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NUMECA International and CENAERO Announce a Strategic Partnership for the Next Generation of Optimization Software

Posted By: Numeca International
Date:Thu, 9 Feb 2017, 10:32 a.m.

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NUMECA International and CENAERO Announce a Strategic Partnership for the Next Generation of Optimization Software

Cenaero, leading Research Center for Aeronautics and NUMECA International have announced a strategic partnership to combine advanced optimization and data mining technologies, in NUMECA Design and Optimization Software Environment FINE/Design3D. Cenaero is well known for its advanced simulation activities and in particular for its software tools Minamo that includes state-of-the-art automatic optimization methods for simulation-based optimization. NUMECA International is globally recognized for its leadership in market vertical and specific Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software and for its embedded deterministic & robust design optimization system FINE™/Design3D. By combining the best capabilities of both technologies, customers will have access to the most advanced integrated software environment for simulation-based design optimization, tremendously reducing the design/optimization cycle time and cost. This integrated solution covers a large variety of market applications, including Turbomachinery, Marine, Aeronautics and global Multiphysics.

“We have worked with Cenaero in many research projects for more than 10 years and respect their capabilities in simulation-based optimization,” said Dr. Charles Hirsch, President of NUMECA International. “We are excited to create a formal partnership where we add Cenaero’s Minamo advanced optimization capability as an integrated offering to our customers.”

“For a decade we have developed our optimization technology, Minamo, to address very challenging industrial applications” said Mr. Michel Milecan, President of Cenaero. “Today the virtual design and optimization of products and processes is becoming a must for many industries. Integrated in the software environment FINE/Design3D of NUMECA International, Minamo will offer to engineers the capability to efficiently optimize with a very limited number of high fidelity simulations in order to broaden and gain full insight into their design space”.

About Cenaero

Cenaero is a private non-profit applied research center providing to companies involved in a technology innovation process numerical simulation methods and tools to invent and design more competitive products. Internationally recognized, Cenaero is mainly active in the aerospace (in particular turbomachinery), process engineering, energy and building sectors. Cenaero operates a supercomputing infrastructure with 14,000 computing cores, and experimental facilities in composite manufacturing and prototyping. Cenaero’s researchers provide expertise in multidisciplinary simulation, design and optimization in the fields of mechanics (fluid, structure, thermal and acoustics), manufacturing of metallic and composite structures as well as in analysis of in-service behavior of complex systems and life prediction. To learn more, visit

About NUMECA International

NUMECA International is a leading developer and provider of Grid Generation, Multi-physics CFD software systems for the multi-physics simulation and optimization of industrial products and processes. Leader in the field of flow simulations and optimization and in particular in the field of turbomachinery, marine, aeronautics, aerospace and multi-physics, NUMECA offers an extended suite of software systems covering a broad range of applications for both internal and external flows. Driven by creativity, innovation & quality, we proudly turn our passion into software toolsets that support the world's leading industries. To learn more, visit

About Minamo

Minamo is the design space exploration and optimization platform developed by Cenaero. It implements an online surrogate-assisted optimization framework. Smart adaptive search algorithms allow to efficiently handle high-dimensional design spaces as well as highly constrained optimization problems involving high-fidelity simulations. This surrogate-based paradigm, coupled to a dynamic steering of the search process, allows to rapidly explore the design space and to optimize products in order to make better and enlightened innovative decisions. It brings benefits at different stages of a development process, from the early concept definition to the final design phase, and speeds up the development cycle of complex products by reducing computational costs related to high-fidelity simulations. The data analysis tools, such as analysis of variance or self-organizing maps, help to identify key factors and trades, to discover patterns and correlations within the data and to better understand the impact of antagonistic goals on the search process, offering thorough understanding of the conception space. To learn more, visit

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