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Modal frequency analysis can be sued to determine the natural frequencies of everything from buildings to lawn mowers. Understand the basics of the workflow in this quick guide.










What Classes Should Be Included at Autodesk University 2016?

by angela.schrader On 05/18/16 03:53:55 PM

Autodesk University is the world's largest gathering of Autodesk customers. It provides an intense opportunity to attend classes, forums and keynotes with product experts and thought leaders as well as network with simulation peers and members of our Autodesk team.

 

Planning is now underway for AU 2016 set to take place in mid-November.  Our professors are busy brainstorming what classes we could offer bright students such as yourselves. We could use your help! Read more about AU and let us know what kinds of classes would be of interest to you - both in the live event and through AU Online. 

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Mega Strom Chasing with Autodesk CFD

by herzinj On 05/16/16 08:25:58 PM

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External flow analysis is used to design everything from cars to planes. With the help of Air Man's hurricanes, we're able to learn how to set up an external flow anlaysis in Autodesk CFD.





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What’s New in Autodesk Simulation Mechanical 2017

by herzinj On 05/10/16 07:29:38 PM

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Additional support for Autodesk Nastran, improved surface meshing and increased usability are just some of the changes made to Autodesk Simulation 2017. Read on to get the details. 

 





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It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to determine the drag on a car, the air speed velocity of an Unladen Swallow or helping a duck evade an ever annoying hound, Autodesk Flow Design is the tool to quickly get things done.





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What’s New in Autodesk CFD 2017

by herzinj On 05/04/16 12:46:16 PM

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There are a number of big improvements to Autodesk CFD 2017, many of which were driven by the community through the IdeaStation. Take a look at some of the bigger changes that you will see in the latest version.





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Help guide Mario through the Mushroom Kingdom by optimizing contact between his hand and the bricks he is smashing along the way! Nastran In-CAD is the perfect tool for the job.










What’s New in Autodesk Moldflow 2017

by herzinj On 04/27/16 01:53:03 PM

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Autodesk Moldflow 2017 has been making improvements across the board. From improved meshing and stability, to making the software easier to use, there's a little something for everybody. Take a look at some of the huge changes you'll see in the latest release. 





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8-bit Simulation - Hot Tracks, Cool Trucks

by herzinj On 04/25/16 05:18:52 PM
What’s New in Autodesk Nastran In-CAD 2017

by herzinj On 04/19/16 08:20:07 PM

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Just 6 months after the last release, with nearly 30 improvements added in the 2017 release of Autodesk Nastran In-CAD, we're take a look at some of the biggest!





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Welcome to the first episode of 8-bit Simulation! In this episode, we will take a look at one of the more challenging process in FEA, setting up surface to surface contact that runs in a timely fashion.  Using Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, and a little help from Donkey Kong, we'll step through how you can define contact for any model you're working on.





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The Lighter Side of Explosions

by herzinj On 04/06/16 01:39:50 PM

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“Let's blow some stuff up.”  -  Adam Savage





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It is common knowledge that finite element simulations are dependent on the size of the elements. For example, meshes with smaller elements are better able to resolve stress concentrations compared to meshes with relatively large elements. Mesh sensitivity is FEA 101. Less commonly discussed, however, is the effect of element arrangement on the solution. Here, the benefits and drawbacks of 3 element arrangements are discussed in the context of progressive failure analysis of structures made from composite materials.

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Looking Up to the Future of Making Things

by herzinj On 03/16/16 12:06:37 PM

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“What you need to start doing is to think of computing as though it were infinite.” - Carl Bass, Autodesk CEO

 





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Tip Tuesday: How to View Applied Temperatures

by herzinj On 03/01/16 06:12:49 PM

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If you are concerned about thermally induced stresses in your design, you will want to run a thermal analysis to determine the temperature distribution.  Here are the steps necessary to ensure that your actually doing what you think you are.





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Failing to plan: the ultimate cost of poor design

by herzinj On 02/24/16 01:59:07 PM

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“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

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Tips Tuesday: How to Perform a Thermal Stress Analysis

by angela.schrader On 02/17/16 05:38:24 PM

Thermal stress effects (stresses caused by thermal expansion or contraction of the material) can have a significant contribution to the overal stress state of your part. Thus, it is important to include them when conducting a structural analysis. The following post gives a quick overview on how to account for thermal stress effects by coupling heat transfer analysis and a strucutral analysis.  

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Collaboration in the New IoT Landscape

by herzinj On 02/10/16 02:12:51 PM

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Creation never happens in a silo. Even when a painter escapes to that retreat far from society, hoping to avoid influence from the “unnatural” world, there’s no getting away from techniques learned from other painters or ideas passed down through generations. Creation is always a collaborative effort, and with the arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT), creative collaboration is taking on a new meaning.





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Autodesk SimStudio Tools has been shipping as a companion application to Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, CFD and Moldflow for almost a year now. Our customers have been delighted by the benefits SimStudio Tools brings to their Simulation workflows. Let’s look at how SimStudio Tools can be your best friend too.





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If you weren’t able to join us in Las Vegas last week for Autodesk University, don’t worry.  Here’s your chance to catch up on all of the excitement, as well as get access to the Simulation resources and classes made available throughout the week.