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A Successful Application of the Digital Twin Starts as Early as Possible


The concept of the digital twin applies to many domains from design to manufacturing, the application in the simulation field should start as early as possible and throughout the whole product lifecycle. As costs for changes increase towards the end of the product development process, simulation should apply as early as possible. Many other influencing factors for a successful application have to be considered in the development process of a product such as the input of data from experiments to calibrate the simulation models, definition of simulation and testing scenarios for such calibrations and comparable simulations, efficient and fast turnaround times for simulations to feedback information into the design and the connectivity to other domains such as system, CFD and structural simulations. But also the management of such vast informations from experiments and simulations together with the CAD geometry variants through design exploration tools and PLM systems for product development documentation. All these points play an important role for the integration of the digital twin application for simulation in the design process. Design explorations with a rapid turnaround time and an application very early in the design process requires automation of the usually time consuming tasks such as meshing and experimenting of many design variations through parameter studies. However, for all disciplines a key requirement for the digital twin is to model the reality and especially in simulation the accuracy of results should not be sacrificed by automation or model simplification.


Boris Marovic studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, is an EMBA candidate from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and is the Technical Manager FloEFD Products at Mentor Graphics’ Mechanical Analysis Division. After working at Robert Bosch GmbH, he Mentor Graphics, A Siemens Business, as an Application Engineer and has worked in projects of a wide range of industries. In 2010 he became the Industry Manager for Automotive & Transportation and determined the needs of the Mechanical Analysis Products for his industry together with the corresponding Product Managers and customers. Since 2016 he is Technical Manager for the FloEFD Products and is responsible for the technical distribution enablement and customer projects related to FloEFD.