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Oct 11 / Robert Kakos

TechTalk Update: Replay Matlab Auto 2012, Innovation Marketplace 10/16, Testing Expo 10/19, Tech Entrepreneur 11/1, TechCrunch Meet-up 11/7

MathWorks Automotive Conference 2012

Automotive experts from leading OEMs and suppliers came together at the MathWorks Automotive Conference 2012 to network, exchange ideas, and discuss challenges and successes with system-level design and embedded controls development.

Sessions and classes at the conference covered applications of Model-Based Design for vehicle electrification, AUTOSAR, safety systems, design verification, and production code generation.

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  • Keynote by Sameer Prabhu, director of industry marketing at MathWorks
  • MathWorks sessions on process maturity assessment, AUTOSAR, computer vision, and production code generation
  • Industry sessions from Autoliv, John Deere, Lear Corp., and others
  • UNO III concept bike exhibit by BPG Werks
  • Networking with automotive engineers from OEM and suppliers


Innovation Marketplace for Start-Up Companies

Sponsored by:

Are you an electronics technology startup company or entrepreneur wanting to establish yourself within the mobility industry?

Do you have a single product or focused product line that needs exposure to OEMs or financial partners?

SAE Convergence is the perfect opportunity for you to meet the right people!

For over 30 years, the Convergence Conference & Exhibition has served the transportation community by delivering relevant electronic technology solutions to OEMs, tier suppliers and the military with a captivating line-up of invited presenters addressing “hot-button” topics from a managerial perspective.

This year, SAE, the Convergence Technical Committee and the 2012 host company General Motors are proud to announce the addition of the NEW! Innovation Marketplace – an opportunity to connect people, companies, ideas and innovation!

Why Apply?

Opportunity! Exposure!

  • Opportunity to meet automotive leadership, all in one place: OEM’s, Tier 1’s, top Executives and Media!
  • Face-to-face networking: lounges, receptions and more!
  • Promote your company’s participation pre-show with SAE-provided toolkit!



North American Testing Expo 2012

The North American Testing Expo 2012 is offering a special introduction of the all new AVL COMPACT product family, an out-of-the-box easy to install and cost effective solution for engine development, component testing and the performance market. During the Testing Expo researchers, students, and faculty will have a Live Demonstration of the AVL COMPACT on Tuesday, October 23rd from 5 to 8pm in the Pearl Room at The Suburban Collection Showcase (location of the North American Testing Expo) in Novi, Michigan.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Neilly Peri ( by Friday, October 19th.

Download the Product Launch Reception invite: Invitation PDF


Diary of an Entrepreneur

TechTown Detroit

Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Detroit, MI

TechTown hosts this event where Vince Thomas, founder and CEO of Troy-based Billhighway, will offer lessons and cautionary tales from his journey to creating a successful startup. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. To register  CLICK HERE


TechCrunch Meetup in Detroit

On November 7 TechCrunch is hosting a free meetup at Detroit’s Hockeytown Cafe. Come out, have some drinks on our sponsors and talk startups with the TechCrunch crew. The festivities kick off at 6pm and conclude at 10pm.

RSVP here for TorontoDetroit and Chicago!


Hockeytown Cafe

Hockeytown Cafe

2301 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Visit the Hockeytown Cafe website.



Jul 5 / Robert Kakos

Free ANSYS Webinar Series : ANSYS Inc. external web site

One hour


Who should attend?

•   Product scientists and engineers
•   Analysts
•   Technologists
•   Project managers and directors

For more information:

ANSYS Webinar Series

Automotive Exhaust Aftertreatment Simulations
This webinar will provide an overview of the simulation-based analysis of several aftertreatment applications with focus on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems.
Tuesday, July 10 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, 1:00 p.m. GMT
Thursday, July 12 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, 8:00 p.m. GMT

Computational Fluid Dynamics Applications for Offshore and Marine – 2012 Update
The webinar will provide a brief introduction to the ANSYS CFD tools followed by a series of technical case studies.
Tuesday, July 17 at 9:45 a.m. EDT, 1:45 p.m. GMT

Computational Structural Mechanics Applications for Offshore – 2012 Update
This webinar will be an update on recent applications of the ANSYS structural mechanics software in the offshore industry.
Thursday, July 19 at 9:45 a.m. EDT, 1:45 p.m. GMT

Power Electronics for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
This webinar will show how electric drives are found in many areas of transportation and industrial automation and how the trend of incorporating more power electronics in mechatronic applications will continue and even accelerate due to significant benefits of weight and cost reduction.
Tuesday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, 8:00 p.m. GMT
Thursday, July 26 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, 1:00 p.m. GMT

