I just saw this really cool video about how researchers at Harvard University and the University of Buffalo looked at the stingray motion in water to think about a new design and propulsion system for submarines.
As you can see, they performed CFD simulation of the stingray motion. As soon as I saw the CFD animation I thought to myself — to do such a simulation, they need to have a good mesh morphing capability as the deformations are large. Why mesh morphing and not fast remeshing? Continue reading
In my last blog, I highlighted that HBM nCode is the world-wide leading developer of CAE durability software. They develop HBM nCode DesignLife, which is the leading FE based fatigue analysis software product. I discussed how ANSYS, Inc and HBM nCode partnered to develop the ANSYS, Inc supported ANSYS nCode DesignLife product. Thus, two variations of DesignLife are now available to ANSYS customers — HBM nCode DesignLife and ANSYS nCode DesignLife. Both versions have identical core capabilities, so what’s the difference between ANSYS nCode DesignLife vs. HBM nCode DesignLife?
The answer is Workbench!
HBM nCode DesignLife is a standalone product that is a good solution for a wide range of CAE tools. ANSYS nCode DesignLife is data integrated into the Workbench environment enabling it to provide state-of-the-art CAE fatigue analysis capabilities along with the ease of use features of the Workbench environment. This integration highly optimizes the workflow for ANSYS users. Some of the benefits of this Workbench integration are: Continue reading
In my July blog, I wondered if our customers considered moving forward with robust design practices. Since that time, I’ve found an increasing number of customers embracing and, more importantly, benefiting from these techniques. I’d like to give you a few examples that I think will appeal to you.
First of all, let’s look at ANSYS customer Brose, a tier-one supplier specializing in developing and manufacturing mechatronic systems and electric drives for automobile bodies and interiors. Every year Brose supplies millions of window regulators to many automobile manufacturers. As you can read in this article, Brose engineers adopted robust design practices using ANSYS Mechanical and Dynardo’s optiSLang software so they could ensure the robustness of their window mechanisms for a wide variety of car models and assembly conditions. Continue reading
Today’s a very special day, so before I proceed with the ANSYS webinars for the week, I’d like to tell you a little about why. One hundred and seven years ago, a woman was born who would one day help to change the world. In fact, Google’s Doodle today is celebrating her birthday. Do you know who she is?
Courtesy Google Doodle
Grace Murray Hopper (Dec 9, 1906 – Jan 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist, a pioneer in the field, and one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer. She developed the first compiler for a computer programming language and conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL. She is credited with popularizing the term “debugging” for fixing computer glitches (inspired by an actual moth removed from the computer.
You might have noticed the One Hour of Code text in the image above. Today also kicks off Computer Science Education Week in the U.S., which promotes the idea that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. I agree!
I’m going to make an assumption that most, if not all, of our readers do a little coding from time to time. This week would be the perfect time to share that skill with your children, your nieces, your nephews, or the kid down the block. I would like to encourage you to introduce them to the Hour of Code project and have some fun!
Happy Friday, folks! This week, we look at interesting engineering technology news articles about a father who prints his son a prosthetic hand with a 3D printer and some of the technical challenges that Amazon might face with their Octocopter.
Tomorrow, December 6, is an important day for many because it’s the final draw that will deliver the verdict on the eight football (soccer) groups that will kick off the 2014 FIFA World Cup — one of the most popular sporting events in the world, surpassed only by the Olympic Games. The 2014 World Cup will take place in Brazil from June 12 to July 1. This year will be special for me because, for the first time since 2002, Belgium has qualified. The team from Belgium includes a large number of players from prestigious European championships, so we have a fair chance to go quite far in the competition.
Whether the Belgian team will be a tough competitor or an easy seed could influence the rest of the World Cup. Unfortunately, it is very unlikely I will be able to support our Belgian Red Devils in person in Brazil next summer. But I’ll feel a part of the event thanks to the remarkable work done under the auspices of NOVACAP, Maruska Holanda and Pedro Almeida performed by Prof. Paulo de Mattos Pimenta and ESSS, the ANSYS channel partner in South America.
The Stadium That Will Host the 2014 World Cup
The National Stadium of Brasilia Mane Garrincha
Because a stadium is usually considered a prestigious landmark that is expected to last for decades, the quality of the design is crucial. The stadium must be able to withstand any situation it might experience during its lifetime such as heavy wind or cheering crowds. Continue reading
Now that ANSYS 15.0 is released the next thing many of you will be doing is downloading and installing the new version.
NOTE: This blog is aimed at current customers. If you’re not a current customer you might want to tune out now and watch for tomorrows blog!
We’re providing several materials to help you to successfully get through this process so you can get on with using the new functionality in ANSYS 15.0!
When you go to the customer portal to download the software you will notice that you are taken to a Getting Started page. This page contains the information you should need to install the products successfully. We recommend that you pay special attention to the installation section which contains video’s and documentation links that can guide you through the process. Continue reading
When I came from Microsoft to join ANSYS in April, I knew that ANSYS had been offering industry-leading engineering simulation software for more than four decades. But what I did not know was the amount of innovation and product technology that the company had lined up to deliver this year — and over the next several years. As a result of the work I’ve done with product development teams, I have grown even more passionate about ANSYS and what it has to offer the industry. I am, therefore, as proud as the rest of the team in announcing the release of our new product suite. ANSYS 15.0 builds upon the many years of leadership and includes dramatic upgrades in each of the key physics areas (electromagnetics, fluid dynamics, structures and embedded code). The combination of performance improvements, new solver capabilities, HPC scalability advances and pre-processing enhancements delivers insights into the most challenging product designs.
Because manmade materials are everywhere, ANSYS 15.0 provides structural analysts with advanced new functionality for simulating composites. What I find very exciting is the innovation built in to ensure efficiency throughout the entire modeling process. For example, users can apply submodeling techniques in the pre-processing workflow to create high-fidelity local results while employing a coarser model globally to reduce overall computation time. Continue reading