The Alternative Energy Challenge – UT Austin Students Innovate with Simulation

Since 2010, the Alternative Energy Challenge (AEC), a competition organized by the University of Texas at Austin, has allowed students to gain valuable hands-on experience building prototypes, and to develop both critical problem solving and public speaking skills. AEC 2018 is expected to be the biggest yet, with a large number of teams of 2-5 undergraduate students expected to build and present their prototypes.

Each team is tasked with designing and building an original prototype that mitigates or eliminates one or more risks and/or problems that can arise before, during, or after any kind of natural disaster. The device should fulfill the following requirements as much as possible:​

  • The waste product should be minimal. In other words, the materials that make up the device should be reusable wherever possible (recyclable, compostable, etc.).
  • The device should operate on a clean energy source. The device should not be powered by an energy source which contributes to the greenhouse effect. ​

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Embry-Riddle Students Crowdfunding to Shatter Land Speed Record

Today it’s not uncommon to see electrics cars around everywhere. In fact, I imagine many of you readers might even have one. I wonder how many of you dared to push your car to 250 miles per hour (402.3 kilometers per hour). That’s exactly what our team, Eagle Works Advanced Vehicle Lab from Embry-Riddle in Prescott, Arizona plans to do.

Our goal is to shatter the record in the E-2 Class for electric land speed vehicles. Continue reading

Meet the ANSYS Embedded Systems and Software Team at Embedded World

Embedded World 2018 is just around the corner and we’re excited. Embedded World brings together over 30,000 embedded systems and software professionals focusing on new technologies in embedded systems and software, and I’m pleased to let you know that ANSYS will be there again this year in booth 4-631, located in Hall 4.

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Efficiency Maps for Electric Motors Made Easy

Simulating electric motors saves time, minimizes the number of needed prototypes and enables innovation as it is possible to virtually test a wide range of possible designs. ANSYS can simulate electric motors in many ways: evaluate magnetic performance, predict thermal behavior, limit noise vibration effects, understand how to the machine interacts with the power electronics.

With the release of ANSYS 19, we are excited to introduce a new capability within ANSYS Maxwell specifically dedicated for electrical machines that are used in a wide range of operating conditions (speed, torque, current, etc). Think about an electric or hybrid car: the driver needs power for a variety of purposes (high torque when accelerating, high speed when cruising). Machine designers face big challenges to design and control such motors: how to optimize the performance when the motor is going to be used in a variety of conditions?

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Improve Thermal Reliability with ANSYS Icepak

Electronics is at the heart of many exciting products like smartphones, tablets, and TVs, and it plays a key role in various industries from semiconductor, automotive, agriculture, aerospace, entertainment to healthcare. Modern electronic devices are faster, smaller, and denser than ever before. Since we pack millions of transistors within a small area, these devices tend to generate a lot of heat. Heat-induced mechanical effects, such as delamination, and breakage of solder joints connecting the chips to their printed circuit boards (PCBs), can cause system-wide reliability problems. It’s critical to simulate the electro-thermal and structural properties of electronic designs before you build the hardware. Simulation tools from ANSYS can solve these challenges and improve the reliability and performance of electronic products. Continue reading

Zyz Team is Simulating a Racing Sailboat with ANSYS

As an academic organization within the University of Palermo (Italy), our Zyz Sailing Team brings together students and professors with a shared passion for the design and manufacture of a racing sailboat. Our members have particular skill sets. Some are experienced with engineering design elements, such as CAD, the finite element method (FEM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), while others are expert craftsmen.

We began designing and building small sailing boats in 2008. Our latest challenge was the creation of Ercte, a 16-foot foiling catamaran constructed of marine plywood and carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

ZYZ Sailing boat image of Ercte catamaran: initial designErcte catamaran: initial design

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Tame Product Complexity and Enhance Productivity with ANSYS 19

I think you know the story because you are living it every day. It’s not enough anymore to use the most accurate physical models in your simulations (although you won’t give them up!). Your product challenge is vastly more complicated than that. You’re under unrelenting pressure to lower cycle times and reduce costs, while increasing quality and eliminating risk. That calls for more.

That’s why we are so proud of ANSYS 19. We designed it to help you tame complexity and enhance productivity, so you can address your whole product challenge with greater accuracy — across the broadest range of applications.

ANSYS 19 is how we are making simulation even more pervasive.

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Triton UAS Team is Flying with ANSYS

Triton UAS (unmanned aerial systems) is a project team from the sunny campus of the University of California, San Diego. We are a student-run team that uses ANSYS CFD solutions to help in designing, building, testing and flying our UAV to compete each year in the Student UAS Competition hosted by the AUVSI Seafarer Chapter against teams from around the world. The goal of the competition is to promote autonomous flight. Despite the fact that the 2017 competition coincided with finals week, our team placed ninth overall out of 42 teams.

Team heading out to the flying field during competition

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Indee Labs is Simulating Its Way to Scalable Gene-modified Cell Therapy

Gene-modified cell therapy (GMCT) represents the most effective platform for many patients with advanced disease. These therapies, however, are held back by inefficient development processes and manufacturing scales that are limited to a minute fraction of the relevant patient populations due to current gene delivery methods such as viral vectors. Simulation is helping to accelerate this development process and advance cell therapy.

Indee Labs is a Y Combinator company spun out of the Australian National Fabrication Facility. The team is developing novel gene delivery technology that uses ANSYS computational fluid dynamics solutions to gently and efficiently deliver genetic materials such as CRISPR to your immune cells. Indee Labs views gene delivery as the most problematic step in developing and manufacturing GMCTs since a global shortage in viral vectors has led Big Pharma to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into their own manufacturing facilities. Continue reading

7 Examples of Engineering Simulation Excellence Added to the ANSYS Hall of Fame

It always astounds me what our ANSYS customers accomplish with our software. Applying Pervasive Engineering Simulation, engineers, designers and students from organizations around the world and across a vast array of industries submitted a large number of innovative entries to be considered for the ANSYS Hall of Fame. It was very difficult for our judges to pick the winners among such great examples of engineering excellence.

Here are the winners of the 2018 ANSYS Hall of Fame Competition.

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