Manufacturing creates products from raw materials and parts through processes that are developed and scaled to result in the best possible product at the best price/value point for the market. There has been increasing emphasis on enhancing the manufacturing base and capabilities in the US. Modeling & simulation and HPC have become an integral part of manufacturing from product design to development of new materials, and manufacturing processes such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing.
Additive manufacturing represents a unique opportunity for the SimCenter and UTC due to national and regional importance, local economic development, current expertise, and available resources. The capabilities developed at the SimCenter are readily extensible to simulate additive manufacturing where CFD, thermal, and mechanical modeling define the physical processes. A constraining reality with this technology is the uncertainty associated with part reliability and integrity. The ability to computationally analyze and quantify uncertainty permits greater understanding as well as an ability to modify or design the process parameters. Additionally, during additive manufacturing, enormous volumes of data associated with the process are monitored and recorded. Data analytics may then be used in order to build data-driven models and to calibrate the computational models in a synergistic manner.
The regional economy around Chattanooga has a well-recognized manufacturing base, and community leaders are committed to advancing that base. UTC has an important role in this effort in terms of workforce development and R&D, mainly through the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the SimCenter.