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2014

Altair Engineering's New Release of Hyperworks - provides direct modeling geometry manipulation capabilities, offers optimizations of single part that is used in many assemblies, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 21, 2014

Debugging Complex Finite Element Analysis Using a Single Element Model - by analyzing regular, distorted element under identical loading environment, user can estimate stress error and/or evaluate convergence efficiency for irregular elements, Pete Barrett, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 14, 2014

Will MSC's Apex Revolutionize Simulation? - MSC Software addresses skillset challenges to simulation driven design with Apex platform, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 9, 2014

Lightweight Material Champions - Aluminum has been slowly gaining ground in automotive industry, high-strength steel has its advantages too, considering downstream consequences of lightweighting, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014

MSC Aims to Take CAE from Frustrating to Efficient - based on computational parts approach, MSC Apex provides full associativity between geometric, analysis data, Apex Modeler is available via annual lease for $7,500 per seat, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Oct 1, 2014

Engineering Workstation, Cluster or Cloud? - engineers looking for single, definitive solution face disappointment, faster workstations, workstation-based clusters, cloud solutions offer more iterative design solutions, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014

Extend Your CAE Software to Design of Experiments and Optimization - CAE integration platform, modeFRONTIER uses 'Design of Experiments,' optimization algorithms to automate design process, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 24, 2014

Engineers Optimize Designs to Keep Them Light and Strong - key to prevent data explosion in optimization is to restrict archive to only most promising design variants, their associated parameters, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014

The Future of Simulation-Driven Product Development - advancements in digital design solutions will help simulation-driven product development grow exponentially, Pranit Banthia, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014

Autodesk Rounds Out Simulation Portfolio with Nastran Products - Derrek Cooper of Autodesk talked about customer-driven evolution of Autodesk's simulation portfolio, Autodesk Labs for Project Ventus for Simulation CFD, Project Sundance, Jill Jerabek, Inventor Connections, Aug 25, 2014

Autodesk Simulation Nastran Launch - Why Nastran? Why NEi? - NEi IP includes nice solutions, integrations that reach beyond standard analyses from Nastran, most compelling reason was that Nastran In-CAD product was built for SolidWorks CAD environment, John Evans, Design and Motion, Aug 27, 2014

And Then There Were 3: Autodesk Boosts Its Simulation Powers by Bringing NASTRAN Into the Fold - Autodesk is looking beyond pure design integrated simulation, might extend tools like iLogic to encompass automation of both design, simulation, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Aug 20, 2014

From Their Cold, Dead Hands: How to Pry Users From Their CAE Programs - Autodesk acquires NEi Nastran but in no hurry to convert users of high-end CAE software, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Aug 18, 2014

ASME Simulation Analysis for Pressure Vessels - creating optimized pressure vessel, assessing it under fatigue with respect to cyclic thermal, mechanical loads, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, July 25, 2014

A Map to Simulation on the Cloud - SaaS vendors are trying to make simulation easy enough for average engineers, designers to remain profitable with smaller, incremental payments, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014

Rescale Puts Analysis Toolbox On The Cloud - 50 CAE, math apps are available on cloud, cloud stores results data, employs data management tools to help sort through it, charges $0.30/hr, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, June 2, 2014

Simulation Drives Automobile Electronics - ANSYS, COMSOL Multiphysics, STAR-CCM+ offer battery simulation module, model electromechanical actuation, piezoelectric devices, capacitive sensing, resonant devices, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2014

Say Goodbye to Tedious Simulation Iterations - Adjoint Solver is method of forming sensitivity analysis for fluid based simulations, provides sensitivity of mesh with respect to position, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, May 14, 2014

7 Keys to Working with Outside Simulation Analysts - decide about need of consultant, choose right company, determine path that starts at proposal, ends with results, communication, progress tracking are critical, ensure analysis received is valid, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2014

Better Simulations: Are You Missing Math Tools? - industry experts advocate use of products like Mathcad, MATLAB, Maple 17, MapleSim into design workflow for model verification, processing large amounts of data, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Mar 29, 2014

IT-Free HPC Appliances - for SMBs, mix of smaller HPC hardware, pay-as-you-go solutions seems to be better alternative, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2014

Closing the CAD to CAE Gap - CAD vendors are offering products to help designers doing simulation, improving design engineering workflow, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2014

Collaborate on Simulation Data - simulation data management challenges, best practices: collaboration via access to data, resources, enhancing knowledge capture, Sanjay Angadi, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2014

Simulation Workshop, Pt 4: Bolted Joints - modeling bolted joints in accurate, representative manner in extensive structural models, Laurence Marks, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 24, 2014

Dealing with Data Storage - simulation data management helps gain control over simulation data, promote its reuse, reduce operational costs, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2014

2013, Marked by Cloud and Changing Licensing Methods - new kind of CAE software: modular, designed for repeatable specific tasks, accessible from different devices running different operating systems, targeted at non-experts, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Jan 7, 2014

2013

The CAD-CAE Cleanup Headache - discussing design-led vs analysis-driven workflow, analysis vs optimization, defeaturing makes way for shrink-wrapping, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2013

Open SimScale Takes on Proprietary Sim - Q&A with David Heiny of SimScale about sim engine, browser compatibility with system, recommended file format, targeting inexperienced users, pricing, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Dec 3, 2013

midasNFX - Windows-based simulation app can be run in 2 modes, supports creation of geometry from scratch or derivation from imported geometry, allows software use on multiple hardware, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 26, 2013

Siemens Closes the Simulation-Test Loop - Siemens PLM becomes more complete system solution by linking with Test.Lab Rev 13, improves testing approach, develops support for new system requirements, adds system capabilities, Randy Frank, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2013

Workstation, Cluster or Cloud? - factors engineering firms should consider before investing in workstations, grid computing or hosted offerings, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2013

Simulation Workshop, Pt 3 - understanding behavior of rubber during simulation, Laurence Marks, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 17, 2013

From Perpetual Ownership to On Demand, On Lease, Augmented with Off-Premise Computing Power - HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel product launched at Altair Technology Conference, topology optimization tool to optimize geometry for 3D printing is under development, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Oct 10, 2013

Adding Electromagnetic Effects to a Multiphysics Analysis - vendors talk about important factors for setting up useful simulations, discussing material properties, optimization in coupled simulation, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2013

Simulation in the Cloud is Becoming Mainstream - understanding hardware, processing power requirements for cloud-based simulation, usability factor, growth of collaborative communities like GrabCAD, John Hayes, Engineering.com, Sep 24, 2013

Demystifying Cluster Deployment with IBM's Nick Werstiuck - IBM Platform HPC offers single integrated cluster-management environment, support for multiple OS, costs less than self-assembled clusters managed with open-source software in long run, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 5, 2013

