ANSYS Webinars This Week – April 6th

ANSYS Webinar Learning EventsHere’s this week’s schedule for ANSYS webinars. Our webinars this week can help you with wireless power transfer applications, rotordynamics, HPC and SCADE to mention just a few. Make sure you registers today! Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles range from just inside your own head to the moon and back again. This was one of the hardest weeks to decide on which five articles to bring to the blog, not just because of all the cool technological marvels happening every other minute, but because of Wednesday’s effect on the internet. April 1st or April Fools’ Day is one of those days where confirmation of reality requires more than just a quick google search. So, even if you were fooled by an unbelievable technology, stick around…it may yet happen in the not too distant future.

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Springing into the Future of Aerospace Transport

The recent and very significant fall in oil prices has been very welcome as far as the cost of heating is concerned. Sure the days are becoming perceptibly warmer and there is a feeling that we have finally turned the corner from Winter to Spring. While I personally welcome the reduced expenditure, I am glad to see that this recent downward shift in oil prices has not caused the aerospace industry to lose focus on the long term, interconnected objectives of reducing fuel usage and environmental impact. Continue reading

Wall of Wind (WOW) at Florida International University Helps Mitigate Hurricane Damage

wall of windIn coastal areas, hurricanes can severely damage buildings, people and cause a lot of havoc. Therefore, scientists at Florida International University (FIU) are studying hurricanes and how their effects can be mitigated using the Wall of Wind (WOW). WOW is a research facility developed by FIU’s International Hurricanes Research Center (IHRC), Miami, Florida. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars This Week – March 30th

ANSYS Webinar Learning EventsI’ve been providing these weekly updates for a while now, so I wanted to take the opportunity today to ask you how valuable you’re finding this listing. Am I providing enough information in the ANSYS webinars posts to help you decide which webinars are of value to you? Would you find it useful for me to also include in-person events? And, is a current week listing of value or would you prefer two weeks at a time so you can do advanced planning? Just let me know in the comments below, and I’d be happy to adjust this weekly post to help you in the most positive way I can.

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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 supersonic cargo plane concept, hot (volcanic) carbon material and headlights that illuminate exactly where the driver is looking. Have a great weekend!

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Developing Comprehensive Turbomachinery Simulation Solutions

I have always been fascinated by turbomachinery: pumps, compressors, turbochargers, state-of-the-art aircraft engines etc. Anything that spins is of interest. This is one of the key reasons why I love going to work at ANSYS every day. I can contribute to creating the best turbomachinery simulation solutions.

Demonstration simulation of the turbine side of a turbocharger, using a geometry design provided by our partner PCA Engineering.

Demonstration simulation of the turbine side of a turbocharger, using a geometry design provided by our partner PCA Engineering.

I am often asked “What are you working on? Turbines? Compressors? Hydraulic turbines?” Well, the answer is all of the above, and more. This is because our physics solutions are not limited by machine type, material or flow regime. Similarly, our turbomachinery-specific pre- and post-processing tools apply across machine categories. Besides, complex machines such as an aircraft engine have many parts: compressor, turbine, combustion chamber, complex secondary flow channels, etc. So with each new release of ANSYS, we strive to improve the simulation solutions that we provide to our turbomachinery customers.

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Clean Diesel is Really a Three-part System

I am sure many of you have heard of clean diesel. And, probably asked yourself what is it and how is it different from regular diesel. Are we refining fuel more — why is it called clean? That is just one part of it. Clean diesel is really a three-part system. One part is cleaner fuel, the second part is improvement in the combustion — more advanced engines— and the third part is new technologies that control emission and exhaust gasses. There are different emission control technologies that can further reduce emission from the diesel engines, but most dominant are diesel particulate filters (DPF), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC). Continue reading