Acoustic Testing Facility Takes Loud to New Levels

The next time you feel like complaining about your noisy neighbors or the guy in the car next to you whose stereo is cranked so loud that it rattles your fillings, take a minute to be grateful he isn’t blasting his music through the 154-decibel sound system at the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF).

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Contest Showcases Application of MSC Software

MSC Software is looking for how you use their products to develop your products or next innovation through their “Simulating Reality” Contest.

Submit a high-resolution photo or video by Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 demonstrating how MSC Software’s technology helps you create real-world CAE applications in an interesting or cutting-edge way.

You can apply to participate in one of two groups: Industry Group and University Group. Out of the applicant pool, 10 winners will be showcased on the MSC Software website and recognized in the Spring Issue of Simulating Reality.

For further qualifications, and how to submit your entries, visit MSC Software online.

Adaptive, Moving Sculptures Respond to Environment

Malta architect William Bondin has come up with a prototype sculpture that could turn public art into malleable, moving “organisms” that respond to their environment as they change shape and position. The scaffolding-like structures would use solar energy to power light and moisture sensors that would help guide the structures as they changed position — a concept that is both delightful and unnerving. Continue reading

Japan Boosts Railway Simulation Capability

The Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) in Japan has added more muscle to its supercomputer infrastructure for complex railway simulations. The organization, which focuses on research and development of railway-related science and technology, has deployed a Cray XC30-AC supercomputer, Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer, and a Cray Sonexion storage system into production.


Research to Tackle Informatics of Making

The introduction of new materials, new manufacturing methods (like 3D printing), and advanced computational models have changed the way designers and engineers go about their work. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Drexel University hope to develop new computational tools that combine computing, materials, and manufacturing advancements to better account for the complexity of new products that are manufactured in non-traditional ways using advanced materials.

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