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Product Virtual Optimization

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The main purpose is to provide customers with the capacity to simulate numerically the operation of a given product or system, in order to predict and optimize its performance. For that purpose, numerical simulation platforms featuring relevant models (e.g. fluid flow, heat and mass transfer) are used, which allow detailed predictions of products or systems performances, considering real operating conditions. The numerical simulations can be conducted before building the first prototypes, in order to accelerate development cycles and reduce experimental characterization efforts. The application fields include clothing/footwear, bedding products, car seats, helmets, building materials/structures, heating/cooling systems, etc.

Reference outputs:

    • Pre-prototype performance prediction – Prediction of products potential performance for realistic operation conditions (dynamic boundary conditions, non-permanent operation, etc.)
    • Pre-prototype identification of performance limiting factors – Analysis of products potential performance for realistic conditions (dynamic boundary conditions, non-permanent operation, etc.), to identify factors limiting final performance (factors whose optimization will have the strongest impact on the overall products performance)
    • Pre-prototype performance optimization – Optimization of products potential performance by fine-tuning of materials composition, geometries, layers relative position, operating powers and operation rationale
    • Analysis of building energy efficiency – Evaluation of the effect of materials, structures and products on buildings energy efficiency and associated thermal environments

     

     

       

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      The main purpose is to provides customers with the capacity to simulate numerically the operation of a given product or system, in order to predict and optimize its performance. For that purpose, numerical simulation platforms featuring multiphysics models (e.g fluid flow, heat and mass transfer) are used, which allow detailed predictions of products or systems performances, considering real operating conditions. The numerical simulations can be conducted before building prototypes, thus accelerating development cycles and reducing experimental characterization efforts.

       

      Reference outputs:

       

      I. Analysis of building energy efficiency – evaluation of the effect of materials and products on buildings energy efficiency and associated thermal environments

      II. Optimisation of cooling/heating products – Optimisation of the thermal performance of cooling/heating products (e.g. gloves, clothing, footwear, etc.) considering different material properties, geometries, operating powers, etc.

      III. Optimisation of fluid flow systems – Optimisation of systems involving fluid flow considering different geometries, flow rates, pressure losses, etc.

       

      Reference costs: 200 €/day

       

      Minimum time-frame: 5 days