## Curing the Winter Sports Blues with Bobsledding

Most years the short month of February is possibly the least exciting month for sports in the United States. February starts with the biggest game of the year with the crowning of the NFL’s top team, but then what? Once every four years we …

## Modeling March Madness Part 2: Spin vs. No Spin

The myth goes like this: A shot with no backspin will hit the rim and then tragically bounce away with no chance of going in. In contrast, the magic of spinning somehow slows the ball down during the impact(s) and …

## Don’t Let the Ocean Knock You Down

Subsurface mooring deployment, recovery, and performance in current and waves For many years moorings have been designed using basic mass-drag-buoyancy calculations, spreadsheets, rules-of-thumb, black magic scripts, and a dose of ‘salty-sea-dog’ experience. With these methods, we can frequently estimate a …

## Takeaways From the 2018 LeichtbauGipfel – Lightweight Design for the Mobility of Tomorrow

Last week a few hundred engineers and designers from major German OEMs and Tiers gathered in the Bavarian town of Würzburg at the 7th LeichtbauGipfel (German for Lightweight Summit) to discuss how lightweight design impacts the vehicles we drive everyday. …

## The Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Method vs. Finite Volume Numerical Methods

Part one of this series covered the basics of the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) method. In part two, we’ll take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages over the more traditional Finite Volume Numerical Methods and describe the SPH …

## Modeling March Madness: Simulating a 3-Point Shot

With March Madness beginning today (US college basketball tournament), I was asked to create a basketball simulation, so here we go! Let’s try a three-pointer with backspin from 8 meters. It hits the back board a bit low and off …

## Basics of the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) Method

This two-part blog series will familiarize you with the basics of the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) method, discuss some of its advantages and disadvantages over the more traditional Finite Volume (FV) numerical methods, and say a few words of the …

## Engineers: Stop Doing Algebra by Hand!

Save Time and Reduce Risk with Computer Algebra Systems Manual equation manipulation is labor intensive, time consuming, and notoriously prone to error. Simply put, doing algebra by hand is expensive. When faced with expensive processes, engineers find ways to mechanize …

## More than Plots and Graphs – Experience NVH First-Hand

Altair Partner Alliance (APA) member, Brüel & Kjær (B&K), is taking NVH testing and evaluation to the next level with their industry leading NVH Simulator. Dave Bogema, Product Manager – NVH Refinement at B&K, presented “The Benefits of Experiencing NVH …