Optimized Design of Rotating Machinery for Durability and Fatigue
This webinar will show you how ANSYS nCode DesignLife enables product virtual testing before the initial prototype is built.
Tuesday, August 07 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, 1:00 p.m. GMT
Thursday, August 09 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, 8:00 p.m. GMT

Modeling Engine Ports Using ANSYS CFD
In this webinar, the use of ANSYS Workbench to analyze and optimize engine ports will be discussed.
Tuesday, August 28 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, 1:00 p.m. GMT
Thursday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, 8:00 p.m. GMT

Understanding Hardware Selection for Structural Mechanics
This webinar will identify recommended hardware configurations for various usage and license scenarios and will help you maximize your return.
Tuesday, September 18 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, 1:00 p.m. GMT
Thursday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, 8:00 p.m. GMT

ANSYS Ask The Expert Webinar Series
Ask-The-Expert – Modeling Creep Behavior in ANSYS Mechanical and Mechanical APDL 14.0
This webinar will explain how to model creep behavior in ANSYS Mechanical and Mechanical APDL 14.0.
Wednesday, July 11 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, 1:00 p.m. GMT

Ask-The-Expert – Best Practices for Scale-Resolving Simulations (SRS) with ANSYS CFD
This webinar will focus on discussing the types of flows for which each of the individual SRS models are suited and the impact of numerical settings on model performance.
Wednesday, July 11 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, 8:00 p.m. GMT

Ask the Expert – Battery Cell Electrochemical and Thermal Modeling
This webinar will show two battery models traditionally used separated have been connected together.
Wednesday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, 1:00 p.m. GMT

Ask-the-Expert – Best Practices for Meshing Complex CAD Geometries in ANSYS Icepak
In this webinar you’ll see strategies to create a good quality, body-fitted mesh for a variety of complex CAD geometries using the Mesher-HD scheme in ANSYS Icepak.
Wednesday, July 18 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, 8:00 p.m. GMT

Ask-The-Expert – External Data Mapping in ANSYS Workbench and Mechanical 14.0
This webinar will explain how to use External Data to map results from various analysis types and products into ANSYS Mechanical and how to validate the mapping.
Wednesday, July 25 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, 1:00 p.m. GMT
Wednesday, August 08 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, 8:00 p.m. GMT

Ask-The-Expert – Modeling Rotordynamic Behavior in ANSYS Mechanical and Mechanical APDL 14.0
This webinar will explain how to model and assess rotordynamic behavior in ANSYS Mechanical and Mechanical APDL 14.0.
Wednesday, September 19 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, 1:00 p.m. GMT
Wednesday, October 03 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, 8:00 p.m. GMT

Jun 11 / Robert Kakos

Computer Vision with MATLAB

Upcoming Webinar: Computer Vision with MATLAB


This webinar is offered at the following date/time(s):
22 Jun 2012 8:00 AM CDT

Computer Vision with MATLAB

Computer vision uses images and video to detect, classify, and track objects or events in order to understand a real-world scene.  In this webinar, you will learn about new capabilities for computer vision with the MATLAB product family.  Through product demonstrations, you will see how to:

  • Detect, extract, and match features such as corners and SURF features
  • Perform automatic image registration with RANSAC to estimate the geometric transformation
  • Recognize objects with the Viola-Jones algorithm
  • Track objects with the color histogram-based CAMShift algorithm

This webinar assumes some experience with MATLAB and Image Processing Toolbox.  We will focus on the Computer Vision System Toolbox.

About the Presenter: Bruce Tannenbaum works on image processing and computer vision applications in technical marketing at MathWorks. Earlier in his career, he developed computer vision and wavelet-based image compression algorithms at Sarnoff Research Center.


May 10 / Robert Kakos

All WSU Gets Free Food & Fun @ Upcoming Hyperwork Technology Conference @ RenCen

2012 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference

3 Days FREE to the WSU Community.  Wayne State University Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni (and their family) are invited to visit the 2012 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference.   The Tech Conference is being held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance building downtown beginning May 15.  The event will feature some the world’s best talent in Computer-Aided Engineering simulation.

The event will feature internationally renowned speakers, contain hand’s-on workshops, discussion panels, roundtables, and exhibits of suppliers, vendors, and OEM’s of the CAE industry.  The event is a great opportunity to network, collaborate on possible research, job hunt, scout the future of CAE, team with possible companies on projects, show-off the Warrior passion and entertain friends and family to an exciting day of technology.

