ITI (Dresden, Germany, www.iti.de/simulation) has its ITI-SIM Version 3.3 engineering simulation software available for on-line tryouts. No need to register either—the package can be tried anonymously for a two-hour shakedown. The session can include loading sample model files, changing parameters, running simulations, and viewing the results. The viewer can also create his or her own models. For help there is a Getting Started tutorial as well as two test choices: Hydraulic Cylinder Drive and Automotive Powertrain and Vehicle Simulation. Once registered, the user can save models, parameters, and results in a free evaluation period for upwards of four weeks. The simulation models are graphic-interactive featuring practical tested models compiled from physical oriented application libraries.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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