Upstream and Downstream of a Hyperloop Pod

If you’re a regular subscriber of the ANSYS blog, you’ve probably already heard about Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Pod Competition. Texas Guadaloop is a team from the University of Texas at Austin that was chosen to participate in this Hyperloop Design Weekend Competition back in late January among 150 other teams after SpaceX accepted our preliminary Design package.

From the beginning of our design iteration, Guadaloop has been committed to creating a simple and executable design. One of the major challenges we encountered in the external configuration of our pod design was determining the aerodynamic viability of propelling our pod through a tube. With the elimination of a compressor in our design, the Kantrowitz limit needed to be actively combated. Continue reading

From Drones to Connected Cars – Code Generation for Safety-Critical Embedded Software

DLR-image007Developing an Internet of Things (IoT) enabled product is a complicated task, whether it’s an autonomous vehicle, a vehicle user interface like a car infotainment system, or a connected factory. IoT-enabled products contain hundreds, if not millions, of lines of embedded software code. And many of these products — and the systems and software that control them — are mission- or safety-critical. Therefore, developers must have confidence that the software code controlling these devices is 100% accurate and responds in the intended manner. Continue reading

Shake, Rattle and Roll! Simulating Vibration, Impact and Fatigue for IoT

Did you know that NASA has shown that 45 percent of the first-day spacecraft electronics failures were due to damage caused by vibrations during launch? That American consumers have spent over $6 billion repairing and replacing smartphones after they’ve been dropped? With the Internet of Things (IoT), electrical devices and systems must be more resilient than ever, resistant to changes in temperature, dust infiltration, electromagnetic interference, vibration, impact, and fatigue. Continue reading

Is Your Industrial Equipment Ready for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)?

industrial internet of things iiotThe Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing the way the world designs, connects and optimizes machines. The advent of the IIoT brings together the things of the industrial sector (countless pieces of industrial equipment, machines, production facilities, plants) with a network (high speed routers, switches and gateways) and the cloud (access to cutting-edge local or remote computing on private or public computing clusters), which hosts the software and analytic for making decisions based on data from the things. In effect, the IIoT is connecting IT, product design and operational technologies. Industrial equipment must become digital or “smart machines.”  Continue reading

Internet of Things – Making Wireless Happen

internet of things wireless office antennaWireless communication is changing our world. The number and density of antennas in our immediate surroundings have exploded, and are increasing every day. There are literally hundreds of antennas in a typical home and thousands in an office building. Driven by the demands of the Internet of Things, along with autonomous vehicles and electrification initiatives in the aerospace sector, more antennas are required to be integrated into our devices to make all of this wireless interconnectivity possible. Continue reading

Connected Car Technology: Making it Safe and Reliable

Connected Car Image 01The internet has now come to the automobile, bringing connectivity for infotainment, telematics and vehicle data analytics. The connected car is rapidly becoming a key node in the emerging Internet of Things. While connected car technology is a delight for car buyers, it poses unprecedented new engineering challenges for car manufacturers of reliability, safety and security. Continue reading

Complex Product Development and the Internet of Things

Internet of things (IoT) Pause and think about the now ubiquitous smartphone for a moment. Our smartphones have revolutionized how we communicate, shop, socialize and work. Now think about the rising complexity in product development from the old rotary phone to today’s smart phone. And phones are just one highly visible example of the smart product revolution. Modern cars, now embedded with millions of lines of code, are quickly on their way to becoming autonomous driving vehicles. Drones are emerging as a transformative technology spanning product delivery to agricultural applications. Even industrial equipment, from tractors to turbines, is becoming smart and connected. All are orders of magnitude more complex than their predecessors.

Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT)!

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Zyz Sailing Team Designs Using ANSYS

Zys sailing teamZyz sailing team started designing and manufacturing small sailing boats in 2008 to participate to Italian inter-university regattas called 1001velaCUP. During the first eight-year experience of the team, different boats have been launched, trying to optimize all different aspects that influence the final performance of a boat. R3 class rule adopted in this competition imposes geometrical and structural constrains to the design process: maximum length x beam of the boat is 4,60 x 2,10 m, while a minimum percentage weight for the hull constituted by 70% of plant-origin material is imposed. Continue reading

Feather or Synthetic Shuttlecock Design to Win the Game?

Every Friday night, I’m playing badminton with a few friends in my village of Perwez in Belgium. Beyond the motivation of staying fit and healthy while having good time, I’m also pushed by the strong desire to defeat my friend and colleague Michel Rochette from our Lyon office. Occasionally, we are organizing international games to challenge each other and so far, the results are very tight. But I now have a winning strategy!  Continue reading

Cloud Computing Best Practices for Engineering Simulation Pt.2

In the first part of this two-part post, I already addressed four of the eight cloud computing best practices that are fundamentally related to simulation data and end-user access. Now I’ll address best practices that are associated with licensing, HPC workloads, and business support for cloud deployments. Continue reading