Solving the Engineering Simulation License Crunch on Campuses

engineering simulation campus-wide licensing at University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales employs campus-wide licensing to serve many departments. Photo courtesy UNSW.

Engineering simulation products are invaluable to professors in multidisciplinary research and teaching. Students recognize the importance of simulation skills as they graduate into industry. To gain this experience students embrace simulation to write theses and participate in student competitions. However, professors and students are facing some real challenges as the use of engineering simulation ramps up.

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Six Myths of High-Performance Computing

six myths of high performance computingLooking back at my notes from conversations with many engineers during our recent ANSYS Convergence Conferences, I must admit that I still came across some myths and misconceptions about high-performance computing (HPC) for engineering simulation. Let me share six really striking ones with you:

  1. HPC is available on supercomputers only
  2. HPC is only useful for CFD simulations
  3. I don’t need HPC – my job is running fast enough
  4. Without internal IT support, HPC cluster adoption is undoable
  5. Parallel scalability is all about the same, right?
  6. HPC software and hardware are relative expensive

In this blog, I’ll address — and attempt to dispel — the first 3 myths. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week include autonomous robotics in the military, motorbike land speed records and an “unstealable” bicycle. Have a great weekend!

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SimCafe.org: An Easy-to-Use Online Resource for Learning and Teaching Engineering Simulation

Recent technological developments have significantly lowered the barriers to entry in FEA and CFD, leading to excitement about the “democratization of simulation”. Employers are looking for engineers who have FEA and CFD skills in their repertoire and students are eager to pick up these skills. However, faculty have found it difficult to integrate industry-standard simulations tools into core engineering curricula for a variety of reasons including lack of teaching materials that connect simulations with existing textbook content.

Cornell University SimCafeThe SimCafe wiki at simcafe.org is being developed at Cornell University as an e-learning resource to integrate industry-standard simulation tools into courses and to provide a resource for supplementary learning. Professors and students around the world use simcafe.org  for free to teach and to learn simulations. SimCafe learning modules on FEA and CFD cover a broad spectrum of subjects: solid mechanics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Short embedded YouTube videos demonstrate the software steps. Continue reading

Improving Performance and Durability of Heat Exchangers

image of heat exchangers with vapor volume fraction

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

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles deal with the sun and hoverbikes. And if that’s not enough to convince you, I’ll throw in some Terminator references for good measure.

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2014 Medical Device Innovation

Patient model Computational Fluid DynamicsA few weeks ago, I participated to the biomedical track of the ANSYS CADFEM Users Meeting (ACUM) in Nuremberg, Germany — an amazing meeting where many medical device companies, academic leaders, clinicians and surgeons shared their experiences and stressed the need to accelerate the adoption of engineering simulation for medical and clinical applications. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars in September

ANSYS WebinarsAs our children start heading back to school all around the World, why not schedule some additional learning for yourself? Here’s our list of ANSYS webinars for the month of September. As always, these webinars are free to attend, but you will need to register to attend. Just pick one or more topics you’d like to learn about and register today.

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