Winners of the 2016 ANSYS Hall of Fame competition announced

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

From reducing aircraft emissions to pinpointing the degree of cervical degenerative disc disease before and after treatment, the six winning entries of the annual ANSYS Hall of Fame competition highlight how simulation software is solving the most complex engineering challenges across industries.

The contest gives ANSYS users the opportunity to showcase their simulation and engineering skills by producing striking images and animations. The submissions were divided into two categories – corporate and academic – and allowed ANSYS to select multiple “best-in-class” winners from each category.

The corporate winners are: Combustion Research and Flow Technology (CRAFT Tech), Design Methods and Lucy Electric.

CRAFT Tech used ANSYS Fluent to accurately capture flame temperature suppression in aircraft propulsion and power generation systems, enabling aircraft engine manufacturers to reduce emissions and avoid potentially dangerous flameout conditions.

Design Methods successfully designed an A-Class catamaran sail using ANSYS Fluent, enabling the company to offer a premium design service to sail manufacturers, sailing teams and private ship owners to improve the performance of any sailing ship.

Lucy Electric engineers used ANSYS Mechanical APDL electromagnetic field simulations to model how the effects in time-varying loads influence the current distribution among contact points in circular contact elements of electric switchgear. As a result, they reduced the number of failed tests and sped up the electric switchgear design process.

The academic winners are: City University London and Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Leibniz University Hannover and the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

City University London and Centre for Research and Technology Hellas researchers used ANSYS DesignModeler and ANSYS Fluent to model gas/oil droplets in a fluid catalytic cracking reactor for more efficient conversion in petroleum refining.

Leibniz University researchers used ANSYS Mechanical land ANSYS Fluent to design a two-frequency induction furnace used for melting metals. This enabled the researchers to create a design that prevents metal leakage, a known limiting factor for melts over a certain size.

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology researchers used ANSYS Workbench to model the human upper body to explore different surgical techniques and physiological movements, which led to successfully identifying the extent of cervical degenerative disc disease before and after treatment.

“It’s exciting to see the calibre of entries we receive each year for the Hall of Fame competition that highlight the value of engineering simulation,” said Mark Hindsbo, vice president of marketing, ANSYS. “Companies in virtually every industry are using simulation to accelerate the design process, reduce time to market and most importantly, innovate both in product performance and energy efficiency. These best-in-class winners provide valuable insight and highlight how simulation can be used to design the products of tomorrow.”

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