About Gilles Eggenspieler

Gilles is the Senior Fluid Product Line Manager at ANSYS. Before that, he worked for Fluent and ANSYS in different roles: 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.

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

Reliable Turbomachinery Blade Development

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