Design Space Exploration

CAPTURING THE ENGINEERING POTENTIAL UP-FRONT

Up-front insights into the unexplored design potential

Building on existing engineering workflows, Optimus’ Design Space Exploration functions provide up-front insights into the unexplored design potential. They enable engineering teams to assess what is realistic in terms of achievable product performance and required development duration – altogether eliminating the need for an iterative trial-and-error engineering approach.

Design of Experiments

Dedicated Design of Experiments (DOE) methods define a minimum set of well-chosen engineering experiments to sample the design space most effectively, while the simulation robot automates the execution of this experiment set. By post-processing the DOE results, engineers easily discover the relative importance of design parameters and constraints.

​Surrogate Modeling

Response Surface Modeling (RSM) condenses complex engineering processes into so-called surrogate models or meta-models, using the results of the engineering experiments defined by Design of Experiments. Surrogate models are very effective in evaluating new designs without requiring a full detailed analysis, or to provide valuable information on the relationship between design parameters and functional performance metrics.

For Fuji Heavy Industries, the hills and valleys on an Optimus Response Surface Model provided valuable insights into non-linear winglet physics.

Balancing aerodynamic benefits and weight penalties, Optimus helped engineers realize a 1.2% reduction in aircraft takeoff weight

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​Up-front engineering insights

Design of Experiments and Response Surface Modeling techniques help engineers fully and rapidly grasp the unexplored design space potential early in the development process. As a result, they gain up-front insights into the product performance that is actually within reach. This in turn provides valuable knowledge on how to trade off multiple, often conflicting design objectives.

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