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Bladeless Propulsion System Developed to Replace Propellers

September 22, 2017

For over 100 years, propellers have been the propulsion method of choice for aircraft, helicopter, and boat manufacturers. With the rise of multi-rotor technology, the limitations of this ancient method of propulsion have placed a glass ceiling on emerging industries such as drone delivery and “flying cars.” Besides the obvious safety issues, the faster that a blade rotates the more inefficient it becomes at transferring energy into thrust. A key reason for this upper limit on economies of RPM is that the faster a blade spins, the more prominent the vortex geometry becomes in the mass flow, which is parasitic to propulsion. This constrains both payload and range.Read the rest of this entry »

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New Version of ANSYS Mechanical – New Capabilities

September 21, 2017

Engineering is a pretty exciting place to be right now. There seems to be amazing news about new products and technologies being tested and released nearly every day. ANSYS 18.2 just launched and it’s packed with cool stuff. ANSYS Mechanical has a raft of new capabilities to help engineers make new technologies a reality. 

I’m amazed at some of the commercial space industry achievements going on right now and of course, being a big car fan, the technology going into the automotive sector is just incredible. In order to bring these products to market, big changes are taking place in the companies designing these products.

More efforts are being put into every aspect of product design and the drive to build better products faster means increased pressure on engineers.Read the rest of this entry »

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September 20, 2017

Structural Engineer – FEM Specialist

Are you interested in the challenges of designing & simulating complex engineering structures and devices? Would you like to participate in word-class projects? Is numerical modelling your passion? Is the client satisfaction and the goal achievement an out of the question approach in your professional life?  Take part!

Job Reference: FEAC-EN-2017-1

Publication date: 24/08/2017

Closing date: 15/10/2017


Structural Engineer in the FEAC and PITHIA team.


As a Structural Engineer, initially you will:

  • Take a leading role in the engineering team by preparing and executing of Finite Element models.
  • Make multi-physics calculations related to the projects under design.
  • Represent FEAC in meetings, conferences & exhibitions.
  • Provide technical support to the customers of the SIEMENS PLM suite.

At a later stage, you will:

  • Take responsibility for the training of other engineers.
  • Take active role in the participation of FEAC in international conferences and exhibitions.
  • Take active role in the participation of FEAC in international consortia and in writing technical proposals.

Qualification required

Master’s degree or PhD, or equivalent relevant experience in the field of mechanical engineering with specialization in computational mechanics.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

  • Proven practice in mechanical and thermal calculations.
  • Demonstrated experience in 3D modelling and simulation models.
  • Experience in projects involving academic and industrial partners.
  • Experience with space, marine, energy, or automotive industry.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

A. Mandatory competencies:

  • Static & dynamic structural analysis, modal, fatigue &buckling analysis.
  • Thermal analysis and modelling.
  • 2D & 3D CAD:
    1. SIEMENS NX CAD software as a preference,
    2. ANSYS Spaceclaim
    3. CATIA
  • FEM:
    1. SIEMENS PLM: FEMAP and/or Simcenter 3D
    2. ANSYS: AIM, Workbench, APDL
  • Experience in designing according to validated norms (European, classification societies, etc.)
  • Bolt design by analytic approach.

B. Competencies to be considered as additional advantage:

  • Fluid-structure interaction modelling, from the view of the structural engineer.
  • Acoustic analysis with BEM and/or FEM, fatigue analysis.
  • 2D & 3D CAD:

1. Autocad

  • FEM:


  • Experience in designing according to European Norms.
  • Python , C++ programming language
  • Validating of simulation models through test data.

The behavioral competencies required for this post are:

  • Achieving results: having a structured and organized approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind; delivering prompt and efficient service taking into account customer needs.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: proposing ways to improve or streamline existing procedures, processes and methodologies.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: demonstrating openness to new ideas and situations.
  • Working in team: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities.

The language competencies required are:

Spoken and written English; ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts. Ability to draw-up technical specifications, scientific reports, technical proposals and to make oral presentations.

Any additional language, at a good level, will be considered as an additional advantage.

Eligibility conditions

We welcome applications from all countries.


This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 15.10.2017.

