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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 11

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 11

    Case Study – Dielectric Heating of an Insulated Block

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    Rev-Sim virtual coffee break webinar series featuring case studies focused on democratizing high performance computing (HPC).

  • Democratizing Simulation: Delivering Measurable Results

    Design World Magazine, April 2019: Through the process of “democratization” organizations can safely put the power of engineering simulation into the hands of those who are not experts in using CAE software, including product designers, new engineers and even those in technical sales and customer support.

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    Democratizing of Simulation accelerates design validation, which in turn shortens time to market with more innovative products. But what are the challenges, benefits, and enabling technologies of this democratization movement; and what results are companies actually seeing today?

  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Webinar Series: Part 10

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Webinar Series. Democratizing HPC Part 10

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    Democratizing High Performance Computing (HPC): Data Classification – Case Study

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  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 9

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 9

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Webinar Series. Democratizing HPC Part 9

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    Democratizing High Performance Computing (HPC): CFD Radial Fan Simulation – Case Study

  • Cambashi’s Latest Views on Digital Twins

    Cambashi’s Latest Views on Digital Twins

    Cambashi, a leading UK-based computer/software market analyst firm has just published this article on the growing importance of Digital Twins.

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    The Digital Twin concept is creating an opportunity for PLM providers. Top management of PLM user companies already believe PLM is the owner of Digital Twin technology. The opportunity is for PLM providers to take the lead in defining road maps which will guide their customers’ visions for Digital Transformation. This paper considers road maps in other sectors and Cambashi market data to suggest how PLM providers can elbow their way to the front of the queue.

  • Virtual Human Brain Simulations With Abaqus In The Cloud

    Webinar: Virtual Human Brain Simulations with Abaqus in the Cloud Join Dassault Systèmes / Simulia, Advania Data Centers and UberCloud for a live webinar about our award winning project: HPC Cloud Simulation of Neuromodulation in Schizophrenia. Learn how simulation and high-performance computing in the cloud play a key role in accelerating personalized healthcare. Register for this webinar at http://info.theubercloud.com/webinar-brain-simulation-with-abaqus

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    The Brain Neuromodulation project represents a breakthrough in demonstrating the high value of computational modeling and simulation in improving the clinical application of non-invasive electro-stimulation of the human brain in schizophrenia and the potential to apply this technology to the treatment of other neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and Parkinson’s disease. With the addition of HPC, clinicians can now precisely and non-invasively target regions of the brain without disrupting nearby healthy brain regions.

    2018 Hyperion HPC Innovation Excellence Award: UberCloud, the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, Dassault Systèmes Simulia, Advania Data Centers, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel won the 2018 Hyperion HPC Innovation Excellence Award for their Neuromodulation Project, based on computer simulations of non-invasive transcranial electro-stimulation of the human brain in schizophrenia.

  • Simulation Applications Enable Digitalization at ABB Traction Motors

    Industry 4.0 and digital twins are buzzwords we hear on a daily basis. But how far have companies come, and how does COMSOL come into play in the new era? Here, we will look into one successful case, where ABB Traction Motors intends to make mass customization available by using simulation applications for electric motor design. By turning high-fidelity multiphysics models into simulation applications, new analysis capabilities are planned to be available to several departments, from product design to sales.

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    ABB Traction Motors initiated a new project, called NG Design Tool, to create an easy-to-use software tool that could predict the temperature in a traction motor during different operation conditions and duty cycles. The project was led by Dr. Shafigh Nategh, R&D senior engineer and project leader at ABB Traction Motors. Experts and students from Politecnico di Torino in Italy, Chalmers University of Technology, and The Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden were invited to tackle this challenge together.

    “To be able to run projects with this level of engineering complexity, it is important to have the right tool partners. In ABB Traction Motors, we work with reliable tool suppliers supporting us to provide better service for our customers. We are happy that we have COMSOL on board in this project’’, says Dr. Shafigh Nategh. “Multiphysics simulation allows us to explore how different components work together; not to mention the ability to turn a high-fidelity model into a digital twin or simulation application.”

  • COMSOL Blog (Ed Fontes): Digital Twins: Not Just Hype

    COMSOL Blog (Ed Fontes): Digital Twins: Not Just Hype

    COMSOL Blog: "Is the term “digital twin” just hype, or a trick to get a new angle to sell modeling software? In this blog post, we discuss the difference between models, applications, and digital twins. We conclude that although the term has been misused to a certain extent (in relation to the original formulation), there is substance behind it."

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    What Is a Digital Twin?

    One of the first industries to consider the use of digital twins is the aerospace industry. In a very insightful paper, Glaessgen and Stargel explain the use of digital twins for vehicle certification and fleet management. The digital twin for a vehicle would be used to “continuously forecast the health of the vehicle or system, the remaining useful life, and the probability of mission success.” The description of the digital twin is the following: “A digital twin is an integrated multiphysics, multiscale, probabilistic simulation of an as-built vehicle or system that uses the best available physical models, sensor updates, fleet history, etc., to mirror the life of its corresponding flying twin.”

