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True-Load Software and ANSYS Workbench Solve Difficult Strain Challenges

May 25, 2017

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As the founder and president of Wolf Star Technologies and the creator of True-Load software, which calculates the loads from measured strain occurring in moving vehicles, I would like to tell you a little about the struggles and triumphs I encountered (and overcame) in my engineering career and how this led to the creation of True-Load. This has culminated in the successful integration of True-Load into the ANSYS Workbench platform, so more engineers than ever will have access to my software and be able to integrate it with their ANSYS simulations.Read the rest of this entry »

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Simulate Bulk Material in MBD with EDEM for Adams

May 25, 2017

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Screenshot of EDEM for Adams simulation. (Image courtesy of EDEM.)

Discrete element method (DEM) technology company EDEM has released a new simulation tool that enables engineers to include realistic bulk material loads as standard in Adams system dynamics analysis. The new tool, EDEM for Adams, allows for this dynamics analysis without the need for DEM knowledge or expertise in bulk material simulation.
EDEM for Adams has been developed for engineers who work with the design of heavy equipm…

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ThingWorx 8 Releases Manufacturing Apps and Simulation for the Digital Twin

May 24, 2017

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IoT System diagram. (Image courtesy of PTC LiveWorx 2017.)

LiveWorx 2017 heralds the release of ThingWorx 8. The release includes role-specific manufacturing apps, previously reported ANSYS integration, authoring tools for HoloLens augmented reality (AR) and the full integration of Kepware industrial communication technology via ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity.
At the event, ENGINEERING.com met up with Rob Patterson, VP of strategic marketing at PTC and Eric Bantegnie, VP of the systems bu…

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CFD Helps Design Marine Vessels to Withstand Extreme Waves

May 24, 2017

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Most of Brazil’s offshore resources are in deep waters so Petrobras has fostered substantial expertise to develop these fields. One area of importance is the design of marine vessels to withstand the extreme waves. While the discovery of 50 billion barrels of oil in recent decades has been a boon to Brazil’s economic outlook, the location of the oil has produced challenging engineering problems. Lying hundreds of kilometers offshore under up to 3,000 meters of seawater, 2,000 meters of rock and 2,000 meters of salt, the oil reserves are some of the most difficult to access on Earth. Engineers are systematically using best design practices and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to increase the safety of marine structures and vessels used to drill and produce oil from Santos Basin fields.

CFD simulation of an FPSO in extreme waves marine vesselsComputational fluid dynamics simulation of an FPSO in extreme waves.

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ZWSoft Premiers CADbro 2017 SP1 Doc Viewer

May 24, 2017

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The first upgrade advertised in SP1 is a new section view function. With this new tool, users can select imported geometry and slice it, revealing profiles in real time. These section views can then be saved to the view manager, where they can be searched and exported to a number of common CAD file types such as DWG, DWF, IGES or STEP files.
CADbro’s first service pack also expands the software’s ability to create 3D PDFs, a standard that’s becoming the norm across the automot…

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Cloud-based On-Demand Access to CFD Simulation from Pointwise and EXN/Aero

May 24, 2017

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On-demand CFD analysis is more economical with Pointwise

Engineers can now use the Pointwise CFD mesher and the EXN/Aero solver tools via an online platform in order to improve performance, accuracy, and save time and money. Pointwise Inc. and Envenio recently announced a co-licensing agreement to provide both products over the Nimbix High Performance Computing (HPC) cloud-hosted system.
Engineering consultants and engineers who work from multiple sites will particularly appreciate this co-l…

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Flux’s Electromagnetic Simulation Users Gain Co-Simulation Ability

May 23, 2017

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Users of Flux, the low frequency electromagnetic and thermal simulation software, will now be able to use co-simulation with solidThinking Activate. Flux, a part of the Altair HyperWorks simulation platform, has released its latest version, Flux 12.3, which includes several new enhancements, including higher quality meshes, new ways to deal with 3D CAD imports and co-simulation for advanced analysis.
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CFD Time Transformation Delivers Accurate Turbomachinery Unsteady Transient Flows Faster Than Conventional Methods

May 23, 2017

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Unsteady methods are becoming increasingly important in turbomachinery design and optimization because they model transient flows and performance more realistically. Unfortunately, using time-accurate CFD simulations to understand these unsteady flows in compressor stages can be computationally expensive. In recent years, ANSYS has been working on methods for modelling the transient flows in turbomachinery stages that require as few as single-blade passages per row but with equivalent accuracy. As a result, engineers can drastically reduce computational time and memory resources by up to 10X.Read the rest of this entry »

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Engineering a Hyperloop Pod with ANSYS

May 19, 2017

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Since starting out as a segmented group of individuals passionate about high-speed technology, Berkeley Hyperloop (bLoop) has come a long way in our (roughly) two years of existence. What started as a vague mission to create a broader impact on the future of transport is now a tangible team of engineers, designers, marketers, logisticians and everything in between and we have no plans of stopping now. Of course, we didn’t do it alone. We’d be remiss if we did not acknowledge the generous support of sponsors like ANSYS, sponsors that have helped us realize the dream of designing and bringing a functional Hyperloop pod to that only existed in our wildest dreams up until a few months ago.

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ANSYS Bringing Simulation to ThingWorx’s IoT and Digital Twins

May 18, 2017

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An IoT enabled pump connected to ANSYS bringing real world data into the simulation of the digital twin. (Image courtesy of ANSYS.)

Days before PTC’s flagship event LiveWorx, news is already out about what we can expect to see from two computer-aided engineering software giants.
It appears that PTC and ANSYS will be bringing their simulation technology into the Internet of Things (IoT) via ANSYS’ CAE platform and ThingWorx’s digital twin capabilities.
Specifically, the rel…

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