The 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 event in Nashville, Tennessee, USA had lots of excitement (as always), inspiring presentations, dynamic technology and hands-on training and experience with Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications. But this year, Dassault Systemes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Education (EDU) group decided to take it a step further.
The group invited four students from across the world to use the latest in 3D design, simulation and collaboration technologies. The setting was an open booth in the Education Zone of the 3DEXPERIENCE World playground. The challenge was creating the sleeping quarters of a submarine, building off of the Subs in Schools technology challenge from the Re-Engineering Australia (REA) Foundation. Dassault Systèmes partners with REA to make available the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to schools and students participating in REA’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs. The students were Gourab from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Pierre from ESILV in France, Ayush from DYPIEMR in Pune, India and Nilesh from KJ Somaiya, College of Engineering in Mumbai, India.
The project started for the teammates a month before the event. Working from their home locations, each one was assigned specific elements to prepare by the team leader Pierre from ESILV so that they would arrive in Nashville ready to put everything together. “Work on this project was a great opportunity to learn how to collaborate with my teammates with the help of the tools of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform,” said Pierre.
Throughout the project, the participants collaborated using their project dashboard. They were able to share their ideas, exchange comments and track design evolutions. Despite using different applications, they never had to leave the platform.
They came together and worked collaboratively at their station in the Playground for about 15 hours with spectators walking by, asking questions and offering encouragement. They started by modeling the furniture for the sleeping quarters, like beds and cabinets, with SOLIDWORKS and xDesign. Then they studied the use of available space, human ergonomics and simulated the strength of the furniture.
“If one knows design, but needs help in simulation, the platform enables you to connect to a simulation expert and then both can work virtually together and the task is completed,” said Ayush from DYPIEMR.
The team explored SIMULIA by running a CFD simulation on the external hull of the submarine to test its aerodynamic properties. They used mechanical simulation to ensure that the beds would be strong enough, and finally, they used ergonomic applications from DELMIA to create a manikin of a crewman and move him through the space to confirm that there would be enough room to sleep on the bunk comfortably.
“This project taught me the power of technology, which can enable creators from different parts of the world to build something as complicated as the interiors of a submarine together,” explained Nilesh from KJ Somaiya, College of Engineering.
Special thanks to Charles Bonnassieux, Marketing Learning Experience Senior Manager, and Wei Li Crawford, Worldwide Marketing Learning Experience Specialist, Dassault Systèmes, for contributing to this post.