Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week revolve around the aerospace industry, featuring a flying jeep, a flight time of five years for a drone, and a windowless supersonic business jet. Have a great weekend!
March is Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day. What an excellent opportunity to talk about a few of the historically important contributions women have made to the field of engineering simulation. Over at the Engineering Pathway, Alice Agogino did a nice job of summarizing some of the blogs on that site that talk about women engineers, computer scientists, and inventors on March 2nd.
Many women are making important, more quietly noted, contributions to engineering simulations every day. I would like to give a shout out to some of the women with engineering backgrounds that have made important technical contributions to simulation at ANSYS. Continue reading
Here’s some exciting technology with a view into the future. Imagine that when your cell phone battery gets low you can charge it just by walking around. Nanotechnology has the ability to deliver that promise as described in a recent article on theENGINEER.
We’ve heard a lot about alternative energies in recent years like wind, solar, tidal, etc. This represents a new form based on harvesting mechanical energy from vibrations. The Journal of Nanomaterials features a research article that shows how ANSYS Mechanical is used to develop this new energy source by simulating the piezoelectric behavior of the nanogenerators. Continue reading
Meeting with other ANSYS software users and partners at a 2013 Convergence Conference
Wow, I can barely believe how time flies. We are only a month away from kicking off our first group of 2014 Regional Convergence Conferences. The first conferences begin in Poland (April 10-11), Turkey (April 18) and Austria (April 24-25) with worldwide Convergence Conferences running throughout the year (view all conference locations).
I’ve told you in the past why I love these conferences (2013 Tokyo Convergence Conference and 2013 Mexico Convergence Conference) but I will say it again. It is extremely exciting to see how engineers use ANSYS technology to develop state of the art products. It is always a very humbling experience for me to see so many great designs and products where simulation plays a key role. But that is just me — I am a geek!
Now let me tell you what I heard from attendees at the 2013 conferences and why they liked it. Continue reading
Editor’s note: A special thank you to the Terrafugia Engineering Team for compiling today’s blog post.
From conceptual design to manufacturing, we use simulation tools such as ANSYS® Mechanical™ and ANSYS Composite Prep-Post™ to significantly reduce development time and costs. Our senior engineers, Mark Corriere and Nicholas Tucker, have been leading the analysis and simulation charge on the Terrafugia Transition® and have used this iterative process to increase confidence in the physical structure.
Terrafugia Transition – example of a frontal load case analysis
This is a highly visible topic that we’ve found a lot of people are interested in learning more about, so we’ve teamed up with ANSYS for a webinar at 1pm ET, this Thursday, March 6th, to discuss the technical challenges and design process of developing the Terrafugia Transition®, the premier flying car. The Transition® addresses the limitations of typical general aviation aircraft by extending the multi-purpose flexibility of its driving capability. Continue reading
Happy Saturday, folks! This week, we’ll look at engineering technology articles about a tablet that lets you “feel” objects on the screen, how the screens on our mobile devices are about to get stronger and 15 inventions that changed our lives.
Our Tech Tips for reliable turbomachinery blade development looks a little different this month because (unbeknownst to me) our IT department is moving some equipment this weekend, and well, I didn’t want you to miss out, so we’re cross-publishing this one on turbomachinery here on the blog!
Turbomachinery Blade Development with Aero-Mechanical Simulation
Engineers need advanced simulation tools to enable them to meet customer demands for more-efficient and reliable high-performance machines. Engineers must accurately predict aerodynamic performance across an increasingly wide range of speeds and operating conditions, and they also must guarantee reliability in the design. For example, they need to ensure that blade vibration will be damped across the operating range and that cyclic unsteady loading will not impact design life. Continue reading
I’ve got a lot to say about Systems Engineering for Smart Products, so this is the first in a series of blogs. In nearly every industry, consumers are benefiting from the evolution of smart products. These are highly-engineered, multi-functional products that interact with people and their environments in new ways to ensure our safety, improve efficiency or reduce energy consumption. Under the hood of every smart product is a complex system (or a series of subsystems) of micro-electronics, embedded software and advanced sensor technology that have to operate in unison to measure operating conditions, predict future events, communicate with other devices, and respond to changes faster and more accurately.
Engineering these systems into a commercially viable product is far from trivial. Today’s smart products have thousands of unique requirements that need to be served by a multiplicity of subsystems and components. Each component may have hundreds of design parameters and multiple interfaces that need to be engineered, verified and validated. The endless design dimensions present opportunities for innovation, as well as for design failures, which may result in recalls, lost revenue and a tarnished corporate brand. Continue reading