Meet the 2015 ANSYS Hall of Fame Winners
Shawn Wasserman posted on January 07, 2015 |

ANSYS just announced the five best-in-class winners of their Hall of Fame competition. The competition acts as a method to showcase some of the most complex engineering simulation images and animations. This year, ANSYS chose three best-in-class corporate winners and two best-in-class academic winners.

Ansys’ Best-in-Class Corporate Simulations

Bombardier Recreational Products

Simulation of a gear case in a 300 HP two-stroke marine outboard engine. Simulation shows cavitation, streaklines and surface pressure when traveling at 75 mph. Also depicted are the displacements, deformation and stresses on the components.

With the help of CAE simulations, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) was able to reduce the external forces acting on the gear case in their 300 HP two-stroke marine outboard engine. The simulation depicts the streaklines, surface pressure and cavitation when the motor runs at 75 mph.

The simulation also shows how these forces affected the components with respect to stress, displacement and deformation. The simulation allowed BRP to correct speed reduction and surface degradation issues.


This simulation outlines the surgeries needed to correct a scoliotic spine.

ANSYS Mechanical allowed Spinologics to simulate the surgeries necessary to correct the spine of a patient suffering from scoliosis. These simulations were patient-specific and led to the discovery of a new procedure and medical device that reduced the risk to the patient.

Andritz Hydro

Spherical Valve from a hydroelectric plant inlet simulation. Simulation helped reduce the weight and assess the safety of the assembly and its components.

Using their simulation, Andritz Hydro was able to reduce the weight of their hydroelectric plant valve inlet by replacing welds with bolts. These bolts allowed for controlled tightening, reduce design time, lower costs and increased sales. The simulation helped to assess how the changes to the design affected the safety of the components and overall assembly.

Ansys’ Best-in-Class Academic Simulations

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

This simulation assesses the effects of various implants to fixate the spine-pelvis-femur complex. It also assesses the effects of posture on the system. The simulation offered doctors mechanical data and clinical options.

ANSYS Workbench helped the research team at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology assess various implants on the spine-pelvis-femur complex. The simulation looks at the effects of various fixation techniques and postures on the performance of the system and the body. Additionally, the simulation produced mechanical data and clinical options for healthcare professionals.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Simulation of a swimming leatherback sea turtle shows the wall heat flux, pressure and turbulence.

A research team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used various ANYSIS CAE programs to simulate the swimming of a leatherback turtle. By modeling the flipper’s stroke at four zones and four phases, the team was able to assess the energy expenditure of the turtle. Their research will help to pinpoint the turtle’s natural habitat and the effects of climate change on the species.

An Amazing Year for Biological Simulations

Sin Min Yap, VP of marketing at ANSYS was amazed with the number of biological simulations that made the list this year as well as the complexity of these simulations: "Organizations in every industry – particularly in healthcare – are increasingly leveraging simulation to speed products to market and to reduce development costs … We see the Hall of Fame submissions growing more complex and sophisticated each year. This year's applicants truly pushed the boundaries of simulation. These best-in-class winners illustrated how simulation can make a clear and lasting difference in research and product development."

Source ANSYS.

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