Topography optimization is a simulation-driven design technology helps manufacturers design and optimize thin-walled parts. Local shape modifications can improve vibration characteristics, and topology optimization software can suggest the location, shape, and orientation of these modifications, often dramatically outperforming a traditional layout. Learn more about how topography optimization works and how it’s applied to improve product design.
In this tutorial one wants to find out if a round Plexiglas (acrylic) plate will be damaged if it suffers from the impact of a steel ball, which was dropped from a height of 1m. Assume the steel ball is 0.24 meters in diameter, and the Plexiglas plate is 1 meter in diameter and 0.05 meters thick. Assuming that the Plexiglas plate is glued to the floor.
In this tutorial, we will simulate a NACA 4314 Airfoil in a steady 10m/s flow of water. NACA airfoils were studied in the 1920’s and 1930’s by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, the predecessor to NASA), and they have been used in a wide variety of applications. The domain and boundary conditions we will be using are shown in the diagram below: