Innovation corner

There is always one more shot to solve the unsolved problem. Tinkering around, entering the unknown and starting over again is our approach to push the boundaries and create next level innovations. Stay tuned for PreonLab updates, new researches, groundbreaking innovation and upcoming events.

May 31, 2023
Every Preoneer knows that with PreonLab we always strive to provide the most reliable, usable and efficient CFD software. But what if you could get your results even faster? PreonLab 6.0 will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of particle-based CFD. With the introduction of PreonLab being able to simulate on GPU hardware, there will be a performance boost that will provide you with results faster than ever before, following the principle: Make it Real… fast! And there is even more. Don‘t miss the latest updates and join us for this event, as we are already very excited to show you all that is new with PreonLab 6.0!
April 26, 2023
Siddharth Marathe
Water wading simulations can complement physical tests in an efficient and reliable way to detect the failure modes which can occur due to the car’s motion through a significant amount of water, early in the design stage. As part of a rapid virtual prototyping strategy, multiple virtual prototypes are analyzed to reach the optimal designs for physical prototype testing. It is imperative to have a simulation software which offers quick setup times and short simulation times to meet this demand. PreonLab offers lean workflows along with its mesh-free simulation approach to keep simulation setup times extremely low, compared to conventional mesh-based simulation approaches. It also offers advanced adaptive refinement features to give fast and reliable results as well as powerful post-processing tools to analyze these results. This article aims to show you just how low simulation setup times can be – from importing your geometries, describing vehicle motion, setting up the fluid domain all the way up to hitting the simulate button.
December 08, 2022
Loïc Wendling and Siddharth Marathe
This test case aims to reproduce the results from the experiment done by Bennion and Gilberto [1] with PreonLab. They devised an experiment that measures the heat transfer of an impinging oil jet under different conditions. Some of those conditions are relevant for Electric Motor (E-Motor) cooling applications. The study is divided into two parts. The goal of the first part is to validate the simulation against both experimental data and existing empirical models on a flat target. For the second part, the flat target is replaced by a textured surface replicating the surface of a copper end-winding inside an E-Motor.
We are excited to announce the release of PreonLab 5.3. It improves upon features from previous releases and adds some useful new features. As always, our focus is on improving reliability, performance, and usability. Here are some of the highlights: Pathlines: This release adds more options to accurately select and track fluid in regions of interest. This includes tracking particles passing by geometries in a specified time interval. Airflow import: PreonLab 5.3 can better handle volumetric data saved to the Ensight Gold format and seamlessly integrates the airflow data into the simulation domain. Thermodynamics: PreonLab 5.3 introduces a new heat capacity modifier, which enables thermal simulations with solids to reach equilibrium faster. This is handy for thermal applications where the results from the steady state are the focus of the analysis. Usability & Workflow: Users can now track their action history for a single session and jump between two states with just a click of a button in the action log, which is a dedicated tab in the PreonLab GUI. This release also improves the plot dialog performance making it possible to consider an even larger amount of data for analysis than ever before. This is just a selection of new features and improvements. Check out the changelog to learn about all the changes.  Make sure to follow us on LinkedIn so that you don’t miss new videos, case studies and updates!
September 16, 2022
Saba Golshaahi Sumesaraayi and Max Flamm
When it comes to complex and costly automotive manufacturing processes, using reliable simulation tools to supplement expensive prototyping and physical testing has proven to be a very efficient method of optimizing the design stage. Therefore, the automotive industry is constantly looking for appropriate solutions for it. In the case of e-coating, this includes optimizing the various design parameters like tank dimensions, vehicle trajectory, line speed, and geometrical details of the vehicle body also known as Body in White (BIW). CFD tools, such as PreonLab, that provide not only high accuracy but also lean workflows and short computational times, are highly beneficial for this purpose. The ultimate goal is to gain reliable insights into how design parameters affect the process and to optimize these parameters. PreonLab provides powerful in-built post-processing tools for this purpose, including a wide range of options such as wetting, force, volume, and pathlines sensors. In this article, we will look at the e-coating process and show the capabilities of PreonLab in simulating and optimizing the fluid-dynamic aspects of this process.