What is Fatigue and Why Use CAE to Assess It? - describes failure caused by cyclic or alternating stress, limitations to fatigue testing, assessing fatigue in a virtual environment using CAE tools, Daniel Shaw, ANSYS, Sep 4, 2013

Cloud-Based Simulation - SimScale platform uses open source code solvers, delivers flexible, fast, fully scalable solution, free basic plan, paid pro plans are available, Barb Schmitz, Engineering.com, Aug 26, 2013

Simplification is the New Face of modeFRONTIER 4.5 - integration platform for multi-objective, multi-disciplinary optimization, has easy-to-use UI, parameter chooser feature to integrate 3rd-party tools easily, improved explorer tree, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Aug 15, 2013

How to Avoid Overengineering Composite Parts - understand anisotropic nature of fiber-reinforced plastics, factors affecting stiffness: production processes, alignment of carbon fibers in FRP epoxy resin matrices, Prabhakar Vallury & Roger Assaker, Machine Design, Aug 7, 2013

Paving the Way to Better Engineering Simulation - issues in renting computing power from HPC cloud provider, benefits of participating in UberCloud CAE Experiment, Wolfgang Gentzsch, Dennis Nagy & Burak Yenier, Desktop Engineering, Aug 9, 2013

Simulation, Vault, and You - using Autodesk Vault Basic 2014, support in Simulation CFD, manual check-out issues, organizing Simulation Mechanical data in Vault client, John Evans, Design and Motion, Aug 12, 2013

Solve Key Problems in Composite Simulation - composites are more complex than traditional materials: design optimization, good material data, correct idiosyncrasies modeling are helpful, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2013

Market Reshapes Around Composites - software vendors are acquiring companies specializing in composites modeling to optimize weight, performance of material, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2013

Beneath the Layers: Composite Complexity - understand expansion behavior, orientation, simulation, wrinkle detection to work better with composites, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2013

Simulation for Small Businesses, Pt 2 - vendors are offering dedicated SMBs focused simulation software that have appropriate workflow, address pricing, complexity, deployment issues, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2013

SimScale Shifts Loads of Simulation to the Web Browser - simulation platform runs mechanical analysis, fluid, thermodynamic processes, has library showing details, tags, public link, ability to import into own workspace, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, July 30, 2013

CD-adapco Brings HEEDS In House - acquires Red Cedar Technology for multidisciplinary design optimization software helpful in solving simulation problems, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, July 9, 2013

Simulating Fiber-Reinforced Composites: It's a Multiscale World - use specialty software like ANSYS Composite PrepPost, Siemens PLM FiberSim, or Autodesk Helius:Composite Pro for laminated composites, Evan Yares, Design World, July 3, 2013

What Not to Do: Outside Engineering Experts Weigh In - identify objectives, estimate capabilities, don't engage without process, don't be too late, Randy Frank, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013

Simulation for Small Businesses, Pt 1 - SolidWorks, Autodesk, PTC, Siemens PLM Software are offering CAD packages with embedded simulation functions, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013

Highlights from the NAFEMS World Congress 2013 - emphasis on leading importance of CAE in automotive industry, new Professional Simulation Engineer (PSE) designation, scheme introduced, Dennis Nagy, Desktop Engineering, June 19, 2013

Simulation Workshop, Pt 2 - modeling impact scenario using explicit solver to track deflections, stresses, strains, velocities, accelerations, Laurence Marks, DEVELOP 3D, June 27, 2013

Simulation Mechanical: Natural Frequency Modes and Gravity - gravity plays no part in modes of plate when it is directed normal to sheet, John Evans, Design and Motion, June 26, 2013

Simulation Mechanical: Midplane vs Thin Layer in Thin Structures - midplane solution gives ability to use finer mesh, more consistent, accurate results in thin sheet, plate materials, John Evans, Design and Motion, June 16, 2013

Couldn't Get to Vienna? Recap of SIMULIA Conference - CEO Bernard Charles talked about acquisitions, Abaqus enhancements include edge-to-edge, tube-in-tube contacts, calibrating material in model with iSight, discreet element modeling for continuous media, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, June 11, 2013

System Models for Better Products - system modeling allows integrated simulations of multiple component types in one place, open-source software like Modelica simulate mechanical, thermal, electrical, electronic, hydraulic components, Laurent Bernardin of Maplesoft, Machine Design, June 6, 2013

COMSOL Multiphysics 4.3B Offers Breakthrough Analysis Tools - check new multi-body dynamics, wave optics, molecular flow, semiconductor, electrochemistry modules that provide CAD importing, meshing, geometry enhancements, Stacy Combest, Design World, May 15, 2013

SIMULIA Shines the Spotlight on Topology Optimization - Dassault acquires FE-DESIGN Group, releases TOSCA-based Abaqus ATOM, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, May 8, 2013

Simulation Workshop. Pt 1 - 'Coupled Eulerian Lagrangian' technique for solving multi-physics scenario featuring moving parts, non-linear response of flexible component to fluid dynamic, Laurence Marks, DEVELOP 3D, May 7, 2013

Big-Picture Simulation is a Matter of Perspective - simulating whole system with all its moving parts, complicated physics to solve real-world engineering problems, David Vaughn, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2013

Lost in Simulation - standardizing process to manage expanding database of simulation result files, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2013

When 3D is Not Needed - use simulation, analysis tools to build prototype, apply 2D, 3D design to configure CAD models, understanding properties of 0D, 1D, 3D models, Serdar Uckun, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2013

Multiphysics Moves to the Mainstream - understanding multiphysics simulation that is used to calculate heat flows, analyze, optimize printer designs, role of COMSOL in making HPC affordable for multiphysics simulation, Evan Yares, Design World, Mar 18, 2013

8 Questions with Mark Landon from Optimal Solutions - talks about limitations of CAD parameterization, restricted use of CFD/FEA, optimization methods, hints use of robust tools, shape matching to overcome issues, John Chawner, Another Fine Mesh, Apr 24, 2013

Lagoa Brings 3D Rendering to the Cloud - browser-based 3D rendering, collaboration platform, offers cloud-based multiphysics simulation, pro version priced at $123 per month, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Apr 8, 2013

Communicating Simulation with Showcase Rendering - free add-on app to render project in Autodesk Showcase, includes results from Simulation CFD, CFD 360, John Evans, AUGI Library, Mar 8, 2013

Understanding Multidisciplinary Design Optimization - computational cost is high, using surrogate model method is helpful, Evan Yares, Design World, Mar 5, 2013

Have CFD/FEA/PLM Skills, Will Travel - for solving simulation, analysis issues in engineering projects, manufacturers call freelancers having highly specialized skills, knowledge of software, hardware, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2013