    The term “digital twin” was coined by Michael Grieves at the University of Michigan in 2011.  The concept had already been formulated by Grieves in 2002, but was then referred to as a “mirrored spaces model.” In Grieves’s definition, the digital twin concept consists of a real space and a virtual space. The virtual space contains all of the information gathered from the real space. It also contains a high-fidelity description of the physical device or process from the microscopic level to the geometric, macroscopic level. The description provided by the digital twin should be “virtually indistinguishable from its physical counterpart.”

  • 3 “Digital Twin” Stocks for Your Portfolio

    3 “Digital Twin” Stocks for Your Portfolio

    Growth in the Internet of Things is spurring interest in digital twins. Here's how you can make money from it: Growth investors hunting for long-term investment themes to profit from should take a look at the Internet of Things (IoT), and specifically so-called "digital twins." They represent one of the most exciting under-the-radar investing ideas for the coming decade. Here's what they are, why they matter, and how you can buy stocks to play the theme.

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    The stock investment community has discovered Digital Twins:

    “The best way to play the theme is probably to buy the software companies that facilitate the creation of digital twins. Three names that spring to mind are engineering simulation company ANSYS (NASDAQ:ANSS), IoT platform provider PTC Inc. (NASDAQ:PTC) and engineering software company Dassault Systemes (NASDAQOTH:DASTY).”

  • Virtual Sensors in Digital Twins

    "By definition, a virtual sensor is a type of software that, given the available information, processes what a physical sensor otherwise would. It learns to interpret the relationships between the different variables, and observes readings from the different instruments. Think of it as a kind of a “ghost” of the physical sensor." (from Chad Jackson)

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    https://www.lifecycleinsights.com/what-is-a-virtual-sensor/

    “The idea here is that if you’re running a simulation and you’re getting accurate inputs, and it is mimicking the behavior of a product in real life, in real time, you can then instrument that simulation model with taking measurements at different locations. You are going to be getting readings from that virtual sensor, which is where you’re taking measurements, and then you can actually use that to complement physical sensors.

    WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
    What’s great about this is you can place virtual sensors on a simulation model anywhere. That’s a lot different from what you see in the real, physical world. In many cases, you might not be able to place the physical sensor exactly where you want it to be.

    For example, think about locations with high radiation. You’re not going to be able to get close enough to place a physical sensor. It will be fried very, very quickly. Or maybe it’s a mechanical assembly, and there isn’t enough clearance where you want to place the sensor. Other factors that influence the decision to choose virtual over physical include cost and reliability.

    The Digital Twin can help deliver that, and you don’t necessarily have to be connected to take advantage of virtual sensors.”

  • Siemen Partners with Modelon

    Siemens PLM Software partners with Modelon, plans to integrate Modelon’s OPTIMICA Compiler Toolkit as the Modelica engine for Simcenter Amesim 17.

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    The partnership between Modelon and Siemens will allow Simcenter users to use develop, reuse and integrate Modelica libraries with Simcenter Amesim native libraries for dynamic multi-physics systems modeling. As a result, Simcenter Amesim 17 will fully support the Modelica standard, benefit from optimized code generated by OPTIMICA, and continue utilization of the Simcenter Amesim solver for simulation while remaining compatible with all Simcenter Amesim platform capabilities. Additionally, support of Modelon industrial libraries will come in future Simcenter releases.

  • Modelon’s Hydraulics and Pneumatics Capabilities Available in ANSYS® TWIN BUILDER™

    Modelon’s Hydraulics and Pneumatics Capabilities Available in ANSYS® TWIN BUILDER™

    Modelon’s hydraulics and pneumatics capabilities are now available within ANSYS Twin Builder. Learn more about the Fluid Power Library.

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    Modelon is pleased to continue its partnership with ANSYS by offering new Modelon-powered capabilities in ANSYS® Twin Builder™. The Twin Builder Fluid Power Library, a bundle of Modelon’s industry-leading pneumatics and hydraulics libraries, is currently available through ANSYS sales channels. The Fluid Power Library conveniently allows users to integrate pneumatic and hydraulic capabilities within their system models for simulation.

  • On-Demand Webinar: Integrating Carbon Capture & Storage Technology Using Simulation

    Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology is steadily emerging as a leading technology for the decarbonization of large-scale commercial powerplants. In this blog, researchers of The Norwegian University of Science and Technology study the effectiveness and implementation of CCS technology using Modelon's modeling and simulation solutions.

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    Decarbonization and sustainable development of power systems have become top priorities in the power sector. In order to achieve an environmentally sustainable and stable power system, thermal power plants need to become more flexible, efficient, and produce lower specific emissions than what they do today. Therefore, one of the biggest challenges power sector companies face is successfully transitioning towards decarbonized power systems while being smart about investment and accounting for the variability of both renewable energy sources and demand.   

