ACP OpDesign

Optimal Design Gateway
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ACP OpDesign revolutionizes the product design and development process through a holistic, performance driven method. Based on the advanced SPDRM (Simulation Process Data and Resources Manager) process management software of BETA CAE Systems, it captures ETA’s Accelerated Concept to Product (ACP) Process and delivers a streamlined optimization-led design path.

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ACP OpDesign is enabled by combining the power of ANSA’s modeling capabilities with its connection to the most well-known finite element analysis (FEA) solvers, topology, parametric optimizers and META’s post-processing automation. Additional features also allow the user to:

  • Create new products from concepts.
  • Optimize existing designs.
  • Evaluate numerous design concepts under multiple load conditions
  • Optimize shape, material and thickness
  • Consider manufacturability alternatives


Starting from concept, the available design space is defined and set-up for topology optimization under multidisciplinary loads (static and dynamic). The shell geometry from the results is generated by allocating material where it is needed to withstand.

Specialized functions such as topology skeleton creation (for combining loadcases or mass fractions); skinning (to create geometry from topology); and Load Path Mapping for identifying key load bearing components. These functions introduces efficiency in virtual product development.

Low Fidelity 3G (LF3G)

From conceptual design or continuing with existing designs, LF3G focuses on the optimization of geometry, grade, and gauge. This step optimizes the position of important parts, the width and height of cross sections, various types of material and its grades.

High Fidelity 3G (HF3G) for Substructuring and Decoupling

The load carrying substructure or sub-systems are “decoupled” for detailed design, based on alternative manufacturing design solutions and weight reduction. The sub-systems are further optimized for the optimal design solution under multiple load cases. Further, the system has fully reintegrated gauges optimized if required.

Case Studies

Future Steel Vehicle

Future Steel Vehicle (FSV) was a global steel industry investment in advancing the state of the art of automobile bodies that contribute to lower emission vehicles. It validated-ranging research into the practical use of Advanced High-Strength Steels and innovative design and manufacturing technologies, and proposes specific examples for electrified vehicles.

The FSV aimed to help vehicle makers respond effectively to more stringent emissions and fuel efficiency standards to reduce the effects of greenhouse gases while maintaining performance and without cost penalty. The project included structural variants for battery electric, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell powertrain.


Key Achievements:

  1. Reduced PD Cost in Concept & Development Phase
  2. Reduced Mass By Over 35%
  3. Reduced Total Life Cycle Emissions by Nearly 70%
  4. Reduced Mass and Emissions Without a Cost Penalt