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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.


With COVID-19 defining the new normal with social distancing, quarantining, and working from home, this is an unfamiliar time for many of us. Since the beginning of this outbreak, ventilators have been a key focus as hospitals and elected officials scramble to replenish supplies. So long as we had enough of the devices, lives would be saved. “It’s all about the ventilators,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said in a March 18 press briefing, adding that the state could need up to 37,000 ventilators at the peak of the outbreak, compared to the existing supply of 3,000.

To contribute to the fight against COVID-19, SimuTech Group has collaborated with Rice University and MIT to help accelerate the efforts in improving ventilator performance.

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Using ANSYS Mechanical to Calculate Fatigue Life

Ron Gagnon, Senior FEA Consulting Engineer, Fatigue & Fracture ExpertRon Gagnon
Sr FEA Consulting Engineer
Fatigue & Fracture Expert
Mechanical fatigue is a VERY popular topic with the ANSYS user community, with many engineers and designers attending our fatigue-related webinars over the past few years.

Luckily, all our fatigue-related webinars—as well as all recent webinars—are recorded and available anytime. Learn more about mechanical fatigue and how to use ANSYS and nCode DesignLife to solve fatigue models in these webinars:

Exploring Basic Fatigue Calculations In ANSYS® Workbench™
Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue (TMF) using ANSYS® nCode DesignLife™
Weld Fatigue Analysis

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ANSYS Provides an End-to-End Simulation Workflow for Additive Manufacturing

Charles SimoneauCharles Simoneau
Primary Additive Mfg Engineer
Additive manufacturing (AM) joins materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer (ASTM F2792). In this way, AM allows levels of hierarchical, shape, material and functional complexities unequaled by conventional manufacturing technologies.

In the metal industry, AM successes are many:

Aviation: GE 3D-printed their 30,000th fuel nozzle tip for their LEAP engine in October 2018. Better fuel efficiency, weight reduction, and part consolidation were some of the benefits of using additive technologies;

Biomedical: Stryker offers implants integrating their Tritanium® In-Growth Technology, which features an additively manufactured porous structure that promotes bone in-growth and biological fixation;

Aerospace: Relativity Space has built Stargate, the largest metal 3D printer in the world that will be used to produce entirely 3D-printed rockets in a matter days instead of years;

Dental: 3DRPD has 3D-printed over 150,000 patient-specific removable partial dentures made of biocompatible cobalt-chrome alloy using the laser powder bed fusion process.

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Contacting SimuTech Support - ANSYS TECS

Providing a high level of quality technical support has always been a top priority at SimuTech. This commitment helps us to consistently keep a Net Promoter Score (NPS) above 80 for ANSYS Technical Support. An NPS of +50 is generally deemed excellent, and anything over +70 is exceptional.

In an effort to make SimuTech Support (technical support) requests easier for our current ANSYS TECS and Rocky DEM customers, we are pleased to announce a single email address and two central phone numbers as your main points of contact.

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