    Modelon teamed up with researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to prove how Modelon’s Thermal Power Library can be used to design a more flexible and decarbonized power plant. In this webinar, our presenters will walk us through their study of building a scalable plant model, using data from a large-scale pilot plant to validate their model, designing control structures, and effectively integrating Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) technology to lower power plant emissions.

  • The ROI of GPU-Accelerated Computing

    Trying to decide when to use GPUs on HPC? Check out this whitepaper!

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    Penguin Computing provides a good analysis of the technical and business reasons behind using GPUs vs CPUs on HPC systems.

  • SimScale: The Cloud-Based Simulation Platform that is Democratizing CAE

    In an interview with Insights Success, David Heiny, CEO and Co-founder of SimScale, shares his insights into the company’s journey and its simulation solutions and services.

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    This interview includes details about the company’s core competencies and its role on the market.

  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Video: Part 8

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Video: Part 8

    Democratizing HPC – Part 8: Welding Simulation

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    Democratizing HPC Part 8: Welding Simulation. EMC2 and AweSim developed an App allowing non-specialists to access and use Virtual Fabrication Technology (VFT)

  • Paving the way Towards CAE Democratization

    Paving the way Towards CAE Democratization

    SimScale's Anastasia Churazova writes about democratizing simulation in this 2018 blog post.

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    While there is still room for improvement, the success stories of hundreds of smaller companies and startups which would not have been possible without simulation prove that CAE democratization is a cause worthy of pursuing.

  • Rev-Sim Virtual Coffee Break: Part 7

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Webinar Series. HPC (High Performance Computing) Part 7: Democratizing HPC - CFD Modeling of ABB Transformers

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    CFD Modeling of ABB Transformers is highlighted in this installment.  Featured presenters: UberCloud’s Wolfgang Gentzsch and Ohio Supercomputer Center’s Alan Chalker

  • Digital Twin Approach in Industrial Applications at ZF

    ZF applies the latest VR and simulation technology.

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    Learn more about how ZF applies the latest VR and simulation technology during development, manufacturing and Service of their Test Systems for Tire Finishing applications.

  • CHAD JACKSON: ARE DIGITAL TWINS REALLY NEW?

    CHAD JACKSON: ARE DIGITAL TWINS REALLY NEW?

    People have been feeding sensor data to simulations for years. How are Digital Twins different? This post explains the key difference between the two scenarios.

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    …when we’re talking about a digital twin, we’re after something very different. It’s about capturing sensor data from a product in real time and feeding it in real time to a simulation being solved in real time. That’s the biggest difference. It’s not done separately. It’s not done later. It’s being run in real time while the product is in use. We can learn how the product is being used, and in what ways it might be failing.

  • Akselos announces R&D project with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre

    Akselos announces R&D project with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre

    Akselos to generate Digital Twins of pressure vessels within the OGTC robotics program.

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    Optimal design uses live, real world data from existing assets in monitoring process. Aim to combine with robotic inspection to reduce cost and downtime.
    Predictive digital pioneer, Akselos, has secured funding from technology accelerator, the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (The OGTC), to advance research and development in to digital twin technology for the oil and gas industry.

    https://akselos.com/akselos-announces-new-project/

  • ANSYS Twin Builder Empowers Organizations to Optimize Product Operations/Accelerate Product Development

    ANSYS Twin Builder enables equipment operators to create a virtual representation – a digital twin – of machines that helps monitor performance and maintenance requirements...

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    ANSYS Twin Builder enables equipment operators to create a virtual representation – a digital twin – of machines that helps monitor performance and maintenance requirements, improving the machine’s sustainability and efficiency. At ANSYS 2019 R1, ANSYS Twin Builder supports digital twin runtime generation capabilities and model export for industrial internet of things platforms. The update empowers users to unlock actionable insights from field asset data through the use of physics and simulation-based analytics.

  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break: Part 6

    Democratizing HPC. Ohio Supercomputer Case Study: Aircraft Design

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    Through the Ohio Supercomputer Center, TotalSim US was able to provide a web app to teams in the GoFly competition that performs CFD design analysis.

  • Simulate Sooner

    Simulate Sooner

    What you need to implement a simulation-driven design workflow.

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    The idea behind simulation-driven design is sound: Simulate earlier in the design process to catch design and manufacturing errors before they cause problems down the line. The more designs you get right the first time, the less time and money is spent on engineering change orders, testing and even recalls.

  • ANSYS Provides Path to Cloud HPC

    ANSYS Provides Path to Cloud HPC

    ANSYS Cloud delivers on-demand cloud HPC access within the ANSYS portfolio to democratize simulation.

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    Digital Engineering’s Beth Stackpole tells readers how ANSYS Cloud, built on Microsoft Azure, provides instant access to on-demand HPC in the cloud directly from within ANSYS applications.

  • Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Part 5

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Series: Democratizing High Performance Computing – Air Bag Simulation with ANSYS LS-DYNA

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    A RevSim (RevolutioninSimulation.com) virtual coffee break short video presented by Wolfgang Gentzsch of The UberCloud. This case study features Air Bag Simulation with ANSYS LS-DYNA.

  • What is a Digital Twin?

    This article explains the concept of a Digital Twin, a digital model driven by sensor data to provide future or deeper insight into an existing physical product's performance.

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    Chad Jackson has just published a good discussion (with a video narrative, while apparently walking in some airport between flights?) about Digital Twins, as part of his ongoing, excellent “Lifecycyle Insights” website and blog series. Take a look at his blog post.

  • NAFEMS European Keynote on Digital Twins

    NAFEMS European Keynote on Digital Twins

    At the NAFEMS European Conference in Budapest in October 2018 (focus topic: Multiphysics Simulation), the Moderator of the Digital Twins "How It Works" area of Revolution in Simulation (Dennis Nagy) presented a keynote on the definitions and current status of Digital Twins. Take a look.

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    These are the slides from the Keynote Presentation. See also the April 2018 issue of NAFEMS Benchmark.

     

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  • VCollab: Democratizing Simulation Visualization?

    VCollab: Democratizing Simulation Visualization?

    Chad Jackson's 2013 BLOG on Visual Collaboration Technologies (VCollab).

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    Conducting engineering simulations in today’s business environment can be challenging. Executives often give a begrudging approval to simulation teams to do their work. But its infrequent that those simulation teams are able to expose their work to the broader enterprise. There has been trends more recently, however, to expose simulation results in new and exciting ways that are more accessible to non-technical roles.

  • Rev-Sim Virtual Coffee Break: Part 4

    A RevSim virtual coffee break short video featuring a Greenlight Optics Case Study.

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    Through the Ohio Supercomputer Center Greenlight Optics was able to model thermal properties involved in producing an injection-molded lens used for collimating LED light.

  • GPU-based Simulation Will Redefine Product Development

    Discovery Live, powered by NVIDIA GPU, can simulate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations much faster than traditional simulation software.

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    As product development times shrink, designers are pressured to use simulation to produce near optimal designs. The challenge is that most simulation tools focus on precision and not speed. As a result, these tools don’t operate fast enough for early design exploration.

  • NVIDIA-eguide-Early-Simulation-Using GPUs

    NVIDIA-eguide-Early-Simulation-Using GPUs

    The world of product development, manufacturing and production is changing. We’re on the brink of a new dawn of automation and intelligence, with smart, connected products and the smart factories that produce them.

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    Workhorse 3D design tools allow designers and engineers to define, experiment, and capture shape and geometric function. Simulation follows on from this to predict, accurately and robustly, how a product will perform, both structurally as an object and when interacting with the world around it.

  • Here Comes the Simulation Revolution! Part 2

    Here Comes the Simulation Revolution! Part 2

    Machine Design Magazine's second installment details the implementation challenges and ROI associated with Democratizing Simulation.

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    In Part 1 we discussed the concept of the Democratization of Simulation, explaining how having the value of CAD, FEA, computer-aided engineering (CAE), and simulation reserved to experts can stifle innovation. In Part 2 we review the implementation challenges and return on investment (ROI) that the democratization of simulation can bring.

  • Virtual Coffee Break Series: Part 3

    A RevSim virtual coffee break short video highlighting the virtual modeling and simulation of pharmaceutical production tank mixers by ANSYS.

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    ANSYS for Bioreactors. A RevSim (RevolutioninSimulation.com) virtual coffee break short video highlighting the virtual modeling and simulation of pharmaceutical production tank mixers by ANSYS as an example industrial case study showcasing the democratization of HPC services and resources for everyday business purposes.

  • MCAD Cafe Industry Predictions 2019

    Bob Farrell gives his take on what's in store for democratizing simulation in 2019.

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    Throughout the coming year simulation will continue to take on an even greater role as companies search for ways to become more innovative, leverage resources, and keep pace with accelerated product development cycles.  Consequently, the expanded use of advanced simulation tools beyond expert CAE analysts (i.e. the democratization of simulation) will become an even greater industry-wide priority.

  • Rev-Sim Virtual Coffee Break Series: Part 2

    Rev-Sim Virtual Coffee Break Series: Part 2

    Case study showcasing the democratization of HPC services and resources for everyday business purposes.

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    Episode 2: BWAY Buckets. A RevSim (RevolutioninSimulation.com) virtual coffee break short video highlighting the virtual modeling and simulation of plastic buckets by BWAY as an example industrial case study showcasing the democratization of HPC services and resources for everyday business purposes.

