Systems engineering can aid in designing an efficient wind turbine generator.
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With high-speed iterations between mechanical and fluids software, fluid structure interaction quickly pinpointed the cause of damaging vibrations and assessed new designs for offshore oil and gas equipment. First, engineers performed a modal analysis with ANSYS Mechanical software, which calculated relatively low first natural frequencies in the range of 15 Hz to 25 Hz. The mode shapes from this analysis indicated that the maximum vibration amplitude would occur in the lower cone of each structure. Next, the engineering team performed a fluid structure interaction (FSI) simulation to study the turbulent flow of exhaust gases through the stack and the resulting pressure fluctuations on the sidewalls.
The market for electric power generation equipment is growing more competitive every day, with customers demanding more reliable, eco-friendly products at lower cost. Marelli Motori meets these demands using ANSYS Maxwell, ANSYS Mechanical and ANSYS CFD in multiphysics simulations to deliver the tailor-made solutions their customers have come to rely on. More recently, they have begun using ANSYS Discovery Live to obtain instantaneous simulation results with every on-the-fly change to a product’s geometry or operating conditions, greatly reducing design time.
By designing a tree-like wind power generator with steel branches and plastic leaves, New Wind has created an aesthetically pleasing alternative energy source for urban environments, bringing energy generation closer to people.
Countries around the world increasingly rely on renewable energy technologies for electricity. Brazilian company WEG is a leader in design and production of electric machines including those for renewable energy which requires overcoming a wide range of engineering challenges. WEG Energy leverages the broad portfolio of ANSYS solutions across all aspects of product design, throughout the design process and even during product operation.
Nuclear fusion, the process that generates the sun’s heat, has the potential to generate virtually unlimited amounts of clean, safe energy on earth. Although fusion power has long been pursued, the benefits of developing a reliable system to generate this energy is well worth the effort. French Atomic Energy Commission engineers are using ANSYS software to overcome the difficult challenges involved in protecting fusion reactor components from operating temperatures of about 150 million degrees. ANSYS electromagnetic and structural simulations are leveraged to design components to withstand enormous thermal loads; ANSYS fluid dynamics software is applied to cooling system design; and optical simulation is used to calibrate infrared temperature measurement systems so that engineers can accurately distinguish bright spots caused by direct heat flux from heat flux merely caused by reflections.
Analyzing a World Cup stadium with ANSYS multiphysics tools takes one-tenth the time of wind-tunnel testing.