Computational Fluid Dynamics can be HOT HOT HOT!

computational fluid dynamics combustion LES natural gasLets talk combustion simulation. I know you dear readers, you are smart! So I will not bore you with explaining what combustion is. Rather, I want to give you some fun facts. As you will see, combustion is really everywhere. Continue reading

Eindhoven Wins Cruiser Class at World Solar Challenge

team eindhoven solar car

Courtesy Solar Team Eindhoven \ Bart van Overbeeke

Solar Team Eindhoven (Eindhoven University of Technology) placed first in the cruiser class at the world solar challenge held recently in Australia, which took place October 6-13, 2013. The World Solar Challenge is a solar-powered car race that covers 3,021 km through the Australian desert, from Darwin, in the North to Adelaide in Southern Australia. Forty teams from 23 countries participated in the world’s largest solar car event. The teams in the Cruiser Class are judged on a formula based on time, how many people were transported, energy levels and practicality. Continue reading

Canadian Ingenuity Reduces Risk of Powerhouse Flooding

In Canada, we are proud to contribute to reducing the global carbon footprint by exploiting renewable energy sources that are readily available, like hydropower. However, it is important to manage this resource responsibly and cost effectively by reducing risk of failure and increasing efficiency. Using fluid dynamics, structural mechanics and thermal analysis, Kawa Engineering Ltd. delivers a broad range of services to the hydropower industry (as well as others) to allow customers to design and test many parts of these facilities before they are built. As part of celebrating Canadian Engineering Month, here’s a recent interesting project that developed a location for a powerhouse.


3-D geometry used for flood analysis. Elevations are relative to sea level.

We used engineering simulation to help locate the powerhouse close to a waterfall but in a spot with minimal flood risk. If flooding occurred in the powerhouse, it would be extremely costly. Finding a proper location also means that there is decreased need for additional components to protect electrical equipment (generator, turbine, switch box, etc.) if flooding occurs; it determines the cut and fill required for construction; and lessens construction resources. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars, Seminars and Events This Week

learn about ANSYS webinarsAs we march forward into March (I couldn’t resist), here’s a look at the ANSYS Webinars we have slatted for this week. There is also a 2-day seminar in Atlanta, Georgia on March 4th and 5th if you’re in the area.

Don’t forget that you can always listen to past ANSYS webinars by visiting our Resource Library.

All of our webinars are free to attend, registration is required.

Event Type
March 05, 2013 ANSYS Seminar on Computational Fluid Dynamics Atlanta, Georgia, United States Seminar
March 06, 2013 ANSYS Seminar on Structural Mechanics Atlanta, Georgia, United States Seminar
March 07, 2013 Concept Modeling Tools Drive Upfront Design Exploration Online Webinar

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ANSYS Webinars, Seminars and Events This Week

Learn ImageTo our friends in China — Happy New Year! To our friends in the U.S. — this week is Valentine’s Day and there’s still time to send flowers or chocolates to your loved ones. To our valued customers and engineers around the world — here’s this weeks list of ANSYS webinars, seminars and events for the week of February 11th.

February 11, 2013 Altium Designer 2013 Definition of Insanity Tour Chicago, Illinois
February 12, 2013 –
February 14, 2013
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Anaheim, California
February 12, 2013 EMI/EMC Capabilities Online
February 13, 2013 Ask the Expert – Contact Enhancements in ANSYS Mechanical and MAPDL 14.5 Online
February 13, 2013 Altium Designer 2013 Definition of Insanity Tour Atlanta, Georgia
February 13, 2013 Ask the Expert Webinar – Modeling Reacting Flows with ANSYS CFD (Session – 2) Online
February 13, 2013 Virtual Prototyping in Rubber Seal Manufacturing and Testing Online
February 14, 2013 EMI/EMC Capabilities Online
February 14, 2013 ANSYS Lunch & Learn Series: Chip-Package-System Design Methodology Austin, Texas
February 15, 2013 Altium Designer 2013 Definition of Insanity Tour Boston, Massachusetts

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ANSYS Webinars, Events and Seminars This Week – Nov 5

image of Learning text on a keyboard ANSYS Webinars and EventsEach Monday, we like to give you a quick snapshot of the ANSYS webinars, seminars and other events of interest that are scheduled for the coming week. Today, I’d also like to take a moment to remind you that if you have missed any of our past webinars, you can find recordings in our Resource Library.

Here’s just a quick look at a few of the ANSYS webinars on tap this week. The full calendar is at the end of this post.

ANSYS Webinars – Including our Ask the Expert Series

Predicting Boiling Heat Transfer in IC Engine Cooling Jackets with ANSYS Fluent

Wednesday, November 07, 2012
4:00 pm EST, 9:00pm GMT (REGISTER)

There has been a change in the thermal management of IC engines where engineers now like to harness the superior cooling rates available when limited and controlled Nucleate Boiling is used to remove heat from high temperature zones. Any flaws in the design of such systems, such as uncontrolled heat transfer that leads to Film Boiling (Dry out condition), can have an adverse effect on the cooling performance. A detailed boiling heat transfer model for this design process would allow engineers not only to weed out flawed coolant passages early, but also to accurately predict the temperature for subsequent analysis like thermal stress analysis in solid, IC engine combustion analysis etc. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars, Seminars and Events This Week – Oct. 1

Can you believe it’s October already? Before I tell you about all of the ANSYS webinars and events for the week, I wanted to stop and pay tribute to what is my favorite month of the year. Some pretty cools things have happened in October. For instance:

  • Thomas Edison began the first successful demonstration of his electric light on October 19, 1879.
  • Orville Wright became the first to fly an aircraft for over 33 minutes on October 4, 1905.
  • The first Model T Ford was offered for sale on October 1, 1908.
  • The Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched “Sputnik,” the first man-made satellite, into earth orbit on October 4, 1957.

The list goes on, but each of these represent great feats of engineering. As each of you progress in your engineering careers, I wonder what will be added to that list for the great endeavors you are working on today and the innovations you will be giving to the world tomorrow.

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ANSYS Webinars and Events This Week – Sept 3

image of Learning text on a keyboard ANSYS Webinars and EventsSeptember has arrived and in the US with the Labor Day picnics well under way and students are back on campus. Why not get your plan for for learning in order as well. ANSYS webinars and events are the perfect way to boost your knowledge and expertise in simulation engineering. Let’s get started with our list of this weeks opportunities!

ANSYS Webinars, Seminars and Events This Week

Curious About Making User Defined Functions in ANSYS Fluent?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
9:00 am EDT, 1:00 pm GMT (REGISTER HERE)

ANSYS Fluent is a general CFD solver. To make it even more flexible you have the possibility to write your own functions to work together with the solver. Writing UDF:s can get very complicated and be as versatile as the applications themselves. This webinar aims at showing the basic process of writing and using an UDF. This will be done by showing how to define a profile, which is general and simple enough to be of use for any ANSYS Fluent user. In more detail the topics included will be:

  • Writing the C-code
  • Interpreting or Compiling the code
  • Hooking the code in the GUI
  • Running the simulation with a UDF
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