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Elements: An Engineering Simulation Blog

Serving the engineering simulation community and ANSYS and Rocky DEM users by sharing news, workshops, seminars, training, webinars, tips & tricks, and more.
Nov
12

Engineering Students: Get ANSYS Training to Help Land Your Dream Job

ANSYS StudentFor decades, SimuTech Group and ANSYS have been strong advocates of engineering colleges and universities throughout North America. In fact, SimuTech proudly supports over 200 engineering programs.

Sometimes, this support goes well beyond providing ANSYS software. For example, SimuTech Group and École de technologie supérieure in Montreal, Quebec have partnered on an experimental validation of the distortion prediction capability of ANSYS Additive Print. The project, co-led by SimuTech FEA Consulting Engineer Charles Simoneau, was featured at various events in 2019: CASI AERO 2019 Conference, NSERC HI-AM Conference 2019, NAFEMS World Congress 2019 and Additive Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2019.

Also, our VP of Engineering Services, Butch Vision, has mentored engineering students involved with the UWashington Formula Motorsports (FSAE) team at the University of Washington in Seattle as detailed in our press release. “I feel that it’s important to help students as much as I can, given how important engineering is and how beneficial real-life engineering problem-solving skills are,” said Vision.

Finally, many of our technical workshops and seminars are hosted at universities, which allows students to attend and meet not only SimuTech engineers but working engineers from various industries.

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Nov
01

2020 ANSYS Hall of Fame Competition ... Enter Today!

ANSYS Hall of Fame

 

Take your place among the best ANSYS simulation users in the world by entering the 2020 ANSYS Hall of Fame Competition today!

Now in its 11th year, the ANSYS Hall of Fame Competition is the premiere showcase for excellence in engineering simulation.

Take this opportunity for a chance to be inducted into the prestigious ANSYS Hall of Fame by entering your best, most eye-catching ANSYS simulation graphics or videos.

Six winners (three commercial and three academic) will receive a new iPad Pro as an award. All entrants will receive an engineering excellence certificate to acknowledge their outstanding achievements in engineering simulation.

Get started today by entering the 2020 ANSYS Hall of Fame Competition (click link) as the deadline for entries has just been extended to November 12 at 11:59 PM EST.

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Oct
22

Test vs analysis? Better yet, both!

Rolf Orsagh, Testing Services Manager - Strain Gage InstallationRolf Orsagh
Testing Services Manager
Strain Gage Installation
Most of you know us as your ANSYS software and service provider. While ANSYS certainly represents the focus of our business, it’s not all that we do. Another way we serve our clients is through our physical testing team.

Our physical test team has worked not only across North America, but throughout Europe and Asia and with many industry sectors. For example, our testing experts were key in developing and deploying a digital twin model employed on a turbine for a Middle Eastern power plant.

Given that most of you work mainly with simulation, why are we bringing testing to your attention?

A goal of simulation is to reduce physical prototype testing, but physical testing still has a role in product development and failure investigations. In fact, physical models can work hand-in-hand with simulation in many cases.

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Oct
08

How to Extract Moments of Inertia for Point Masses … and Simplify Your Model

One question often facing engineers performing any type of simulation analysis is, “How can I simplify my model and still get accurate results?”

A case in point for FEA analyses: When engineers have a large assembly with multiple parts but are interested in the simulation results of only one of the parts, only the part of interest needs to be fully modeled and meshed. The remaining parts can be reduced to a point mass where their effects are accounted for, but they are not fully meshed. As a result, this approach significantly reduces the size of the overall model as well as the solution time. In other words, it is a much smaller model to solve.

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Sep
26

ANSYS Plans to Acquire Livermore Software Technology Corporation—What that Means for You

LS-DYNA truck crashOn September 11, 2019, ANSYS, Inc. announced plans to acquire Livermore Software Technology Corporation (LSTC), the developers of LS-DYNA. Here’s what that means for you, our customers.

When the acquisition is complete, LS-DYNA will be forever included in the ANSYS software suite. That means that you’ll always have access to LS-DYNA’s explicit dynamics and other FEA analysis capabilities, including:

  • Drop tests
  • Metal forming processes
  • Explosions
  • Impacts
    • car crashes, including the vehicle structure and all components and a variety of materials (plastics, fabric, foam)
    • bird strikes, helpful in aerospace companies
    • blade containment
    • sports equipment such as golf clubs and football helmets

“ANSYS LS-DYNA is one of the premier explicit solvers. We have been relying on it regularly for various analyses such as drop test, metal forming, projectile impact, and vehicle crash simulations,” says Butch Vision, SimuTech VP of Engineering.

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