This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week include a pancake-printing robot, an injectable polymer that can save people from bleeding to death, and how you can save your jeans by taking a walk in sunlight. Have a great weekend!

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A Brave New World – What It Will Take to Realize the Hyperloop Dream

Hyperloop – Elon Musk’s project, now venture-capital-backed, to shuttle passengers between cities via tubes at the speed of sound — is shaping up to be to the 21st century what the railroad was to the 19th century.

Both are visionary: one connected the coasts and permitted safe travel across the continent and the other could provide super-fast, efficient commuter passage between major cities. Both were rejected initially as the stuff of fiction: too theoretical to work, too expensive to build. Both were aided by the technology of their day, railways by the might of the industrial revolution, Hyperloop by the computer and simulation technology. And both, when the history of the 21st century finally is written, will be seen as revolutionary turning points in modes of transportation. Continue reading

If/Else Parameter Expressions

We occasionally get questions about writing if/else parameter expressions. For instance, users may be setting up a parametric model where the heat turns on only under certain conditions or perhaps an input or output is best expressed as a step function.

Yes, you can do this with expressions. Lets look at some basic examples. Continue reading

ANSYS 16.0 Targets Electromechanical and Power Electronic Design

Vehicle electrification, renewable energy, and power delivery applications continue to be major trends driving innovations in the industrial, automotive and aerospace sectors. “Good old designs” of power systems and electrical machines using a build-and-test methodology are out of date. Products using the old approach are filled with inefficiencies, are over-designed, and do not include electronic controls. These applications such as automotive electrification, automotive infotainment, and power electronics across many industries are driving the need for new ways of thinking and new design flows. ANSYS 16.0 delivers! Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars This Week

ANSYS Webinar Learning EventsIn our ANSYS webinars line-up this week, we continue the conversation about our latest software releases. ANSYS 16.0 delivers an all new ANSYS Electronics Desktop featuring ANSYS HFSS and the industry’s first 3-D EM component library. During this webinar, we will introduce you to features in the desktop and illustrate how engineers and CAD support teams can use the new 3-D EM component library. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles touch on electricity, water, light, batteries, and lasers. And, somehow it all comes together in a glorious set of leaps and bounds forward in technology.

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GPU Acceleration of ANSYS HFSS Transient at NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2015

The paradigm of supercomputing has shifted rapidly during the past decade. Ten years ago when we heard “NVIDIA”, immediately we associated the brand name with computer graphics, games and animation. NVIDIA’s breakthroughs in graphics processing unit (GPU) technology make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible nowadays. In addition to its visual computing leadership, NVIDIA also strives for green computing where its hardware design aims at the best performance per watt. More than eight teraflops of computing power can be achieved on an NVIDIA Tesla K80 that consumes less than 300 watts of electricity. Continue reading

Accelerate Mechanical Solutions with Intel® Xeon Phi™

intel xeon phi coprocessorRegarding high performance computing (HPC), there are numerous improvements introduced into ANSYS Mechanical APDL16.0. However, I would like to focus this post on a feature that demonstrates the technological leadership of our company. ANSYS Mechanical APDL 15.0 was the first commercial FEA software product to support the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor. In ANSYS Mechanical APDL 16.0, we extend support for Xeon Phi hardware to virtually all users. The Xeon Phi coprocessors can now be used on either Linux or Windows, as well as with shared-memory parallel (SMP) and distributed-memory parallel (DMP). Continue reading