April 5, 2012 - Product development teams face many challenges when engineering a new design. They must answer critical questions, such as: “Will this product provide the best performance possible?” and “What do we need to do to keep the final product from failing?”
To beat the competition, a product must be high quality and high performance. To ensure brand integrity, the product must function as deigned, each and every time it is used. The most successful companies develop best practices to eliminate high product return — and worse: product recall costs.
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Design exploration provides detailed guidance that helps the engineering team strike the right balance between the many trade-offs in the typical design process. Optimization technologies enable users to define the design space, identify the relevant design parameters that the design is sensitive to, and optimize the design by adjusting those parameters.
Research from Aberdeen Group's April 2011 Getting Product Design Right the First Time with CFD report found that as companies prepare themselves for an uncertain economy, they are once again looking to bring new products to market quickly, while keeping costs down and ensuring high quality. Companies who are successfully achieving these objectives have adopted a 'get it right the first time' strategy. The research also found Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis tools play a key role in successfully executing this strategy for products affected by liquid or gas flow, heating or cooling, chemical reactions, turbulence, and related physical phenomena. This report provides an overview of how modeling should be used to successfully get it right the first time to boost product profitability. This study evaluated the practices of 704 companies that develop products impacted by the conditions assessed by CFD.