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Innovation and ingenuity lead Team New Zealand to America’s Cup victory
Jun27

Innovation and ingenuity lead Team New Zealand to America’s Cup victory

LEAP and ANSYS congratulates Emirates Team New Zealand for their remarkable victory in the 2017 America’s Cup. More info on some of the unheralded innovations and ingenuity behind this engineering and sporting triumph.

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IoT sensors identify your product is operating ‘out of spec’. What next? Some lessons from the Avalon Airshow
Mar07

IoT sensors identify your product is operating ‘out of spec’. What next? Some lessons from the Avalon Airshow

The timing is right for the concept of Digital Twin to be embraced by Australian industry and defence. Learn how it has been made possible by the convergence of multiple trends, encompassing IoT data, big data analytics and ongoing advances in engineering software.

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5 key areas where ANSYS Multiphysics will help overcome the engineering challenges of Elon Musk's Hyperloop
Aug16

5 key areas where ANSYS Multiphysics will help overcome the engineering challenges of Elon Musk's Hyperloop

This week marked the public release of Elon Musk's much anticipated proposal for a new mode of high-speed transport to be built between LA and San Francisco, dubbed the Hyperloop.  The concept is equally compelling for other busy air routes of between 500-1000 km, such as Sydney to Melbourne (which is the 3rd busiest air route globally, according to Wikipedia).  For engineers, the Hyperloop is an exciting concept which promises to provide an alternative to high-speed rail that is both faster, cheaper and more energy efficient, but the reality is that numerous engineering challenges need to be overcome to deliver this project on-time and on-budget with an acceptable level of safety (in one of the most seismically-active regions on earth!). ANSYS Multiphysics software is uniquely placed to help the eventual collaboration partners make the Hyperloop a reality.  Indeed, Elon Musk is no stranger to the ANSYS engineering community, with simulation technology already helping power two of his greatest achievements: SpaceX and Tesla Motors .  Musk himself notes in his proposal the potential to use CFD and FEA engineering simulation tools to further reduce the cost of the Hyperloop, stating "additional technological developments and further optimisation could likely reduce this price" along with multiple references to the use of simulation technology (such as his comment that "aerodynamic drag will be improved and/or validated by computational methods"). Within the global ANSYS community, there are already individual examples of how ANSYS simulation technology is used to design, validate and optimise all of the individual components of the Hyperloop.  For engineers here at LEAP Australia, the most intriguing part of the Hyperloop is that it is the perfect example of next-generation technological innovation that demonstrates the growing need for multidisciplinary engineering and predictive simulations combining multiple physics: fluid dynamics, electromagnetics and structural mechanics. All of these physics have a unavoidable influence on the function, cost, efficiency and safety of all key aspects of the Hyperloop design. As engineers, let's consider just some of the critical design components that will go into successfully delivering this innovative and (as yet) untested mode of transport, and how the use of CFD, FEA and Electromagnetics simulation tools will be used. 1. Capsule aerodynamics Streamlining of the capsule will reduce aerodynamic drag, as well as help identify the design and placement of the compressor used to ingest oncoming air and feed into systems for suspension and propulsion.  Computational fluid dynamics simulations have already been used to demonstrate the validity of the Hyperloop's "compressor within a tube" concept. vehicle external aerodynamics to minimise drag and maximise lift (to supplement air bearings), as well as avoid shock wave formation (relating to capsule/tube ratio) stability of air bearing suspension 2. Capsule onboard systems...

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