Collaborative and Robust Engineering using Simulation Capability Enabling Next Design Optimisation” (CRESCENDO) is an EU co-funded R&T project with a 55 M€ budget, launched in May 2009. The project is led by Airbus and brings together 59 organisations from 13 different countries, including major aeronautics industry companies, service and IT solution providers, research centres and academic institutions.
The ambition of the consortium is to make a step change in the way that Modelling and Simulation activities are carried out, by multi-disciplinary teams working as part of a collaborative enterprise, in order to develop new aeronautical products in a more cost and time efficient manner.
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VIVACE is an Aeronautical Collaborative Design Environment with associated Processes, Models and Methods. This environment will help to design an aircraft and its engines as a whole, providing to the aeronautics supply chain in an extended enterprise, virtual products with all requested functionality and components in each phase of the product engineering life cycle.
In VIVACE QUB developed techniques for automatically identifying the thin sheets of material in complex 3D aeroengine components and using this information to dimensionally reduce the thin sheet regions, to a mid-surface which could be shell meshed in a Finite Element Analysis model. Embedding these shell elements in the non-thin sheet complex regions resulted in an efficient mixed dimensional analysis model. For more information see: T.T. Robinson, C.G. Armstrong, R. Fairey (2011), Automated mixed dimensional modelling from 2D and 3D CAD models, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, Volume 47(2), February 2011, pp 151-165, DOI: 10.1016/j.finel.2010.08.010