2013 New Year’s Resolution: Smart Simulations

First of all, I wish everyone a Happy New Year!! With the end of the old year and start of a new one, we often begin January thinking of new year’s resolutions. I plan to take on smart simulations —  instead of the usual personal development, financing management, improving interpersonal skills, etc.

Today, while I was browsing at my local bookstore, a tag line for a book caught my eye. The author described smart people as those who “… don’t do different things, they do things differently.” In the electronics industry, the trend toward miniaturization and high power density electronics is causing concerns about thermal effect on performance, reliability and user comfort. Thus, thermal management of such systems has become an essential part of the design process to optimize performance and reliability of electronic systems. The electronics simulation community and I, over the years, have simulated many such electronic systems for thermal management. Perhaps it is now time to look back and see if we modeled and simulated them smartly. Could we have followed a better best practice on modeling thermal management of electronic systems? Ask yourself: Moving forward can we “do things differently” and use these best practices to make an impact, coming up with more innovative designs and, at the same time, being more productive? Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars, Seminars and Events This Week – Oct 29

image of Learning text on a keyboard ANSYS Webinars and EventsFrom Amsterdam to Detroit to Santa Clara and Austin, there’s a lot going on this week in the world of engineering simulation. Our Ask the Expert ANSYS webinar series continues with cyclic symmetry. A geometry is called cyclic symmetrical when a structure is rotationally symmetrical about one axis so that the full structure can be produced by copying the cyclic portion. Fan wheels, spur gears, and turbine blades are all examples of structures that exhibit cyclic symmetry. For example, a 36-blade turbine wheel assembly may have 36 repeating 10 degree segments. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars, Seminars and Events This Week – Oct 22

image of Learning text on a keyboard ANSYS Webinars and EventsBefore I tell you about this week’s events, DID YOU KNOW that you can view past recordings of ANSYS webinars in our Resource Library? In case you missed a specific topic you’re interested in, you can also filter your results by Industry or Product. Why not catch up on all the great content our experts have put together for ANSYS users today!

While you’re there, I’d like to invite you to browse and find other technical briefs, conference papers and case studies of interest to you. If there’s something specific you’re looking for, please leave a comment on this blog post and I’ll see what I can find for you.

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