This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Hello all! First of all, I’d like to give Pluto an early welcome back! My top engineering technology picks of the week include an invisibility cloak created by lenses, a sole that can warm your feet and a pill that could replace injections. Have a great weekend!

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Six Myths of High-Performance Computing (Part 2)

In the first part of this two-part post about high-performance computing, I already addressed three commonly-held myths associated with HPC. Now I’ll address three myths that are related to particular concerns about HPC adoption.

Myth #4: “Without internal IT support, HPC cluster adoption is undoable” Continue reading

Shorter Design Cycles and Multiple Iterations Within Easy Reach

You’ve heard all the talk about simulation-based design. You’ve listened to colleagues— maybe even some of your competitors — wax on about how doing robust simulation studies early on in the design cycle leads to more and better product ideas while also optimizing use of materials. In fact, you’re sold on the need to embrace advanced analysis, but you just don’t see how it’s feasible given the perceived complexity and cost of the simulation software — not to mention, the high-powered workstation gear. Continue reading

Collaborating to Reduce Gas Turbine Fuel Burn

The pressure is on to reduce fuel burn for gas turbines of all types. The need is particularly acute for aircraft engines, in that fuel is a large component of operating costs of an airline, so much so that even the volatility in its price can mean the difference between profit and loss. So when airlines demand more fuel efficient aircraft, much of that requirement is passed along to the engine manufacturers. While reducing gas turbine fuel burn is a primary driver, carbon emissions are related, so reducing the fuel burn “kills two birds with one stone”. Continue reading

Model-Based Systems Engineering – Measuring Success

Today’s blog post is a continuation of a series on Systems Engineering for Smart Products. Remember the old Xerox commercial featuring a monk tasked with making 500 copies of a multi-page, handwritten document? Well, fast forward to 2014 and replace the monk with a systems engineer verifying hundreds of requirements against a textual-based description of a product, and you have a typical scene playing out across many engineering enterprises. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles include discoveries that are literally out of this world and yet close enough to keep our wheels spinning.

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Capturing Wind Energy Safely

Capturing wind energy is full of technical challenges but it also requires a high level of safety. The turbines must operate under harsh conditions, they must be highly reliable, and they must be safe.

Vestas develops wind turbines and is the leader in its domain. It has installed 56 GW of wind energy, which amounts to 40,000 turbines. They generate enough clean energy to power 19 million European households. Continue reading

Expanding System Simulation with Modelica

System Simulation.  It is an activity that can be defined broadly, and for many organizations it represents an aspiration for a type of engineering analysis that spans departments and disciplines and doesn’t fall into the familiar buckets of 3-D structures, fluids and electromagnetics. In contrast to 3-D multiphysics simulation, which seeks to understand coupling effects of different physical phenomena in the detailed design of individual components, multi-domain system simulation is used to analyze the interactions of many components operating together as a system, including software components describing embedded control and user interfaces. Continue reading