How HPC makes the difference
Engineering analysis processes include activities such as product design and product analysis, including mesh generation, definition of boundary conditions, simulation, and post-processing. In any engineering company the highly iterative simulation process results in huge amounts of files and data with many different representations of the 3D product model. For an engineer it is a challenge to keep an overview of related data (configuration control) and extract the essential information for product optimization, demanding a user-friendly overview over configuration controlled data sets and an easy and fast visual inspection.
For the process of managing evaluation results, the end user Stellba uses a multitude of different software packages with high license costs, training efforts and requirements towards human skills. The process is tedious and the locally installed software packages limit accessibility to the corresponding computers – there is no remote / web access. So, on average, Stellba spends four weeks on organizing and reviewing simulation results in parallel to running the simulations themselves.
With the help of HPC the time for reviewing and managing simulation results at Stellba is being reduced by saving about 40 person-hours of work for a medium-sized turbine optimisation project. By shortening the elapsed time for handling projects, Stellba’s capacity for new projects increases and reduced product costs lead to better competitiveness.