Engineering Consultants at Your Service - specialty requirements for simulation, optimization tasks, increased product complexity calls for 3rd party engineering expertise, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2013

Rescale: Build Your Own Simulation Template in the Cloud - offers cloud-hosted software, HPC hardware to create, run customized, repeatable, multi-solver simulation, optimization cycles, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Feb 25, 2013

CAE Competence Management: Are We Ready? - CAE vendors are offering certifications, maintaining competence management systems to track level of expertise of learners in CAE community, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Feb 22, 2013

Modeling the System - Modelica for describing system-level models using both causal, acausal paradigms, advantage of acausal modeling, Laurent Bernardin, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2013

MSC Software Offers e-Xstream Materials Engineering - Q&A with Jan Seyfarth, product manager for Digimat, about line of products, composites tests, material modeling, Shaun Bryant, CADdigest.com, Jan 28, 2013

2012

Make Good Products Great with Outside Expertise - Altair Engineering applies design optimization concept to highly engineered products, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2012

Simulation-Driven Design Drives Innovation - understanding design optimization, impact of CAD products, simulation integration within process automation systems, Peter Bartholomew, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2012

The Twin Forces of Optimization & Inspiration - role of optimization tools, use of automatic morphing technology like RBF-Morph, inventor optimization environment, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2012

What It Means to Optimize Design - understanding simulation-driven designs, role of 3D printers, CPUs/GPUs, high speed connections, Jamie Gooch, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2012

An Optimization Overview - objective of optimization, putting restriction on structure, how FEA carries out optimization analysis, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2012

A Parallel Processing Path - SET automatically identifies opportunities for parallel execution, can create, manage messages, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2012

Cloud Computing Accelerates Design - while selecting HPC cloud services vendor, consider type of HPC infrastructure offered, available operating systems, secure connectivity options, level of support offered from vendor, use of open standards to avoid vendor lock-in, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2012

Symbolic Computing for Design Engineers - definition, advantages, performing engineering-related calculations, Dimitrios Karamanlidis, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2012

MSC's Digimat Opens Up Use of Advanced Materials - acquires e-Xstream engineering, will continue to support all of Digimat's interfaces to competing FEA solutions, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Oct 9, 2012

LabVIEW 2012: Template for Efficiency - offers self-paced online training, built-in TDMS standard, advanced API support for Mac, Linux, native support for single-precision floating-point data types, Anthony Lockwood, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2012

CAE on the Cloud - combination of OpenFOAM, Amazon EC2 for cloud CAE, discussing CAE as a service, pay per use CAE, Evan Yares, Design World, Oct 4, 2012

Physical Testing is Still Vitally Important - well-defined, focused, properly constructed physical test supports simulation, minimizes design problems when carried out in earlier stages of product design, Bill Schweber, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2012

System Level Dynamic Simulation for Machinery Designers - Adams/Machinery can import geometry from major CAD systems, automatically create planetary gear sets, Evan Yares, Design World, Sep 10, 2012

When Two Plus Two Makes More Than Four - multiphysics vs multidisciplinary analysis; CAD vendors are enabling their products to support multidisciplinary analyses, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2012

MathWorks' Simulink Family - Q&A, overview of Simulink, SimPowerSystems, unique features, Jim Romeo, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2012

The New Frontier in Digital Design: Automating Optimization - Altair launches 'Enlighten' portal dedicated to reducing weight in product design, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, July 30, 2012

Getting Good Results with CAE - discuss modeling challenges, conduct training programs, educate users, use tools to check simulation setups, Evan Yares, Design World, July 10, 2012

Autodesk Project Simulus - Simulation for All - free simulation technology, integrated with Autodesk 360, to set up simulation, edit model, interpret results, Loren Welch, Manufacturing Toolbox, July 18, 2012

Battery Modeling - anatomy of battery, data history, capturing variations through electrochemical simulations, Steve Hartridge & Robert Spotnitz, Desktop Engineering, July 2, 2012

Building Better Plastic Parts with Moldex3D - CAE analysis tool for plastic injection molding has Creo interface integration, flexible feeding, cooling creation tools, mesh layer assurance, Geoff Hedges, Creo (by PTC), June 13, 2012

Create Computer Clusters for Small Engineering Teams - Intel Cluster Ready has ability to custom-configure cluster, pre-packaged cluster solutions are also available, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2012

Opting for Optimizing, Pt 2 - optimization web resources: Altair ProductDesign, SIMULIA Isight, Red Cedar Technology, HyperSizer, Phoenix Integration, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2012

Can SDM Be Effective Without CAD PDM? - simulation data management, understanding chain of progressive models for simulation, managing CAD model, approaches to solving problem, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, May 7, 2012

Simulating Composites - effects on microstructure of composite material with drilled holes, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2012

Moving into 'Intelligent Engineering' - Center for Advanced Engineering Environments offers virtual structural test facilities, advanced training technologies, digital, visual simulation tools to assists researchers, industry, government partners, Debbie Sniderman, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2012

Opting for Optimization, Pt 1 - standalone optimization packages predict probability of part failure, optimize product across broad performance characteristics, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2012

Simulation Software Review: COMSOL Version 4.2a - parasolid-based geometry engine included, has ability to import and mesh digital elevation maps, can utilize binary, grayscale, color images, Vince Adams, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2012

Simulus - Select Components by Size - access from right-click context menu, highlights components fitting into selected range, John Evans, Design and Motion, May 1, 2012

Simulation - Convection Coefficient Calculator - spreadsheet compliments Autodesk format of units, displays equations for each factor in individual sections, John Evans, Design and Motion, Apr 27, 2012

Will Intelligent Templates Make Simulation More Accessible? - benefits include: increased simulation capacity, effectiveness, full data access, results traceability, Bill Martin-Otto, CAD/CAM Performance, Apr 25, 2012

Autodesk Project Simulus: Prepare Locally; Solve Remotely - option to run linear stress, model frequency, thermal, or thermal-stress analysis, manually select feature, suppress it, direct-editing tools, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Apr 24, 2012

Calculations and the Engineering Notebook - PTC's MathCAD, Wolfram's Mathematica, Autodesk's ForceEffect app for iPad are available, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Apr 16, 2012

Altair's OptiStruct: Functionally Driven Concept Design - suggests potential shapes for your design, impressive optimization capabilities, removes undesired material, leaving shape representing concept design, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Apr 5, 2012

Do You Know Where Your Engineering Numbers Have Been? - NAVAIR engineers can tag set of values for hotspot in aircraft as truenumbers for easier digitally store, search, locate using Your Numberspace Dashboard app, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2012

The Second Incarnation of MSC Software's SimManager - ability to manage simulation files, artifacts within, simulation variations, representations, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Mar 26, 2012

