The virtual prototyping & manufacturing approach is largely accepted as a common tool for process and product design to shorten development time, investigate the effects on final solutions caused by not perfectly controllable factors, reduce time to market costs and improve reliability of the design.
In the latest decades, many software packets have been commercialised by the most important software houses, widening in this way the fields of virtual manufacturing’s current use in industry, to better approach structural, static, dynamic, nonlinear, impact, ballistic, CFD, infusion and curing analysis.
In accordance with these general needs, technology is currently growing in the following four different directions:
Numerical modelling and finite element simulation of physical phenomena represent key elements among our activities.
These are devoted to both analysis and optimisation of in-service performance of components, sub-assemblies and complete structures, and the optimisation of traditional or innovative manufacturing processes and technologies. The final goal is often the identification of tailored technologies enabling the correct use of materials.
We have also gained experience in the development of parametric models for the cost assessment of various technological domains based on MIT developed methodologies.
Our laboratory for computational modelling and analysis is based on a cluster of powerful workstations.
Three servers are used for massive elaboration, which implies the availability of 36 high performance processors featured with parallel software.
Advanced and relevant available commercial software tools for modelling and analysis are installed in the elaboration centre and used for specific applications in such technological fields as automotive, mechanics, aerospace, construction and metallurgy.