For me, science and engineering has always been about designing solutions to the various problems in our everyday lives. When I began doing research in seventh grade, my very first project was a roof that converted the impact energy of precipitation into electricity to help power the home. The following year, I came up with a dynamically supportive knee brace that implements smart fluids to vary the amount of support that patients received, depending on the physical activity. Last year, I created a self-cleaning outdoor garbage bin to tackle the issue of urban sanitation in our neighborhoods.
Yet perhaps, I am best known for my most recent project, which won the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, out of 1,700 students nationally selected from 75+ countries. This year, I tackled the issue of airborne pathogen spread in aircraft cabins, generating the industry’s first high fidelity simulations of airflow inside airplane cabins. Using my insights, I engineered economically feasible solutions that altered cabin airflow patterns, creating personalized breathing zones for each individual passenger to effectively curb pathogen inhalation by up to 55 times and improve fresh air inhalation by more than 190%. Continue reading
Hyperloop – Elon Musk’s project, now venture-capital-backed, to shuttle passengers between cities via tubes at the speed of sound — is shaping up to be to the 21st century what the railroad was to the 19th century.
Both are visionary: one connected the coasts and permitted safe travel across the continent and the other could provide super-fast, efficient commuter passage between major cities. Both were rejected initially as the stuff of fiction: too theoretical to work, too expensive to build. Both were aided by the technology of their day, railways by the might of the industrial revolution, Hyperloop by the computer and simulation technology. And both, when the history of the 21st century finally is written, will be seen as revolutionary turning points in modes of transportation. Continue reading
Lets 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
This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the U.S. and over 50 other countries around the World. If you forgot or are not sure if it’s this weekend for you, here is list of Mother’s Day dates.
Of course, the person I will think about is my mother, and I while could easily write a blog about her, I am a private person and thought I would instead share with you some stories of other amazing mothers! Continue reading
When I first encountered adjoint methods as a post-doctoral researcher at NASA, I could see that there was enormous potential in this approach. It was only after joining Fluent, and subsequently ANSYS, that the time was right to develop an adjoint solver for anyone using simulation, not just for those using in-house codes. Given that there were many, many users of ANSYS computational fluid dynamics simulation tools, there was a clear opportunity to deploy this technology globally and impact the design process positively for a lot of organizations. This compelled our adjoint solver project team to overcome some of the significant technical challenges in developing this technology. It was a tough road, but the results have made it all worthwhile.
In this example, the adjoint solver indicates how to modify the shape of this Formula 1 aileron to generate maximum down force.
The adjoint solver calculates sensitivity information for a fluid system. The flow problem is solved in the usual manner. Then the user selects some measure of performance of the system as being of particular interest. The drag or downforce on a car and pressure drop in an internal flow system are common examples. The adjoint solver is run in a manner quite similar to the flow solver. A wide variety of sensitivity data is generated, including the sensitivity of the result of interest to the geometric shape of the system. For many people this type of result needs to be seen to be believed, at which point disbelief turns to delight. Continue reading
Courtesy Emirates Team New Zealand
ANSYS congratulates Emirates Team New Zealand for winning the Louis Vuitton Cup for the second time!
Never heard of the Louis Vuitton Cup sailing race? You may have heard of the America’s Cup, the oldest active trophy in international sport. If you haven’t, the America’s Cup is a sailing race where a challenger yacht races one-to-one against the current holder of the America’s Cup. The challenger team has earns this position by winning the Louis Vuitton Cup. Continue reading
In June, I had the pleasure and privilege to present at the Tokyo ANSYS Convergence User Group meeting. Presenting highlights of the ANSYS fluid dynamics solution to more than 1,200 attendees was exhilarating! But since many of you may have attended these events, I won’t do a repeat of the presentation here. Instead, i will share my visit to the
Tokyo SkyTree tower, that city’s new TV tower. The old Tokyo Tower was too small to transmit digital TV signals, since many high rises obstructed its line of sight. Therefore, the SkyTree tower was built and measures 634 meters high, which is 301 meters higher than the old Tokyo Tower. It is also the tallest tower in the world and the second tallest structure, just behind the Burj Khalifa.
While visiting, I overheard a couple asking each other if a violent wind could sway the tower. The answer, thanks to clever architecture, is that it will not. (I could have told them this answer, but who would trust me!) How could a 650 meters thin tower not sway in the wind? The answer is in the core design. Continue reading
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