In order to attend the event, registration is required.  Please visit

We will be handing out free goodies at the event to anyone we see wearing WSU gear.  Wear a WSU hat, jacket, shirt, button or more and receive a surprise.   If you have any questions or  comments please e-mail  We would love to hear about your adventure!


Altair Engineering’s HyperWorks is a computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software platform that allows businesses to create superior, market-leading products efficiently and cost effectively. HyperWorks accomplishes this in two significant ways:

  • A flexible software licensing model that replaces expensive traditional licensing plans with a pay-per-use system. Employees across organizational and geographic boundaries will be able to access simultaneously not only the HyperWorks suite, but also a broad range of complementary third-party programs and other Altair products at no extra cost.
  • Simulation-driven design technologies that enables achievement of performance, timing, and cost targets through rapid, low-cost, virtual exploration that accelerates informed decision making throughout the product life cycle.

HyperWorks Philosophy
HyperWorks provides the most comprehensive, open-architecture CAE solution in the industry, including best-in-class modeling, analysis, visualization and data management solutions for linear, nonlinear, structural optimization, fluid-structure interaction, and multi-body dynamics applications. Committed to an open-systems philosophy, Altair HyperWorks continues to lead the industry with the broadest interoperability to commercial CAD and CAE solutions in the PLM market space.

Often some of the most sought after sessions on a conference agenda are the training sessions. This year at HTC 2012, Altair brings together HyperWorks experts with comprehensive training material so you and your teams can get the training you need.

With hundreds of improvements and enhancements made to 11.0, it makes this version of HyperWorks the most feature-rich version to date. HTC 2012 will have eight sessions dedicated to seminar-based training on select products and topics held in two hour sessions.   Trainings will be available Tuesday, May 15th. After training sessions, apply the new material in the Hand-On Training Lab. The Lab will be available for the duration of the conference. Training provided at the HTC 2012 is available at no additional cost.

In this seminar-based training, the following topics will be covered:

This session will focus on the use of HyperWorks tools for CFD applications. Students will be exposed to both basic and advanced capabilities and simulation techniques. Basic topics involve the meshing and set-up of a simple fluid flow application. Advanced topics will focus on the set-up, simulation, and post-processing of multi-physics applications.

Connectors are very convenient when working on complex models with hundreds of connections, but even if there is only a small number of connections the use of connectors is beneficial. This training is directed towards both inexperienced and experienced users in the field of connectors.

The following topics will also be discussed:

  • Connector Browser
  • Classification of connectors
  • Connectors and the imprint functionality
  • Seam partitioning


This session will focus on the use of HyperWorks tools for Automotive Crash applications. Attendees will be exposed to the interface of TeamCenter-HyperMesh integration for batchmeshing and setting up the model in HyperCrash for Analysis. Demonstrations of advanced concepts in the RADIOSS solver for crash analyses will be covered.

Advanced Midsurfacing
This session will focus on the use of HyperMesh for Advanced Midsurfacing operations. Students will be exposed to advanced capabilities and tools such as extending surfaces, target assignment, re-run process, and thickness assignment capabilities.

This session will focus on the use of NVH Director True Full Vehicle Simulation framework for NVH analysis. Students will be exposed to the HyperWorks tool suite for Subsystem NVH modeling, full vehicle model assembly and loadcase setup, NVH post-processing and diagnostics, and NVH model reduction and optimization.

Vehicle Durability
Durability is one of the key aspects of vehicle product design. There is an ever-growing need to accurately replicate durability tests in a virtual environment to not only design durable components but also to consider durability analysis upfront in the product development cycle.

In this interactive workshop, students will learn:

  • How industries are currently applying CAE to analyze vehicle durability
  • How different groups coordinate their efforts to assess the fatigue life of components
  • How Altair HyperWorks can help users with virtual durability analysis

Students will not only receive a detailed overview of the durability processes, but also have the opportunity to interact with our domain experts.

This session will focus on the following topics:

  • Zone-based Vs Ply-based HyperWorks composite modeling approach
  • CATIA – CPD based composite modeling
  • Fibersim Interface
  • Conventional shell vs. Continuum shell / solid composite modeling

Students will also learn about optimization and future HyperWorks enhancements. HyperWorks tips for ply based-PCOMPP and Zone based (PCOMP/PCOMPG) modeling for Multi laminate structures will also be covered.

You can register for these sessions by clicking here.

Tips & Tricks
You will also have a chance to attend the popular Tips & Tricks Session. This session is designed to enable organizations to best apply the capabilities required for implementing product development best practices, the new Tips & Tricks session will provide users with information to more efficiently perform development functions.

UPDATE: A second session has been added! Please view the agenda for more details.

