Flow simulation data is embedded in space as 3D holograms with the help of mixed and virtual reality and is made interactively accessible.
In this way, faster and more efficient development of new prototypes is possible, thus shortening the innovation cycle of new products.
For the working world of the future, it will be crucial to digitally connect teams from all over the world and to work together in virtual worlds.
In a nutshell
The goal of HoloSim is to enable engineers to analyze simulation data via Mixed and Virtual Reality by making 3D models and simulation data accessible interactively and in three dimensions. Using virtual or mixed reality glasses, engineers can connect to the virtual space and perceive the objects in three dimensions and interactively adapt them to their needs. The virtual space also offers various work tools such as whiteboards and presentation surfaces that enable distributed teams to work virtually and collaboratively. This enables faster and more efficient development of new prototypes and thus shortens the innovation cycle of new products.
Through a fully automated process, the simulation data is read in, converted and optimized for display without changing the results of the simulation. The user creates a virtual room and has the option of embedding further 3D objects, slides and videos and then sends an invitation to his colleagues, who can then join the meeting with an Oculus Quest, Oculus Go or HoloLens 2. A PC version is available for people without XR glasses.
A flow simulation is the basis for the development of optimized components and is carried out in numerous industries. In order to be able to evaluate the flow behavior of a component in the development phase, the results from the simulation are processed and visualized in specialized software.
The problem with these visualization methods is the two-dimensional representation on a monitor, which offers engineers only a limited view and is insufficient for three-dimensional issues. In addition, the teams for the development of new components are distributed at different locations and a great deal of travel is required for coordination with other company divisions or customers. This topic is relevant for all industries, such as the automotive industry, aerospace, and the construction industry, which use fluid flow analysis for the development and design of parts.
relevant across all industries
The August-Wilhelm Scheer Institute develops 2 basic components:
Hologram. Through domain expertise in VR/AR/MR, computer vision, and deep learning, new approaches are developed for transforming and optimizing CFD simulations for display on VR/AR/MR devices.
Collaboration. For collaboration in virtual worlds, the institute is working out the research question of how the working worlds of the future will be designed. In addition, the concrete implementation of virtual collaboration software for intuitive and joint processing of CFD simulations is being developed.
The HoloSim project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.