By Travis Mikjaniec, Application Engineer, Mechanical Analysis Division, Mentor Graphics
Editor’s Note: As Thanksgiving approaches, we’re happy to share one engineer’s quest to cook the perfect turkey with the help of computational fluid analysis (CFD). Have a happy Thanksgiving.
As the annual Thanksgiving feast approached at our house (and my wife isn’t, let’s say, experienced at cooking American food), taking the engineer’s perspective, I decided I would prefer not to have hit or miss Thanksgiving holiday dinners for the next 10 years while figuring out what is important and what isn’t when it comes to roasting a turkey. I had some empirical (experimental) results from the last two Thanksgiving dinners, but not enough to make my conclusions, so I built a computational fluid dynamics model in the Mentor Graphics FloEFD software and ran a number of airflow analyses to answer some of the questions that were plaguing me. Just exactly what is the best way to cook a large turkey, what effect does the type of oven have, and what type of rack and roasting pan produces the best results? In this article, I discuss the details of the model and my analyses, providing answers to these age-old mysterious questions once and for all. Continue reading
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The third annual modeFRONTIER 2013 Users Meeting is being held November 6 at The Inn at St. John’s, in Plymouth, MI. It is a place where users of modeFRONTIER, ESTECO’s platform for multi-disciplinary and multi-objective optimization, come together to exchange knowledge, share methods and techniques, and hear about other innovative experiences enabled by the software.
For the most part, Siemens PLM Software thrives on desktop programs for design and engineering. In the case of its simulation products (NX CAE offerings), they’re augmented with the option to run on clusters, usually installed onsite, sequestered within an organization’s private cloud. But the launch of IntoSite, an addition to Siemens’ Tecnomatix suite, marks the company’s steps toward a territory it has so far sidestepped — the public cloud. Continue reading