Improved ROI Using a Systems Engineering Approach for a Large Plant-Air Investment | PHOENIX INTEGRATION

March 23, 2010
Peter Menegay, Ph.D.
Senior Solutions Engineer
Phoenix Integration

With the current difficult economic and competitive climate, there is ever-increasing pressure not only to design high performance new products but also to deliver them at lower cost in shorter time. To meet these demanding engineering challenges, it is no longer sufficient to treat the different disciplines involved in a product design in isolation; rather they must be considered together as an integrated system that reflects the dependencies and interactions of the different design elements.

The work presented in this webinar will demonstrate how these requirements can be met by constructing an automated and integrated model of the whole design process. The methodology involves constructing a software model of pre-built engineering components which are tied together as an integrated system to produce an optimized solution to a multi-disciplinary design problem. This approach, rather than designing the components separately, yields advantages in terms of cost of the final engineered product and time required to perform the engineering work.

The model to be investigated here includes a centrifugal compressor, an associated electric motor and gearbox, a heat exchanger, and a pressure vessel whose purpose is to provide shop air to a chemical plant. The problem is one of sizing each piece of equipment, including the wind turbine, to meet shop air requirements and minimize cost, all subject to safety constraints.

Demonstration featuring: PHX ModelCenter 9.0, Design of Experiments and Optimization Algorithms, an overview of Data Visualizer, Design Explorer Optimizer, Prediction Profiler, Variable Influence Profiler, and NREL Models for Wind Turbine Sizing

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