HPC Cloud-based design of high-pressure vessels

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Mikrosam is an SME which manufactures equipment and associated software for the production of artefacts from composite materials. Composite design is a painstaking process which was previously done by Mikrosam on a desktop computer. This involved many time-consuming computations and physical tests of potential designs. Such simulations require significant computing resources and need to be carried out using an HPC system in order to get results in a reasonable time frame.

Start date: 01/07/2013

Duration in months: 18

Problem Description

The goal was to improve Mikrosam’s capability to satisfy the principal ISO 11439 standard and the ECE R 110 normative for Gas cylinders “High pressure cylinders for the on-board storage of natural gas as a fuel for automotive vehicles” by developing a model for the design and simulation of composite laminates that could be implemented on an HPC system and obtain accurate results in an acceptable time.


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The challenge was to develop a model for the simulation of composite materials and to implement it on an HPC system.

Innovation results

A computer model for designing composite laminates was developed using Octave and adapted for use on an HPC system. This case study demonstrated that parallel computation on an HPC system can reduce composite-design time by 30% and testing time by nearly 10%.

Business impact

As a result of the FORTISSIMO experiment, MIKROSAM will be able reduce its production costs by a total of about €150,000 over the next 5 years. More importantly its product offering will give each of its customers an advantage in production costs of around a total €1.5 million per machine over the next 5 years for machines that are currently on the market.

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