, and the decreased mass of the lightweight carbon fiber construction.

Aerodynamic wheels nowadays require the use of Computer-Aided Engineering/CAE (as opposed to historical methods of prototyping and wind tunnel testing). Whilst historical methods certainly produced competitive results and moved the industry forward, they were time-consuming, and required significant resources. CAE can provide similar results in a lot less time, and with a significantly smaller investment.

Computational Fluid Dynamics/CFD, in particular, is prohibitively expensive, with annual subscriptions usually costing tens of thousands of dollars. To this, the SimScale platform was the engineers at Tokyowheel were looking for.

SimScale enabled them to perform fluid flow analyses of strategically different wheel designs in parallel and in a timely manner. A traditional local computer-based system would have severely limited the number of design experiments that could have been run in a given time period.

By using SimScale’s cloud-based platform, Tokyowheel’s team was able to run many more simulations, and in turn iterate more design changes. Each design change was quickly implemented in CAD, and immediately tested in the SimScale environment, making changes based on the simulation results and in the end creating better final products.

3. Malaika: Designing Safer Car Seats for Children

Malaika car seat simulation

Adopting a blank canvas approach and using engineering and design methods from the aviation industry, the Malaika team is promising a child car seat that is significantly safer, lighter, and easier to use.

They are designing the world’s first range of child car seats that will surpass every international safety standard, effectively raising the bar for child safety. To meet such a challenge, the engineers at Malaika have implemented rigorous product testing and design verification procedures at both the component-level and system-level.

The SimScale platform has been a part of this process and a series of component simulations validated the structural integrity of the primary ISOfix connection to the main chassis and the adjustment rack. Finite Element Analysis tests were conducted with the SimScale simulation platform based on worst case scenarios.

There are many more products simulated with SimScale every day. Browse the Public Projects for an overview.

And remember: all you have to do to keep your products private is to upgrade for the Professional Plan.

SimScale is the world's first cloud-based simulation platform, enabling you to perform CFD, FEA, or thermal analyses. Sign up for the 14-day free trial and join the community of 70 000 engineers and designers. No payment data required.