CEA (FRENCH ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION)

France Brand: SIMULIA
Industry: Aerospace and Defense
Website:www.cea.fr

Abaqus works in tandem with proprietary codes to help safeguard the robustness of the product throughout its lifecycle, from theoretical studies to manufacturing, performance, even to dismantling. This significantly reduces simulation time and enables CEA engineers to shorten their design cycles.

The Challenge

To ensure that France’s nuclear deterrent would remain effective into the future after the 1996 weapons testing ban, CEA/DAM (the French Atomic Energy Commission military applications division) committed to a simulation program that would enable less physical testing. CEA/DAM required a software code that for high-performance thermo-mechanical multiphysics simulation as well as accompanying studies on safety and security.

Dassault Systèmes Response

CEA/DAM employed Abaqus FEA from Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA, based on its track record of highly accurate simulation results and ability to interface with proprietary codes. CEA collaborated closely with SIMULIA in a project aimed at customizing the architecture for parallel computing to optimize the use of Abaqus on the Commission’s TERA 100 supercomputer.

Benefits

Parallel computing on hundreds of cores is being achieved on a regular basis, irrespective of the method of calculation used. Abaqus works in tandem with proprietary codes to help safeguard the robustness of the product throughout its lifecycle, from theoretical studies to manufacturing, performance, even to dismantling. This significantly reduces simulation time and enables CEA engineers to shorten their design cycles.