Our project OptiBike (total cost 230K €) has been incorporated into the Fortissimo2 EU @i4ms project (n. 680481). Also this is the first EU-funded project at @C3sUnito and at HPC laboratory of ICxT@UNITO.
We are looking forward for the kick-off.
OptiBike: Robust Lightweight Composite Bicycle design and optimization
In the current design process for composite materials, the effect of manufacturing uncertainty on the structural and dynamic performances of mechanical structures (aeronautic, automotive and others) cannot be accurately assessed due to the limitations of the current computational resources and are hence compensated for by applying safety factors. This non ideal situation usually leads to overdesigned structures that could potentially meet higher performances with the same safety levels.
The objective of this experiment is to establish a design workflow and service for composite material modelling, simulation and numerical optimization that uses uncertainty quantification and HPC to deliver high performance and reliable composite material products. This design workflow can be applied to any composite material structure, from aeronautics to bicycles, and enables SMEs an easy to use and hassle-free access to advanced material design methodologies and the relative HPC infrastructures that allow the application of reliability based design optimization (RBDO). To demonstrate this design workflow, a full composite bicycle will be designed and optimized based on real manufacturing data provided by IDEC, a Spanish SME that provides unique design and manufacturing capabilities for composite materials.
The expected results of this experiment are:
- a design optimization approach for composite materials by means of uncertainty quantification techniques for reliability and robustness;
- a design optimization service that can be used by every user to perform reliability based product optimization (this will be demonstrated for the bicycle case of IDEC).
- Noesis solution, Belgium (coord)
- IDEC, Spain
- University of Torino (Alpha, ICxT and C3S), Italy
- Arctur, Slovenia