The MacNeal-Schwendler Corp. is celebrating a birthday--sort of. The company's flagship analysis product, MSC/NASTRAN, is now in version 70.5, a sign of its longevity and, say many, its enduring quality. The new release has many features aimed at aerospace and automotive engineers. For aerospace, the company promises more accurate simulation of vehicle control system behavior during flight. There are reportedly also advances in support of coupling aerodynamics and structural models. Automotive engineers get a new geometric and nonlinear damping feature to design suspensions better. That's the first step to predicting loads between suspension and body components due to road surfaces. Also, engine manufacturers get new modeling for understanding the dynamic interaction. The MacNeal-Schwendler Corp.: Product Code 4265
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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