Virtual prototyping for SMEs
This project is part of a knowledge transfer project to show the usefulness of relatively innovative simulation techniques to Dutch SMEs. These techniques are already widespread in larger companies, but are now within reach for smaller
enterprises as well due to the lower costs and increasing processing power of computers as well as improved software user-friendliness.
• The project aim is to promote the use of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools at SMEs.
• Boon Edam designs and produces revolving doors. Demands on wind load play often an important role. Boon Edam thinks that the current design methods result in an overestimation of the loads. Computational Fluid Dynamics calculations may offer better insight.
• Implementation of computer aided design tools.
• Determine the influence of door position, door type, number of doors (three or four), front size of the building, wind direction and door position in the facade of the building.
"We are very satisfied with the results. In a short time span we obtained more insight in the airflow and air loads by wind inside and around our revolving doors. We were able to quantify our expectations. This is in fact a new link between Eurocode EN1991 and our theoretical design calculations on the one hand and the realization of the product on the other hand. This knowledge enables us to control the production costs and ultimately to offer competitive products in the market.”
Dirk Groot, Product Manager of Boon Edam
HEC and Boon Edam.