The aircraft industry is an exciting place to be today. The media is full of the potential for commercial drone applications. But in the here and now we have large commercial aircraft on the market made from over 50% composite materials. These aircraft represent decades of innovation and will make a significant and positive impact on lifecycle cost of operation and the environment. You may recall that we recently shared a case study from Terrafugia where they discussed the integration of composite materials into the airframe of a car-come-aircraft. Along similar lines, EADS Innovation Works have shared details of their experiences with ANSYS composite material design tools. Continue reading
This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles features a few looks back, a few looks forward and a new approval from the FDA.
- 73 Years Later, Amelia Earhart Flies Again
- Sony Walkman At 35: Looking Back At The Most Iconic Music Player Of All Time
- Ekocycle 3-D Printer Uses Recycled Plastic Bottles As Component In Filament Cartridges
- The Jet With A 17-Ton Telescope That NASA Uses As A Flying Observatory
- FDA Approves First Robotic Exoskeleton for Paralyzed Users
Many of you are using CAD tools like Creo Parametric along with ANSYS Workbench, but some of you are not using them parametrically. Of that group, there are probably a few who just really enjoy irony (and probably typewriters and rotary dial phones). However, others have been asking about how to link these tools together, or how to define parameters in Creo, or how to build robust parametric models, or how to parameterize settings in Workbench, or how to create tables of design points. These things are not hard to do, so I put together a video to illustrate. Continue reading
Multiphysics simulation is increasingly important in the design of products and processes. This is because, in the real world, it can be costly if you don’t consider the impact of all the physical forces. Reliability and performance of your product could depend on it. Even if you ultimately determine that the impact is minimal, you have to take into account both the consequence of each potential physical force and how it interacts with other forces before performing further analysis or dismissing the effect. The questions you ask and the problem you attempt to solve determine what simulation technology is required to uncover the answers. Is just one force dominant or is the interaction between several physics the key to design? In the most recent issue of ANSYS Advantage magazine, engineers from several industries ask these questions ― and determined the best answer can be obtained by using multiphysics simulation. Continue reading
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.
Now, 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
I enjoy working on every article I coordinate for ANSYS Advantage magazine. I always learn something new while assisting ANSYS customers and staff tell their stories of excellence in engineering simulation. I have no favorites as I appreciate all of the articles. But, I decided to let our readers choose their top five, based on the power of downloading. The following are the most-read articles from the four issues (three regular issues and one special issue for oil and gas) of ANSYS Advantage published last year. All these stories have one thing in common: They feature robust and reliable design practices. Drumroll please …
Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week focus on how technology is making your life easier and better, while students continue to improve their engineering skills through creative and enjoyable projects. Have a great weekend!
- Built for Baja: Engineering Students Play Dirty
- Hands-Free Driving Coming to New Cars Starting in 2015
- Israel is Building a Futuristic Transit System of Magnetic Pods
- Perching Robot Glider Nails Simulated Powerline Landings
- Soundhawk’s Earpiece Lets You Pick Exactly What You Want to Hear
Road accidents are one of the leading causes of unnatural deaths around the world. The World Health Organization’s Global status report on road safety in 2013 indicates that worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year. This is a staggering number.
As the number of vehicles increase, resulting in a corresponding increase in accidents, auto safety is emerging as one of the most important aspect of automotive product design. Broadly, automotive safety can be classified into passive and active safety. While passive safety covers basic components of the vehicle (example: seat belts, air bags, vehicle structure etc.) in addition to driver behavior; active or predictive safety usually refers to the use of technology to avoid collisions or at least mitigate their effect (example: crash avoidance and driver assistance systems). Continue reading