Research Using Synopsys Simpleware Software Receives £1 Million Award

Posted on May 8,  2018 by Jessica James

Micro-scale 3D imaging means that parts can be simulated to ultra-high accuracy, for example to a level which captures individual fibers in a composite material (Source: Swansea University).

Micro-scale 3D imaging means that parts can be simulated to ultra-high accuracy, for example to a level which captures individual fibers in a composite material (Source: Swansea University).

Simpleware software user Dr. Llion Evans of Swansea University and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy has received £1 million in funding for a five-year project into virtual testing of new components. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the research looks at how image-based simulation using 3D X-ray imaging can virtually evaluate manufactured components.

Offering a complement to physical testing, this approach is valuable for validating parts for high-value manufacturing (HVM) where repairing or replacing the part is difficult or very expensive. The 3D image data processing solutions offered by Simpleware software enables Llion Evans to overcome traditional time and cost bottlenecks within image-based modelling, speeding u workflows.

Dr. Evans explained the project:

“Virtual qualification can be a big boost for manufacturing industry. But to make it worth companies’ while using it on their production lines, it has to be quick enough to work on the large scale they need.

At the moment, image-based modelling is very labour-intensive. Our aim is to reduce the time needed from weeks to hours.”

Satellites and spacecraft are one area of high-value manufacturing where virtual testing could deliver significant benefits (Source: Swansea University).

Satellites and spacecraft are one area of high-value manufacturing where virtual testing could deliver significant benefits (Source: Swansea University).

The technology has applications to multiple industries, including the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. As well as providing software, the Simpleware product group at Synopsys will be lending expertise to a project consortium that includes the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Airbus Defence and Space, Nikon Metrology, TWI, and Diamond Light Source. Early work is being carried out into a batch of heat exchange components used at the UK Atomic Energy Authority.