VE&D is an Italian SME providing design services in the automobile industry. In particular, VE&D is involved in the design of gears and gearboxes. The goal of this Case Study is to provide a cloud-based HPC service for the comprehensive simulation and analysis of gear transmissions. The proposed cloud-based-HPC service will be capable of providing a full analysis of the static and dynamic behaviour of spur and helical gear pairs, as well as of complex mechanisms such as planetary gears. The resulting service will be highly effective in optimising the design procedures of many SMEs dealing with gearbox design and manufacturing. It will be easily accessible to SMEs in an integrated, pay-per-use environment, thus allowing a reduction in the total time-to-market and in the cost of prototyping and design.
The main objectives of this experiment are:
- Demonstrate the feasibility of the cloud-based solution compared to an in-house solution.
- Demonstrate the time effectiveness of the cloud-based solution compared to an in-house solution.
- Demonstrate the ease-of-use of the developed solution and that it can be used also by non-experts in the field of FEM simulations.
- Demonstrate the cost effectiveness of the cloud-based solution compared to an in-house solution.
It is expected that this experiment will be able to demonstrate that with the HPC-cloud based solution a typical optimization process will take about 1-2 days compared to about 8-15 days that it would take on a typical in-house configuration. Often SMEs will need to simulate gear contact problems only occasionally. In these cases it is expected that the developed HPC-cloud based solution will be much more cost effective than any in-house solution. The indicative annual costs of using Cloud-based simulations are approximately €6k compared to €60k for a typical in-house solution.
End user: VE&D
HPC centre: CINECA