Meet the ANSYS Embedded Systems and Software Team at Embedded World

Embedded World 2018 is just around the corner and we’re excited. Embedded World brings together over 30,000 embedded systems and software professionals focusing on new technologies in embedded systems and software, and I’m pleased to let you know that ANSYS will be there again this year in booth 4-631, located in Hall 4.

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ANSYS 19 Delivers Accurate CFD for Very Large and Very Small Details

ANSYS Fluent can simulate really big models (1)Engineering problems can be quite straight forward when confined to a single size scale. For example, designing an elephant-proof fence is simply an exercise welding together enough big steel bars. But what if it also has to confine mice? By mixing the very large and very small size scales, the mouse introduces a whole new set of problems that will greatly complicate the design and construction of the fence. Tiny gaps irrelevant to the elephant can be escape ways for the mouse!

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Efficiency Maps for Electric Motors Made Easy

Simulating electric motors saves time, minimizes the number of needed prototypes and enables innovation as it is possible to virtually test a wide range of possible designs. ANSYS can simulate electric motors in many ways: evaluate magnetic performance, predict thermal behavior, limit noise vibration effects, understand how to the machine interacts with the power electronics.

With the release of ANSYS 19, we are excited to introduce a new capability within ANSYS Maxwell specifically dedicated for electrical machines that are used in a wide range of operating conditions (speed, torque, current, etc). Think about an electric or hybrid car: the driver needs power for a variety of purposes (high torque when accelerating, high speed when cruising). Machine designers face big challenges to design and control such motors: how to optimize the performance when the motor is going to be used in a variety of conditions?

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Accelerating Rapid Product Development with ANSYS Discovery

Last September, we launched the preview of ANSYS Discovery Live — a new technology that can bring intuitive and real-time simulation insight to all engineering decisions.

 “… one of the biggest breakthroughs in design and engineering technology in the last ten years” – Develop3D

Today, we go from technology preview to the commercial availability as we introduce the ANSYS Discovery family of products. This is a big step towards the vision of simulation for every engineer and every product — to make it as easy to simulate a product’s physical performance, as it is to use Google Search. Continue reading

Improve Thermal Reliability with ANSYS Icepak

Electronics is at the heart of many exciting products like smartphones, tablets, and TVs, and it plays a key role in various industries from semiconductor, automotive, agriculture, aerospace, entertainment to healthcare. Modern electronic devices are faster, smaller, and denser than ever before. Since we pack millions of transistors within a small area, these devices tend to generate a lot of heat. Heat-induced mechanical effects, such as delamination, and breakage of solder joints connecting the chips to their printed circuit boards (PCBs), can cause system-wide reliability problems. It’s critical to simulate the electro-thermal and structural properties of electronic designs before you build the hardware. Simulation tools from ANSYS can solve these challenges and improve the reliability and performance of electronic products. Continue reading

Zyz Team is Simulating a Racing Sailboat with ANSYS

As an academic organization within the University of Palermo (Italy), our Zyz Sailing Team brings together students and professors with a shared passion for the design and manufacture of a racing sailboat. Our members have particular skill sets. Some are experienced with engineering design elements, such as CAD, the finite element method (FEM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), while others are expert craftsmen.

We began designing and building small sailing boats in 2008. Our latest challenge was the creation of Ercte, a 16-foot foiling catamaran constructed of marine plywood and carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

ZYZ Sailing boat image of Ercte catamaran: initial designErcte catamaran: initial design

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Space Satellites Power Enhanced Connectivity on Earth

My house has a 30 Mb/s internet connection that I use to stream entire movies. I talk to people on the other side of the world and participate in virtual meetings on my mobile phone, which fits in my pocket and works everywhere. I also use my mobile to drive through cities I’ve never seen before, following the best route as determined from satellites in space that track the location of my phone using GPS coordinates. You are probably thinking “so what?” because you, like billions of other people, have the same kind of connectivity. This is what should impress you most: We are so used to this easy connectivity that we have forgotten how incredible this technology is compared to what we had 20 years ago. Engineering simulation played a big role in getting us to this point, and it will play and even bigger role in the future. Continue reading

Fluid Dynamics are Engineer Ready in ANSYS 19.0

In early January, I spent two jam packed days in a room with over 60 of our best and brightest to exchange CFD best practices and learn what’s new for fluid dynamics in ANSYS 19.0. These are ANSYS Customer Excellence (ACE) team CFD engineers who work with you, our customers, to set up and solve the toughest simulation problems. In prior years, the presentations have focused on the latest physical models and capabilities. Certainly, those were represented. But this fluid dynamics technical meeting was predominantly about you, the engineer — discussing how to reduce risk  to provide the answers you need with the minimum investment of time and resources.

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The ANSYS Fluids Team

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Can The Patriots Get an Edge with Real-time CFD Simulation?

I think I figured it out. The Patriots might be using real-time CFD simulation to raise their field goal percentages.

As anyone who watches the NFL knows, the Patriots are perennial winners. With their third Super Bowl appearance in the last four years, it seems they have an automatic ticket to the big game. However, all six of their appearances in the last 14 years have been close, coming down to 4 or fewer points. A single missed field goal could have sent the Lombardi trophy to a different team.

Fortunately for the Patriots, their kicking game is top notch. New England has finished in the top 5 in made field goal percentage in 4 of the last 5 years, with a league best 94.6% made field goals in 2014. Is this because they only attempt conservative kicks, or play in a closed stadium? In fact, it is quite the opposite. Continue reading

ANSYS HFSS 19 – New Capability, New Look, More Power

ANSYS HFSS 19 ElectromagneticsExciting new capabilities have just been released in ANSYS HFSS 19. With this release, we are delivering new features such as Radar Cross Section Analysis (RCS), a dynamic new user interface, more computational power and new packaging that will deliver an incredible amount of value to our current and future users. In this blog, I provide a brief introduction to the new HFSS but please consider joining my colleague Matt Commens, HFSS Lead Product Manager, on February 7 for the HFSS Product Update Web Seminar to find out even more details. Continue reading