What Does Stephen King Have to do With Systems Engineering and AIAA SciTech 2015?

Systems Engineering Simulator Photo credit: NASA

Those of you familiar with the writing of Stephen King may find talk of being under the dome a little disconcerting. And this time we are talking about not just one dome, but two – an alpha and a beta. But rest assured, this is not a spooky science fiction story, this is science fact and the Systems Engineering Simulator facility, which contains the two test domes at NASA Johnson, is a very practical demonstration of the significant benefits to be gained by the application of systems engineering, hardware and virtual hardware in the loop simulation. Using these facilities, engineers and scientists can prove out design concepts and operations in a virtual environment before risking a mission in space. The benefits are clear and include risk mitigation, cost reduction and design cycle compression. Continue reading

University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering Student Design Expo Today

The Swanson School of Engineering — located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, a short four miles from the downtown — is having its first Student Design EXPO today, Thursday, December 4, from 6:00 to 8:30 in Alumni Hall. This first EXPO has a unique focus on sustainability —DSC_0126 each of the 71 projects must include a sustainability component as this is the “Year of Sustainability” at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Swanson School has an obvious strong relationship to ANSYS. John Swanson, ANSYS’s founder received his PhD from us. On December 5, 2007, John presented the University of Pittsburgh with a most generous gift and we became the Swanson School of Engineering. John is a frequent visitor to the Swanson School and is currently mentoring several student projects focused on harvesting and using solar energy, a current passion of his. Continue reading

Red Wines and Your Cardiovascular System

Last weekend, I attended the major wine fair in Lille, France. Bottles of St Emilion Grand Cru Classé, Chateauneuf du Pape, St Joseph, Saumur-Champigny found their way to my cellar in preparation for the sumptuous dinners I’m planning around Christmas. Young red wines are good for cardiovascular system, whereas, an excess of good wine and good food is not a good idea for a long and healthy life. Continue reading

Designing Superior Turbomachinery Products

fan blades turbomachineryRotating machinery (or turbomachinery) is an application area that spans many industry segments. Each of these significantly influences the performance and efficiency of the entire system. Rotating machinery also covers a range of different scales from very large hydraulic turbines (10m diameter runner), steam and gas turbines to small automotive turbochargers that can fit roughly in the palm of our hand. Improving the performance of rotating machinery has long been realized as a crucial factor in the success of the system as a whole. Continue reading

Supercomputing Milestones via Partnerships

In a previous blog, I was expressing our privilege of having a strong HPC technology partnership with NVIDIA. Earlier this week, we announced a supercomputing milestone of scaling to 36,000 cores with fluid dynamics simulations being achieved thanks to a strategic partnership with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Now, you may wonder what the relevance of this achievement is for you when you don’t have access to a supercomputer. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars This Week – Nov 17th

ANSYS Webinar Learning EventsHow’s your Monday going? Mine is just GREAT! I’m watching the rain turn to snow from the window near my desk. I was also looking at the fabulous list of ANSYS webinars on the event calendar for the week of November 17 – 21 and just knew you’d be able to find something of interest to you.

We still have a healthy line up of topic for the remainder of the year, so if you want to do a little more advanced planning, visit our Events Calendar, sort by the type of event you’re looking for and time frame and get registered today! Continue reading

Cars and Electronics in Tokyo: 2014 Automotive Simulation World Congress

This is the third year that ANSYS hosted the Automotive Simulation World Congress (ASWC), an international conference focused on engineering simulation in the ground transportation industry. The ASWC is an annual conference that rotates between the three major regions of the world. In previous blogs, I wrote about the 2012 and 2013 ASWC’s held in Detroit and Frankfurt respectively. This year the conference was held in Tokyo on October 9 and 10. Continue reading

ANSYS on the Cloud? Making Remote Visualization Work

Increasingly, we’re hearing from ANSYS customers who are interested in running simulation on the cloud. Along with enthusiasm for elastic capacity, we also hear a lot of questions about feasibility. One set of these questions centers around the challenge of moving big simulation datasets between the end-user desktop and the cloud computing engine. Our response has been “don’t move the data, analyze it on the cloud”. And that leads to the next question:  “Can I run ANSYS on the cloud, and still maintain good interactive GUI and graphics performance?” Continue reading