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2018 ANSYS Hall of Fame Competition

It is hard to believe that the 2018 ANSYS Hall of Fame competition is upon us!

Every year, entries from around the world display the simulation skills of ANSYS customers. Simulation images and videos are submitted by every type of company — from large, multinational corporations to small startups that are run from the owner’s homes. Fascinating academic entries are provided by professors who use simulation for teaching and research, and by students who might be extremely skilled or very new to ANSYS software.All these entries represent the incredible challenges that are encountered and overcome leveraging the full range of ANSYS simulation software.

The submissions from every industry continue to astound me. If you have never entered the competition before, give it a shot! You may win the 9th Annual 2018 ANSYS Hall of Fame Competition. But, before you hit enter, here are some tips on how to separate yourself from others entering the competition. Because I have helped organize the competition for the past several years, I see all the entries and understand what the judges are looking for. Read about some of my favorite entries from past years and why I think they won.

2014 Hall of Fame Competition Winners,  Best in Show: Academic - Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development

Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development

2014 Best in Show: Corporate

  • The entry shows a unique aorta model with a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) developed for a specific 65-year-old male patient.
  • Why it may have scored well
    • The strong visual displayed both structural and fluid software results.
    • An innovative multiphysics approach helps solve a healthcare-related problem.
  • Insight
    • Although this entry showed multiple images, it is not always necessary to do so. In some cases, a single image with an excellent description might be a better choice.
2015 Hall of Fame Competition Winners: BRP


2015 Best in Show: Corporate

  • Simulation provided better understanding of the cavitation and drag forces at work on the outside of the gear case for a 300 HP two-stroke outboard marine engine.
  • Why it may have scored well
    • It had a strong visual that clearly shows an outboard motor.
    • The description of the problem, solution and result was concise and understandable. It described both the technical and business problems that were solved.
  • Insight
    • Clarity and brevity are key. Clearly state the purpose of the simulation and whether the goal was achieved, and show that in the image or animation. Make sure that someone unfamiliar with the application can understand it by viewing the graphic and reading a few words.
Jacobs Analytics

Jacobs Analytics

2017 Best in Show: Startup

  • This entry was our first winner in the Startup category (ANSYS Startup Program members — you have a really good shot at winning in this category because it is a smaller field). It revealed the design of a food smoker, a type of product that any consumer could go out and purchase.
  • Why it may have scored well
    • Sometimes a good solid entry is all that you need to come out on top.
    • The innovative use of CAE and the business benefits for a startup helped Jacobs pull away from others in the category.
  • Insight
    • Anyone who enters could win. All you need is a good visual and an understandable explanation of what you have achieved with ANSYS software.
University of Wisconsin-Madison 2015 Best in Show: Academic: University of Wisconsin-Madison

2015 Best in Show: Academic

  • A swimming leatherback turtle was simulated to determine the turbulence, pressure and wall heat flux. As always, some of the most innovative entries are from academic submissions.
  • Why it may have scored well
    • The judges really liked the innovative use of CAE.
    • They appreciated the technical difficulty of simulating the swimming turtle.
  • Insight
    • In this case, a video of the simulated swimming turtle was needed to understand the physics. Animation is not always necessary, but because of the nature of this application, it helped.

VAirdo Inc.


2016 Hall of Fame Finalist

  • As the use of multicopters and drones increases, simulation helps study efficiency improvements to enable increased flight time.
  • Why it may have scored well
    • An appealing, recognizable image helped this entry in the competition.
    • It contained good visuals that reveal expertise in design and simulation.
  • Insights
    • With a little more explanation of the business benefits, this entry may have been named best-in-show. Make sure you carefully consider your answers to all the questions.

I hope my insights will be helpful to you. Good luck in the 2018 ANSYS Hall of Fame Competition.

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