A Look at Dassault Systemes' SIMULIA SLM - setting up, executing simulation procedural workflows using SIMULIA SLM, provides collaboration, review capabilities, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Mar 8, 2012

Using Simulation to Make Better Decisions, Pt 2 - virtual prototyping to evaluate product performance, control over finite element meshing to create elements, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Feb 15, 2012

Using Simulation to Make Better Decisions, Pt 1 - issues driving change, performance advantages of best-in-class companies, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Feb 8, 2012

The Future Will Be Simulated - 3 challenges faced by simulation: integrating real data, running complex models, verifying validity of models, results, James Reinders, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2012

Coping with the Analysis Data Deluge - dedicated simulation lifecycle management app is needed to tame growth of digital simulation, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2012

The New Multicore - processors from Intel, AMD, ARM, powerful graphics like NVIDIA Maximus are defining new level of high-performance computing, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2012

Knovel: Modernizing the Engineering Library - web-based app to help engineers search, find, interpolate engineering technical information; build in analytics tools make technical information interactive, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Jan 24, 2012

Dassault Release Streamlines Simulation Workflows - Isight 5.6 provides suite of visual tools for creating simulation process workflows, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Jan 5, 2012

2011

Reinventing the Transit Wheel via Advanced Engineering - Altair's BUSolutions project is creating life-sized, operational model of bus with hydraulic hybrid powertrain, lightweight aluminum structure, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2011

Build Your Own Analysis Software - reconfigure simulation workflow to have improved simulation process, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2011

GPU vs. CPU: You May Not Have to Choose - engineering analysis and simulation sector growing slowly to accommodate both industry-standard CPUs, parallel processing GPUs, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2011

Twinkies, Tennis Rackets and Nanotechnology - simulating behavior of nanoparticles is difficult; CFD Research Corp provides advanced simulation software, consulting services for analysis, design, optimization of nanomaterial fabrication processes, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2011

Attack of the Math Software Clones - GNU Octave, Sage, Maxima, R, Scilab, Ptolemy II, FlowDesigner, Freemat, SciPy are open-source software offering mathematical, engineering simulation capabilities, Leland Teschler, Machine Design, Nov 17, 2011

Coping with Stress - east-to-use CAESAR II for stress pipe analysis has intuitive, template-driven UI, can compare nozzle loads with industry specifications, Jorg Theis, CAD User, Sep/Oct 2011

SC11: Evolving from Multicore to Many Core Computing - NVIDIA Maximus, Intel MIC are taking supercomputing to whole new realm, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Nov 17, 2011

Simulation Driven Design - bringing simulation to core of design, role of simulation in innovation, Jan Larsson, 3DCAD+.com, Nov 3, 2011

Which Fatigue Methodology is Appropriate - Stress-Life or Strain-Life? - depends upon application: stress-life for high-cycle fatigue, strain-life for both low-, high-cycle fatigues, Daniel Shaw, ANSYS, Nov 10, 2011

The HPC Results are In - performance is considered key factor in purchase of HPC cluster; 98% of respondents find independent published information important, Steve Robbins, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2011

Build a Virtual Cluster - make assessment, choose software, hardware, allocate resources from each workstation, Peter Varhol & Jamie Gooch, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2011

Modeling Fuel Cells - simulating fuel cell design, using multi-scale modeling, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2011

The Pitfalls of Multi-Disciplinary Simulations: Divergent Model Abstractions - necessity of abstractions, simplifications, issues with multiple abstractions, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Oct 18, 2011

The Birth of a Simulation Benchmark Model - Jaguar supercomputer has peak speed of 2.33 petaflops, can run high-fidelity simulations of combustion in advanced engines, Jamie Gooch, Engineering On The Edge, Oct 10, 2011

Beyond the Hype: HyperWorks 11 Overview - HyperMesh, HyperView capabilities combined, tool for model checking, debugging, extended collaboration environment, improved solver capabilities, Vince Adams, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2011

Partnership in CAE Industry - large CAE companies buying small ones, CAE Industry Analysis and Technical Resources, Oct 6, 2011

Computer-Aided Engineering in Linux - project provides live CD with open-source tools needed for engineering work, Joey Bernard, LINUX Journal, Oct 5, 2011

Acquisition Mania - CAE companies are making acquisitions to expand their product line, to keep up with competition in market, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, Sep 27, 2011

The Democratization of High-Performance Computing - HPC can create large, high-fidelity models, enables high mesh density for improved accuracy, Barbara Hutchings, ANSYS, Sep 26, 2011

ESI: CAE Virtual Reality - Q2 revenue up 11%, license revenue up 12%, acquires virtual reality vendor, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, Sep 15, 2011

Building a Virtual Workstation-Based Cluster - Parker Aerospace uses ANSYS high-performance computing licensing with multicore HP Z800 workstations to shorten number of pending jobs, improve designs, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2011

Workstations Work as Clusters - HP executives on HP Z Workstations for workstation-based cluster computing, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2011

Democratization Debate - An Interview with Bob Williams - Autodesk executive on democratization of engineering software, learning curve vs ease of use of simulation software, achieving accuracy in product design process, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 26, 2011

Finding the Speed for Multiple Designs - simulating multiple design scenarios using high-performance computing environment, Jason Ghidella, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011

Altair Heads to the Cloud with HPC & CAE Capabilities - HyperWorks simulation suite offers flexible licensing system with pay-per-use system, Beth Stackpole, Design News, July 7, 2011

Altair's Building Something Big - HyperWorks 11.0 available for download, overview of HiQube, rebranded offering aimed at streamlining analyst workflow, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, July 1, 2011

A New Point of Origin - toolbar-driven OriginPro 8.5.1 helps analyze data, create multiple types of richly formatted plots, painless organizing, archiving, sharing, Vince Adams, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011

Learn the Two-Step - 2-step optimization is crucial in reducing manufacturing variability, Jerry Fireman, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011

HyperWorks 11.0 with solidThinking and AcuSolve - HyperWorks on-demand available as 'pay-per-usage' license model, has AcuSolve for CFD, solidThinking for 3D conceptual design, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, June 27, 2011

Cloud Computing Forecast: Still Hazy - risks involved in moving to cloud computing, Brian Albright, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2011

Clusters Fill the Compute Gap - practical benefits of clusters, MATLAB can support different types of parallel operations with clusters, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2011

Space Technology Design Analysis with Creo Elements/Pro - simplified representations created by Creo Elements/Pro helped analysts work more efficiently on EO sensor analysis project, Nancy Pardo, Planet PTC Community, Apr 24, 2011

Simulation Advisor - works with SolidWorks Simulation interface by starting appropriate PropertyManagers, linking to online help topics, analyze workflow through simulation output, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 25, 2011 (more SolidWorks reviews)

