5 Don’t Miss Startup Events in 2017 You Should Check Out Now

Startup companies have tons of events to choose from every year locally, nationally, and even globally. These startup events range in benefits and sometimes target entrepreneurs working in a similar industry or technology. Some of the largest events boast the best keynote speakers, opportunity to network with the most sought after investors, and coolest venues. However, as a startup you may only be able to swing traveling to one of these events each year. Take your time, research, and thoughtfully consider which event will provide the most value to your business.

Here’s my list of five research-worthy startup events happening in the first half of 2017. Continue reading

Speeding High-Tech Innovation

Since the 1960s, Dr. Gordon Moore’s prediction that computing performance will double every 12 to 18 months has held true. More recently, the gains in computing performance have been enabled by a combination of hardware and software technologies, such as multi-core, multi-threaded designs. The conveniences of the modern world — ubiquitous communication through internet-enabled phones, electronic payments and digital streaming, to name a few, are partly due to continuous engineering innovations delivered through cheaper, faster, more-precise electronics. Continue reading

Powering Global Prosperity: New Energy for Pressing Industry Challenges

Global prosperity requires reliable energy at a reasonable cost. To meet this demand, the industry is changing the way it produces energy and power, whether it comes from hydrocarbon, nuclear or renewable means. Supplying it requires sustainable development, environmental stewardship, compliance with regulations and cost management. Independent of prices, the industry’s most pressing challenge is cost per unit of energy. Recent layoffs and out-of-the ordinary cuts to capital and operating costs are driving the oil and gas industry to produce energy more efficiently, more safely, and with a smaller carbon footprint. Debate over subsidies, reliability and viability have resulted in accelerated development/deployment and widespread innovation in renewable energy, which includes solar, wind and hydropower, fuel cells, wave and tidal, energy storage, the next generation of fission nuclear reactors and advancements in fusion energy. Continue reading

Happy Holidays to You and Yours from All of Us at ANSYS

As 2016 draws to a close, and as the Global Social Media Manager and Editor of the ANSYS blog, I want to take the opportunity to thank all of our readers for subscribing and sharing all of the great posts our ANSYS team prepares each week. The holiday season is actually one of my favorite times of year, because I get the opportunity to encourage our employees to step out of their comfort zone a little and help create fun stories. (The perception that all engineers are introverts is about to be debunked here and now.)

In years past, we’ve seen some really cute ideas submitted that took engineering to the North Pole. Who could forget these classics ! Continue reading

Excellence in Aerospace Engineering Simulation

Aerospace and defense companies share many commonalities in the type of products they produce, the harsh environments within which these products operate and their overriding focus on safety and reliability. However, each of the commercial aircraft, space and defense sectors faces unique market trends. One common response to the pressures they each face is to deliver excellence in engineering simulation and how it is applied to deliver tangible business impact.

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New Jobs at ANSYS

Would you like to start off 2017 with a new career? Why not consider joining ANSYS and our nearly 3,000 professionals around the world? ANSYS plays a critical role in the creation of almost every product that you touch. Join our team today and make a difference in product development. If you don’t see a job in this listing, all of our current open positions are listed on our careers site.

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The Evolution of Simulation and Rotating Machinery

It seems not all that long ago that I first attended the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) conference in Toronto. It was just a short drive from my office in Waterloo, Ontario. This year I took a much longer trip to Seoul South Korea to attend the ASME Turbo Expo. As I am already engaged in preparations for the 2017 edition that will be held in Charlotte, NC, I am reminded that much has changed in how rotating machinery is designed and operated. No doubt more evolution will be evident in the 2017 conference. One difference is that the conference will be held in conjunction with the ASME Power and Energy conference. I think that this makes a lot of sense, given the continued important role of turbomachinery in power and energy production and transmission. Continue reading

ANSYS in ACTION – Let Us Show You How

We just held our eighth ANSYS in ACTION session. This one featured HPC on the Cloud and showed the audience how engineers without local HPC resources can access ANSYS and HPC in the cloud.

For those of you new to the series, ANSYS in ACTION is a webinar series where we show you how easy it is to solve common applications and address common challenges engineers face using ANSYS software in just 20 minutes on Thursdays at 1 pm ET. We skip the marketing and the background information and get right to the demo. Continue reading

My Experience Learning Numerical Simulation Online: Guest Blog

A few years ago, I was fortunate to work on a team that designed a road bike power meter that made it into the bike kit for a professional cycling team. That’s a rewarding accomplishment for a “roadie” like me. Finite element analysis (FEA) was an integral part of the success of that product and insights from the analyses led to a decisive mechanical change during development. It’s safe to say I’m passionate about numerical simulation.

Now I’m taking on a new challenge and am employing FEA to develop hi-tech structural composites. Here, industry is moving toward the numerical simulation realm of virtual rapid prototyping, early in the design cycle, and away from the expensive and time consuming loop to physically build, test, iterate, repeat. Physical validation of simulation is still critical but the goal is to reserve it for mature designs that are already well understood through FEA.

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Design Subsea ROV Faster and Better with ANSYS CFD

The ROV, or subsea remotely-operated vehicle, is frequently used in marine operations such as underwater mapping, pipeline inspection and surveillance, sending payload, maintenance and operations on subsea oil and gas equipment such as BOP (blowout preventer) and Christmas tree assembly, which controls the oil/gas/water flow out of the well.

Underwater environments create various challenges for the manufacturers of the vehicle robotics. In addition to structure integrity under high pressure, complex underwater hydrodynamics characteristics due to coupling of motions in 6 degrees of freedom needs to be considered. Continue reading