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GRM Consulting Ltd

GRM Consulting Ltd


CV311NB Warwickshire
United Kingdom

GRM Consulting (GRM) is an FEA software vendor and engineering consultancy founded in 2003 on the basis of CAE-led design. Within its core is the development and application of design optimisation methodologies to solve complex engineering problems in the most efficient, cost effective way. GRM’s vision is to become the first choice for optimised engineering design solutions for organisations all over the world


Product news

  • TruPly

    TruPly is a design optimisation software product specifically developed for the design of minimum mass composite structures, coupled to the Industry Standard FEA solver, SIMULIA Abaqus. This innovative tool provides the first product on the market able to evolve the most efficient ply shapes within the Abaqus solver environment.

    Several competitors exist in the field of the structural optimisation of composites, including Altair’s OptiStruct and VR&D’s Genesis, neither of which however are able to support the Abaqus solver community effectively.

    TruPly is fundamentally added as an extension to Abaqus, enabling users who work with composite design and analysis to develop the most efficient components without compromise on performance. Composites have become more accessible in various industries due to the falling cost of manufacture, and although composite behaviour remains a relatively unexplored field, TruPly enables users to find the best possible layup from an infinite variation of different orientations across strength, stiffness and buckling load-cases.

  • Hybrid Material Engine Sump

    The Jaguar Land Rover Hybrid Sump was a collaborative project between Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and GRM Consulting to develop a lightweight engine sump. GRM Consulting provided the finite element analysis and optimisation experience which in turn fed into the design work which was conducted by Jaguar Land Rover. The project utilised a CAE led design process which allowed us to develop a lightweight sump which was 20% lighter than the current design without losing any structural performance. One reason the weight saving was so significant was the novel material application. The engine sump was designed with a topology optimised load-bearing aluminium exo-skeleton housing an injected moulded oil-retaining inner volume, hence the hybrid material sump. This compares to most engine sumps which are typically cast metallic components. By doing a hybrid structure the aluminium could form the structure where it was needed, and where less structural performance was required, plastic could be used simply as an oil retaining vessel and not as a structural component, thereby significantly reducing mass. Three patents have been submitted on specific design features of the hybrid material sump.