  • Rev-Sim Virtual Coffee Break Series: Part 1

    Rev-Sim Virtual Coffee Break Series: Part 1

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Webinar Series. HPC (High Performance Computing) Part 1: Series Introduction

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    An overview of the new RevSim (RevolutioninSimulation.com) virtual coffee break series of short videos that will each highlight an example industrial case study illustrating the accessibility, availability, and capabilities (e.g. democratization) of HPC services and resources for researchers and engineers.

  • MCADCafe Industry Predictions for 2019 – The Uber Cloud

    UberCloud president & co-founder Wolfgang Gentzsch shares his industry predictions for the coming year.

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    Many industry predictions for 2019 are talking about the wider and growing acceptance of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Industry 4.0, Digital Twins, 3D Printing, and Cloud Computing; no surprise, as this is a continuation of 2018. But behind all these trends and ‘techniques’ is one big common trend fueled by the engineers’ desire to make their complex and demanding tools and techniques more applicable, economical, user-friendly, intuitive, and automatic, to be finally used by every engineer.

  • Democratizing Modeling and Simulation by “Appification”

    "Companies are beginning to realize that they are sitting on a gold-mine of untapped potential." Read on to learn more!

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    EASA’s Sebastian Dewhurst, Director of Business Development, discusses a platform that enables “appification” and democratization of an organization’s most valuable simulation and analytics tools.

  • Understanding the Simulation Revolution

    Understanding the Simulation Revolution

    More and more organizations are looking to improve their competitiveness by leveraging analysis, simulation, and systems engineering for improved design decision support, Simulation-Driven Design, generative design and robust performance evaluation of their full portfolio of products and processes

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    The demand for software tools for Engineering Simulation are exploding to support the demand for increased competitiveness and to deal with the rapidly growing complexity of products, processes, and systems. This increased demand for Engineering Simulation has also made many ask “what is the role of Machine Learning in Engineering Simulation?”

  • The Growing Acceptance of CAE

    The Growing Acceptance of CAE

    Simulation is being used for lawsuits in court, treating schizophrenia, use in middle school education and in deep learning.

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    Case studies we are demonstrating the growing acceptance of computer-aided engineering (CAE), especially in new user communities and application areas. Major reasons for this trend are continuous improvements in user-friendly CAE software, the ongoing price/performance improvement in high-performance computing (HPC), and easy and affordable access to powerful computing in the cloud.

  • Democratization in FEA

    Democratization is defined as the action of making something accessible to everyone. In the context of finite element analysis (FEA), this is usually defined as making FEA software easy to use for a non-expert.

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    Much of the transition away from the traditionally complex FEA interaction has been triggered by the move to CAD-embedded FEA. This positions FEA in an environment familiar to the CAD user.

  • Simulate Sooner

    What you need to implement a simulation-driven design workflow. Design engineering Magazine, December 2018.

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    While there is a gap between design and analysis, it can be bridged. DE’s 2019 Technology Outlook survey shows that design engineering teams realize the importance of simulation. More than half (55%) of respondents are using simulation now, and of those who aren’t, 21% expect to be using it within two years.

  • Agile Engineering Processes: The Business Impact of Simulation Democratization

    Agile Engineering Processes: The Business Impact of Simulation Democratization

    Presentation from Matteo Nicolich, Marco Turchetto (ESTECO SpA) and Cristiano Persi, Andrea Santoro (Ergolines Lab Srl)

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    Model sharing between domain experts and model experts allows process automation expert to integrate the model without sharing the complete model: permissions

  • Democratizing CAE: Lessons learned from an enterprise practitioner

    Democratizing CAE: Lessons learned from an enterprise practitioner

    Bruce Jenkins (Ora Research) writes that a highlight of the NAFEMS 2016 mini-symposium was a presentation of lessons learned from an enterprise practitioner, Glenn Valine, Director Engineering IT at GKN Driveline North America, Inc.

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    In 2015 Ora Research reported on GKN Driveline’s journey to democratize CAE with SPDM (Democratizing CAE with SPDM at GKN Driveline). “Our approach,” Valine described at the time, “was to create a virtual tool kit—one of three web portals inside a bigger system. This is the application that contains our standard calculation tools, both empirical and numerical.”

  • CAE’s Pivotal Role in Innovation

    An interview with Umberto Lecci of Elettronica Group, a world leader in Electronic Warfare solutions.

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    In this interview, Umberto Lecci, head of the Thermo-Mechanical Engineering Design Solution Department of Elettronica Group, discusses the pivotal role that Computer Assisted Engineering plays in innovation which is becoming vital to companies’ survival and success in today’s fast-paced competitive world markets .
  • The Democratization of CFD: Mind the Gap?

    Is the CFD industry where one might hope it to be in terms of truly democratized usage? Keith Hanna shares his thoughts.

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    The $6million dollar question for the CFD/CAE industry today is:  Why has CFD not reached the “masses” as some commentators call it for even modest fluid flow, heat and mass transfer simulation on an ad hoc basis?

