CFD Simulation of HVAC Systems on Trains Makes Rail Travel More Comfortable

Every time I travel in Europe, I enjoy riding the fast, comfortable trains. Riding from city center to city center without long security lines and tight uncomfortable airplane seats (worse for me because I’m tall!) can even make travel pleasant. But, I’ve always taken that comfort for granted. Were trains not always that way? Then, I found out about the challenges that Siemens engineers face as they design passenger coaches. Now I have huge respect for those engineers. Read on to find out how CFD is making their lives easier while giving me the comfort I love.

Siemens Ice 4 Train HVAC Systems on Trains

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Concept to Optimization with Upfront Simulation

Do you wish you had a way to build and test your ideas virtually before investing in physical prototypes? An easy, accurate method that accelerates design timelines and reduces costs?

We all have ideas. Product designers strive to come up with ideas for innovative products. In the modern era, most products are not simple and must fulfill multiple functions in addition to being cost-effective and stylish. A good idea for a product often means understanding how a thousand smaller ideas work together to create the whole. Unfortunately, it is expensive to physically test every idea or many versions of the best one. Fortunately, upfront simulation helps engineers optimize their product idea before building the first physical prototype. Attend our webinar to see how. Continue reading

Creating a Digital Twin of a Pump

Read any industry publication today and the Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic.Talk about how products will be connected to each other and interact with users on different levels is everywhere. But is all of this really  possible? Will we see this type of connectivity and interaction any time soon? Gartner, the technology research company, says that there will be 6.4 billion connected devices this year, and many of these will be in the industrial sector. What advantage does this connectivity bring — digital twins, predictive maintenance and predictive analytics. Continue reading

Engineering Simulation – The 10x Multiplier to Top-Line Growth

ansys 17 10X engineering simulationOver the past two decades, I’ve had the good fortune to meet with product development teams in nearly every industry, attend a multitude of engineering conferences and read hundreds of case studies on engineering simulation. Without a doubt, the principle reasons driving businesses to invest in engineering simulation have been to reduce development time and costs while improving product quality. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology News Articles

Happy Friday, folks! We’re getting close to Halloween, so I wanted to throw in some scary and funny engineering technology-related pranks and stories. The elevator LED floor that gives way while passengers stand terrified is priceless while EE Times‘ call for engineer horror stories provides a good laugh as well.


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The State of Mechanical Engineering

I came across this research study just released from ASME called “The State of Mechanical Engineering.” The report is fairly comprehensive and discusses the current state of the engineering profession as well as the changes anticipated over the next 10 to 20 years. It incorporates engineers’ thoughts on the following topics:

• Level of optimism toward the profession
• Changes engineers anticipate in the work environment
• Significant achievements they believe the engineering field could provide to meet global
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Flying Car Gets First Test Flight

flying car

While catching up on the news yesterday, I came across an article called “Flying cars get closer to reality.” Of course, I had to check it out. To my delight it described the first test flight of Terrafugia’s The Transition®.

To add a little perspective to my excitement in reading this, back in the summer of 2010 we issued a press release about this very flying car. Continue reading

Impressive Growth of Computational Fluid Dynamics Software Usage in Asia Pacific

I just read a recently released report that discusses the CFD market in the Asia Pacific region, Computational Fluid Dynamics Software Market in the Asia Pacific 2010-2014.

The report mentions a compounded annual growth rate for the CFD market of 22 percent between 2010 and 2014 — more than four times the region’s average GDP growth! This is very impressive. It demonstrates that the use of virtual prototyping (simulation) continues to grow and that companies are realizing the benefits from adding virtual prototyping to development processes. This method helps companies shorten development cycles. Often, it replaces very expensive physical testing with accurate analysis that allows engineering teams to gain insight into product performance earlier in the design cycle, before a first prototype is even built. Of course, engineers doing simulation — whether fluid, mechanical, or electromagnetic — have been saying that for years. But the main point I want to make is another trend discussed in the report. Continue reading