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Impact of HPC and Automated CFD Simulation Processes on Virtual Product Development : A Case Study

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Lange, Christopher ; Barthelmäs, Patrick ; Rosnitschek, Tobias ; Tremmel, Stephan ; Rieg, Frank:
Impact of HPC and Automated CFD Simulation Processes on Virtual Product Development : A Case Study.
In: Applied Sciences. Vol. 11 (2021) Issue 14 . - No. 6552.
ISSN 2076-3417
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/app11146552

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High-performance computing (HPC) enables both academia and industry to accelerate simulation-driven product development processes by providing a massively parallel computing infrastructure. In particular, the automation of high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analyses aided by HPC systems can be beneficial since computing time decreases while the number of significant design iterations increases. However, no studies have quantified these effects from a product development point of view yet. This article evaluates the impact of HPC and automation on product development by studying a formula student racing team as a representative example of a small or medium-sized company. Over several seasons, we accompanied the team, and provided HPC infrastructure and methods to automate their CFD simulation processes. By comparing the team’s key performance indicators (KPIs) before and after the HPC implementation, we were able to quantify a significant increase in development efficiency in both qualitative and quantitative aspects. The major aerodynamic KPI increased up to 115%. Simultaneously, the number of expedient design iterations within one season increased by 600% while utilizing HPC. These results prove the substantial benefits of HPC and automation of numerical-intensive simulation processes for product development.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Former Professors > Chair Engineering Design and CAD - Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Rieg
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Engineering Design and CAD > Chair Engineering Design and CAD - Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing Stephan Tremmel
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Forschungszentrum für Wissenschaftliches Rechnen an der Universität Bayreuth - HPC-Forschungszentrum
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2021 08:45
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2021 08:45
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/66570