  • Thought Leader Thursday: Democratizing “Engineering in the Cloud”

    Thought Leader Thursday: Democratizing “Engineering in the Cloud”

    The cloud is becoming a popular topic across many industries as engineers are exploring the endless opportunities to create innovative products and solutions.

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    Maturing capital markets are driving a strong demand for product innovation to meet the growing needs of consumers. To meet these demands, engineers and designers have turned to simulation driven design to launch new products to market faster and cost effectively.

  • Simulation: Are we democratized yet?

    Simulation: Are we democratized yet?

    Years ago, finite element analysis (FEA) was prohibitively expensive, required expert training, and delivered dangerously flawed results. Is simulation more accessible now?

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    In this guest post for the PTC user community, Tony Abbey, FRAeS, an engineer and consultant who’s devoted his long career to FEA, answers “Yes,” but with one rather large, important caveat.

  • Here Comes the Simulation Revolution! Part 1

    By democratizing simulation, its power will be safely and robustly extended into the hands of non-experts, including designers, junior engineers, and even those on the sales front.

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    Throughout a series of short articles we’ll detail how it works, examine some of today’s enabling tools, and take a look at organizations fully leveraging their simulation investments by successfully democratizing simulation today.

  • Simulation Only at Validation; There’s Got to Be Another Way

    Computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools have the power to take the gut feel and rules of thumb out of the engineering world. The old guard shouting, “This is the way we always did it,” won’t cut it in today’s market.

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    Customers want cheaper, lighter, faster and stronger products that work the first time. Oh, and while you’re at it, those products must look cool, too. To meet these demands, engineers must bring simulation early into the development cycle to drive innovation.

  • In Praise of Simulation

    In Praise of Simulation

    PTC's Gregory Brown writes that simulation is no longer entirely the preserve of degreed specialists, and is evolving to serve a broader audience.

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    Simulation has evolved to the point where it should be part of every designer’s workflow. When you send your design for formal analysis, you’ll know you’re sending a more developed product to the analysis department—not asking them to figure out if the bolt has the wrong diameter.

    Here’s a quote from the article:
    Looking back a couple of decades, it was really only the big aerospace and automotive companies that got the most value out of simulation, or even attempted it. That’s no longer true. Now, every organization—and the design engineers in those organizations—can get value and should be using it. You’re missing out if you don’t, and even more so when your competitors do!

  • 4 Must-Know Simulation Trends in Lean Manufacturing

    4 Must-Know Simulation Trends in Lean Manufacturing

    Practice makes perfect may be a cliché, yet the agile and time-to-market benefits of simulation in manufacturing are too great to ignore.

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    Simulation technologies are sure to evolve in the coming years. The key challenge for manufacturers will be to determine which type of tool will best suit the needs and challenges of their customers and shop.

  • The Democratization of Computer-Aided Engineering

    Advances in computer processing speed and that ability to share very large files have helped make collaboration possible.

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    FEA is being put in the hands of design engineers; and has also become collaborative, letting design teams work with CAE experts earlier in the design and development process in order to collapse the time it takes to arrive at a final product.

  • Expanding Simulation with New Technology, Apps and Democratization Tools

    The industry is aiming to make simulation more pervasive. To do that, you must first make simulation usable by non-experts and ensure that there is a steady supply of experts to verify the works of others.

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    This push for new users means that in 2018, further support will be poured into tools, user interfaces (UI), technology and licensing models that democratize simulation. Even tools like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) give users the ability to better interact and visualize simulations. Tools like this will make CAE easier to use and more pervasive.

  • Democratization of Modeling & Simulation in Biomechanics

    Democratization of Modeling & Simulation in Biomechanics

    Authored by: Ahmet Erdemir - Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Biomodeling (CoBi) Core - Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic

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    In biomechanics, computational modeling & simulation (M&S) enables scientific discoveries by establishing a platform for understanding the structure-function relationships in health and disease and the mechanistic foundations of data associations.
  • Is Timeliness a Key to the Democratization of Simulation?

    Is Timeliness a Key to the Democratization of Simulation?

    CIMdata's Keith Meintjes gives his take on the impending Democratizing Simulation wave.

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    Having just arrived in Cleveland, Ohio for CAASE18 (Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering), I was reminded of the recent COFES meeting where I was struck by the similar propositions of two people I greatly respect.

  • CAE Software Reinvented for the Cloud

    Even for large or complex designs, the access to up to 96 cores and real-time simulation allows customers to get their results faster than was ever possible before with any traditional simulation tools.

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    Companies of all sizes view cloud technologies as an opportunity to conduct their operations in a more efficient and cost-effective way, which is especially important within today’s design environments where the demand for faster development and better results at lower cost is increasing.
  • What Makes a Good Simulation App?

    Simulation app makers weigh ease of use vs. functionality for specific uses cases. Digital Engineering's Kenneth Wong explores what makes a good Simulation App.

