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Why is Modeling and Analysis Important in Product Development?

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Modeling and analysis is the nonexperimental process of applying knowledge to reduce uncertainty. A simple form of modeling and analysis is determining the supplies needed to install carpet in your house

You can image that the carpet salesman will measure the rooms in your house and draw a rough floor plan. This is modeling. The next step is analysis. How many square feet of carpet is needed, how many rolls of carpet will be needed, how many feet of tack strip will be needed and many other details.

At Inventherm, when we refer to modeling and analysis, we are typically referring to computer assisted modeling and analysis. We use a combination of commercial and proprietary software applications to reduce uncertainty in complex design and engineering problems. A wide range of problems will benefit from this type of analysis. 

What are the benefits? 

There are a range of benefits, but it all comes down to cost. It is just less expensive to run a simulation on a computer than it is to build a prototype and physically test it. Many iterations of a design can be tested in a virtual environment in minutes or days, where physical testing may take weeks to years.

Simulations also provide much higher fidelity results than physical testing.

For example, with finite element analysis (FEA) stresses at any point on the surface or interior of a part can be predicted, whereas with physical testing data is typically limited to discrete points on the part’s surface.

What are the disadvantages?

When used properly, simulation tools produce highly accurate results. However, there is no definitive way of knowing if the predicted results are correct. It is imperative that the engineer have an intimate understanding of the physics of the problem at hand as well as the capabilities and limitations of the analysis tools themselves.

Modeling and analysis can also be more expensive than physical testing when used improperly. The correct type of analysis and amount of analysis needs to be applied to the particular problem. In most cases experimentation on physical prototypes will eventually be required. 

Inventherm’s experts know how to balance the attributes of modeling and analysis with the need for physical testing to get our clients products to market fast. 

Modeling and analysis is usually an initial phase of Inventherm’s product development services. However, we also provide engage in modeling and analysis as a stand alone service.

Sophisticated modeling and analysis capabilities

Inventherm uses and develops state-of-the-art modeling and analysis tools to support research and product development activities.

Our tools and expertise are used to solve complex problems in a range of technical areas including: thermodynamics, heat transfer, dynamics, fluid dynamics, structures, machine design, mechanism analysis, vibrations, design, assembly, manufacturing, and more.

Modeling and analysis

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Driving Successful Innovation

At Inventherm, we drive successful innovation while creating superior products so you can excel in competitive environments:

We are Creative experts

We collaborate with our clients to bring their innovations to life from the whiteboard into real-world production.

We Use Sophisticated Analysis Tools

In order to tackle and solve our clients’ most challenging problems, we pair our field experience and rigorous scientific methods with the most sophisticated technology available.

We provide in-house prototyping and testing

Extensive in-house prototyping and testing facilities allows Inventherm to rapidly transition from analysis to testing physical prototypes. Depending on clients needs, we can lead the charge from early prototype to manufactured product.

We can help with any or all parts of the product development process, including: 

  • Ideation
  • Design
  • Analysis
  • Manufacturing
  • Testing

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