 

2010

Is Teamwork the Key to Simulation Driven Design? - shifting expectations for upfront analysis from individuals to team, engineering-matters.com, Dec 17, 2010

The Business Value of Simulation - leverage simulation processes, technology to save time, reduce cost, drive engineering efficiency, improve quality, increase innovation, economic value available from early design analysis, validation, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity Insight, Dec 8, 2010

Optimization of Buildings with Scia Engineer - using parametric design, auto design optimization capabilities of Nemetschek's Scia Engineer, Mark Flamer, Astrid Bastiaens of Nemetschek Scia, AECbytes.com, Dec 16, 2010

Using the Cloud for Simulation and Analysis - Autodesk building ability to use clouds into Inventor so analysis can occur in high performance computing environment in the cloud, white paper by CIMdata on Autodesk site, Dec 15, 2010

The Very Real Skillset Challenges to Simulation Driven Design - requires knowledge/background in engineering science, computational methods, CAD, simulation software, roles of drafters, designers, engineers, analysts, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Dec 1, 2010

SC10: Intel to Safeguard Brains - New Orleans Saints quarterback on hand at supercomputer conference to show helmet design that protects against concussions, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Nov 16, 2010

The HPC Revolution - tech companies push for high performance computing, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2010

Microsoft’s Bill Hilf: Moore’s Law Free Lunch is Over - Microsoft’s modeling the world portal, incorporating more micro/macro factors into simulation/analysis, Kenneth Wong’s Virtual Desktop, Oct 15, 2010

Expert and Upront CAE: 6 Tips for Optimizing ROI - categories of CAE software, tools, GANTT charts, training, focusing on trends, direct modeling, Jeff Waters, Life Upfront, Sep 1, 2010

Is Digital Simulation Good Enough to Replace Physical Tests? - not in most cases but number of prototypes may be reduced, Kim Parnell, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Aug 9, 2010

Some Thoughts On Simulation - Siemens PLM Connection, simulation solutions not solving user problems, part optimization, Deelip Menezes, July 28, 2010

Robot Structural Analysis - Spreadsheet Calculator - Pt 1 - video, linking new/existing spreadsheets directly, dynamically, You Tube, May 26, 2010

Robot Structural Analysis - Spreadsheet Calculator - Pt 2 - video, aspects of analysis model extracted to spreadsheet, You Tube, May 26, 2010

 

Managing Intense Numerical Analysis - Knovel, NI, OriginLab, Tecplot, Visual Solutions, Wolfram Research offer good options, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2010

2009

From IDL to Mathcad, and Maple to MATLAB & NAG, Numerics Dig Deep - numerical analysis tools offer greater power to analyze data, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2009

Finding Forces - analysis software like COMSOL multiphysics help design engineers design complex structures, test prototypes, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, Oct 2009

CAE Spreads and Integrates Its Analyses - vendors are creating single, integrated environment for CAE, analysis software, Lawrence Gould, Time Compression, May 1, 2009

Clusters Deliver Low Cost Supercomputing - characteristic of good computing cluster - standard hardware, fast dedicated intersystem communication, global shared memory, unified storage, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Mar 29, 2009

 

2008

Introduction to Engineering Simulations (CAE) - objectives, categories, main stages in engineering simulations, future, Ajey Walavalkar, PuneTech, Mar 13, 2008

NX Synchronous CAE - Pt 4 - What-if Analysis - deleting, modifying, and moving features using NX Design Freedom, Jerry Sarfati, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Mar 18, 2009

Composites Analysis: Making New Choices - overview on various applications available fulfilling modeling, analysis, optimization, manufacturing requirements, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Mar 2, 2009

Analytical Visualization Uncovers More Detail - applications to control noise sources around automobile, airflow inside computer, voltage isosurfaces, temperature distribution in detector compartment, distributed computing, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Mar 2, 2009

Motion Simulation Tools Pt 2: Dynamic Solutions - applications like MD Nastran, MD Adams, SIMULIA, LS-DYNA, LMS, ANSYS, NISA, HyperWorks analyzes from simple kinematic design check to large-scale nonlinear analysis, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Mar 2, 2009

Simulation - Cure All for Beleaguered Engineering Enterprises? - using CAD Integrated FE analysis, CFD computations tools for better product design in down economy, Natarajan Ramamoorthy, EGS, Feb 20, 2009

Indeed It's Dynamic - about dynamic analysis, harmonic analysis, impact loading, random loading, Ashish Jaiswal, Graphic Systems SolidNotes, Feb 5, 2009

Scaling New Heights in a Perfect HPC Storm - CAE, FEA, CFD software technologies improving with high-performance computing, Tom Kevan, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2008

NEiNastran Automated Impact Analysis and Drop Test - industrial applications, benefits, elements, working, using non-linear transient solver, post processing functions in editor, Oct 2, 2008  pdf

So You Thought Design Validation was Difficult? - with easy to use virtual testing tools available design validation seems to be tool for every product designer, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 11, 2008

The Brainstorm: Simulation Software vs. An Actual Test - perspective views from industry leaders, Quickparts, Siemens, Newark, PZFlex, SensAble Technologies, Maplesoft, Autodesk, on appropriate way for product development, Product Design and Development, Sep 11, 2008

Who Will Provide the Simulation Engineers of Tomorrow? - engineering graduates in US need to adopt career in simulation to cope with future growth of CAE market, Tim Morris, NAFEMS, July 2008

Modelica Aims For Effective Model-based Simulation - MapleSim uses Modelica language to improve physical modeling through object-oriented representation, Laurent Bernardin (of Maplesoft, maker of Modelica), Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2008

Analysis Meets Design Pt 2 - ease of use, better integration with CAD software, advance hardware, and incorporation of multiphysics make non-skilled users apply CAE software to simulation, Laurie Toupin, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2008

Why Analyze? - to avoid over-designed components and get optimized designs in COSMOS, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 21, 2008

Will Switching CAD Tools Kill Your CAE ROI? - not if right approach is followed, Jeff Waters, July 29, 2008

Advanced Simulation Technology Preview - Inventor Professional 2009 has ability to optimize designs based on parametric model changes, Jay Tedeschi, Manufacturing Community, Aug 6, 2008

Using FEA to Explore Viscoelastic Effects - verifying creep and stress relaxation with test data through FEA analysis, Bhagwati Gupta, Design World, Aug 6, 2008

Meshing: The Critical Bridge - companies like XYZ Scientific, Pointwise and Siemens offers products for creating meshes, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2008

Do Your Designs Sing? - understanding design problems through COSMOS or SolidWorks simulation, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, July 29, 2008

Do you Need a Specific Type of Machine to Run Analysis? - over view on what to be considered, RAM, processor, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, July 2, 2008

