ANSYS Webinars This Week – Nov 10

ANSYS Webinar Learning EventsThis week our ANSYS webinars line-up includes topics such as model-based systems engineering, product-related tutorials with ANSYS Mechanical and ANSYS Polyflow, as well as a very interesting look at how fluid simulation is used to better everyday life.

Our Improving Your Everyday Life webinar is a part of the Convergence Webinar Series. ANSYS customers, University of Parma and Bissell Homecare, Inc, give us insights into how they use simulation. Later in the week, researchers at Intevac and Ozen Engineering show how they simulated the fluid—structure interactions (FSI) of the human left ventricle with Hybertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM) to better understand the condition in the hope of saving lives. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles bring us closer to clean air, printable food, and mechanized war.

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Magnetoelasticity: A 20-Year Journey from Cornell to Michigan Tech to ANSYS INC.

I was reminded of Professor Francis Moon, Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering Emeritus, when I visited Cornell University this summer for the 2014 Engineering Development Forum. You see, 20 years earlier I had just completed my PhD dissertation in the area of magnetoelastic buckling, a topic that was initiated by Professor Moon in 1968. His breakthrough research created immense interest around magnetoelasticity in the research community. Continue reading

Simulation Confirms Your Mom Was Right – Cover Up When Sneezing!

sneezing in airplaneWinter is coming to the Northern Hemisphere and, with it, lots of travelling for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Did you ever notice that upon traveling you sometimes end up getting sick afterwards? Ever wonder why? Researchers at the FAA Center of Excellence at Purdue University, created this simulation of a sneezing passenger using ANSYS to study the mechanics of pathogen travel in airplane cabins. Continue reading

Multiphysics and FSI All Around Me

Ever since the ANSYS Advantage Spotlight on Multiphysics issue was published, I find myself hyper-aware of all the times multiphysics simulation would be needed to adequately capture the physics occurring in everyday activities. I had a similar experience when I first became deeply involved in fluid dynamics, suddenly fascinated with how salad dressing ran out of the bottle compared to how water flowed from the faucet or the mesmerizing nature of smoke being dispersed by turbulence eddies. Even though multiphysics includes a plethora of phenomena, including electromagnetics, fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, thermal effects, acoustics, optics and more, over these past months it is fluid-structure interactions or FSI that had been on my mind. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars This Week

One of my favorite books is called Outliers. Author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. Since it’s publication there have been numerous studies and articles attempting to debunk this, but either way I don’t think there’s any reason to believe that our time spent learning is not time well spent. ANSYS webinars are are great way to further your knowledge of a variety of topics, so why not schedule an hour of your time this week to learn something new.

This week our experts have put together another great ANSYS webinars line-up for you. Register today!

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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week include a new wearable device, another innovative use of drones and a zombie proof house — just in time for Halloween. Have a great weekend!

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Designing Products for the IoT Economy

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Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Designers of Things  conference in San Francisco.  One of my favorite presentations came from Dr. Mike North — host of Discovery Channel shows Prototype This,  Outrageous Acts of Science and In The Making — where he discussed the vast scope of technology’s reach in the modern world. In the video he presented, a sensor-loaded unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) responded to a cell-phone call to pin-point a swimmer in distress and deliver a life jacket to them. What we could only imagine a decade ago, is now fast becoming a reality – intelligent, autonomous, helpful machines.

The connected era, known as the Internet of Things (IoT) is here. Continue reading