A Proven Approach to Reduce Oil and Gas Industry Costs

OTC2015Oil and gas industry professionals will be gathering at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC2015) in Houston, May 4-7. This year’s OTC event is taking place at a time when there are understandable concerns about jobs, costs and investments due to continued uncertainties in petrochemical prices, global demand and realigning of capital investments. ANSYS is going to the OTC conference because we believe that the energy industry is resilient. We also believe that ANSYS has solutions to help the industry cut costs through improvements in engineering best practices and use complete virtual prototyping of its system with the insight needed to prioritize and optimize the industry’s investments and adoption of advanced technologies. Continue reading

5 Improved Workflows for Rotating Machinery Design and Analysis

There have been a number of new and exciting workflow enhancements included in ANSYS 16.0 for those who design and analyze rotating machinery to make data transfers and simulation setup easier. Here are the top five enhancements:

1) BladeGen to BladeEditor

In ANSYS 16.0, it is now possible to load BladeGen data into BladeEditor in Workbench. Users could always link BladeGen to BladeEditor (i.e ImportBGD function) in Workbench, but to perform a LoadBGD command, it was required to go into BladeEditor and find the BladeGen file to load manually. With the Create New > Geometry feature from the BladeGen (right click menu shown below) this process is much easier now. Continue reading

Bringing Systems Engineering to Universities

systems engineering academic blogWith the increase of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) in the skies, the rapid rise of robotics, and the development of embedded technologies and autonomous smart systems for the Internet of Things, small teams of engineers face bigger and bigger challenges. While it was once enough to be an expert in a single type of physics, these complex, interacting systems require modern engineers to have more knowledge of multiphysics, model-based systems engineering and embedded software than their predecessors.

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ANSYS Events This Week – 2015 ANSYS Convergence Conferences Kick-off

image of Learning text on a keyboard ANSYS Webinars and EventsThis week we officially kick-off the 2015 ANSYS Convergence Conferences around the World. Our first stop is Santa Clara, CA this week. If you register today, you can still attend, I hear there’s a few seats still available. The keynotes promise to showcase some amazing stories from the likes of Thomas E. Markusic, CEO, Firefly Space Systems; and Josh Giegel, VP of Design & Analysis, Hyperloop; Mark Frohnmayer, President, Arcimoto; and Greg Henderson, CEO, Arx Pax.

Not in California? Check out the full listing of ANSYS Convergence Conferences and register for the location near you.. Now on to the list for this week! Continue reading

4th Grade Coding – Hooking Kids on STEM

My 4th grade son participated in an after school Code Club this school year. It was an excellent introduction to coding and STEM. During the Club, kids use Scratch from MIT to create animations and games that they later showcased to their parents. Mrs. Pollard leads the code club and writes her own blog about it. There were 2 rounds of Code Club this school year, with about 20 kids in each session and with ½ being girls. Continue reading

Happy IoT Day !

IotDayToday marks the 5th anniversary of IoT Day. Communities around the world are hosting events that facilitate “conversations around technologies, security, data privacy and the enormous potential that an “Internet of Things” is capable of.” Why does it matter? Because the IoT connectivity boom is transforming how products are designed, delivered, serviced, and consumed. Continue reading

Springing into the Future of Aerospace Transport

The recent and very significant fall in oil prices has been very welcome as far as the cost of heating is concerned. Sure the days are becoming perceptibly warmer and there is a feeling that we have finally turned the corner from Winter to Spring. While I personally welcome the reduced expenditure, I am glad to see that this recent downward shift in oil prices has not caused the aerospace industry to lose focus on the long term, interconnected objectives of reducing fuel usage and environmental impact. Continue reading

Wall of Wind (WOW) at Florida International University Helps Mitigate Hurricane Damage

wall of windIn 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