Analysis Meets Design: Part 1 - innovators are including CAE and analysis in design cycle, Laurie Toupin, Desktop Engineering, July 2, 2008

The CAD/CAE Iterative Cycle: Model Clean Up - eliminate model errors, remove geometry details, end user priority, action needed, more, Ken Versprille, CATIA Community, July 1, 2008 (requires free registration)

NAG Toolbox for MATLAB Opens to NAG Library - gaining advanced numerical capabilities, making bessel functions, linear and quadratic optimizations, nonlinear equations, random number generators, more, Anthony J. Lockwood, Desktop Engineering, June 25, 2008

Maple 12 Sets the Stage for Analytical Productivity - enables MCAD users to deploy mathematical capabilities and extend range of analysis on models, supports interactive 3D plots and animations, plotting guide, word-processing tools, smarter documents, more, Desktop Engineering, Jun 11, 2008

Seize the Data - VisualDSS from ESI builds and manages simulation models for multi-domain usage, more, Greg Corke, Develop 3D, May 29, 2008

Hybrid System Simulation Using LabVIEW - NI simulation tools combined with MCAD software help in engineering design process, Javier Gutierrez, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2008

Proper Preparation - understanding production CAD and analysis CAD plus discussing issues related to CAD import/repair, Paul Schreier, MCAD Online, Apr 29, 2008

SIMULIA Asks: Is SLM For You? - simulation lifecycle management is for integrating, collaborating and managing simulation data for efficient product development cycles, Paul Lalor, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2008

On-Demand Supercomputing for Emergencies - selected national supercomputing centers are making their high-performance computing resources available for better dealing with natural calamities, Wilkins-Diehr & Ilya Mirman, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2008

Making Sense of Complex Applications: Part 2 - understanding multiphysics approach in different applications plus multiphysics resources by NAFEMS, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Jan 11, 2008

2007

Model Solutions - Simulia multiphysics program provides direct coupling with other CFD applications to carry out FSI analyses, The Engineer Online, Nov 14, 2007

Making Sense of Complex Applications - applying multiphysics capabilities to detect changes during design analysis, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Dec 10, 2007

Time to Get Onboard With Multiphysics - high-performance computing advancements, usability and openness are encouraging simulation with multiphysics, Bruce Engelmann of SIMULIA, Desktop Engineering, Nov 9, 2007

Accelerating Automotive Design - high performance computing, clustering computers for crash analysis, Gilad Shainer, Desktop Engineering, Nov 2, 2007

Analyzing Multiple Design Scenarios - advantages of design scenarios plus analyzing multiple physical effects, Machine Design, Sep 25, 2007

The Future of Energy? - UK Atomic Energy Authority is using Dassault Systemes' CATIA V5 and ENOVIA SMARTEAM for its fusion power research, MCAD online, Sep 16, 2007

Simulating for Mechatronics - National Instruments and SolidWorks offer NI LabViewSolidWorks Mechatronics Toolkit for virtual-machine prototyping, Brian MacCleery, Machine Design, Aug 6, 2007

Virtually Perfected - kinematics software like NEiMotion, ALGOR's MES software help simulate and analyze every design condition of model, Elisabeth Eitel, Motion System Design, Aug 16, 2007

Thermal Analysis 101: Meeting the Challenge - FEA can be an option, Pamela J. Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Sep 2007

CAE Moves to the Fore - hardware like multi-core processors can run complex and advanced simulation tasks early in design processes, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Sep 3, 2007

There Just Might Be Light at the End of the Tunnel for MSC.Software After All - MSC.Software earned $60.7 million in Q2, showing 5% increase in 2007, Randall S. Newton, CADdigest.com, Aug 20, 2007

Spreadsheet Software - An Unappreciated Engineering Tool - Excel functions and add-ons to let you see formulas as equations, macros for unit conversion, curve fitting, more, John Doyle, Machine Design, July 26, 2007

2006

MSC.Software Third Quarter was One to Forget - decline of 23% in revenues, expansion of INCAT partnership and new SimOffice application, Randall S. Newton, CADdigest.com, December 14, 2006

Waste Neither Time Nor Materials - material choice increasingly important in design, analysis can help validate material choices, Kishore Boyalakuntla of SolidWorks, Desktop Engineering, November, 2006

Where and How Analysis Fits into the CAD Industry - learning about finite element modeling/analysis and simulation and analysis trends, Jack Thornton, Pro/E Community, October 11, 2006 (requires free registration)

Extending Multidiscipline Simulation and Data Management to the Enterprise CAD Environment - enhancing simulation data management access using SimDesigner and SimManager, Inventor Connections, October 9, 2006 (requires free registration)

In the Final Analysis: 2006 Overview of Simulation and Analysis - analyzing trends in simulation and analysis industry from business, technology and education points of view, John Myers, Inventor Connections, October 9, 2006 (requires free registration)

Accelerated Testing - highly accelerated life testing (HALT) and highly accelerated stress screening (HASS) improve reliability for design verification and testing, Dave Rizzo, Desktop Engineering, September 2006

Software's Role in Product Design and Test - able to work on Mac, Windows, or Linux platforms, LabVIEW's has graphical development environment for integrated design and test processes, Jeff Kodosky of National Instruments, Desktop Engineering, July 2006

Validate Designs in 3 Easy Steps - identify need of physical tests, carry out the tests with USB data acquisition system and correlate it with simulation results, Rahul Kulkarni & Sugato Deb of National Instruments, Desktop Engineering, June 2006

Going Parallel the New Way - development of parallel applications running on desktop workstations helps to solve complex simulations, Ilya Mirman, Desktop Engineering, May 2006

MEMS Across the Valley of Death - as technology advances, use of microelectromechanical systems is increasing in aerospace field, Alan S. Brown, Mechanical Engineering, April 2006

An End to Formalism - engineers need latest technology tools to bridge the gap between form and function, Robert "Buzz" Kross of Autodesk, Desktop Engineering, March 2006

Instrumentation Evolution - virtual instruments like NI LabVIEW and NI SignalExpress help engineers to collect error free data and develop high quality products, Kristi Hobbs of National Instruments, Desktop Engineering, February 2006

Analyzing Your Early Design Concepts is Possible, Practical, and Profitable - analysis software can help in conceptual analysis using 3D CAD environment, Suchit Jain of SolidWorks Corp., Desktop Engineering, February 2006

Evolving the Virtual Benchtop - integrated Multisim 9, NI LabVIEW 8 and SignalExpress provide design and test software to simulate design in early stages, Braulio Lam & John Olley of Electronics Workbench Corp., Desktop Engineering, January 2006

2005

Geometry: The First Element of Analysis - before simulating the physical response of a shape or model, it must be defined geometrically, Pete Rishel & Phil Spreier of Spatial Corp, Desktop Engineering, October 2005

