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New Computation Tools Enable Much Faster and Cheaper Product Development

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Researchers in Finland are working to eliminate the prototype phase in the electromechanical industry with more efficient computation tools and methods.


Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have developed faster, more accurate, and agile computation tools and methods.

The team says the research is intended to eliminate the expensive and time-consuming prototype phase in the electromechanical industry.

For example, the researchers say they have produced innovative and accurate methods to control vibrations, dampen noise, and improve the energy efficiency of devices.

In addition, they have used the Elmer tool, an open source finite-element method software, which features numerically efficient parallel computing and advanced coupling of multiple phenomena.

"Only genuine cooperation enabled the development of software for a new application area so quickly," says VTT researcher Peter Raback. "The importance of parallel computing will continue to grow as number of computational cores in [central-processing units] increases."

The researchers say the project's outcomes could particularly benefit the electromechanical industry.

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