Model-Based Systems Engineering – Measuring Success

Today’s blog post is a continuation of a series on Systems Engineering for Smart Products. Remember the old Xerox commercial featuring a monk tasked with making 500 copies of a multi-page, handwritten document? Well, fast forward to 2014 and replace the monk with a systems engineer verifying hundreds of requirements against a textual-based description of a product, and you have a typical scene playing out across many engineering enterprises. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles include discoveries that are literally out of this world and yet close enough to keep our wheels spinning.

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Capturing Wind Energy Safely

Capturing wind energy is full of technical challenges but it also requires a high level of safety. The turbines must operate under harsh conditions, they must be highly reliable, and they must be safe.

Vestas develops wind turbines and is the leader in its domain. It has installed 56 GW of wind energy, which amounts to 40,000 turbines. They generate enough clean energy to power 19 million European households. Continue reading

Expanding System Simulation with Modelica

System Simulation.  It is an activity that can be defined broadly, and for many organizations it represents an aspiration for a type of engineering analysis that spans departments and disciplines and doesn’t fall into the familiar buckets of 3-D structures, fluids and electromagnetics. In contrast to 3-D multiphysics simulation, which seeks to understand coupling effects of different physical phenomena in the detailed design of individual components, multi-domain system simulation is used to analyze the interactions of many components operating together as a system, including software components describing embedded control and user interfaces. Continue reading

Simulating The Right Stuff: SpaceX and Beyond

Front and rear views of the surface mesh of the Apollo Capsule

Front and rear views of the surface mesh of the Apollo Capsule

I was not around at the time of the first supersonic flight or the birth of the Mercury space program, neither did I witness the first man walk on the moon. Hence I can only imagine what the atmosphere was like during the days of the pioneers when names like Chuck Yeager, Yuri Gagarin, Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Neil Armstrong were headline news and national heroes. However, maybe I am getting a taste of a collective sense of excitement as new companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are stepping up to the launch pad. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars You Won’t Want To Miss This Week

ANSYS Webinar Learning EventsHere’s a quick look at the ANSYS webinars scheduled for the week of September 22nd. Simply click on the topic that interests you and register today! ANSYS webinars are always free to attend.

Descriptions of ANSYS Webinars This Week

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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week include what to do with vacant World Cup stadiums, a jetpack that helps soldiers run faster and a system that could help cut down city traffic. Have a great weekend!

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Pretty and Smart – STEM Issues

I am always thinking about women in engineering, and how to get young girls more involved in STEM, and some of the challenges they’re faced with. Today I’d like to share a story along that same vein. It’s a little long, but please bear with me, there’s a point. I promise.

A few weeks ago I was on vacation with my family and in-laws. Among the ten of us, was my 11 year old niece, I’ll call her “Miss M.” One evening, we were on our way out to dinner after swimming, waiting for the elevator. I checked my appearance in the mirror and scowled. I have hyper-pigmentation on my face that appears almost as dark tear streaks on my cheeks. I also have mild rosacea that causes redness around my nose. I started wearing make-up regularly just over a year ago to even out my skin tone and have become used to my made-up look. I scowled because the hyper-pigmented parts of my skin were readily apparent in the lobby light. Continue reading