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Tucker Sno-Cat Case Study Masters of Rough Terrain

Tucker Sno-Cat uses the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping to create vehicles that challenge some of the world’s harshest environments.

A family-owned company founded in 1942, Tucker Sno-Cat® Corporation (Tucker) is the oldest successful manufacturer of snow vehicles in the world. Tucker’s involvement in the first motorized crossing of the Antarctic testifies to its industry leadership. Tucker also invented the four-track vehicle design, which features superior traction, stability, safety, and climbing ability. The famed vehicle’s innovative design eliminates pitch poling on moguls and rough terrain, and creates little terrain disturbance. It’s been said to traverse the snow as lightly as a skier would.

Always at the forefront of snow-vehicle innovation, Tucker strives to respond quickly to customer needs, whether it’s customizing an existing vehicle or designing an entirely new SNO-CAT® vehicle. Driving Tucker’s success are flexible—yet fast—design and manufacturing processes that yield the highest quality. Committed to innovation, the company powers its product development process with Autodesk® Inventor® Professional software, the foundation of the Autodesk® solution for Digital Prototyping, and validates its designs through finite element analysis (FEA) and mechanical event simulation (MES) using Algor® Professional MES software. These sophisticated tools enable Tucker to perform complex simulations to assess the performance of designs in the harshest environments.

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ALGOR, Inc ALGOR FEA Helps North American Shipbuilding Hoist 1,000 Tons

Located along the intercoastal waterway in Larose, Louisiana, North American Shipbuilding (NAS) designs and constructs offshore vessels for its parent company, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), and affiliated companies. As part of its ship building and repairing operations, NAS uses finite element analysis (FEA) software from ALGOR, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"ALGOR FEA allows us to check our first principal calculations as well as investigate more detailed problems," said Jacob Cheramie, Naval Architect of NAS. For example, when a new anchor-handling tug supply vessel was built, a 1,000-ton superstructure needed to be lifted by cranes for installation on the hull. Engineers at NAS performed ALGOR linear static stress analyses of key components to ensure that the ship could withstand the forces generated during the lifting operation. The FEA stress and displacement results verified NAS' calculations, which allowed NAS to proceed with confidence and execute the crane lift successfully.

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ALGOR, Inc ALGOR FEA Helps Engineers Energize Solar Cells

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, photovoltaic power will be competitive in price with traditional sources of electricity within 10 years. Contributing to this trend, Solar Power Industries, Inc. (SPI) of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, uses finite element analysis (FEA) software from Pittsburgh-based ALGOR, Inc. as a tool for developing faster, more efficient and less expensive ways to manufacture solar cells.

For example, SPI used ALGOR FEA to analyze the process of casting silicon ingots inside a directional solidification furnace. "These ingots are used to manufacture photovoltaic solar cells," said Chenlei Wang, Ph.D., Senior Engineer with SPI. "ALGOR multiphysics software helped us in optimizing the furnace's hot-zone design, which was the key factor for the project."

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