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
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.