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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
27

Maximizing Memory Performance for ANSYS Simulations

Memory, or RAM, is important when you’re configuring computers for high-performance computing (HPC). Computer performance is affected not only by the amount of RAM but also by the amount of bandwidth, or transfer speed, between the processor and the memory. The bandwidth is affected by the speed of the memory stick, but the way memory sticks are configured on the motherboard is even more important.

CPUs can access information on multiple memory sticks in parallel through use of memory channels. Modern CPUs can access between 1 and 8 memory channels simultaneously (model specific). Not only does this capability affect the machines performance, but we have found that many computers are not configured to make use of all their memory channels, which hampers performance.

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Nov
13

Digital Twin Technology: The View from the Peak of the Hype Cycle

Rick James, DrEng - President SimuTech GroupIn October 2018, SimuTech Group President Rick James gave a presentation to NAFEMS about digital twins. We talked with him to get a high-level view of digital twin methodology in the engineering industry. This is the first in a series of posts about digital twin technology, how it’s being used now, why it matters, and what the future will look like.


Digital twins are having a moment.

“Everyone’s talking about digital twin now,” James said. “It’s almost like an echo chamber. And if you look at the Gartner hype cycle, digital twin is right at the peak.”

hype cycle for emerging technologies

And the reason everyone’s talking about digital twin? Because it lies at the convergence of economics and technology, James believes. Plus, the required computer software, hardware, and means to capture and transmit the data—all elements required for digital twin models--are becoming more available and affordable. At the same time, companies face ever-present competition to be more efficient economically.

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Oct
31

SimuTech consulting can move your project forward—fast. Here’s how.

If you’re struggling to complete or figure out the simulation analyses needed for an engineering or design project, if you’re lacking the time, expertise, or personnel time you need, or if you’re simply working on a hot project that needs solving now, SimuTech’s Engineering Simulation Consulting services can help. We’re experts in FEA, CFD, and electrical analyses, so we can help you make your products the best they can be.

SimuTech Group Engineer Jason ZbickHow do you go about working with us? Here’s the process:

  1. Contact us for FEA, CFD, and electrical analyses. Your time is valuable, so we aim to return inquiries within 30 minutes.
  2. We’ll set up an initial phone call with you to make sure we connect you with the exact resources you need.
  3. You provide us with your specs: a 3D CAD model or drawings, material properties, and details on the project problem you’re working on—what you’re trying to figure out, the operating conditions, and the loads.
  4. We write up a proposal for you to sign. Proposals can be fixed cost/fixed scope, or if you need more of an R&D project, the proposal can reflect time and materials.
  5. You send us a PO.
  6. We get started!
  7. Finally, we provide you a report and other deliverables.

Why choose SimuTech?

We’re engineers first and foremost. Our consultants have real-world know-how—and industry expertise--in the same issues you’re grappling with. Our engineers bring experiences from top companies in many industries: aerospace, automotive, forensics, power generation, water and waste, and more. And we’re ITAR- and CGP-certified.

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Oct
19

ANSYS Discovery Live in the real world!

You’ve heard us talk about Discovery Live, the new ANSYS simulation software that provides engineers with rapid, detailed results while they’re designing, almost in real time. Discovery Live continues to generate buzz in the engineering and testing industries.

How does Discovery Live work in the wild? Discovery Live has been used successfully to simulate arterial stents, a high-speed pod, and a Formula SAE electric racecar, among many other products.

Watch this interesting three-minute case study video to find out how Discovery Live opened innovation doors for French bicycle manufacturer TIME, helping them make complex design decisions more collaboratively and quickly.

SimuTech offers Discovery Live for limited trial period and purchase.

Contact us today and find out how it can improve your design and testing.

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Sep
26

New ANSYS 19.2 release offers Fluent improvements for faster CFD

ANSYS 19.2 Release

ANSYS 19.2 is now available for download from the ANSYS Customer Portal (registration & log-in required).

The big news with the release of 19.2 concerns ANSYS Fluent.

Over the last two years, the Fluids business unit at ANSYS, Inc. has undertaken a large initiative to overhaul the Fluent user experience and workflow with these goals in mind:

  • Provide a complete, integrated CAD-to-Post solution in Fluent
  • Streamline the Fluent meshing workflow for generating a mesh from imported CAD
  • Remove usability barriers for common tasks that frustrate users and waste their time

With ANSYS 19.2, they are delivering on these goals by releasing a task-based workflow with Mosaic Meshing that speeds up CFD simulations and helps engineers get accurate results with less training.

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