Accelerate Mechanical Solutions with Intel® Xeon Phi™

intel xeon phi coprocessorRegarding high performance computing (HPC), there are numerous improvements introduced into ANSYS Mechanical APDL16.0. However, I would like to focus this post on a feature that demonstrates the technological leadership of our company. ANSYS Mechanical APDL 15.0 was the first commercial FEA software product to support the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor. In ANSYS Mechanical APDL 16.0, we extend support for Xeon Phi hardware to virtually all users. The Xeon Phi coprocessors can now be used on either Linux or Windows, as well as with shared-memory parallel (SMP) and distributed-memory parallel (DMP). Continue reading

DO-178C – Aeronautics Industry Moves To New International Software Safety Regulation

Embedded software in today’s aircraft is becoming continually larger and more complex. For example, the volume of embedded software in the A300 was a few thousand lines and it is in the order of 100 million in the A380. Moreover, a sizeable part of this software is safety critical. Hence, delivering certified code is one of the critical path design elements that is growing in significance. Continue reading

Don’t Call Them Blimps!

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Courtesy Aeros

Many of us based in North America were glued to the screen recently to watch the annual Super Bowl event. Almost synonymous with this sporting extravaganza is the Goodyear Blimp. But this isn’t confined to the Super Bowl. You will find these lighter than air vehicles in the sky above almost any major sporting event around the globe. Not only do they add to the spectacle but their long loiter capability contributes significantly to the coverage we all enjoy. Continue reading

ANSYS Adds Aircraft Icing Simulation

aircraft icing simulationLast week, I was preparing for a visit to customers in the Washington DC area. This involves only a short flight from my office in New Hampshire. Then came winter storm Juno and with it myriad flight cancellations — and the end of my trip before it had even started. While these events can be frustrating at the time, the priority is obviously safety. It is because aircraft designers and airline operators follow strict aircraft certification guidance from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other regulatory bodies that air travel is as safe and reliable as it is today. Continue reading

Modeling the Risk of Concussion Post Super Bowl 2015

suberbowl 2015 concussionThis year’s Super Bowl and an often controversial NFL season are behind us and I’d like to congratulate the New England Patriots on the nice win. (Seattle, you put up a good fight but that was a pretty risky call at the last minute!) But, even as the win by the Pats fades, a new controversy has stirred. Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril exited the Super Bowl in the third quarter after being diagnosed with a concussion. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman passed a concussion test during the Super Bowl on Sunday, allowing him to continue to play, but it could have just as easily gone the other way. Continue reading

2015 Automotive Simulation World Congress – Call for Presentations

ASWC 2014 presentation auto safetyWhat do Tesla Motors, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Ferrari, Denso, Panasonic, SL Corporation, Cummins, Tenneco, and Honeywell, have in common? Well, not only are they leaders in the automotive renaissance, but they all delivered presentations on leading-edge simulation at the 2014 Automotive Simulation World Congress. Continue reading

Could Innovation and Engineering Cause Dropping Oil Prices?

The recent drop in oil prices naturally has produced economic winners and losers, and price speculators and pundits are lining up conventional producers against those behind American-drilled Shale oil. Yet, questions remain about how the world is over-supplied with oil only a few years after we supposedly passed peek oil and survived oil prices topping $140 per barrel. Discounting the anticipated demand softness due to economic activities in Europe and Asia, technology is playing a strong role in finding, producing and using energy across the full range of industrial activities. Continue reading

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

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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