Delegation from Hultin Partners Ltd visited SPbPU Center of Computer-Aided Engineering (CompMechLab®)
On September 3rd, 2015, representatives of Hultin Partners Ltd consulting (Finland) company paid a working visit to the Engineering Center “Center of Computer-Aided Engineering” (CompMechLab®) of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.
Executive Officer of SPbPU Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (IAMT) Sergey Salkutsan, Deputy Director for Corporate Communication of the Center of Computer-Aided Engineering Dmitry Karpov, Head of Computer-Aided Engineering Technology Transfer Department of the SPbPU Center of Computer-Aided Engineering Anton Aleksashkin and Deputy Director of Computer-Aided Engineering in Automotive Industry Department of SPbPU Center of Computer-Aided Engineering Mikhail Aleshin met the guests at the SPbPU Center of Computer-Aided Engineering.
Picture (from left to right): Director of the SPbPU International Innovation Center Yu. Nurulin, Hultin Partners Ltd Managing Partner T. Hultin, Hultin Partners Ltd Business Development Manager N. Zhuk and the Deputy Director of Computer-Aided Engineering in Automotive Industry Department of the SPbPU Center of Computer-Aided Engineering M. Aleshin
Mikhail Aleshin described in details the workflow of CompMechLab® engineers within the automotive industry, which is the most competitive and fast growing sector of the global economy.
Mikhail Aleshin pointed out that employees of the Engineering Center have been "naturally embedded" for many years into process flows of world leaders of automotive industry such as BMW Group (BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce), Daimler (Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks), Ferrari, General Motors (Cadillac, Opel / Hummer), Volkswagen Group (Audi, Bugatti, Porsche), etc. CompMechLab® engineers "carry out R&D projects which are made public after one or two years after they have been completed".
Mr. Aleshin added: "It means that when first car's spy-photos appear on the Internet, Engineering Center specialists work has already been finished over".
Anton Aleksashkin, Head of Computer-Aided Engineering Technology transfer Department, presented main aspects of advanced software implementation into industry. In particular, main features and capabilities of Altair HyperWorks multiphysics analysis platform were presented, and examples of multi-parametric topology optimization application by means of Altair OptiStruct and solidThinking Inspire software tools were presented.
Besides, Anton Aleksashkin highlighted computer-aided technologies designed for modelling and analysis of composite materials and structures, which are currently being implemented into manufacturing processes; For instance, ESAComp software developed by Finnish company Componeering, Inc. was presented, as well as Simpleware – a multi-purpose software platform designed by the similarly-named UK company. Not only allows Simpleware to process sets of 3D images and obtained by various tomography methods, but also to generate image-based 3D models, as well as model complicated composite structures and evaluate their microscopic effective properties. DeskArtes software (Finland), a brand-new product at the Russian market, was featured as well - this innovative technology is used for complicated 3D models geometry processing and further production by additive manufacturing (3D-printing).
Picture: Anton Aleksashkin, Head of Computer-Aided Engineering Technology Transfer Department of the SPbPU Center of Computer-Aided Engineering, presentation (rightmost)
As a conclusion, SPbPU Center of Computer-Aided Engineering representatives introduced CompMechLab® Finnish partners and customers. For instance, these are computer-aided engineering software vendors such as Componeering, Inc. and DeskArtes Oy; Mikkeli University of Applied Science was also represented, since the CompMechLab® engineers have been holding technical and engineering workshops in Finland in cooperation with this University for many years.
Tampere University of Technology is also considered to be CompMechLab® customer: the Center engineers fulfilled a benchmark for the University division, BioMediTech, processing human skeleton bones tomographic images. Aalto University (Espoo) is also among the customers of the Center, as CompMechLab® provides the University a complex sophisticated optimization technology based on SolidThinking Inspire solutions.
As a summary of the visit, Hultin Partners Ltd representatives highly appreciated the activity conducted by the employees of the CompMechLab®, and made certain proposals regarding efficient cooperation between the organizations.