On October 1st, there were more than 2,346 events planned to celebrate Manufacturing Day 2015 — a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Pittsburgh-based Catalyst Connection hosted an event near the ANSYS HQ and a few of our ANSYS team members had the opportunity to attend 2015 Additive Manufacturing for Small Manufacturers. Together with 125 area manufacturers we had the opportunity to listen and learn from a range of experts and industry leaders such as GE Aviation, America Makes, Alcoa, NASA Glenn Research Center, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Continue reading
I was reminded of Professor Francis Moon, Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering Emeritus, when I visited Cornell University this summer for the 2014 Engineering Development Forum. You see, 20 years earlier I had just completed my PhD dissertation in the area of magnetoelastic buckling, a topic that was initiated by Professor Moon in 1968. His breakthrough research created immense interest around magnetoelasticity in the research community. Continue reading
The headlines have been filled with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a revolutionary vehicle hailed as the airliner of the future. The Dreamliner uses a phenomenal amount of electricity to power many of the systems on board — and that power is supplied by huge and complex lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries. This week, aviation authorities around the world ordered airlines to stop flying their Boeing 787 Dreamliners due to the fire risk associated with battery failure.
While experts everywhere are weighing in on the possible causes, solutions and consequences, we at ANSYS have confidence that Boeing’s engineering, research and technology teams will rapidly and thoroughly resolve the issues, and history will show that this was merely a blip in the overarching aircraft development process. Continue reading