Formula Motorsports: Accelerating Race Cars through Simulation

UWashington Formula Motorsports is a student-organized team that competes in Formula SAE. We design, build and test two small, formula-style race cars for the competition: one combustion and one electric. Each year we compete nationally and internationally at Formula Student Lincoln and Formula Student Germany. Everything our club produces is done entirely in-house. We produce our own designs, perform our own machining, and manufacture our own carbon fiber parts. Through the entire design process, UWashington Formula Motorsports strives to validate design decisions with sound engineering methods, and the simulations we run using ANSYS make this possible. Continue reading

The Industrial IoT Runs Roots in the Oil & Gas Industry

digital twin oil and gas industryIndustrial IoT and digitization will loom large as the industry professionals gather at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, May 1-4. Over the past few years the industrial IoT has grown beyond information technology concerns (gathering data, data processing and security, etc.) and now includes predictive maintenance of assets, prognostics health management (PHM), reducing cost and nonproductive time, eliminating breakdown and failure.

One of the first steps in realizing the benefits of the IoT for the energy industry is to create intelligent machines/digital products. As evident from consumer product devices, for example smart watches, soon if not already, oil and gas equipment will also need to perform more than just a mechanical function and must become smart or intelligent. Continue reading

Ideal Upfront Simulation Tool for Design Engineers

A few days ago someone asked me if ANSYS flagship products are appropriate for the “average” engineer, and more particularly design engineers doing upfront simulation. I believe the better question to ask is which ANSYS products are geared toward design engineers, and why.

More often than not, design engineers are quite familiar with 3-D modeling tools, which are the starting point of simulations in the product development process. But given their focus on product design, manufacturability, documentation, etc., they typically do not have time or prior experience required to learn how to use a fully featured simulation tool like ANSYS Mechanical or CFD. Continue reading

Energy Efficiency – Do You Have A Goal and Are You Measuring Up?

In honor of Earth Day, which was celebrated this past weekend, I would like to share my perspective on energy efficiency.

Every month, I receive a home energy usage report from my friendly utility company.  I had been puzzled for years why I was using 50 or 60% more energy than my efficient neighbors. At social gatherings, I asked my friends about their energy efficiency numbers and we collectively bemoaned the mysterious efficient neighbors. Who are these people? Do they even heat or cool their homes?

energy efficiency neighborhood reportingThen last year, I purchased and installed the Nest thermostat. My utility company even pitched in with a price discount offer. Over time my energy usage has declined when compared to my neighbors. The most recent report shows that I used 21% more energy than my efficient neighbors. This is down from 51% in the similar period two years ago. The artificial intelligence algorithms and smart silicon are making a difference! Continue reading

New ANSYS in ACTION Webinars Scheduled for April and May

ansys in actionWe are now in our 6th month of the nearly weekly ANSYS in ACTION webinar series, where we show you how ANSYS software can be used to solve common applications in just 20 minutes using live demonstrations of our software. Several new, upcoming sessions are now posted on the ANSYS in ACTION page. I am also pleased to point out that we recently extended our line-up to include products from across our portfolio.

For example, on April 27, ANSYS in ACTION will feature “Faster Turbocharger Designs with Simulation” where we will dive into using ANSYS TurboSystems to optimize turbocharger designs. Continue reading

4 Reasons to Avoid Simulation in Healthcare: Let’s Discuss it in Boston!

LabCentral in Cambridge, MA, is a first-of-its-kind shared laboratory space designed as a launchpad for high-potential life-sciences and biotech startups.

Many claim that engineering simulation in healthcare will be critical. The only way to get a clear and complete answer would be to ask the question “Is simulation essential for healthcare?” to the people using computer modeling and simulation (CM&S) routinely for medical device design, biotech or pharmaceutical process modeling during the ANSYS Healthcare Innovation Conference in Cambridge, MA on May 10th. Continue reading

Hang Gliding Takes Quantum Leap with Simulation

hang gliding simulation side viewSince its creation, hang gliding has progressed solely — and often painfully — through experimentation. But engineering simulation is starting to change that.

The German inventor and flight pioneer Otto Lilienthal made over 2,000 flights as long as 820 feet in gliders he designed and flew in the 1890s. He died in 1896 from injuries sustained in a glider crash, but his well-documented accounts of theories and experiences with flight influenced many of the early aviation pioneers, including the Wright Brothers. Continue reading

Digitalization, Dyson and Dimensions

Whether you are a digitalization veteran or just starting on the path of digital transformation, you need to read the Spring 2017 issue of Dimensions magazine from ANSYS, which is available now. Perhaps you think digitalization is just the next buzzword, or maybe this is the first time you have heard the term. No matter your starting point, we think this issue of Dimensions will convince you of the tremendous opportunities ahead in the field of digitalization. Continue reading

In-Flight Icing Simulation: 3-D CFD-Icing is Here to Stay

3-D computational fluid dynamics simulation of in-flight icing (3-D CFD-icing) has achieved considerable advances in the last decade , and many dynamic OEMs and second tier suppliers are using them to speed icing certification. Yet, others remain on the fence, using technologies from three decades ago.

inflight icing simulation

The different characteristics of ice, at different locations on an aircraft:
can that be done in 2-D?

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General Fusion Developing World’s First Commercially Viable Fusion Power Plant for Clean Energy

Energy supply is one of the world’s biggest challenges. Fusion technology has the potential to solve this challenge by providing on-demand, safe and clean energy that will combat climate change while driving economic growth. Drawing on decades of advancements in plasma physics, materials engineering and computer simulation, General Fusion is working to develop the world’s first commercially viable fusion power plant.

What Makes the General Fusion System Different?
Developing a completely new form of energy comes with plenty of challenges and unknowns, so General Fusion utilizes milestone-driven R&D campaigns and ANSYS simulation solutions to reduce the risk in its development process. One such campaign focused on testing the liquid metal compression technology that forms the core of General Fusion’s power plant. Continue reading