Recently an ANSYS team was invited to attend a signing ceremony at Florida International University (FIU). The signing ceremony was to formalize ANSYS’ donation of a campus-wide license to FIU and to recognize the generous contribution.
The visiting team included Sin Min Yap, Vice President, Bob Helsby from the ANSYS Academic Program and Ryan Bobryk, Account Manager at ANSYS. They first toured the FlU campus visiting various research labs and departments. The team returned overawed with the fascinating research projects at FIU and shared their excitement with colleagues at ANSYS. Continue reading
In coastal areas, hurricanes can severely damage buildings, people and cause a lot of havoc. Therefore, scientists at Florida International University (FIU) are studying hurricanes and how their effects can be mitigated using the Wall of Wind (WOW). WOW is a research facility developed by FIU’s International Hurricanes Research Center (IHRC), Miami, Florida. Continue reading
The University of New South Wales employs campus-wide licensing to serve many departments. Photo courtesy UNSW.
Engineering simulation products are invaluable to professors in multidisciplinary research and teaching. Students recognize the importance of simulation skills as they graduate into industry. To gain this experience students embrace simulation to write theses and participate in student competitions. However, professors and students are facing some real challenges as the use of engineering simulation ramps up.
“Sports and Building Aerodynamics”, MOOC with Professor Bert Blocken
A fun and interesting online course to learn fluid mechanics and CFD as well as how they are applied to sports and environments around buildings is coming up soon. In his MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) entitled “Sports and Building Aerodynamics,” Professor Bert Blocken of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) plans to introduce wind tunnel testing and the use of ANSYS CFD. The course begins April 28, 2014.
You might have wondered about how aerodynamic shaping of cars, bikes, etc. affects the win/loss or margin of victory in a race. This course will give you insights about how the physics shapes these objects and influences performance. Continue reading
This is an exciting time at universities and colleges around the world. Innovations in education make it easier, more accessible and more fun for students to learn — and for professors to educate the next generation of engineers. The rapid pace of interdisciplinary, collaborative academic research is directly (and indirectly, through relationships with industry) reshaping our daily lives in ways we could not have imagined a decade ago. More students participate in the challenge of gaining engineering knowledge today than ever before. In the classroom, in the lab or during student competitions, computer-aided simulation is a vital tool in engineering education. Our latest issue of ANSYS Advantage magazine features how the academic world uses engineering simulation. Continue reading
GUEST BLOGGER: Akshay Pandhare is a team captain of Nemesis racing for BAJA SAE India 2014 event. He is in the final year of mechanical engineering at COEP, Pune.
Team Nemesis Racing is a division of COEP Motorsports that has, for the past eight years, participated in the SAE BAJA Competitions held at various national and international levels. We conceptualise, design and build our all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) which undergo rigorous tests and inspections during the competition which include endurance racing. We are the proud winners of BAJA India (Overall) and South Africa (Endurance & cost report) in 2013.
The important aspect we look for in designing all our vehicles is the major stresses and strains the components undergo under the rigorous racing conditions and how to counter them and optimise the design ensuring maximum strength and safety with minimum weight. This is made possible by ANSYS’ unmatched simulation environment and superior physics engine. Continue reading
Courtesy Solar Team Eindhoven \ Bart van Overbeeke
Solar Team Eindhoven (Eindhoven University of Technology) placed first in the cruiser class at the world solar challenge held recently in Australia, which took place October 6-13, 2013. The World Solar Challenge is a solar-powered car race that covers 3,021 km through the Australian desert, from Darwin, in the North to Adelaide in Southern Australia. Forty teams from 23 countries participated in the world’s largest solar car event. The teams in the Cruiser Class are judged on a formula based on time, how many people were transported, energy levels and practicality. Continue reading
In 2002, the European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence & Combustion (ERCOFTAC) instituted the annual Osborne Reynolds Research Award for outstanding young researchers in the field of applied fluid dynamics in the UK. Osborne Reynolds was a prominent fluid dynamics innovator who investigated turbulence — and after whom the Reynolds number (Re) is named. This year’s Osborne Reynolds prize was awarded in July at an event held at the BP Institute, University of Cambridge.
Joseph Sherwood of University College London (currently at Imperial College London) won based on his outstanding PhD thesis entitled “A New Approach for Investigating Microhaemodynamics.” He conducted the work under the guidance of Dr. Stavroula Balabani from University College London.
Sherwood modeled the flow at the scale of small vessels, considering the blood to be a continuum with spatially varying viscosity. The viscosity was defined based on an empirical viscosity model combined with experimentally derived distributions of red blood cells and local shear rates calculated intrinsically in ANSYS CFX. Continue reading