Improving Performance and Durability of Heat Exchangers

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Vapor Volume Fraction in EGR Cooler Due to Boiling

Heat exchangers are among the most common process equipment. They come in different sizes (e.g. cold plate within your mobile phone vs a waste heat recovery system in a plant), shapes (shell and tube, tube in tube, plate and frame, for example) and types (recuperative and regenerative).

Although many heat exchangers have been thoroughly studied, analyzed and even optimized, the need to improve heat exchanger performance, reduce their capital and running costs, and increase their durability will never end. Continue reading

Coupling Piezoelectric and Fluid Simulations

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Ink jet nozzle

Piezoelectric devices surround us in our everyday life. Our cars and trucks contain many piezoelectric devices, including fuel level sensors, air bag deployment sensors, parking sensors and piezoelectric generators in the wheels to power the tire pressure monitoring system. Your smartphones or tablet contains piezoelectric sensors that detect the motion and orientation of the device, which my kids were using to good effect to play “Need For Speed” yesterday. Many of us have ink jet printers at home, which can use piezoelectric printer heads to eject thousands of drops per second. Continue reading

Coupled Diffusion Analysis in ANSYS Mechanical

Diffusion is the process by which subject is transported from one part of a system to another as a result of random molecular motions, which is analogues to transfer of heat by conduction. Examples of diffusion are, but not limited to, spreading of odors and smoke (in gas), dissolution of colored dye in water (in liquid), formation of alloys, solid-state reactions, formation of new grains in cold-worked metal, improving surface wear by carburizing, gas purification, impurity doping of silicon wafers for integrated circuits. Continue reading

Stay CAD Connected

image of CAD parameters geometryRecently my colleague, Simon Pereira, published his blog on the use of parameters with PTC’s Creo CAD system.  I don’t think we can stress enough the importance of the connection between your CAD system and your simulation tool, be it FEA, CFD or electronics.

All simulations start from a geometry. The geometry can be a very early version of a given design or a manufacturing-ready version of it. You then need to import it into your simulation tool to analyze it. Continue reading

Master’s Degree in Numerical Simulation in Engineering with ANSYS

For several years, I have seen engineers working in the industry or finishing their degree in engineering that have been looking for advanced education in ANSYS.
Some of them were unable to find a course with enough specialization, without the restrictions of classroom training, or with certified content from ANSYS.

numerical simulation Madrid with ANSYSNow, the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) has responded to this request by organizing, in collaboration with ANSYS, an online master’s degree with the goal of training experts in fluid mechanics and solid mechanics numerical simulation using ANSYS engineering tools. Continue reading

ANSYS User-Generated Videos You Should Check Out!

Whether you are an experienced user or beginning with our tools, or even looking to know what ANSYS tools can do for you, you can benefit from great videos that are available on YouTube. I am amazed at the quality of some of these user-generated videos. Looking back at my playlist from last year, I can give you a short list to start with. Continue reading

Electromagnetics – Structural Harmonics Coupling

Electric motors and generators produce vibrations and noise associated with many physical mechanisms. It’s always been of great interest to look at the vibrations and noise produced by the transient electromagnetic forces on the stator of a permanent magnet motor. Thanks to our products that made is possible through a direct coupling between ANSYS Maxwell and ANSYS Mechanical. The process of this coupling is to first carry out an electromagnetic simulation to calculate the forces per tooth segment of the stator. The harmonic orders of the electromagnetic forces are then calculated using Fourier analysis, and forces are mapped to the mechanical harmonic analysis of the second stage. As you might expect, a simulation environment — ANSYS Workbench— is used to integrate a seamless workflow. Continue reading

Exposing Complex APDL Scripts in a User-Friendly Way

People often approach me saying: “I’m convinced of the benefits of simulation, but we don’t have any experts in our company to run the powerful software” or “I would like to deploy simulation from my few CAE experts to a larger fraction of my engineering force, but they don’t have the necessary skills to run ANSYS and it’s difficult to hire new staff”. Software customization can definitely help in both situations. Our answer to this is the Application Customization Toolkit (ACT).

You may recall a previous blog from me about Combining APDL with ANSYS Workbench for Structural Simulations. Here’s another great example of how the Application Customization Toolkit (ACT) can help you exposing your existing APDL scripts in ANSYS Mechanical. Continue reading