Innovation through Manufacturing Simulation

Innovation through Manufacturing Simulation

Computer modeling and simulations can drastically lower the cost of creating a manufacturing product, usually going through multiple processes, which meets specification requirements. A simulation is typically performed in a fraction of the time and cost it takes to build and test a product. Finite element modeling and simulations are important tools for manufacturers, but the costs for computing resources and software and the lack of modeling expertise have prohibited small- and medium-sized manufacturers from taking advantage of such powerful tools.

That’s where the Connecticut Manufacturing Simulation Center (CMSC) comes in. The CMSC was established in September 2016 through a partnership between UConn, Connecticut Innovations, and the United States Economic Development Administration. Our CMSC team including Hadi Bozorgmanesh, Michael Accorsi, Jeongho Kim, Michael Gangi, Joseph Johanson and Joseph Luciani are excited about the recent partnership with several small and medium-sized companies in Connecticut. Those include Aero Gear Inc., Associated Spring (a business of Barnes Group Inc.), and Stanadyne LLC. By collaborating with an engineering team in each company, we envision to tackle real manufacturing industry problems and provide technical solutions, for example, to minimize residual stresses and distortion or to reduce out-of-specification geometry scrap rate or to optimize materials and design. Our modeling and simulation capability and service to Connecticut manufacturers will promote innovation and economic growth.

The program has already ordered twelve workstations for teaching and training purposes. A finite element course is being taught this semester by Dr. Michael Accorsi to Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) and UConn SoE Senior Design students. The course is available to students who want to be trained in this capability. For more information, please contact Jeongho Kim at jeongho.kim@uconn.edu.

Deep Drawing Simulation using ANSYS