General framework of the activity
ProtoSTEP SAS is a multiphysics study and expertise company with many years of experience in industrial R&D and Fundamental and Applied Physics. ProtoSTEP is approved by the French ministry of Higher education and Research to support its customers in their R&D and Innovation projects. As a certified COMSOL consultant, ProtoSTEP uses the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to build numerical models and then study the multiphysics interactions coupling encountered.
ProtoSTEP brings you multiphysics expertise and can deliver easy-to-use applications based on your simulations that are built as dedicated tools for your own multiphysics models.
Specific skills in the MRE field
In 2019 the mean power per offshore wind turbine in Europe was about just 7.8MW, whereas in 2021, several manufacturers have announced a new generation of offshore wind turbines ready to be placed on the market with a power per unit of 14MW and 15MW. The growing needs to stay competitive with this technology lead the offshore wind turbine manufacturers to think about new designs with larger dimensions while always respecting the challenging specifications for the accessible power and the lifetime.
The projects in the offshore wind turbines area must deal with new challenges related to the sizing of the blades, turbines and submarine cables, the anchorage of the structures or corrosion in open sea. Multiphysics simulation is a vital tool which enables to test these different case studies. Such virtual testing allows either the pre-validation of a design before prototype manufacture, or the completion of experimental results already acquired in real conditions.
Test facilities applicable to MRE
ProtoSTEP has high calculating powered computers and uses the COMSOL Multiphysics® software with the corresponding modules for each Physics studied. The modules used for each Physics in the RME domain which enable interaction coupling are listed below:
- Composite materials
- Structural mechanics
- CFD (Fluid mechanics)
- AC/DC (Electromagnetism)
- Heat transfer
Products or services in MRE
ProtoSTEP offers various services to meet your needs:
- Study and expertise
- Numerical simulations
- Virtual prototyping
- Easy-to-use applications based on your simulations