Looking to apply more structure to engineering simulation? ANSYS Inc. has a new product it claims can help do just that.
The new ANSYS Engineering Knowledge Manager (EKM) is positioned as a solution for bring data management and process management to simulation efforts. Sort of like a Product Data Management (PDM) tool, but tuned specifically to the requirements of simulation analysis.
According to officials, ANSYS EKM offers collaboration and communications functions, ensuring engineers transfer the right simulation information to the right people when it’s needed. The software has support for archiving and managing simulation data, historic tracking of files, advanced search and retrieval functions, report generation, simulation comparison tools along with workflow automation, collaboration capabilities and the ability to capture and deploy best practices.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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