It is always my pleasure to meet with our customers and learn about how they deploy engineering simulation software in their organizations. At ANSYS, we are fortunate to work in a field that holds so many exciting uses for engineering simulation. The industry has come a long way since those days when management was skeptical about the value of performing simulations. But are organizations getting a good return on investment, or ROI?
Today, when I ask customers what they see as their current challenges, many of them tell me that they are so reliant on simulations that they are now being asked to do even more with little or no increase in the human resources made available. And as organizations rely even more on engineering simulations, it is not surprising that simulation teams are being asked to show greater return on investment. What I find surprising is that even when organizations are asked to reduce overall expenses, we see an increase in budget for deploying engineering simulation! Continue reading →
Happy Friday, folks! This week’s round up of interesting engineering technology news articles includes a badminton-playing robot that’s increasing energy efficiency of machines, the largest on-demand supercomputing resource in Europe and a Death Star Kickstarter campaign seeking $850 quintillion for construction.
Maybe you’ve never thought about it, but we are living on a spaceship called Earth. It’s a big one, with more than 7 billion people on board, traveling at about 108,000 Km/h (67,500 mph) in the solar system, while spinning in such a way that, if you are on the equator line, you are moving at more than 1,700 Km/h (1,000 mph). Amazing, isn’t it?
The ozone hole max is on Sept. 22, 2012. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
In our travel through the universe, we are protected from outer space by our pressurized canopy: a 12 Km-thick barrier limited by an ozone layer that acts as a shield against radiation and small asteroids. It also allows us to breathe fresh air. It’s a very complex ship, with systems designed to provide the passengers (us) with anything we need to have a very pleasant journey: food, energy, water and fun. But it was designed 4.5 billion years ago, and there were no human beings at that time asking for so much energy to cool down their houses in summer, heat them up in winter, drive a big car, fly in a plane, or produce goods.
Team Red Bull Racing poses for the end of season team photo during previews for the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Carlos Pace on November 22, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Vladimir Rys)
If you’re like me — a passionate fan of Formula 1 — you were probably on the edge of your seat during the last race of the season in Brazil, during which either the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel or the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso could have won the championship. After a season of 20 F1 races, the fact that the contest was so close is a measure of the margins these teams work with. Anyone who has been to a race and witnessed these race cars firsthand knows exactly how close to the edge the cars and drivers are.
F1 Vehicles Most Technologically Advanced
F1 vehicles are the most technologically advanced in the world; they need to adapt each year to changing regulations. This often results in a team redesigning the car’s roughly 4,000 components to meet the demands of performance and safety. But not only that, engineering teams are continually improving performance between races — often having only two weeks between races to make a performance impact. With lap times for the leading cars differing by fractions of a second, improperly executing these changes from one circuit to the next can be the difference between being on the podium and not scoring any points. Continue reading →
I read my coworker Gilles’ blog last week week, the one where he discussed Formula One, wind tunnels and CFD. It brought to mind an article I’d read a few months back geared around how software engineers power Marussia. I thought I’d use this information to jump into Gilles’ conversation from a different angle.
While there are typically hundreds of people on a racing team who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the car quicker, using a computer and the right software is an essential part of what it takes to win a race, much less a season of races. Continue reading →
Happy Friday, folks! This week we look the past, present and future of technology: a 61-year-old computer that has been brought back to life, tiny robots that play Beethoven and using embedded systems in smartphones to operate personal drone and a piece that highlights Pittsburgh’s future in supercomputing and modeling!
We’ve actually got quite a full calendar of ANSYS webinars and events this week that should appeal to a wide audience. Whether you’re traveling to an in person event, an industry trade show, or you prefer an online experience, there’s a little bit of everything this week..
You can view a full calendar below, but let’s start with our online learning opportunities, including the Ask the Expert Series.
Methodology and Tools for Compute Performance at Any Scale
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
9:00 am EST, 2:00 pm GMT (REGISTER)
Thursday, November 29, 2012
4:00 pm EST, 9:00 pm GMT (REGISTER)
Clusters and Workstations are usually sized according to one-off benchmarking campaigns during tenders and way before production. While this widely used method is efficient, it has a number of drawbacks: Continue reading →
What works for manufacturing companies also applies to engineering simulation software providers. In a competitive climate, we all must aim continually for innovation, listen to the voice of our customers, anticipate swiftly changing needs, identify buyer expectations and make appropriate changes. I strongly believe that the parametric licensing and capabilities newly introduced with ANSYS 14.5 are truly innovative, standing out from the rest. They could become a paradigm shift in CAE, as they will make extensive design exploration and robust design a reality.
Given the market forces for increased product performance and integrity, engineering simulation undoubtedly can help manufacturers to evaluate more design ideas and reach the “best” design, one that works across a range of operating conditions. For that matter, many engineering simulation software providers today do offer design exploration and optimization tools. But despite the need, the adoption of these tools is relatively small. Our product manager for ANSYS DesignXplorer, Simon Pereira, regularly investigates the obstacles to further adoption, and, in each of his reports, the biggest hurdles appear to be unacceptable turnaround times, shortcomings in usability and lack of available licenses. Continue reading →