Submitted by Richard Smith on March 8, 2007 - 21:23
One of the most dramatic examples of an aerodynamic device is a Formula 1 racing car. It wasn't always so, in fact pre-1967 F1 cars made very little use of aerodynamics. The thinking at that time was to optimize cars for straight-line speed, i.e., minimize drag.
Submitted by Richard Smith on October 31, 2006 - 20:58
Ever noticed when you walk a dog it always wants to investigate the area just beyond the range of its leash? Seems the same universal rule is in play configuring Computational Aided Engineering (CAE) simulations, slightly too big to fit the available resources. If only we had a leash to rein in errant simulations.
Submitted by Richard Smith on October 26, 2006 - 19:42
The relentless push to make Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software easier to learn and use is opening up the discipline to those previously excluded from the CAE party. Some view this as a bad thing, allowing novices to play with fire and make product design decisions. I'm sure the same was said when the car was in its infancy, the printing press and more recently the Internet.