This presentation was made at NAFEMS UK Conference 2018, "Taking Engineering Analysis and Simulation to the Next Level".
The NAFEMS UK Conference 2018 brought together all those involved in analysis and simulation from every corner of industry and academia, giving them an opportunity to advance their knowledge, give their organisations a competitive advantage, and a chance to be part of improving the technology itself.
Where did our universe come from? Since the beginning of time, astronomers
and physicists such as Galileo, Copernicus, and Einstein have dedicated their
life’s work to this timeless question. Even today, investigating the universe’s
origins remains hotly debated. To help answer this, the team at the Giant
Magellan Telescope is building a 200 foot-high telescope that will help scientists
uncover what has plagued scientists and science fiction enthusiasts alike: Are
we alone? How did the first galaxies form? What is the fate of the universe?
The GMT is uniquely poised to answer these questions due to its ability to
collect more light than other telescopes and to its’ uniquely high resolution
(which will be the highest ever achieved in a telescope). The project is
sponsored by Astronomy Australia Limited, Carnegie Observatories, Harvard
University, and other leading universities and research institutions from
around the globe. Due to the complexity of the structure, placement of
mirrors, and movements that will occur during operation of the telescope,
the engineering team at GMTO used MSC Software’s simulation tool, MSC
Apex, to simplify and shorten their design and simulation workflow.