|Following the successful re-engineering of CORATHERM, its thermal simulation software for satellites, this world leader in prime contracting for space systems begins a second phase of functional enrichment|
|Alcatel Space, through its Thermic Service and Research Department, has once again called on the expertise of the international Open CASCADE team to develop the new version of CIGAL 2, the company's internal application for visualizing the results of thermal calculations and constructing radiative and conductive models. |
The first development phase has enabled creating a tool for geometric modeling and meshing that is designed to prepare data for the CORATHERM solver and carry out thermal analysis for future satellite programs.
New developments will allow integrating the direct capture of models from the major CAD software suppliers and meshing them with CORATHERM. A series of planned improvements will complete existing modeling capabilities and enhance the display of results, in particular for the representation of the curves that show postprocessing results.
Alcatel Space aims to significantly reduce the time needed for preparing thermal analysis by reusing existing CAD models and by incorporating advanced meshing functions. In a similar way, new ergonomic improvements in the data tree will facilitate the localization of meshed areas and the establishment of sorting criteria. Numerical simulation experts will thus have access to a user interface that is streamlined and easy to work with.
Selected by the department of research and development of Alcatel Space, Open CASCADE has proven its worth as an open-source development platform. "Open CASCADE is particularly useful for integrating the CAD model with a highly specialized solver like CORATHERM," comments Thierry Basset, head of the Thermique ASPI software team at Cannes. "Judging from the enthusiastic response of new CIGAL 2 users, we are certain that we have made the right choice."
Integrating numerical simulation into the company software system
Open CASCADE S.A. provides integration services for turnkey simulation applications, technical software consulting and assistance in prime contracting. The applications are built with open-source components on Linux, Unix and Windows platforms for all types of solvers. They are used by analysis centers and companies specialized in numerical simulation and are free of the constraints of proprietary CAD software or pre- and postprocessors.
Applications based on Open CASCADE ease the task of numerical simulation users by integrating internal solvers or those furnished by specialized editors into the company software system. They also facilitate exchange of simulation data between companies and allow numerical simulation specialists to concentrate on their specific analysis expertise. With Open CASCADE, 100% of software investment is dedicated to service, to added-value consultation and to the integration of trade-specific company solutions. No money is spent on development licenses or on runtime.
Open CASCADE S.A.
Open CASCADE S.A. is a software services company that proposes trade-specific solutions and integration of numerical simulation software for its industrial customers in Europe, Asia and North America.
Open CASCADE provides turnkey application development and a broad range of services based on an innovative open-source approach. These services include consulting, technical assistance, training and project expertise and aim to bring about the optimal implementation of the user's development project.
Open CASCADE relies on an international team of highly skilled engineers with proven competence in many technical software development areas: data modeling for numerical simulation, 3D visualization, software architecture, CAD data exchange, multi-OS programming, application data strategy, user interface, CAD, graphical visualization, 3D geometric modeling, software engineering and project management.
Open CASCADE provides thorough competence in modern development technologies, such as Qt, Java, C++, JSP, PYTHON, CORBA, XML, VTK, UML, TCL, FORTRAN, PHP, SWIG.
Open CASCADE customers include important industrial companies, software editors and research organisms, such as Alcatel Space (space systems), BMW (automotive), Bureau Véritas and RINA (shipbuilding), CEA (nuclear), EADS (aerospace), Mitutoyo (co-ordinate measuring machines) and Usinor (steel).
Open CASCADE aims to become the platform of reference among industrialists for the integration of numerical simulation solutions within the company software system.
The Open CASCADE components can be downloaded at: http://www.opencascade.com/products/occ/.
The Open CASCADE company is a subsidiary of EADS Matra Datavision.
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