And Another Victory for Ferrari – Hats Off!

image of Ferrari with ANSYS logoThe entire ANSYS Family congratulates Ferrari for their World Endurance Championship drivers’, teams’ and manufacturers’ titles in the GTE Pro class. The stats are pretty amazing:

  • 17th World endurance world title for Ferrari
  • 3rd title in a row for the Ferrari-run AF Corse Team
  • AF Corse Team drivers Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilanderhad from the Ferrari-run AF Corse finish 1st and 2nd of the 2015 World Endurance Championship

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ANSYS Webinars This Week – Dec 15th

ANSYS Webinar Learning EventsHere’s a quick look at the ANSYS webinars scheduled for the week of December 15th. Simply click on the topic that interests you and register today! ANSYS webinars are always free to attend.

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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles take us from the kitchen into outer space and back into your personal closet, with a detour courtesy of the United States Navy.

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What Does Stephen King Have to do With Systems Engineering and AIAA SciTech 2015?

Systems Engineering Simulator Photo credit: NASA

Those of you familiar with the writing of Stephen King may find talk of being under the dome a little disconcerting. And this time we are talking about not just one dome, but two – an alpha and a beta. But rest assured, this is not a spooky science fiction story, this is science fact and the Systems Engineering Simulator facility, which contains the two test domes at NASA Johnson, is a very practical demonstration of the significant benefits to be gained by the application of systems engineering, hardware and virtual hardware in the loop simulation. Using these facilities, engineers and scientists can prove out design concepts and operations in a virtual environment before risking a mission in space. The benefits are clear and include risk mitigation, cost reduction and design cycle compression. Continue reading

Can You Simulate a Better Peristaltic Pump?

The peristaltic pump has become popular across various applications since being patented in the U.S. more than 120 years ago, and technological advances continue to make it relevant. The pump alternates compression and relaxation in its hoses and tubes, drawing fluid in and out. Our throat and intestines are actually good examples of peristaltic pumps.

I recently studied peristaltic pumps with computer analysis to see if I could improve the design through simulation. Where was the starting point? As a multiphysics program, ANSYS’ software suite provided a complete solution to the simulation of a peristaltic pump and I used software ranging from ANSYS Mechanical and ANSYS Fluent to ANSYS Explicit Dynamics  Each tool has its unique capabilities and solved the problem at hand from different perspectives. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars This Week – December 8-12

ANSYS Webinar Learning EventsHere’s our line up of ANSYS webinars for this 2nd week of December. There’s a worldwide representation, so whether you’re in China, Germany, France, Spain or the U.S., I hope you’ll find value in attending.

I’d like to also mention a couple of our in-person events coming up. For those of you in the San Jose, CA area, please consider attending one of these Lunch & Learn sessions.  Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week include the development of rewritable paper, a smartwatch that is smart enough to predict when seizures will occur and how you really get your products shipped from Amazon during the Black Friday and holiday rush. Have a great weekend!

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University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering Student Design Expo Today

The Swanson School of Engineering — located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, a short four miles from the downtown — is having its first Student Design EXPO today, Thursday, December 4, from 6:00 to 8:30 in Alumni Hall. This first EXPO has a unique focus on sustainability —DSC_0126 each of the 71 projects must include a sustainability component as this is the “Year of Sustainability” at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Swanson School has an obvious strong relationship to ANSYS. John Swanson, ANSYS’s founder received his PhD from us. On December 5, 2007, John presented the University of Pittsburgh with a most generous gift and we became the Swanson School of Engineering. John is a frequent visitor to the Swanson School and is currently mentoring several student projects focused on harvesting and using solar energy, a current passion of his. Continue reading