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    At Simulation Hub, enter a few parameters to configure a virtual valve and then run a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation to visualize the flow and obtain the flow coefficients as a set of values. At TotalSim, upload the CAD geometry of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into an app, define its basic characteristics and then run an analysis to see the flows and pressures in 3D.

  • Democratization in FEA

    Democratization in FEA

    Most of the discussion on FEA democratization tends to focus on CAD-embedded FEA. The downside of making FEA software accessible by all is often stated as there may not be adequate understanding of the underlying principles of FEA.

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    The task of getting the right level of automation and control is far from trivial. Strategic positioning statements that imply otherwise are concerning. It has been a long, hard road to achieve credibility for FEA and it is a pity to see it diluted now.

  • Rev-Sim Webinar Series: Can Non-Experts Safely Utilize Advanced Modeling & Workflows?

    Rev-Sim Webinar Series: Can Non-Experts Safely Utilize Advanced Modeling & Workflows?

    Rev-Sim's Malcolm Panthaki and EASA's Mike Nieburg answer the question... Can non-experts safely utilize advanced modeling and workflows?

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    This presentation introduces Rev-Sim.Org  – the industry’s on-line resource for democratizing simulation while providing real-world case studies of organizations who are safely extending analysis capabilities throughout the organization.

  • Engineering with Excel

    With the right tools and best practices, organizations can move the digital thread forward and keep Excel.

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    The tried-and-true spreadsheet remains an engineering staple despite an eye-popping palette of state-of-the-art technologies, from advanced simulation to product lifecycle management (PLM), each intended to bring efficiencies and productivity gains to design workflows.

  • FEA Modeling for Change

    This article reviews some ways in which FEA modeling can anticipate design changes and keep ahead of the curve.

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    Many of you will have been faced with a situation where a design is changing rapidly and finite element analysis (FEA) simulation is struggling to keep up. Changes in geometry have a knock-on effect on the mesh, loads and boundary condition strategy. In this scenario, it is difficult to keep FEA in a proactive role in providing design direction, rather than being used in a reactive checking mode.

  • Introduction to Engineering Simulation for Non-Specialists

    Introduction to Engineering Simulation for Non-Specialists

    That upfront engineering simulation stuff is fast encroaching on your job, and you're feeling adrift. What do you do now?

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    The NAFEMS series comprises four 2-hour sessions across four weeks. It answers your “what” questions: What is upfront engineering simulation? What’s the benefit? What do I need to know before I get into, say, a structural simulation? What’s the workflow? What about validating results?

  • Future Engineers Gain Experience from Design Software Democratization

    Future Engineers Gain Experience from Design Software Democratization

    The democratization of design software is a trend that makes engineering tools accessible to new users through improved user interfaces (UI) and access.

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    This trend makes it easier for the next generation of product designers to gain the experience they need at a much younger age. This experience will be a considerable boon to the engineering community once these youth start to enter the workforce.

  • Case Study: Rossignol and ANSYS Discovery

    ANSYS is changing the game for Rossignol

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    Rossignol has a team of engineers that work with skiers, designers and others to create new products. Of course, time to market is critical for them in terms of the ski season. With ANSYS Discovery they realized that their engineers could assess changes in real-time and discuss them with the other team members to rapidly explore designs. What was previously a longer and more individual exercise became collaborative not just among engineers, but with every team member benefiting from simulation insight. The engineers could literally capture feedback from the skiers as they came off the slopes and Discovery gave them a joint language to explore product performance.

  • Case Study: ANSYS and Astec

    Discovery Live Paves the Way for Rapid Simulation Results

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    Roadtec, Inc. manufactures material transfer vehicles (MTVs) that enable nonstop, noncontact road paving. The MTVs are delivered to job sites on flatbed trucks that can reach speeds of 70 mph. Depending on the flatbed operator, the MTVs may be loaded facing forward or backward. To design a safety restraint system that would protect both front- and back-facing MTVs, engineers had to model the airflow patterns associated with both configurations.

  • Design FAQs

    Design FAQs

    Interactive simulation tool provides near real-time feedback.

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    Eight frequently asked design questions provided by ANSYS.

  • Anticipating the Next Revolution in Engineering Simulation

    Anticipating the Next Revolution in Engineering Simulation

    ANSYS white paper: Anticipating the Next Revolution in Engineering Simulation

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    This white paper discusses the ways that simulation must change to make it a more “democratic” tool that can be used by everyone on the development team — from veteran product engineers to less experienced designers at the beginning of their careers.

  • From LEGOs to Minecraft: Real time 3D Simulation for Every Engineer

    The user experience also must be as easy as Minecraft or Excel™. Thanks to the ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim direct modeling technology and more than 45 years of encapsulating smart choices into the simulation experience, Discovery Live can meet this challenge.

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    The next generation of engineers is growing up with interactive worlds like Minecraft® and immersive virtual reality experiences. When these future engineers take their turn creating products, no doubt the way they play with digital games today will influence the way they do product design tomorrow.

