CFD and Structural Meshing: Who Moved My Node?

meshing“Meshing”… Usually throwing this single word to a group of structural or CFD analysts will start interesting and passionate discussions. Meshing is definitely a key part of the simulation process and requires attention. As analysts, how many hours did we or do we spend on meshing? Probably too many —  especially if you have been in the simulation world for many years and started when automation of meshing was not so common. But after all, meshing is just one of the tools that we need to get accurate results and we should spend more time looking at simulation results than meshing our models. Continue reading

16 Cool New Features of ANSYS Fluid Dynamics 16.0

Another release of ANSYS fluid dynamics products, another round of great new capabilities. While some may say that a picture is worth a thousand words, I invite you to view the video below for more than 16,000 words on 16 Cool New Features of ANSYS Fluid Dynamics 16.0. And they are all winners — so this is not a ranking, just a list! Continue reading

2015 Automotive Simulation World Congress – Call for Presentations

ASWC 2014 presentation auto safetyWhat do Tesla Motors, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Ferrari, Denso, Panasonic, SL Corporation, Cummins, Tenneco, and Honeywell, have in common? Well, not only are they leaders in the automotive renaissance, but they all delivered presentations on leading-edge simulation at the 2014 Automotive Simulation World Congress. Continue reading

Santa Puts ANSYS to the Test for New Sleigh Design!

Dear ANSYS Blog readers,

I need to share a story with you that began on the 25th of December, 2013. Every Christmas Day, I wake up very excited to discover what Santa has brought me. But on this particular Christmas, I was extremely disappointed: no present from Santa, even though I sent my letter to the North Pole very early in November. How strange!

(Yes, some friends tell me that he doesn’t exist. I am a serious, grown-up man and, of course, do not believe them — another rumor, that is all.) Continue reading

And Another Victory for Ferrari – Hats Off!

image of Ferrari with ANSYS logoThe entire ANSYS Family congratulates Ferrari for their World Endurance Championship drivers’, teams’ and manufacturers’ titles in the GTE Pro class. The stats are pretty amazing:

  • 17th World endurance world title for Ferrari
  • 3rd title in a row for the Ferrari-run AF Corse Team
  • AF Corse Team drivers Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilanderhad from the Ferrari-run AF Corse finish 1st and 2nd of the 2015 World Endurance Championship

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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.

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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