A perfect fit with ANSYS

ANSYS Advantage Volume VII, Issue 2, 2013

MacGregor offers integrated cargo flow solutions for maritime transportation and offshore industries.

Nearly all marine structural components are custom designed for a specific application. The highly competitive shipping market has no room for slack. Therefore, advanced ship builders and cargo system suppliers must optimize their structural designs to meet specific application needs.

The high-performance computing solution of Techila Technologies accelerates the optimization of the design. MacGregor Dry Cargo’s engineering department and researchers at Tampere University of Technology developed an innovative automated solution for optimizing marine structures; at the same time, the solution ensures that the structures are able to handle the required operating loads.

The solution is based on Techila Distributed Computing Engine and an ANSYS template to perform a finite element analysis (FEA) on a series of design points. The results are used to construct a response surface model (RSM) of the design space. The RSM is reviewed to identify the most efficient design. This process also improves the reliability of the design by reducing the potential risk of design errors

Techila Distributed Computing Engine enables automated parallelization of the design points, which improves the time-to-market significantly. With the automated optimization solution, MacGregor has a tool that optimizes the process more accurately and efficiently than before.

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