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ESI Group has announced its participation in the Plasma Technology (PT) Grid project, a three-year joint initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The main objective of the PT-Grid is to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the access to complex plasma technological simulations on the basis of the D-Grid computer infrastructure, which provides almost infinite computing and storage capacity, flexibility, adaptability and automation through dynamic and concerted interoperation of networked resources.

The PT-Grid will incorporate or utilise today’s scientific modelling methods for industrial applications.

Plasma technology (PT) is considered an important technology for applications in the semiconductor industry, light source development, welding technology and in the surface treatment of glass, plastics and metals.

Plasma modelling and simulation are of importance to the further development of plasma technology, as the use of grid resources offer potential for user-friendly fundamental research and contract research.

The PT-Grid project is divided into four sub-projects corresponding to different parts of plasma technology, which are: simulation of welding and cutting processes; magnetohydrodynamic 3D simulation; particle-in-cell Monte Carlo (PIC-MC) simulation of low-pressure plasma discharges; and self-consistent kinetic calculation of ion and neutral particle distribution functions behind a plasma boundary layer.

Nine funded industrial and academic project partners working in the fields of information technology, software edition and business management are supporting one or several parts of the projects; along with 10 other associated partners from the academic and industrial fields.

ESI is participating in two of the sub-projects using its Ace+ suite of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and multiphysics simulation software.

ESI’s primary contribution is to investigate the implementation of online available user interfaces for CFD-Ace+ and analyse capabilities for license management and invoicing.

CFD-Ace+ combines plasma chemistry and transport with electrophysics in an integrated environment for a wide range of semiconductor applications, from low-pressure non-equilibrium to thermal atmospheric plasmas.

ESI also supports various project partners with software licenses and provides technical support for coupling in-house developments in plasma modelling.

With the integration of CFD-Ace+ into grid-computing environments, ESI will take a leading part in the development of a platform for sophisticated plasma simulations.

Dedicated models to describe certain plasma phenomena and properties, provided by partners inside the PT-Grid initiative, will be coupled with CFD-Ace+ to provide an advanced online available consulting tool for plasma applications to industrial customers.

On the basis of several thousand CPUs inside the D-Grid computer infrastructure, users won’t be held back by hardware issues and will be able to run as many serial or parallel computations as they need for their applications.

ESI is a world-leading supplier and pioneer of digital simulation software
for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the
physics of materials.

ESI has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry-oriented
applications to realistically simulate a product’s behavior during testing,
to fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product
performance, and to evaluate the environment’s impact on product

ESI’s products represent a unique collaborative and open environment for
Simulation-Based Design, enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a
continuous and collaborative manner while eliminating the need for physical
prototypes during product development.

A scalable Simulation-Based Design solution to accelerate innovation

ESI’s End-to-End Virtual Prototyping solutions, including software and
services, allow to manage with remarkable efficiency the virtual prototyping
of industrial products from creation through to end development, to limit
its complexity and risks, resulting in the successful validation of real
prototypes “to get it right at the right time”.

The company employs over 750 high-level specialists worldwide covering more
than 30 countries.

ESI Group is listed in compartment C of NYSE Euronext Paris.

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