The journey of BiomeRenewables’ PowerConeTM wind turbine started with witnessing a falling maple seed. I was sitting on my deck when I was struck by how slowly the seed was able to fall. As it turns out, maple seeds — for their size — exhibit maximum aerodynamic efficiency; they are able to hit what is known as the Betz Limit — 59.3 percent aerodynamic efficiency. Careful analysis revealed that there is something about the seed’s shape and the way it interacts with the air that allows it to achieve such high efficiency numbers — namely, that it interacts with the oncoming flow at an angle greater than 90 degrees. This is not the case with modern wind turbines, which interact with the wind at perpendicular angles of 90 degrees. Continue reading
Working for ANSYS gives me incredible opportunities to work with innovative companies and learn about the latest technologies that are being developed to improve our lives. One of the intriguing companies I have had the pleasure to work with is RF2ANTENNA. RF2ANTENNA works on developing innovative and easy-to-integrate products for specific applications in wireless communications and wireless charging, with the goal of improving the efficiency of IoT devices with affordable solutions. Their core competency is in providing solutions to radiation problems in mobile products. The ANSYS Startup Program has given them the opportunity to take their work to the next level. Continue reading
Airlines and aircraft manufacturers are doing everything they can to lower their costs, including lightweighting every component possible, which can improve fuel efficiency. The industry spends more than a hundred billion dollars on fuel every year. While the price of oil is relatively low today, manufacturers and airlines must look ahead to the more than 25-year life span of the average airplane, assuming someday prices will rise again. Cost is a major driver, but the industry is also committed to reducing emissions during flight, and reducing fuel burn from the engine helps achieve this goal. Lightweighting, then, is one of the most important trends in the aerospace industry, and using composites, that can offer the required strength but at lower weight than metals, in manufacturing is a key strategy.
Recent advances in 3-D printing with metal have advanced to the point where antennas and RF components can be consistently fabricated with excellent performance in the millimeter wave frequencies. Optisys is a startup based in Utah that is focused on using the most advanced simulation tools to design antennas and radio-frequency (RF) components that could not have been fabricated a few years ago. The use of 3-D printing an antenna creates orders of magnitude reduction in size, weight, and lead time. These savings are enabled through a key partnership with the ANSYS Startup Program. Continue reading
The German inventor and flight pioneer Otto Lilienthal made over 2,000 flights as long as 820 feet in gliders he designed and flew in the 1890s. He died in 1896 from injuries sustained in a glider crash, but his well-documented accounts of theories and experiences with flight influenced many of the early aviation pioneers, including the Wright Brothers. Continue reading
Energy supply is one of the world’s biggest challenges. Fusion technology has the potential to solve this challenge by providing on-demand, safe and clean energy that will combat climate change while driving economic growth. Drawing on decades of advancements in plasma physics, materials engineering and computer simulation, General Fusion is working to develop the world’s first commercially viable fusion power plant.
What Makes the General Fusion System Different?
Developing a completely new form of energy comes with plenty of challenges and unknowns, so General Fusion utilizes milestone-driven R&D campaigns and ANSYS simulation solutions to reduce the risk in its development process. One such campaign focused on testing the liquid metal compression technology that forms the core of General Fusion’s power plant. Continue reading
The rapid surge in consumer demand for mobility, connectivity and content has fundamentally changed the space industry. Space, as the ultimate vantage point, is a necessary destination to connect 55 percent of the world that does not have access to the internet. With miniaturization of technologies, capabilities that until now required large satellites the size of a bus with a billion-dollar price tag are being challenged by small satellites that are 12 inches long and weigh only 9 pounds. When constellations of 24 to 800 of these small satellites are established in low Earth orbit, the world will enjoy global WiFi, maritime connectivity, real-time navigation maps, precise weather forecasts, virtual reality in space and more. Continue reading
Have you ever thought, “I love this product, but it would be even better if…”? Maybe you wish it were more durable, lighter or even more aesthetically pleasing. Perhaps if it had more features, or operated under more grueling conditions, it would better fit your needs. While you may not think about these little things very often, we at Jacobs Analytics are obsessed with these details and believe in perpetual innovation. We have taken the answers to these questions and designed things like a stronger bike frame and a colder water.
The products we use everyday make our lives easier and more efficient; and when they work well enough, we tend not to think much about them. Then one day you come across a better version and realize the product you have been using did have room for improvement, and the improved design makes your daily experience that much better. Continue reading
Have you ever heard the story of David and Goliath? The old tale tells of how the young David defeated the mighty giant Goliath with daring and clever methods instead of traditional ones. At ReVibe Energy, we’ve been inspired by the story.
Now, we’re not aiming to triumph over our competitors using the same means David used against Goliath, but rather to attract potential customers through innovative and agile methods. By using engineering simulation software from ANSYS we can distinguish ourselves from our competitors and offer current and prospective customers better products in a shorter amount of time.
Every so often I come across a great read I think is so worthwhile that I want to share it with the world. This is the feeling I got when I read Henrik Zillmer’s recent startup blog post, What Every Future Entrepreneur Needs To Know, Part 1. The only change I would make is removing the word “future” from his title because quite frankly I think ALL entrepreneurs (past, present, and future) could benefit from his words.
Of course, there are lots of articles and blog posts that make running a startup sound like the coolest and trendiest thing to do these days, but Henrik doesn’t glamorize the investment one must make to be successful when choosing this path and he gives real, useful advice. Continue reading