Thermal Optimization for Energy Efficiency

Where I live in New Hampshire, in the northeastern United States, it is mid-autumn. The leaves are especially brilliant this year and fall temperatures have been warm with just a few nights below freezing. We had to turn on the heat recently and will be paying for the additional fuel usage soon. These chilly nights and warm days have me thinking about honeycomb window blinds and the lowest temperature we can all tolerate indoors in an effort to save energy when it truly gets cold. It strikes me that the heating decisions we make at home to optimize for energy efficiency are very similar to the ones engineers working on all kinds of things make everyday. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars This Week

ansys webinarsHappy Monday everyone! Here’s our list of ANSYS webinars for this week. You can register today for the session(s) that grab your interest. For a more complete listing of ANSYS webinars, please visit our Events Calendar.

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Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles This Week

And with that, another week is in the record books. Hope it was a great one for you. Here’s what caught my attention over the last seven days in engineering technology. What do you think about these topics?

China launches two-man crew to station module
Meet the Giant Robot That Builds Boeing’s Wings
Under Armour brings heart-rate monitoring and a bulky design to its Bluetooth earbuds
Elon Musk Says Every New Tesla Can Drive Itself
Pittsburgh’s AI Traffic Signals Will Make Driving Less Boring

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AirLoom Energy On Track to Replace Wind Turbine Using Simulation

AirLoom Energy (from left to right): Mookwon Seo (engineer), Olivia Lim (engineer), Robert Lumley (president), Blossom Ko (operations). Additional staff (not pictured): Lance Goode (systems administrator), Josh Hamblin (engineer)

AirLoom Energy (from left to right): Mookwon Seo (engineer), Olivia Lim (engineer), Robert Lumley (president), Blossom Ko (operations). Additional staff (not pictured): Lance Goode (systems administrator), Josh Hamblin (engineer)

Breakthrough energy innovation comes in many forms, as we at AirLoom Energy are proving with our revolutionary design of an alternative to the wind turbine. AirLoom Energy is a startup wind energy company housed at the incubator program (WTBC) at the University of Wyoming, home of the Cowboys football team and big, BIG wind. We were recently awarded an SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation to support the prototype development of our novel AirLoom wind power generation technology, a milestone that can be credited in large part to support received through the ANSYS Startup program. Continue reading

Coming Full Circle in Paris: From COP21 to the ANSYS Dimensions Innovation Conference

paris-at-nightAlmost one year ago, Paris was the stage for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) that adopted the first international climate agreement, setting a goal to limit the global temperature rise to no more than 2 degrees C. Now I am pleased to say that on November 15th and 16th this year Paris will also play host to the first ANSYS Dimensions Innovation Conference. Let me explain the connection.

As I discussed in a blog last month, to meet the challenges of the COP21 commitments, only breakthrough energy innovation is going to help customers achieve their sustainability goals, lower operational costs and drive growth by opening new markets for their products. Continue reading

TSMC’s InFO Packaging Technology is a Game Changer, empowered by ANSYS

For engineers designing integrated circuits (IC) including system on chips (SoC), using integration and miniaturization to increase performance and bandwidth while reducing power and footprint has been an ongoing, continuous strategy. Now TSMC has developed an InFO packaging technology that is truly a game changer!

Why is InFO technology a game changer?

As mobile phones and other handheld devices continue to be a key driver of semiconductor innovation, chips often go into systems that demand a small footprint and minimum height. Since wiring dimensions of a chip are much smaller than that on a board, a chip cannot be mounted directly on a board. Continue reading

New ANSYS Jobs Announced – Check it Out!

ansys jobsA lot is happening here at ANSYS. Do you want to join our nearly 3,000 professionals worldwide and help them make a difference in product development? Check out the latest openings we have listed here for you. If you don’t see anything in this listing, don’t forget to check out our careers site. All of our current openings are listed there as well as our internship and co-op opportunities. Take a look and join us today!

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ANSYS Webinars This Week – October 17

ansys webinarsHappy Monday everyone! Here’s our list of ANSYS webinars this week. Please register today! Each session features LIVE Q&A, so don’t forget to bring your questions for our experts to answer.

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Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles This Week – Space Edition!

Welcome to the end of another week. Lots in the engineering technology news over the last seven days, so let’s explore. I’m a lover of all things space, so out-of-this world items dominate this week’s list.

Barack Obama: America will take the giant leap to Mars
Deep space: Are we smart enough to beat the physics?
A Friend For Pluto: Astronomers Find New Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System
Asgardia, Proposed Space-Based Nation Accepting Citizenship Applications
Trekkie—OK, and President—Barack Obama on Why Star Trek Is So Important

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Billet Designs Uses ANSYS SpaceClaim as Primary 3-D CAD Tool

Billet Designs is a small engineering firm that found great success in using ANSYS SpaceClaim as their primary 3-D CAD tool. They specialize in wide variety of offerings for their clients, including product design for automotive and consumer products, programming, automation, PLC controls and robotics.

Steven Aguirre of Billet Designs says their main focus is on the design of electromechanical components of consumer products. His broad background in various industries gives him a unique and expansive knowledge into common design and product development issues and challenges. As the owner of a small engineering firm, he has to balance product design with marketing, order fulfillment, sales, manufacturing and general development of his product line. Continue reading