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Guest Blog by Monash HPR: Optimising rocket motor bulkhead using Ansys Discovery Live

Monash HPR (High Powered Rocketry) is a student team dedicated to the design and construction of high-powered rockets to compete in the 10,000 ft and 30,000 ft categories of AURC. Read about how their use of Ansys simulation delivered 85-92% weight reduction during the design and optimisation of their rocket motor bulkheads.

Launch of LEAP Learning Hub

LEAP Australia is committed to the growth of CAE software and simulation tools within the engineering and design community across Australia and New Zealand.  Support and training of our customers and students form a vital part of this commitment. The success seen with our LEAP Academic Portal inspired us to build a new platform for all users in Australia and New Zealand and we are now excited to launch the new LEAP Learning Hub.   The LEAP Learning Hub has a new interface offering a smoother workflow for users to find Ansys training materials for our primary simulation physics: structural, fluids, electromagnetics and electronics.   With every new Ansys release, it is easier and faster for users to set up detailed physics-based simulations. Still, it remains crucial for engineers to have a firm grasp of the underlying physics and to follow established best practices to achieve reliable and accurate simulation results. We hope the Learning Hub will assist you in this journey.   How does it work?  To...

Integration of Rocky DEM + Ansys Mechanical

Rocky is a powerful, 3D DEM program that quickly and accurately simulates particle behaviour within bulk materials handling systems used across a variety of industries including mining and minerals processing, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, agricultural and any industry dealing with particulate systems or solids handling applications. Some keys features include: an extensive library of realistic particle shapes, an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, superior scalability with CPU, GPU and multi-GPU processing, advanced breakage and flexible particle models, evaluation of belt and surface wear, integration with Ansys FEA and CFD, complex moving and vibrating boundaries and more. In this article, we will focus on the integration with Ansys FEA and CFD and provide some examples to demonstrate how this works and why it is needed.   ROCKY...

A working example of a Simulation-enabled Digital Twin

Is your company developing a Digital Twin strategy? LEAP’s engineers have created working examples of a Simulation-based Digital Twin in action – a real-time, virtual replica of your equipment constantly updated through IoT data that provides you with:
– insight into real-time performance using extra Virtual Sensor outputs
– data to assess machine health & identify possible failure conditions
– actionable data to enable predictive maintenance & avoid costly downtime.

Guest Blog: Using Ansys Maxwell for Motor Design in Formula Student Competition

The Formula Student competition challenges engineering students from around the world to design, manufacture, market and race a small, open wheeled formula style racer. Since its inception in 2000, Monash Motorsport has competed in the Australasian competition every year, building a combustion engine powered racer. Additionally, Monash has been fortunate enough to compete against the best in the world, taking part in the German, Austrian and UK competitions in 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. In 2016, Monash began developing an electrically powered car alongside the teams combustion car. This year served as a research and development year, allowing time for the team to learn, analyse and decide on the core concepts for the 2017 vehicle. Adopting the “one team, two cars” mantra, Monash...

What have engineers learned about Fluid-Structure Interaction from the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse?

This week marks the anniversary of the famous collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on Nov 7, 1940 - just 4 months after it was opened (at the time it was the third-longest suspension bridge in the world - based on main span length).   As engineers, we've all seen this video from our engineering degrees and for many it remains a vivid reminder of the devastating potential of forced harmonic resonance on a light structure - noting particularly that this bridge collapse occurred during relatively normal speed winds (of just 68 km/hr) which unexpectedly produced aeroelastic flutter that matched the bridge's natural frequency. This resonance in turn led to movement and deformation of the bridges girder and supporting structures such that the cables eventually exceeded their...
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