Simulation of the Mechanical Properties of Composite High-Pressure Vessels

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The Enterprise

Mikrosam is a design consulting company, building electronic components and designing machines for production. Throughout the years, by integrating advanced mechanical, electrotechnical and IT knowledge, it has grown into a world-renowned composite machine manufacturer. Nowadays, Mikrosam designs and produces high-tech computer controlled machines for production of composite materials.


How HPC makes the difference


HPC system enabled accurate result to be obtained in a time frame allowing an acceptable development time

This success story is an outcome of Fortissimo project(*).

A computer model is developed to design composite laminates and simulate their properties using an open-source software package, Octave. This model is adapted to be run on an HPC system. HPC-based simulations reduce both computation time and the number of physical tests, which need to be made in the design of composite laminates. Using parallel computation on an HPC system can reduce composite-design time by about 30% and testing time by nearly 10%.

For each filament winding machine used in the production of high-pressure vessels, different combinations of materials and winding angles for the composite, need to be considered. With the simulation code developed it is possible to shorten the design time and to reduce the number of physical tests and prototyping costs. As a result MIKRO-SAM will be able to reduce its production costs by about €30,000 per year for the next 5 years. More importantly its product offer (production machines for high-pressure vessels) will give each of its customers an advantage in production costs of around €300,000 per year per machine for machines that are currently on the market. The considerable advantage of MIKROSAM’s products over those of its competitors will, as a conservative estimate, lead to an increased revenue for the company of around €400,000 per year for the next 5 years. This is a significant amount for this SME.

(*)The Fortissimo project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 609029.