NODYCON 2021 Workshops

Monday February 15, 2021
10:00am-1:00pm   CET Workshop1 Multidisciplinary approach to high-lift device project: MSC Software integrated simulation tools, Mr. D. Catelani.
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2:30pm-5:30pm   CET Workshop2 Continuation techniques for pedestrians and mountain climbers using the COCO software platform, Prof. H. Dankowicz.
Attendees need access to Matlab and the COCO package. Download COCO here

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Workshop 1: Multidisciplinary approach to high-lift device project: MSC Software integrated simulation tools

Daniele Catelani
Senior Project Manager MSC Software

This workshop is focused on the multidisciplinary approach to design and simulation, with the main target to provide a full overview about the most advanced solutions for integrating different technologies, methodologies and competence in order to achieve the design of a complex integrated systems as high-lift devices. The presentation will include description of the features and challenges of the multidisciplinary analysis, the need for integration of tools but also for the collaboration among engineering department and groups.
The participants will use the main MSC Software tools for simulation and optimization of a high-lift model during an interactive hands-on session.
The workshop will be concluded by an introduction of the simulation trends towards the so-called Digital Twin and the “game changer” represented by the Machine Learning capabilities.


10:00-10:30 Multidisciplinary analysis: simulating reality for delivering certainty; Challenges and Solutions using MSC Software simulation tool
10:30-11:30 Preliminary Design, Feasibility, Performance: Multibody, Design of Experiments and Optimization of a high-lift device
11:30-12:30 Advanced Design using Multidisciplinary approach: Multibody, FEM, CFD, Controls
12:30-13:00 The evolution of simulation: Digital Twin and Machine Learning for transforming data into intelligence
Bio-sketch of Daniele Catelani

Daniele Catelani is Senior Project Manager at MSC Software. He is also technical manager for University Program in Italy. His main tasks currently consist in consulting, support, development, training and management of technical projects in Aerospace and Machinery industries. His activity is carried out in the field of multibody and multidiscipline simulation, involving integration between multibody system, finite element analysis, control systems, computational fluid dynamics. He has participated in the development of features and toolkits of the MSC Adams package.
He has been MSC project manager and coordinator for Simulation Data Management and Vertical products integration for Aerospace companies. He is technical coordinator of all MSC Conferences and Events in Italy from 2006. He is instructor for Adams, FEM, and many other courses in all Italian universities and he has been tutor for hundreds of students from 1994, and at the same time technical consultant for main OEM like Ferrari, Pirelli, BMW, Airbus, AleniaAermacchi, AgustaWestland, Tetrapak, CRF, CNR-ITIA, Volkswagen, and many other He has been also co-author of “Cinematica e Dinamica dei Sistemi Multibody – Vol .II” and of many scientific and technical publications.

Workshop 2: Continuation techniques for pedestrians and mountain climbers using the COCO software platform

Harry Dankowicz
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This workshop aims to give participants, new to continuation techniques or seasoned practitioners, an update on the integration of advanced continuation techniques in the COCO software platform. The presentation will include background theory and extensive demonstrations of the application of COCO to i) bifurcation analysis in systems of ordinary and delay-differential equations, ii) constrained design optimization along families of periodic and quasi-periodic orbits in nonlinear dynamical systems, and iii) analysis of multidimensional manifolds of solutions to nonlinear boundary-value problems. To prepare for this workshop, participants are encouraged to refer to tutorial documentation included with the COCO release and available at


14:30-15:30 Bifurcation analysis using COCO
15:30-16:30 Constrained design optimization using COCO
16:30-17:30 Multidimensional manifold continuation using COCO
Bio-sketch of Harry Dankowicz

Harry Dankowicz is Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering and Associate Dean for Graduate, Professional and Online Programs in The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, with an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics in 1991 and, subsequently, from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 1995. Following a post-doctoral and research associate appointment at KTH between 1995 and 1999, he joined the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he remained until 2005. Prof. Dankowicz is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a recipient of several prestigious faculty awards, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the US National Science Foundation, and the Fred Merryfield Design Award and Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. Together with Frank Schilder, Prof. Dankowicz co-authored the advanced textbook Recipes for Continuation, published by SIAM in 2013. He leads the development of the Matlab-based software platform COCO, recognized in 2018 with a 1st prize in the SIAM Dynamical Systems Web Software Contest.