Solutions and services for manufacturing SMEs to help grow your business.

The Marketplace

Are you a manufacturing SME?

The Fortissimo Marketplace provides one-stop, pay-per-use, on-demand access to advanced simulation and modelling resources including software, hardware and expertise.

The marketplace helps find novel solutions to your challenges, discover new opportunities and brings together all necessary actors to construct the exact solution that meets your business requirements.

  • On-demand access to advanced simulation and modelling resources
  • Access to state-of-the-art HPC facilities
  • Matchmaking services
  • Access to a Capability register advertising and promoting services
  • Run simulations in hours rather than days
  • Access to best-practice guides

Fortissimo Introduction

Get inspired by Fortissimo Success Stories and find out about companies' challenges, their solutions
and impacts of HPC simulations.

Success Stories

Fortissimo has already helped hundreds of businesses realise their ideas. The following is a selection of our recent successes.

Texas Controls

Texas Controls is a Spanish SME that offers tightening and sealing solutions to large industrial facilities in the industrial, power generation and oil & gas sectors. The mechanical division of Texas Controls is the only engineering company in Spain specialising in tightening and sealing. Its long experience over many years of achieving critical safe mechanical joints, and its ongoing research projects (mechanical simulations, FEM analysis and empirical testing) allow Texas Controls to address critical tasks, offering its customers the highest confidence in the implementation and operation of leak-free and safe flanged joints.

These solutions are especially important to customers in the oil and gas industry, where it is imperative to avoid leaks in pipes and pressure vessels or reactors that could occur under extreme pressure and temperature. The costs of preventing leaks are much lower than those of their consequences. Therefore, it is crucial to study and predict the behaviour of flanged joints and to understand how the elastic interactions between their elements take place. Previously Texas Controls had used computer simulations. However, the computational demands of modelling the behaviour of flanges were such that an HPC-based solution was necessary and this was the first time that they had used such technology.

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Active Eon

Active Eon is a French SME which markets software products supporting the provision of Cloud-based services. Electricity production from marine tidal farms has a great potential for tapping into green energy from the ocean. However, such farms are difficult to design. The actual production of energy depends strongly on many factors: ocean variability, tidal cycles, local effects, turbine geometries, effects due to arrays of devices and turbulence. 

The effective and affordable simulation of such systems needs requires a Cloud-based-HPC solution. Active Eon plans to provide a service for such simulations where software and hardware are made available through a pay-per-use one-stop shop.

Zeco Hydropower

Zeco is an Italian SME from the renewable energy sector. It specialises in the production of different types of water turbine. Nowadays, the renewable energy sector is one of the most competitive and promising markets, as efficiency and pollution constraints are becoming increasingly strict. SMEs like Zeco must develop and innovate their products to remain competitive. High-fidelity simulation using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has become an essential tool for turbine designers because it results in better designs for less effort and lower cost.

However, for Zeco and, in general for SMEs, the main obstacle to the full exploitation of CFD tools is the necessary computing power, which can be considerable and which requires the use of HPC. A further obstacle is the lack of skills in both CFD and in HPC which need to be provided by external experts. The objective of this experiment is to demonstrate how all the necessary resources can be assembled to give ZECO a one-stop-shop for the simulation of turbines leading to business benefits across the whole value chain.

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Fortissimo Project

FORTISSIMO IS A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT THAT ENABLES EUROPEAN SMES TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE GLOBALLY THROUGH THE USE OF SIMULATION SERVICES RUNNING ON A HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE. 

The project is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh and involves 123 partners including Manufacturing Companies, Application Developers, Domain Experts, IT Solution Providers and HPC Cloud Service Providers from 14 countries. These partners are engaged in 53 experiments (case studies) where business relevant simulations of industrial processes are implemented and evaluated. The project is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme and is part of the I4MS Initiative.

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