December 2015  



In this issue, we look under the hood of various vehicles to hear how companies are using design exploration in powertrain applications. As with each edition, we strive to bring you useful articles and examples of how HEEDS is used to discover better designs, faster. Keep reading to learn more about exciting HEEDS happenings.


Customer Spotlight 


HEEDS Brings Efficient Design Exploration to Powertrain Applications

Powertrain workshopHEEDS is quickly becoming adopted by more industry experts and leading engine design companies to help bring efficiency and cutting-edge design to their powertrain systems. Coupling HEEDS MDO with advanced CAD and CFD simulation software to optimize powertrain applications is the topic of a CD-adapco workshop. HEEDS will be demonstrated to optimize an intake port for ideal flow conditions and separately a piston bowl for ideal performance versus emission characteristics. These are two of many application areas gaining ground in this fast paced simulation industry. Other examples include: coolant jacket design, exhaust treatment design, air induction system design, intake and exhaust manifold design, water pump design, and engine torque optimization. Learn more...


Also, don't miss the upcoming Powertrain Multidisciplinary Design Exploration webinar on January 28. Register now.


Hyperloop Innovates with HEEDS and JMAG

HyperloopHyperloop is a high-speed transportation system with low operating costs that utilizes a high power electromagnetic linear motor for propulsion. The motor design has been performed using JMAG with HEEDS to arrive at a design that is highly cost-effective at the system level. Focus on the propulsion system will be presented at the JMAG User Conference 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.


PACCAR Automates Combustion System Optimization Process with HEEDS

PaccarPACCAR is a global technology leader in design, manufacturing and customer support of high-quality premium trucks. They have recently selected HEEDS as their multi-disciplinary exploration tool of choice for powertrain design and have employed it in assisting to design their piston bowl shape and injection settings for in-cylinder diesel combustion engines.


Capabilities Update


We are pleased to announce the release of the newest version of HEEDS.

HEEDS 2015.11 continues to streamline design exploration through improved results processing and automated analysis tools. Workflow and feature enhancements were implemented across process automation, portal integration and results interaction.

To download a copy, please login to our Customer Portal with your credentials and choose HEEDS MDO 2015.11 from the Software and Documentation window. For further information regarding this release, please view the Release Notes



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Call for Presentations


Optimize This 2016

The Optimize This! 2016 International HEEDS User Conference will be held on October 12, 2016 in Dearborn, Michigan. We're looking for a wide range of applications using design exploration with HEEDS products, across all industries and disciplines. Click here for more information.


NAHUG Fall 2015


Did you miss the Fall 2015 North American HEEDS User Group webinar? You can catch the replay to hear how FMC Technologies is using HEEDS for Subsea Design Exploration as well as new features in HEEDS MDO 2015 presented by Ranny Sidhu. Listen Now.


Ron's Reflections


Ron AverillRon Averill is one of the founders of RCT and a continuing contributor to our training programs. Ron takes the time to provide some thought-provoking ideas on expanding the usage of design exploration. 


Using Variable Resolution to Enhance Design Space Exploration 

A nice feature in HEEDS is the ability to define the resolution of a continuous variable. Assigning a resolution to a continuous variable seems contradictory, as this essentially transforms the continuous variable into a discrete variable. We often refer to these as "discretized continuous variables," and there are several advantages to representing variables this way in an optimization search. Read more to explore how you can use variable resolution to enhance your design studies.


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Upcoming Events


A Better Powertrain Simulation Process
12/1: Novi, MI
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NAFEMS European Conference - CFD
12/2-3: Munich, Germany
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JMAG User Conference 2015
12/8-9: Tokyo, Japan
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Webinar: Virtual Powertrain Design
12/9: Online
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Performance Racing Industry Conference 2015
12/10-12: Indianapolis, IN
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Powertrain MDX Webinar
1/28: Online
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STAR Global Conference 2016
3/7-9: Prague, Czech Rep
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2016 Ricardo Software UserCon Europe
4/5-6: Ludwigsburg, Germany
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OptimizeThis! 2016 Conference
10/12/2016: Detroit, MI
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Webinar Recordings


Optimization for Powertrain Applications

Subsea Design Exploration: Optimizing a Split Lock Ring to Maximize Load Capacity

Tapping into the Unknowns Using HEEDS and Cloud Computing

Improving Thrust Reverser Performance Through Design Exploration


Better Products Faster through Multidisciplinary Design Exploration



Company News


We are excited to welcome 2 new members to the Red Cedar Technology team. 


Steve BarrettSteve Barrett - Senior Solver Development Engineer

Steve brings more than 30 years of experience in industry and academia. He recently worked at Kansas State University where he was a researcher. Steve completed his Ph D in Computer Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. He also holds a MS in Computer Engineering from National Technological University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He enjoys cycling, playing guitar, and learning Chinese.


Chaitanya JoshiChaitanya Joshi - Quality Assurance and Development Operations Engineer

CJ recently worked as a testing engineer at ANSYS Inc. Previous to that, he was a graduate researcher at Dynamic Simulations Lab working with ANSYS and MATLAB. He received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Mumbai. Some of his relevant studies include advanced stress analysis and fluid dynamics, multibody dynamics, FEA and CAD. He enjoys traveling and exploring new cities. 


We look forward to our continued relationship on helping you discover better designs, faster with HEEDS.

Red Cedar logoSincerely,

Val Townsend

Marketing Manager



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