Modelling Wire Manufacturing

HPC-Competence Center

The Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC) is a partnership between the five Flemish universities and their university associations. The VSC encourages the use of scientific and technical computing in the Flemish academic and industrial landscape. To this end it offers infrastructure, training and services. In addition, VSC acts as a lever to promote the importance of scientific and technical computing and its added value to society.
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The Enterprise

Bekaert is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. Headquartered in Flanders, it is a global company with almost 30.000 employees worldwide. Bekaert is a prime supplier of steel cord products for tire reinforcement and steel fiber for concrete reinforcements. It also offers a very wide range of advanced steel wire products for other applications and to many sectors.

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How HPC makes the difference

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3D model of a steel wire

Peter De Jaeger, R&D Project Manager Advanced Coatings, explains how Bekaert benefits from supercomputing: “We use computational models to predict the behavior of steel wire during different transformation processes (e.g. wire rolling, wire drawing, rope manufacturing, …). Such calculations are much faster and more economic than relying on physical tests on proofing samples. In this way, supercomputing allows us to drastically enhance the speed of product development and improve development processes. But this modeling approach requires proper software implementation and ample computational resources.” To address these problems, Bekaert relies on the services of the VSC.