Today’s most complex products and processes are designed, tested and calibrated in the virtual world before being manufactured in the real world. Model calibration involves creating and simulating software models of future products, eventually leading to the creation of “digital twins”. The software models are validated with test data to ascertain, how their real world counterparts will behave in actual environments. Product designers can then observe critical product behaviors such as what parts can fail at what stages, what ranges of temperatures and loads a product can withstand, etc., so that the insights derived can be employed to design the product for robustness. Further, the models are calibrated to detect anomalies in various parameters including heat transfer coefficients, material properties, loads, boundary conditions and geometric tolerances. Once a model performs in the desired manner, its design is rendered into a real product, which is then manufactured and installed in its real-world environment.
Simulation experts at Corporate Technology in India are researching into new ways to radically improve the predictability of model simulations for future product development, maintenance and optimization.