About Gilles Eggenspieler

Gilles is the Director Academic Program (North America - West) at ANSYS. Before that, he worked for Fluent and ANSYS in different roles: fluid product line manager, consulting, technical services, training, etc. Gilles has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master's of Science from Ecole Nationale des Mines de Nancy, and a MBA from the Tepper Business School- Carnegie Mellon University.

More Thoughts on the Future Trends of CFD Simulation

A few days back, I wrote about the future trends of CFD. But this was from an engineer perspective. When my friends or family ask me what I do, I always relate CFD and simulation to everyday product. How CFD is used to design a fan, a milk warmer, etc.

In the future, people will be using CFD, actually running simulation live…without even knowing it. Here is one example of my vision of the future of CFD used by people in their everyday life… Continue reading

The Future of CFD Simulation? Think big!

future of cfdAt many conferences and simulation events I attend people ask: “What is next for CFD?” or “What is the future of CFD simulation”. Often people discuss topics like pre-processing, meshing, solver speed, etc. Some venture into the applification of simulation tools or even broader cloud computing capabilities. While all those points are valid, I would argue that those are well-known topics. Those topics are related to a very short term future.

Here is how I like to answer when speaking about the future of CFD. While this vision won’t be realized in the next year, I am convinced that this is where CFD, and simulation in general, are heading. CFD and simulation have a very bright future, here is my vision.
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Ready-to-Use ANSYS Tutorials Available for Professors

AcademicProgramThere is a quote often attributed to Albert Einstein that I am very fond of.

In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.

In my humble opinion, they are complementary. I have seen many great classes and books teaching the theory of CFD and FEA — how to discretize the governing equations, the difference between different numerical schemes, implicit vs. explicit formulations, etc. But when engineers are trained, we need to make sure we also give them the tools and tutorials to put the theory to work and help them practice how to use CFD and FEA to develop better products, solve complex challenges.

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Santa Puts ANSYS to the Test for New Sleigh Design!

Dear ANSYS Blog readers,

I need to share a story with you that began on the 25th of December, 2013. Every Christmas Day, I wake up very excited to discover what Santa has brought me. But on this particular Christmas, I was extremely disappointed: no present from Santa, even though I sent my letter to the North Pole very early in November. How strange!

(Yes, some friends tell me that he doesn’t exist. I am a serious, grown-up man and, of course, do not believe them — another rumor, that is all.) Continue reading

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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Simulation Confirms Your Mom Was Right – Cover Up When Sneezing!

sneezing in airplaneWinter is coming to the Northern Hemisphere and, with it, lots of travelling for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Did you ever notice that upon traveling you sometimes end up getting sick afterwards? Ever wonder why? Researchers at the FAA Center of Excellence at Purdue University, created this simulation of a sneezing passenger using ANSYS to study the mechanics of pathogen travel in airplane cabins. Continue reading

Computational Fluid Dynamics can be HOT HOT HOT!

computational fluid dynamics combustion LES natural gasLets talk combustion simulation. I know you dear readers, you are smart! So I will not bore you with explaining what combustion is. Rather, I want to give you some fun facts. As you will see, combustion is really everywhere. Continue reading

NAFEMS 2014 America’s Conference is Coming!

I am excited to go to Colorado at the end of May…and it is not because of what you have been reading in the news! It is because I am excited to attend the NAFEMS 2014 America’s Conference that will be held May 28th-30th in Colorado Springs, CO.

First, what is NAFEMS. NAFEMS is a non-profit that was created in 1983 in the UK by the National Engineering Laboratory. The acronym stands for “National Agency for Finite Element Methods and Standards”. But it grew from there and is now referred as the International Association of the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Community (from nafems.org). It is a very important organization for simulation and the dynamism of the simulation industry. It provides training in simulation, helps establishing simulation best practices, is an advocate for simulation deployment, etc. Continue reading

Champagne for Our Mother’s Day!

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the U.S. and over 50 other countries around the World. If you forgot or are not sure if it’s this weekend for you, here is list of Mother’s Day dates.

Of course, the person I will think about is my mother, and I while could easily write a blog about her, I am a private person and thought I would instead share with you some stories of other amazing mothers! Continue reading

2014 ANSYS Convergence Conferences — Registration Now Open

Meeting with other ANSYS software users and partners at a 2013 Convergence Conference

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