August 12, 2022
Siddharth Marathe
In this article, we look at an application from the maritime industry for a breaking dam flow and the wave impact on an obstacle placed in the flow. Initially, a series of uniform resolution simulations were performed with PreonLab 5.1 to determine the particle size necessary for accurate simulation results. Subsequently, simulations have also been performed with PreonLab 5.2 to make use of the new Continuous Particle Size (CPS) feature and analyze the benefits this feature provides towards reducing computational effort without compromising on the accuracy of the results. The simulation results obtained in PreonLab are compared qualitatively and quantitatively with experiment results published in the paper by Kleefsman [1]. The experiments were performed at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN). All the experimental data generated is also available to download from the ERCOFTAC database [2].
July 27, 2022
Siddharth Marathe and Loïc Wendling
The latest PreonLab release for version 5.2 introduced some exciting new features such as Continuous Particle Size (CPS), sensor planes for the solid solver, and heat field. In this article, we will look at the benefits of these features for thermodynamic applications with the example of electric motor cooling. There is indeed a large range of applications across different industries which make use of electric motors for power generation. The focus of this article will be on electric motors in the context of electric vehicles.
June 30, 2022
Elias Backmund and Florian Schwär
We at FIFTY2 configure and maintain a few dozen physical and virtualized servers for our developers and application engineers, so they have a solid, basic infrastructure to develop, test and simulate on. Getting everyone to remember one single password for everything is easy, but certainly not a best practice in operational security. Also, writing down every password in a shared spreadsheet still feels kind of wrong, but leads into the right direction. There are plenty of available password managers to choose from, be it online as a service, offline, shared with other people, or just integrated into the browser you are using right now to read this text. Chosing one of them is no big deal, but what if it comes to automatically accessing those machines that we set up, with passwords that are stored somewhere in a password manager? And how can we gain access to a server when physically standing in front of it, in case a disaster hits the fan? How can different people stay on top of all passwords configured, without reusing a password, ever? And, once we overcome those challenges, what other handy things can we do with such a system? None of those challenges are new or extremely hard to solve problems, but getting them set up initially and making them work smoothly can have some bumps down the road. In this article, we show how we are using password-store to manage various credentials for multiple systems, how we set it up to couple it with the Ansible automation platform. In case you are interested in trying this out yourself, there should be enough code snippets to get you up and running in no time.
June 24, 2022
Siddharth Marathe and Andreas Henne
With our recent release of PreonLab 5.2, which was a very special release for us, we introduced our new feature – Continuous Particle Size (CPS), where particles can have any size in a user defined range. In this article, we shall take a look at the development of adaptive refinement and coarsening in PreonLab and the benefits of CPS along with the challenges and limitations that go with it.
June 09, 2022
We are excited to announce the release of PreonLab 5.2. One reason is that as FIFTY2 we are intrigued by the number 52. But more importantly, PreonLab 5.2 is a huge leap forward for PreonLab and particle-based CFD. It is packed with features that improve reliability, performance and usability across a wide range of applications. Here are some of the highlights: Continuous Particle Size (CPS):  With CPS, each particle stores its own individual size. This new flexibility allows for greater speedups when using refinement and coarsening. Multiphase: Achieve higher accuracy in demanding multiphase simulations without tuning. Thermodynamics: Enhanced sensor capabilities and a new temperature-based density implementation will give you more options for your simulations setups. Car Suspension with AVL VSM: With PreonLab 5.2, a new suspension model is made available in PreonLab as part of the the Vehicle Simulation Model or VSM. This is possible by combining the power of PreonLab with AVL VSM.   Usability & Workflow: Import CAD files such as STEP and convert them to the blistering fast and lightweight PRMESH format. Furthermore, enjoy the improved readability of graphs using adjustable axis labels in the Plot Dialog. This is just a selection of new features and improvements. Check out the changelog to learn about all changes or login with your AVL account to watch the PreonLab 5.2 Release Event on demand. Make sure to follow us on LinkedIn so that you don’t miss new videos, case studies and updates!