The MxD impact starts in Chicago and extends across the country, with projects underway from coast to coast.
New Design for a New Era
Green Dynamics, a California-based technology company, completed work on a project to create a new Blade MDA design software, which offers benefits for small wind turbine blade manufacturers by reducing the wide-ranging human expertise needed to analyze a complex turbine or blade system. The technology will help open up new markets for composite materials and enable small wind turbine blade manufacturers to become more competitive. The software also offers significant cost advantages.
While the automotive industry, for example, would benefit from carbon fiber’s lightweight qualities, manufacturers don’t have a full grasp of its impact across the production cycle. “They need to understand the performance, manufacturing method, and cost structure,” says Green Dynamics co-founder Neil Gupta, adding that his potential client sees Blade MDA as a way to help manufacturers better understand the design, production, and cost implications of working with composites.
Now in alpha release, the software was created through a project with the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute using technology developed by a Department of Defense agency and made available for broader use. Blade MDA was developed through an MxD project titled “Structural Composites: Blade Multi-Disciplinary Design and Analysis,” which wrapped up in September 2016. It is one of several MxD projects tied to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) program with a mandate to apply tools developed through that program to more specific applications. The University of Delaware, Vanderbilt University, MetaMorph Inc., PTC, Penn State Applied Research Laboratory, MSC Software, and SimInsights Inc. contributed to the technology development alongside Green Dynamics.