  • Simulation Led Design Exploration

    Understanding the value of conducting analysis during concept and detailed design.

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    Simulation led design has held great promise. Leveraging a
    simulation platform to enable a collaborative strategy between
    engineers and analysts represents a feasible and actionable
    approach. It is finally time to get value from simulation led design.
  • How to Fix Simulation by Going Lean

    How to Fix Simulation by Going Lean

    Mark Zebrowski, a former automotive simulation analyst, suggests that simulation can allow zero hardware prototypes if used strategically.

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    This is an attention-grabbing title, especially for a presentation at a conference full of simulation analysts. The conference in question was the Conference on Advanced Analysis and Simulation in Engineering (CAASE) 2018, held earlier this year in Cleveland, Ohio. The presenter was Mark Zebrowski, a retired Ford analyst with some strong opinions on the state of simulation.

  • Its Time to Jump on the Democratizing Simulation Express

    Its Time to Jump on the Democratizing Simulation Express

    The Revolution in Simulation initiative is quickly gaining momentum. Here's how (and where) you can learn more and get started!

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    By leveraging a growing movement known as Democratizing Simulation, manufacturing, design, and other product development organizations are more fully maximizing their CAE investment.  All of the information you need to get started is just a click away.

  • Democratization of HPC Part 1: Simulation Sheds Light on Building Dispute

    This is the first of three articles demonstrating the growing acceptance of High Performance Computing especially in new user communities and application areas.

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    PBBL Law Offices in Las Vegas/Orlando approached UberCloud and Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics asking for HPC support in a lawsuit dealing with a twin tower residential condominium. An extensive expert investigation established exterior plaster failure, water intrusion at improper window and roof installations, and high interior humidity levels with apparent biological growth (ABG) observed on interior walls, baseboards and between layers of interior gypsum board at unit partitions.

  • Engineering with Excel

    Digital Engineering Editor, Beth Stackpole writes about the future of Excel in today's PLM environment.

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    The tried-and-true Excel spreadsheet remains an engineering staple despite an eye-popping palette of state-of-the-art technologies, from advanced simulation to product lifecycle management (PLM), each intended to bring efficiencies and productivity gains to design workflows.

  • ASSESS a One Stop Shop for Simulation Movers, Shakers and Shoppers

    ASSESS a One Stop Shop for Simulation Movers, Shakers and Shoppers

    Like COFES, ASSESS (October 28-30, 2018) places an emphasis on industry thought leaders to inspire dialog. But whereas COFES’ reach is all of engineering science, ASSESS focuses on simulation, FEA and CFD, in particular.

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    If you are in the business of making engineering simulation or a lead practitioner, here are several reasons you need to attend ASSESS (October 28 to 30, near Atlanta, GA), one of only two conferences dedicated to engineering simulation that features more than one brand of software. The other, of course, is the NAFEMS conference.

  • Simulation Boom Stalls. CAE Experts Needed to Make Engineering Apps

    Simulation Boom Stalls. CAE Experts Needed to Make Engineering Apps

    Computer-aided engineering (CAE), software continues to suffer from being the outsider at the party, despite predictions of its popularity.

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    It’s been well documented how simulation software can both innovate designs and increase product quality, while also reducing costs, risk and development time. However, simulation is still not seeing the boom in usership CAE vendors crave. What gives?

  • The Democratization of CFD: Taking Off

    Computational fluid dynamics, or CFD, is moving toward democratization. Once the province of a subset of specialists, CFD is now reaching an ever-greater population of engineers.

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    From its computational inception at the Los Alamos National Lab’s T3 group in the late 1950s, CFD analysis had been performed exclusively by specialized analysts who held Ph.D.’s in the subject and had devoted their careers to the discipline. But CFD has seen great change over the past 10 years, with a jump in the number of computer technologies available to all levels and types of engineers and to engineers at smaller companies have more access to CFD than in the past.

  • The Web App Approach to Simulation Democratization

    One powerful approach to Democratizing Simulation is the technique of web applications. Engineering.com's Michael Alba writes about EASA's simulation web apps.

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    Web apps are created for a very specific simulation problem, and allow users of varying expertise to simply enter parameters and receive the correct output.  EASA’s low-code development platform (LCDP) allow users to develop applications with little or no coding required.

  • Altair democratizes simulation access for new-tech and emerging-markets entrepreneurs through Global Startup Program

    Altair democratizes simulation access for new-tech and emerging-markets entrepreneurs through Global Startup Program

    Altair on the last day of July announced immediate availability of its “simulation-driven innovation” software to qualified startup companies through its newly formed Altair Startup Program.

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    Tailored specifically to the unique needs of the startup community, the global program offers preferential pricing for its simulation-driven design, computer-aided engineering, cloud computing and Internet of Things software solutions. The program also provides no-cost expert consulting to quickly ramp up startup organizations with Altair HyperWorks.

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