Dragonfly: The Mysterious Insect Driving Engineering Innovation

Who hasn’t dreamt of flying like a bird? From Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of flying machines to Otto Lilienthal’s gliders, inventors have focused, quite logically, on human transport. We now take flying on airplanes for granted. But mechanical flight on a smaller, insect-level scale is less well-known. Micro-air vehicles (MAVs) have gained popularity in recent years due to wide range of small-scale applications in areas such as military, transportation, electronics, security systems, search and rescue missions, video recordings and many more. Successful prototypes depend upon valid, yet imaginative, designs as a starting point.  Continue reading

Bigger, Faster Antenna and Antenna Platform Simulations!

The recent ANSYS acquisition of Delcross Technologies is a very exciting addition to our electronics product portfolio! The Internet of Things (IoT), aerospace and defense electronics, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), automotive radar and autonomous vehicles all have increasing use of multiple antennas and wireless services.

logo_delcross_2ANSYS HFSS delivers capabilities that enable antennas to be placed on complex structures followed by efficient simulation using component library models with encryption, assembly modeling with mesh assembly, and advances in our hybrid solver technology. The next logical step in HFSS development is to perform even larger platform-level simulations. To solve larger problems requires leveraging asymptotic methods of which one of the most powerful and effective method is the Shooting and Bouncing Ray (SBR) technique. The Delcross implementation of the SBR technique and its integration with high-level system analysis is the most advanced in the world and is now a part of the ANSYS product portfolio! ANSYS has fast-forwarded its development plan and will now offer our customers the ability to solve massively large antenna simulations; installed antenna performance and system RF co-site problems. Continue reading

ANSYS HFSS Delivers for IoT, UAVs, Drones and Wireless Communications

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and continued proliferation of mobile communication devices is driving the demand for simulation tools to design and integrate antennas on complex structures and platforms. In addition is the need to design radio components and systems used in these mobile wireless communication devices. With the release of ANSYS HFSS 16.0, we deliver a new interface with advanced design and solver technology that allows users to design and optimize these wireless components and systems and leverage them throughout the complex supply chain. Continue reading

Designing Products for the IoT Economy

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Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Designers of Things  conference in San Francisco.  One of my favorite presentations came from Dr. Mike North — host of Discovery Channel shows Prototype This,  Outrageous Acts of Science and In The Making — where he discussed the vast scope of technology’s reach in the modern world. In the video he presented, a sensor-loaded unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) responded to a cell-phone call to pin-point a swimmer in distress and deliver a life jacket to them. What we could only imagine a decade ago, is now fast becoming a reality – intelligent, autonomous, helpful machines.

The connected era, known as the Internet of Things (IoT) is here. Continue reading

The Convergence of Drones and 3D Printing

images of dronesDrones have been in the news a lot recently. The near miss between a commercial flight and an unidentified drone in Florida has been broadcast around the world and has opened lots of questions about how the issue of drones in civilian airspace will be handled as the number of drones increases exponentially. This has spawned discussion regarding the safety of aircraft in the event of a collision with a drone. What is for certain is that the FAA have got their work cut out to ensure the safe management of the exponential growth of the drone phenomenon. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology News Articles

Happy Friday, folks. Before we jump into this week’s round up of interesting engineering technology news articles, we’d like to take a minute to extend our thoughts and well wishes to those who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy on the east coast.

With that said, learn about some new research that’s testing building materials to withstand hurricane force winds, read about Titan, the basketball court-sized supercomputer in Tennessee and when we can expect to see driverless cars on the road next to us.

Enjoy!

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and ANSYS Part II

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Katherine Bradley discusses unmanned aerial vehicles with Swaminathan Subbiah from ANSYS

“Designing unmanned aerial vehicles has many technical challenges, on the fluid dynamics side as well as the software control side,” remarked Swaminathan Subbiah, the vice president of corporate product and market strategy at ANSYS. In my last blog, I talked about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their use in reconnaissance in the military and commercial applications in industry. I also touched on how ANSYS software solved some engineering problems of UAVs. To find out how ANSYS was involved, I interviewed Suti Wirogo, the senior technical account manager, and Rob Harwood, the aerospace and defense Industry marketing director, both at ANSYS. We all sat down one rainy Friday afternoon to discuss the challenges of UAVs and how ANSYS can help to solve the devices’ engineering challengers. Continue reading