By applying here, you allow FEAC to consider your application for any position it considers relevant with respect to your profile. Please ensure you send us your updated CV and that you inform the recruitment service if you wish your file to be removed from the database.

Note on Employment Conditions

We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of 2 years. This contract shall terminate by default on their date of expiry. Any elongation of it will be discussed at that point.

These functions require:

  • Respect of the deadlines.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Fulfilled military obligations.

Automotive Part Manufacturer Adopts Casting Simulation Software

September 20, 2017
U-Shin is a global company specializing in access mechanism systems for the automotive industry. Founded in Japan in 1926, the company counts all major players in the automotive industry among its clients and lays claim to a portfolio of over 2,500 patents.
The company manufactures a wide variety of casted metal products, ranging from small items such as a remote fob trigger, all the way up to large steering column structures.
Being so heavily invested in metal casting, surely U-Shin must use …

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Improving Smoked Food with Simulation

September 19, 2017

Smoking meat (and other food) in a barbecue smoker doesn’t sound complicated, but there are more factors at work in producing delicious food than you would expect. Barbecue enthusiast Travis Jacobs, president of Jacobs Analytics, was aware that in windy conditions the air flow through the bottom inlets and the top outlet vents of a smoker can be variable, leading to internal temperature gradients and swirling air that removes smoke and makes a less savory product. He wanted to make a smoker that could smoke food to perfection in any conditions. Unlike most of us non-engineer weekend barbecuers, he turned to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations to solve this problem.

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Bring It On. SOLIDWORKS 2018 Packs in More Power.

September 19, 2017
Kishore Boyalakuntla, VP, Product Portfolio Management, DS SolidWorks(Image from LinkedIn.)

The most popular professional MCAD software in the world, SOLIDWORKS, is going to get a major enhancement come November. To tell us about it is Kishore Boyalakuntla, vice president of Product Portfolio Management at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks. We scheduled an hour for the discussion. It wasn’t enough.
SOLIDWORKS 2018 has 420 “projects,” each some sort of improvement or addit…

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CADfix and the PPS Paradigm Shift

September 18, 2017
In July 2017, International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI) announced the release of its CADfix Plant & Process Simplification (CADfix PPS) software. CADfix PPS is a new solution based on ITI’s CADfix, a software solution for CAD model translation, repair, healing, defeaturing and simplification. When this technology is applied to plant and process challenges, it can help design engineers achieve up to a 70 percent reduction in engineering design labor and costs associated with large MC…

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IP? Never Heard of It. How Do You Spell That?

September 18, 2017
As only China can do, a tremendous amount of engineering talent is supplied at low cost. Combined with the lower cost of materials and manufacturing, how hard can it be to see a market leading product — whether it is a 3D printer, a CNC machine, an automobile or an airplane — produce another one that performs just as well,  if not better. 

China. 2nd biggest in land area. But with the biggest population (1.2 billion) and a unified will unencumbered by democracy, is there any stopp…

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Siemens Acquires Automated Driving and Simulation Tool

September 16, 2017
The TASS tool suite simulates and validates automated driving. (Image courtesy of TASS International.)

Engineering automotive products throughout the product lifecycle management (PLM) process will be easier as a result of Siemen’s announced acquisition of TASS International, an international supplier of automotive simulation tools, testing services and engineering safety solutions. Global simulation software provider Siemens will enhance its tool integration and expand its autonomous d…

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Topology Optimization in ANSYS 18.1 – Motorcycle Component Example

September 14, 2017

If you’re not familiar with topological or topology optimization, a simple description is that we are using the physics of the problem combined with the finite element computational method to decide what the optimal shape is for a given design space and set of loads and constraints. Typically our goal is to maximize stiffness while reducing weight. We may also be trying to keep maximum stress below a certain value. Frequencies can come into play as well by linking a modal analysis to a topology optimization.

Why is topology optimization important? First, it produces shapes which may be more optimal than we could determine by engineering intuition coupled with trial and error. Second, with the rise of additive manufacturing, it is now much easier and more practical to produce the often complex and organic looking shapes which come out of a topological optimization.Read the rest of this entry »

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