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BAE Submarine division takes on Teamcenter for nuclear sub programme

Published 07 September 2011

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, prototype, siemens plm, teamcenter, bae systems, submarines, naval architecture

If you want to talk about managing complex products and managing a complex lifecycle, it doesn’t get much more complex than submarine design, particularly in the defence industry. Take BAE Systems Submarine Solutions and its Astute class nuclear submarine. Having survived the governments spending cuts, it seems that the Barrow in Furness shipyard will be busy for the next 10 years, designing and building much of the next generation of the UK’s nuclear capability.

Whatever your thoughts on the use of nuclear in the defence world, the Astute class is an engineering marvel. The pressure hull is a 97 metre long cylinder which when submerged must withstand pressure equivalent to 400 family saloon cars weighing down on every square metre of surface area. It has over one million components, including 100km of cabling and 23,000 pipes, stretching 10km. When fully stored Astute will displace 7,400 tonnes of sea water, equivalent to 925 unladen London buses. HMS Ambush could travel around the world underwater for 25 years thanks to its Rolls-Royce nuclear reactor, sonar systems and ability to convert salt water into oxygen and drinking water (thought it would need to resurface every three months for other supplies). It’s also one of the first nuclear submarines to be designed entirely in a three-dimensional, computer-aided environment.

So, how do they manage such a big project, particularly when they’re working on the next generation of the British Government’s nuclear programme (I can’t quite bring myself to call it a deterrent)?

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Job of the week: Mechanical Design Engineer

Published 07 September 2011

Posted by Alan Cleveland

Article tagged with:

Mechanical Design Engineer

Job Type: Permanent
Industry Sector: Product Development and Manufacturing
Software Category: CAD/CAM/CAE
Software Packages: CAD - AutoCAD, CAD - Inventor
Location: North West - Bolton & Wigan

Proline Engineering Ltd designs, manufactures and installs mechanical conveying systems to the food and beverage metal packaging industry. Its customer base is worldwide and covers Ball Packaging, Rexam Beverage Can and Roeslein & Assoc.

The company has a vacancy for a Mechanical Design Engineer. The position will involve short visits to overseas sites, hence a Passport and driving licence are essential.

This is a permanent position with excellent prospects to develop a professional career with a young dynamic local company.

- Experience of Autocad and/or Autodesk Inventor
- Experience in the design of conveying systems, preferably in the beverage or food industry
- The ability to demonstrate good mechanical/design aptitude
- Completion of a recognized Engineering Apprenticeship would be a distinct advantage

View details of the position here.

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AMD gets some GPU compute action with OpenCL compliant release of Abaqus 6.11

Published 06 September 2011

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, amd, nvidia, simulia, opencl

With the new OpenCL compliant release,  structural and multiphysics simulations in Abaqus 6.11 can now been accelerated using a wide range of non-proprietary hardware platforms

Back in May 2011 Nvidia talked up new Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) compute capabilities in Simulia Abaqus 6.11, which made use of Nvidia’s proprietary parallel computing architecture, CUDA.

Now there’s some official news from AMD that simulations in the structural and multiphysics analysis software can also be accelerated by its GPU hardware. The new OpenCL compliant release of Abaqus 6.11 can use CPUs and GPUs from a range of hardware vendors including Intel, AMD (FirePro / FireStream) and Nvidia (Quadro / Tesla).

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Connect with DEVELOP3D competiton

Published 05 September 2011

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: objet, competition, amd firepro, workstation specialists, space mouse, jbare design, connexion, devolo

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