Global prosperity requires reliable energy at a reasonable cost. To meet this demand, the industry is changing the way it produces energy and power, whether it comes from hydrocarbon, nuclear or renewable means. Supplying it requires sustainable development, environmental stewardship, compliance with regulations and cost management. Independent of prices, the industry’s most pressing challenge is cost per unit of energy. Recent layoffs and out-of-the ordinary cuts to capital and operating costs are driving the oil and gas industry to produce energy more efficiently, more safely, and with a smaller carbon footprint. Debate over subsidies, reliability and viability have resulted in accelerated development/deployment and widespread innovation in renewable energy, which includes solar, wind and hydropower, fuel cells, wave and tidal, energy storage, the next generation of fission nuclear reactors and advancements in fusion energy. Continue reading
According to Gartner, designing, testing and manufacturing 7nm FinFET-based system on a chip (SoC) requires massive resources: as much as $270 million and 500 man-years to bring the chip to market. Encapsulating such chips within a 2.5/3D package such as InFO-WLP improves power, performance and form factor while increasing the cost of design. To make a profit on that level of investment, the market for these chips tend to be high-end mobile and enterprise applications. To satisfy customer needs in these demanding markets, design teams have to deliver highly integrated devices that operate seamlessly and reliably for long periods of time. Additionally, you have to reduce the engineering time and cost, and ensure “first-time” working silicon. To do this you will need to move away from the traditional silo-based design flow to a chip-package-board co-simulation workflow and methodology. Continue reading
Throughout my 25 years in the computer-aided engineering industry, some of the smartest people I know have told me that you can’t use simulation to design planar magnetic transformers. Is it true? No! What they’re really saying is that there isn’t an effective way to simulate the devices to predict the full behavior — which includes electromagnetic losses, harmonic content, EM-thermal coupling and ultimately how the electromagnetic fields and temperature affect the circuit — in a reasonable amount of time for simulation to be an effective design tool. Continue reading
Wireless power transfer (WPT) is much researched and discussed in the context of IoT, electric vehicles and mobile electronic devices. The methodology of powering a device without a physical connection is well known. However, designing the coil shapes and their placement, maximizing efficiency and validating behavior at the system level still represent challenges that cannot be achieved without simulation. The next frontier to be explored is extending and applying wireless power transfer systems to more applications, such as continuous charging of multiple devices, increasing the range of efficient power transfer and ensuring the WPT system design meets regulatory guidelines. Continue reading
Due to the volumes of data that need to be analyzed and the limits in simulation tool capabilities and processing power, sign-off in chip and electronic system design has traditionally followed a monolithic, margin-based approach that has resulted in larger die-size and longer development times. Today I’d like to tell you about a fundamentally new approach and software architecture called ANSYS SeaScape that will revolutionize chip simulation by harnessing the power of elastic computing, machine learning and big data to perform multiphysics simulations and design more compact, complex chips. This approach has demonstrated its ability speed up chip design and help eliminate many of the inefficiencies of traditional methodologies. Continue reading
Most modern companies know that simulation provides significant benefits in the design engineering phase of new products. Early in the design phase, 3D models that only exist virtually can be optimized with nearly no incremental cost incurred for each new design simulated. Many companies have analysts that use simulation and reap the productivity benefits. We see evidence of this in simulation news and publications, in the ANSYS blog and in ANSYS Advantage magazine. Many companies would like more of their design engineers to use simulation and to better integrate design engineering teams in their simulation strategies. The challenge has been finding simulation products suited to the available time and experience level of design engineers that provide quick reliable, accurate results in support of engineering goals. Continue reading
On January 27, ANSYS released its biggest version ever, ANSYS 17.0. Although the ANSYS simulation platform is renowned for its comprehensive coverage of virtually every industry through its extensive range of simulation tools, this latest release is particularly suited for the healthcare industry, whether you are modeling structural, fluid or electromagnetic applications — not to mention those of you engaged with multiphysics modeling. Among the hundreds of new features coming with this release, it might be easy to miss those which are truly important for the medical device, pharmaceutical or clinical sectors. Let me highlight 3 new or enhanced capabilities. Continue reading
Preparing students for the real world means introducing them to industry-standard tools such as ANSYS AIM — as early as sophomore year.
Undergraduate engineering students are incredibly busy, overloaded with curricular activities. My mechanical and mechatronics engineering students carry a load of five courses in such complex subjects as mathematics, physics, materials, thermal science, and automation and control. Every four months, they also complete a co-operative education term in industry.
Because undergrads are so busy, I was shocked two years ago when a group of second-year students approached me about incorporating a new project into an already-challenging class, numerical methods. Continue reading
Engineering simulation software use among all types of engineers is growing rapidly. We already see our most innovative customers rapidly deploying simulation design software to engineers at all levels in their organizations. Gone are the days when a single engineer could design the whole product, or when a company could afford to develop and sell non-optimized products, such as bike frames that are strong but also heavy. Product development trends towards faster, better and cheaper mean that trade-offs have to be made between different goals to optimize the overall product, such as creating a bike that is strong and lightweight. Simulation helps companies get products to market faster while balancing their objectives. Easier engineering simulation software for every engineer is the solution. Continue reading
Turbomachinery can be the most rewarding of CFD simulations. At the same time, it can be the most challenging.
Turbomachinery covers a broad range of products including compressors, turbines (gas, hydraulic, steam, wind), turbochargers, pumps, fans and more. And turbomachinery users demand ongoing improvements, such as increased efficiency, reliability and durability while reducing emissions (for those involving combustion) and noise. Continue reading