Why use digital simulation?
The use of digital simulation solutions has been common in many large enterprises and their engineering subcontracting chains for a while now. The benefits aren’t, however, limited to industry heavyweights but small and medium-sized businesses have started to increasingly study the benefits of what digital simulations could offer for their business requirements.
Large companies have recognised the benefits of digital simulations: the increased accuracy of the digital reflections, making it easier for companies to simulate and experiment with operational topics that are perceived as high-risk challenges.
Across industries, digital simulation provides insight by enabling testing and calculation on the digital representation of the model, and the benefits aren’t limited to large companies or specialist organisations.
Generally, digital simulation, and the use of digital twins of the physical product, allows solving real-world problems safely and efficiently.
More specifically, the benefits of using digital simulation depend on the industry or the company, including for instance some of the themes listed below.
1. Minimizing risk
- Digital simulation provides a safe environment to test and explore different “what-if” scenarios. It is easy to explore and evaluate alternative design and technology concepts.
2. Saving money and time
- Digital Simulation is less expensive than producing time-consuming physical prototypes. Consequently, final performance validation of the “as built” product can be carried out virtually.
3. Providing unique insight
- In some cases, digital simulation allows results that are not available with physical testing, providing increased accuracy and precision. Furthermore, it allows gaining deeper insight into system behavior during new product development.
- Digital simulation allows observing model’s behavior rather than simply listing data in a spreadsheet.
4. Allowing enhanced visualization and optimization
- Visual representation the performance of the 3D geometry-based designs and visualizing the results for easier communication and comprehension.
- Optimizing the performance of products and systems in real-world operations, enabling creating a performance digital twin.
There is a wide selection of methodologies and approaches available for getting started with digital simulation. Engineering-based approaches can be divided to two main types: finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). FEA is concerned with the behavior in solid objects, and CFD for fluids and gases.
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