Full Spectrum CAE Solutions - modeling and simulation can eliminate costly physical prototypes, shorten the development stage of the product lifecycle, Dennis Nagy of CD-adapco, Desktop Engineering, October 2005

Designing the Retina for an Eye into the Past - the XEUS mission involves modeling the pixel design mathematically using finite-element software, L. James Ashley, Desktop Engineering, September 2005

Mighty Mites - nanotechnology makes engineers think of working on machines on atomic scale, Don W. Dareing & Thomas Thundat, Mechanical Engineering, September 2005

Crunching Massive Numbers - history, status and growth of high-performance computing, Phil Fraher, Desktop Engineering, August 2005

You Can Automate Engineering, but What About Engineering Knowledge? - aircraft manufacturing involves many new projects that depend on recycling knowledge from older projects, Ian Wallace, Cambashi, August 2005

A CAE Data Model for Simulation Frameworks - a practical and efficient approach of CAE Data Model to simulation and analysis, Ken Versprille, COE News Net, June 2005

Integrating Test and Sim: Adding Value for Greater Verification - correlating simulations with physical test results, Sugato Deb, July 2005, Desktop Engineering

Pushing Clusters Further for CAE - hybrid cluster systems allow multiple applications to run in a single-system environment, thus answering the ever-growing CAE simulation demands, Stan Posey, Desktop Engineering, July 2005

A Closer Look at Motion Analysis - FEA and motion-analysis software are best used together as add-ins to CAD, Paul Kurowski of Design Generator Inc., Machine Design, July 2005

Trends in Design Analysis - overview of FEA, integrating CAD and analysis, thermal, structural and mold flow analysis, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst Manufacturing, June 1, 2005

We're Asking Spreadsheets To Do Too Much - despite having viable use, spreadsheets are sometimes unsuitable, error prone and omit context, explains Mathsoft CEO, Chris Randles, Machine Design, June 2005

Converting a FORTRAN Program to Mathcad - John Sheehan of Mathsoft suggests converting FORTRAN code to Mathcad which can result in better accuracy, Design News, June 6, 2005

CAE For All - methodology, Simulation Process and Data Management (SPDM) aims to make CAE technology available to a wider audience so designs can be validated earlier in the design process, Michael Engelman & Scott Del Porte, Desktop Engineering, May 2005

SGI And ESI Group Make Precise Automotive Simulations Scalable - Silicon Graphics and ESI Group can run a crash simulation model eight times larger than today's standard industry practice, Jeffrey Rowe, MCAD Weekly, May 23 - 27, 2005

Virtual Engineering for Design Today - while it's less expensive than physical prototyping, the collaborative effort may suffer in the age of computer aided engineering, Aerospace Engineering Online, April 12, 200

Diatribes - Pants-ing Tradition - the old must give way to the to ensure a mass adoption of CAE, Anthony J. Lockwood, Desktop Engineering, March 15, 2005

Fewer Head Injuries Through CAE  - vehicle fronts for European autos aim to reduce pedestrian fatalities, Simon Hart, Desktop Engineering, February 28, 2005

Simulation Speeds Automotive Analyses - car manufacturers reduce headache by having engineers do NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) early in the design process, Louise Elliott, Desktop Engineering, March 2005

Reducing the Rattle - a new dynamic and vibroacoustic prediction method uses a detailed CAE gearbox model to nix the noise at its source, Jerry Fireman, Desktop Engineering, February 2005

2004

Simulation Replaces Prototyping - as simulation gets more realistic, prototyping becomes an expensive last resort, Dick Kading, Machine Design, December 9, 2004

Design Analysis Is Ready for the Engineering Mainstream, But Should the Mainstream Be Using It? - most companies today are unlikely to authorize their entire engineering staff to use design analysis software; this is a mistake because the returns in cost and quality overshadow any risk from misusing such software, Suchit Jain, CADdigest.com, November 23, 2004

T&M Software Dons Analysis Hat - test and measurement programs increasingly take on qualities usually associated with heavy-duty analysis software, Machine Design, October 21, 2004

Virtually Edison - analysis software lets engineers extract more information today from much less physical prototyping than they could in the past, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, October 2004

Squelching Brake Squeal - General Motors teamed up with LMS to develop a new process that combines advanced testing with static and dynamic simulations to identify and help fix brake squeal early in the design process, Tinghui Steven Shi, Mark Riefe and Steven Dom, Desktop Engineering, September, 2004

Predict Success - probabilistic analysis tools, such as Probabilistic Design and DesignXplorer VT from ANSYS and DesignXplorer from Copeland, help designers predict how products will work in the real world, Louise Elliott, Desktop Engineering, July 2004

Application of Structural Analysis to the Mechanical Behaviour of the Cornea - paper describes how structural analysis tools have been used to study the behavior of the cornea under different loading states to predict its response to disease and injury, K. Anderson, A.El-Sheikh and T. Newson, Interface, May 2004 (pdf)

Taking the Mechanical Pulse - data acquisition systems can be configured to fulfill a range of purposes - for test and measurement, industrial automation and to serve as the eyes of a production line or the nose of a sensor, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, May 2004

Limitations of Experimental Design - explores alternatives to DoE (design of experiment), which is difficult to execute in the real world, David Lengacher and Andrew Turner, Desktop Engineering, May 2004

Getting More Out of Simulation - advice on how to establish guidelines for an analysis department to make it more useful to the design department, Thomas Curry, Machine Design, April 1, 2004

Match Analysis With Materials - designers and engineers looking for tools to model parts before they’re produced should consider tools that are specific to the requirements, whether it's for plastics and injection molding, metal and metal stamping or general purpose analysis, Larry Gould, Automotive Design & Production, April 2004

10 Reasons to Use Panel or Schematic Design Software - computer-aided engineering (CAE) software specifically for electrical or panel design offers faster and more efficient wiring layouts, lower design and development costs and less training time for users, Control Magazine (hosted on ferret.com.au), March 18, 2004

A Brake with Tradition - to help reduce brake noise, researchers are using a new method of vibration analysis that produces a high-resolution 3D image of the entire surface of the brake disc as it vibrates, Jon Excell, e4engineering, February 7, 2004

Simulating Bomb Blasts - structural engineers at the University of California, San Diego will test the effects of bomb blasts in a new blast simulator laboratory under construction, Denine Hagen, e4engineering, January 5, 2004

2003

Design Analysis Comes of Age, Part One - The User's Viewpoint - up-front analysis of CAD models helps the design engineer gain greater insight into his design and speeds the design cycle, Louise Elliott, Desktop Engineering, December 2003

