May 16, 2020

Rolls-Royce chooses Queensland's Gold Coast for third Australian showroom

Glen White
2 min
Rolls-Royce opens new showroom in Australia.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars third showroom in Australia, based in Gold Coast, Queensland, was inaugurated by the marques CEO Torsten Müller-Ötv&oum...

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ third showroom in Australia, based in Gold Coast, Queensland, was inaugurated by the marque’s CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, who is in the region for a week-long visit. He was joined at an exclusive evening event to open Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Queensland’s new showroom by Paul Warren, Chief Executive Officer of The Peter Warren Group, the company’s dealer partner in Queensland, plus VIP guests and the who’s who of Gold Coast’s society.

In addition to the inauguration of the 300-square metre facility, VIP guests were treated to the Queensland debut of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ newest model, Ghost Series II.

Speaking at the event, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said, “Australia is a very important market for us with which we share a rich century-long history. Since returning to the market in 2003 as Rolls-Royce Motor Cars we have enjoyed steady growth, and we see strong potential in the Queensland market. I am confident that our partnership with Sunshine Automotive will be successful, and together we will propel both excellent customer satisfaction and further sustainable growth.”

Paul Warren, Chief Executive Officer, Sunshine Automotive explained, “Today marks a milestone in our operations here in Queensland. Our appointment is testament to our extensive experience and capabilities in the super luxury automobile market. We are committed to delivering every Rolls-Royce client an experience beyond compare.”

Ghost Series II presented in Queensland

The evening event also witnessed the exciting unveiling of Ghost Series II. The model features a discreet styling update with a range of innovative technological, design and engineering features that position it as the pinnacle super-luxury car for today’s exceptionally successful and highly mobile entrepreneur.

Since its launch in 2009, Ghost has become the ultimate symbol of success for leading entrepreneurs across the globe and in Australia. It counts among its clientele, Captains of Industry, entrepreneurs and successful businesspeople who have contributed to the growth and dynamism of Australia’s economy.

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Jun 23, 2021

Hexagon Revolutionises Manufacturing Design Process

Hexagon
Fugaku
fujitsu
Manufacturing
Elise Leise
3 min
Fugaku’s supercomputer allows Hexagon’s clients can use complex CFD simulation to drive innovation in next-gen aircraft and electric vehicle manufacturing

A global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions, Hexagon recently announced that complex CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulations can now be completed with the help of the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku. Before this breakthrough, CFD simulations were far too expensive and time-consuming to run. Now, however, engineers can use these high-detail simulations to explore new ideas, iterate their designs, and optimise next-gen aircraft and electric vehicle manufacturing. 

 

Thanks to Hexagon, manufacturers can now analyse what they’re up against before starting their build process—with one-third the energy use of traditional simulations and a fraction of the cost. This is only the latest step in Hexagon’s mission to use design and engineering data to speed up smart manufacturing. As the company wrote: ‘The idea of putting data to work is part of Hexagon’s DNA’. 

 

What Are CFD Simulations?

Simply put, they’re simulations so complex and powerful that engineers usually have to spend hours upon hours simplifying their designs. 90% of an engineer’s time can centre around this task—but not with Fugaku-powered simulations. Now, original designs can be fed into the simulation software, reaching a much closer approximation of reality. 

 

With the ARM-powered Fugaku supercomputer, Hexagon’s Cradle CFD clients can now reduce simulation cost, conserve valuable energy, and integrate high-detail simulations into their daily operations. At a time when the automotive and aerospace industries are racing to bring safe and sustainable transport options to market, in fact, CFD simulations could be the key to success. 

 

How Does CFD Change the Game? 

As auto manufacturers transition to electric vehicles, they must understand how design adjustments will affect the vehicle in real-time. Instead of physically iterating their blueprints, they’d rather work it out in theory. With CFD, engineers can now pre-test critical safety, performance, and longevity features—for example, how aerodynamics will interact with energy efficiency, or how thermal management will operate under a range of parameters. Essentially, CFD simulations speed up the design process and cut down on costly mistakes. 

 

Said Roger Assaker, President of Design & Engineering in Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division: ‘Simulation holds the key to innovations in aerospace and eMobility. Advances such as the low-power Fugaku supercomputing architecture are one of the ways we can tap into these insights without costing the Earth, and I am delighted by what our Cradle CFD team and our partners have achieved’. 

 

 

How Did Testing Unfold? 

Hexagon collaborated with Fujitsu Limited to create and complete several test situations. Here’s a quick look at two of their trials: 

  • Prototyped a typical family car. This is only possible with enhanced computing power. The car model consisted of 70 million elements using 960 cores and was simulated until it reached a  steady-state using the RANS equation over 1000 cycles. 
  • Simulated transonic compressible fluid around an aeroplane. Made up of approximately 230 million elements, the simulation used 4,000 nodes using 192,000 computing cores and relied on 48,000 processes via Message Passing Interface (MPI). 

Tomohiro Irie, Hexagon’s Director of R&D for Cradle CFD, commented on the recent progress: ‘I expect that these technical developments will contribute to making the power of Fugaku more accessible for general use, bringing huge freedom and improved insights to engineering teams solving tomorrow’s problems today’. 

Overall, Hexagon intends to continue driving product innovation forward, with smart manufacturing that adapts to conditions in real-time, pursues perfect quality, and optimises designs for zero waste. And there’s little doubt about it. With 20,000 employees in 50 countries, coupled with Fugaku’s supercomputing capabilities, Hexagon is uniquely poised to succeed.

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