The Firenze Race Team (FRT) Engineers Innovation

As students at the University of Florence, we aren’t just racing to class, we’re racing around Europe. Last season was particularly exciting for our 35-member Firenze Race Team (FRT). We designed two new single-seater cars — the FR-17T and FR-17DT — and introduced them at Formula Student competitions in Italy and Germany.

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Do Trees Improve the Near-road Air Quality?

The Laboratory for Environmental Flow Modeling at the University of California, Riverside, has used ANSYS Fluent software to model a variety of environmental flows. As a third year Ph.D. candidate student in Mechanical Engineering, I recently evaluated the influence of roadside vegetation barriers on the near-road air quality using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), as part of a research team that included my colleague Seyedmorteza Amini and my advisor Dr. Marko Princevac.

Exposure to traffic-related air pollution leads to public health concerns such as respiratory problems, birth and developmental defects, cardiovascular effects and cancer for people who live and work near major roadways. The near-road air quality can be improved directly by deploying vehicle emission control techniques, using alternative fuels or electric vehicles (EVs), or via passive pollutant control and roadside configuration design such as solid and vegetative barriers. Continue reading

The Australian Formula Collective Designs Winning Race Car Components using ANSYS Simulation Solutions

The University of Western Australia Motorsport team has competed in Formula SAE Australasia since 2001. With the help of ANSYS pervasive engineering simulation solutions, our team has won the event twice, taken the trophy for engineering design four times and collected more than 30 trophies for individual events. As of 2017, we are now partnering with Edith Cowan University Racing, another Western Australian team, in a collaboration known as Australian Formula Collective (AFC).

Western Australia Motorsport teamAustralian Formula Collective with ECU Racing’s Formula SAE vehicle designed with the help of ANSYS simulation solutions.

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Chinook ETS Wind-Powered Car Breaks World Record with the Help of ANSYS

Chinook ETS is a team of student engineers from École de technologie supérieure in Montreal, Canada. We are trying to design and build a prototype wind-powered car with the highest possible efficiency for the Racing Aeolus event held in Den Helder, Netherlands. Our goal is not only to perform well during the race but also to develop efficient wind turbines through numeric simulations, new composites fabrication processes, advanced electronics and out-of-the-box thinking. ANSYS simulation solutions play a key role in our design efforts.chinook team with wind powered car Continue reading

How HyperXite Used ANSYS Simulation to Advance in the Hyperloop Competition

The Hyperloop from SpaceX is the future of fast, affordable and sustainable transportation.  HyperXite, our team from the University of California, Irvine, which is competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, is using ANSYS Fluent and ANSYS Mechanical simulation solutions to design and build a 1:2 scale Hyperloop pod.

If successful, the pod eventually will be able to transport 840 people between Los Angeles and San Francisco at 760 mph while floating on a cushion of air. Of the 120 teams in the competition, we were the only team in the top five at SpaceX design weekend to propose air levitation as our driving force. Continue reading

NEW ANSYS Student Community is LIVE

I have very exciting news to share with you. The ANSYS Student Community is now live and ready for action. If you are one of the 400,000+ users who have downloaded ANSYS Student Products since their launch in August 2015, you can now communicate with other ANSYS users worldwide via this platform.

The ANSYS Student Community provides a forum to share ideas, ask questions, guide users and post cutting-edge information or useful technical resources. It is primarily intended for students, but academic faculty, staff and other users in academia are welcome to participate. Continue reading

Student Space Systems Aims High With Liquid Rocket Engine

In 2014, Student Space Systems (SSS) began at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a high-powered rocketry group. In those early days, most of the rocket building was done simply with prefabricated parts. Since then, SSS has progressed to designing and creating its own rocket technology, including power electronics, telemetry and propulsion systems. One of its biggest goals — and challenges — has been to create a liquid-fueled rocket engine built with additive manufacturing techniques.

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A Very Different Kind of Startup

In the Pacific Northwest there is a very different kind of startup emerging in the shadows of Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing. Hardware is being built, software is being written, and deadlines are being made (and sometimes missed). But this startup in Tacoma, Washington is not fixed on competing with their friendly giant neighbors to the north. To the contrary, its “employees” aspire to work for them one day. That’s because this startup is no company at all. Rather it’s a high school that just completed its first year.

The School of Industrial Design, Engineering and the Arts, better known as iDEA, runs on an innovative concept that invites local businesses into the school as a partnership. Working as mentors or adjunct instructors, these “community partners” work directly with the students in a project-based learning framework. The projects may range from developing software apps, to wooden boats, to bicycles, to guitar pedals. One look around the reconfigured gymnasium packed with CNC machines, lathes, and countless other tooling equipment and it’s easy to see how serious they are. They are going to build stuff — lots of it! Continue reading

ANSYS Simulation Proves Invaluable to University of Central Florida’s Formula SAE Team

Knights Racing is a Formula SAE team from the University of Central Florida. Formula SAE is an international competition in which students design and build a race car as well as manufacture the car’s components. During the competition, teams are not only assessed based on vehicle performance but in static events like a business case presentation and engineering design review. This year, our team participated in the Formula SAE Michigan competition located at Michigan International Speedway.

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How ANSYS Simulation is Helping Virginia Tech Team to Optimize Hyperloop Pod

After placing fourth at the SpaceX Hyperloop Design Weekend in January 2016, as well as the first ever Hyperloop Pod competition in Los Angeles, California, Hyperloop at Virginia Tech is working tirelessly toward improving every aspect of their pod. The Virginia Tech design team comprises over 60 people, branching out to all majors within the university, from business to aerospace engineering. We currently follow a tick-tock engineering cycle, innovating for one competition, then optimizing for the next using ANSYS Simulation. Continue reading