E-Commentary - Tech Benefits No Myth For Manufacturing - manufacturers are relying on CAD and other software to improve profitability, Doug Bartholomew, IndustryWeek, December 1, 2003

Focal Point's 3-D Lithography Could Lower Barrier to MEMS Use - Focal Point Microsystems has developed a bench-top fabrication instrument called the 3DLM, which provides cost-effective nanoscale lithography for MEMS devices, Salvatore Caputo, Small Times, September 2, 2003

Renault F1 ADM Centre - a report from Renault F1's Advanced Digital Manufacturing Centre, which the Renault Team uses for wind tunnel testing and also manufacturing parts for full-size mock-ups, Al Dean, CADserver, August 5, 2003

Ford Builds a Ferrari-Beater - a Ford engineering team races to complete a 500 horsepower dream sports car, making liberal use of CAD, FEA and rapid prototyping, Don Sherman, Popular Science, June 2003

Simulation Speeds Product Design - full-body analysis of assemblies promises a competitive edge, Don LaCourse, CADALYST, August 2003

Getting Much More Value Out of What You Already Paid For; Moving from 'What If?' to 'Which If?' in Product Development - why CAE and Intelligent Digital Prototyping are vital in today's troubled economy,  Dennis Nagy, COE NewsNet, June 2003

Richard Childress Racing Brings GM's SB2 Engine Into Digital World - GM's NASCAR teams used Geomagic Studio software and Pro/ENGINEER to conduct FEA and CFD studies based on an accurate digital replica of the cast part and to create a complete digital engine assembly, Bob Cramblitt, Digital CAD, May 2003

Virtual Prototyping Pays Off - digital product mockups can help identify design flaws, Don LaCourse, Cadalyst, May 2003

Virtual Voyagers - reveals how a Canadian flight simulator maker reorganized its 1.2 million square-foot manufacturing plant, re-deployed its 2,000 plant floor workers and slashed production time of its products by more than half, Nathan Mallett, Advanced Manufacturing, March/April 2003

Bad Vibrations - cars and aircraft could be made safer and quieter using a holographic analysis technique to detect metal fatigue, e4engineering, March 20, 2003

Static Stress with Linear Material Models/Multiphysics Tutorial - shows how to use the Static Stress with Linear Material Models and Multiphysics capabilities of ALGOR software, Algor.com, March 28, 2003 (pdf)

Advanced Design Insights - advice on how to incorporate computer-aided-engineering tools into the early stages of the design process to reduce production time, Jeffrey Rowe, Advanced Manufacturing, March/April 2003

Modeling and Simulation/ Recreating the Real World - modeling and simulation techniques have taken over many aspects of the R&D environment - from modeling the labs we work in to simulating the world we live in, Reed Business Information (hosted on Design News), March 24, 2003

Simulation Helps Improve Valve Trains - engineers at DaimlerChrysler who once analyzed valve trains with old Fortran programs - now turn to 3D dynamic-simulation software for modeling fast-moving, complex mechanical linkages, Machine Design, February 2003

Analysing the Gujarat Earthquake - in the wake of last year's Gujarat earthquake in India, researchers are using tools such as STAAD.Pro structural engineering software to design buildings that can better withstand such catastrophes, CADserver, January 23, 2003 (more CAE features)

2002

Automotive Design Simulation - DaimlerChrysler once relied on homegrown programs to model the kinematics and dynamics of its valvetrains but now uses a dynamic simulation tool from LMS, CADserver, December 22, 2002

Moving Analysis to the Mainstream - a key element in minimizing product development time is tightly integrating analysis into the design cycle, John Krouse, Engineering Process Journal, Fall issue 2002

Dave’s Excel Adventure: How to Build a User-Defined Worksheet Function - tutorial for creating your own custom worksheet functions in Visual Basic for Applications, Dave Hooper, DE Online, October 2002

CAE Data Management: A Critical Success Factor for Virtual Product Design and Subsystem Outsourcing - new CAE data management tools are needed for virtual product development to continue to evolve, Gahl Berkooz and Don Brown, COE Newsnet, October 2002

"Virtual Stomach" Reveals Path Taken by Pills - Penn State mechanical engineers have developed the first computer-generated virtual stomach to follow the path of extended-release tablets, e4engineering.com, October 7, 2002

The Sound of Quality - noise, vibration, and harshness specialists are tuning products to vibrate less and sound better, Katherine Tyrka, Design News, October 7, 2002

Warping Wings Readied for Flight - NASA is preparing for the first research flights in a project to demonstrate that twisting or warping flexible wings can enhance aircraft performance, Dave Wilson, Design Engineering, September 23, 2002

Italian Sailboat, American Software  - ship designers with America's Cup Team Prada used Isight software to simultaneously run several programs to guide the boat's design, Machine Design, September 2002

Simultaneous Simulation for Free - engineers from Delphi's Energenix Group along with with the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have created software - now available free of charge - that can simultaneously model a vehicle's propulsion and electrical systems, e4engineering, June 5, 2002

Validate Designs with Today's CAE Options - more analysis options are available with today's MCAD tools, Don LaCourse. Cadalyst, July, 2002

Thermal Modeling Heats Up for the Mainstream - software developers and device vendors are now teaming up to close the design-cycle loop and move toward standard thermal-modeling practices, David Marsh, EDN, June 27, 2002

Exchanging Heat: Keeping Power Modules Cool - Joseph Ufnal, Power Electronics Technology, March 1, 2002

2001

Getting Smart - knowledge-software captures ideas and expertise from your company's engineers, Joe Greco, CGW, Nov 2001

Spreadsheet-Aided Engineering: Pushing Spreadsheets to the Limits - powerful spreadsheet applications and solutions developed by SpreadsheetWorld, Tom R. Mincer and David R. McDaniel, DE Online, Nov 2001

Ergonomics in the Digital Office - Jerry Laiserin, Architectural Record, Oct 2001

Motion Simulation Cuts Through System Development Uncertainty - the design may look good on paper but if the actuator doesn't move fast enough or deliver the required force, you'll wish you used motion analysis software, Frank J. Bartos, Control Engineering, Aug 2001

A Better Way to Solve Engineering Problems - MachineDesign.com, January 11, 2001

Digital Mock-up at Jaguar - MCAD, CADserver, January 10, 2001

2000

Anatomy of Motion Control - special report by Design News, December 4, 2000

How Companies Create a Virtual One-Room Team, Part 1 - Louise Elliot, Desktop Engineering Online, December 2000

Model Behavior: Getting Into Virtual Prototypes - Janet Gould, Desktop Engineering Online, December 2000

Multiaxis Contouring Allows Complex Motion-Control Performance - Machine Design, December 2000

A New Kind of Crash Test - Mechanical Dynamics, Inc., MCAD Vision, November 2000

 
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