What do Paris, Composites Curing and Baking Have in Common?

composites curing JECA week from today we’re heading to Paris. Not to see the incredible sights or enjoy some of the museums but to attend JEC World. It’s one of, if not the, biggest composites event. ANSYS will be there to talk with customers and attendees about the simulation of composite and composites curing. There will be whole team of us there so please do drop by ANSYS booth S72 Hall 6 and say hello.

Composite technology has moved forward a great deal since it started making regular appearances in motorsports and aerospace. I’m sure there will be lots of discussions on the challenges people are facing next week. Continue reading

Take a Load Off! Lightweighting for Engineers

I was fortunate enough to own a Lotus Elise for a number of years. I loved that car but had to give it up when I moved to the U.S. One of the reasons I liked it so much was the design philosophy it followed: “performance through lightweight.” The reduced mass of the car meant the relatively small engine could shove it along at a fair old rate, which is pretty obvious. But it also meant that the suspension didn’t have to be as beefy, and the amount of work the brakes had to do was also significantly reduced. Lightweighting has big benefits.

It’s a very virtuous cycle. Removing weight has a compound impact on pretty much all aspects of the car. Probably one of the least mentioned benefits (considering that this was a sports car) was the fuel economy. When I was driving at a steady speed on the motorway I could easily get better economy than a family sized diesel car. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars, Seminars and Events This Week – Sept. 17

image of Learning text on a keyboard ANSYS Webinars and EventsAnother full week on the horizon for ANSYS webinars, seminars and other events. Starting today, Sept. 17th, you can visit with our representatives at the  IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition in Booth #202 in Raleigh, North Carolina. If you’re in Germany, ANSYS is at the Husum Wind Energy trade fair for the international wind energy industry Sept. 18-22. In Paris, France, we have a full-day seminar focused on numerical simulation and facing the challenges of the offshore wind and tidal markets. Admission is free for this event, however, registration is required.

Here’s the full calendar for this week. Register for the event of your choice today! Continue reading