Hands-On Training Lab
Experience HyperWorks in the Hands-On Training Center which will be running interactive material that will enable users to try specific exercises in the newest version of HyperWorks software.

Self Paced Courses
Don’t have time to attend class? Need a specific topic right now? Altair is now offering self paced classes available at anytime to our customers! The Self Paced classes use our See It, Try It, Do It methodology to instruct users. Check out the Self Paced Course List to take entire courses or just a particular section as needed, and remember to visit the Hands-On Training Lab at HTC 2012 to learn more and experience these courses first-hand.

For courses at our regional offices and partner universities, don’t forget to visit our Training home page to check out the latest course schedule in your area.

Make the most of your time in Detroit and get the training you need to keep yourself and your teams productive by registering today.


Agenda Overview

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  • HyperWorks Training

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
  • Featured Speakers
  • Customer Presentations
  • Tips & Tricks

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Thursday, May 17, 2012
  • HyperWorks Vision Presentations
  • Customer Presentations
  • Tips & Tricks 2

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

1:00 – 3:00 pm: HyperWorks Seminar-based TrainingSession 1 – CFD TrainingSession 2 – Connectors Training

Session 3 – Optimization Training

Session 4 – Crashworthiness Training

3:15 – 5:15 pm: HyperWorks Seminar-based TrainingSession 5 – Advanced Midsurfacing TrainingSession 6 – NVH Training

Session 7 – Vehicle Durability Training

Session 8 – Composites Training

5:15 – 8:00 pm: Evening Reception
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

7:30 – 8:30 am: Registration / Breakfast / Exhibitor Networking
8:30 – 9:30 am: Featured Speaker Session – Renaissance BallroomAltair, James Scapa
Vision Presentation
9:30 – 10:15 am: Featured Speaker Session – Renaissance BallroomSystems Planning & Analysis, Inc.,
T.K. Mattingly

Simulation, Reality and Humans
10:15 – 10:30 am: Networking Break
10:30 – 10:40 am: 10 Minute Time Out – Altair ProductDesign
10:40 – 11:25 am: Featured Speaker Session – Renaissance BallroomDallara Automobili, Luca Pignacca
Speed and Safety: Composite Materials in Motorsport
11:25 – 12:10 am: Featured Speaker Session – Renaissance BallroomGartner, Inc., Marc Halpern
Defining and Navigating a Realistic Simulation Roadmap
12:10 – 1:00 pm: Lunch – Ambassador Ballroom
1:15 – 4:15 pm: Customer Breakout SessionsSession 1 – Automotive SafetyFord Motor Company, Bhimaraddi Alavandi
Integrated Vehicle & Occupant Simulation using RADIOSS

Autoliv, Nirmal Narayan
Airbag Development Process Using HyperWorks Automation

Dorel Juvenile Group, Dr. Rajiv Menon
Development of Computational Models for the Advancement of Child Safety Seat Designs

Fraunhofer, Dominik Borsotto
Identification of Scatter Sources and Significant Reduction of Scatter Occurrence with DIFFCRASH

Ford Motor Company,Bhimaraddi Alavandi
Semi-Rigid Occupant Simulation Using RADIOSS

Humanetics, Fuchun Zhu
Performance Improvement of Recently Updated FE Dummy Models
Session 2 – Automotive

American Axle & Manufacturing, William Wang
PropShaft U-Joint Needle Bearing Edge Loading Analysis with Altair HyperMesh

CoreTech Systems, Dr. Anthony Yang
Moldex3D, Structural Analysis, and HyperStudy Integrated in HyperWorks Platform

Ford Motor Company, Steve Lee
Setting up User Macros for Your Department

General Motors, Kausik Mitra & Mahesh Kumar
CAE Process Automator (PA) Development Process Using HyperWorks

HBM nCode, Erik Ostergaard
New Solutions for Fatigue of Composite Materials

University of Windsor, Abdelmonaam Sassi
An Improved Subgrade Model for Crash Analysis of Guardrail Posts

Session 3 – Aerospace

ATK, Ryan Burrell
James Webb Space Telescope Part Optimization: Metallic Fitting Bonded to Composite Tube Under Ambient and Cryogenic Conditions

The Boeing Company, Milan Stefanovic
Rotor-Dynamics Analysis Procedures

AAI, Sony Pauly
Inspire: A Design Engineer’s tool for Concept Design Optimization

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
Benjamin Walke
Finite Element Modeling and Testing of Aerospace Seats under Crash Conditions

The Boeing Company / Altair ProductDesign,
Harley Wattrick
Airframe Modeling using Custom Automation

Session 4 – University

Northwestern University, Wei Chen
Robust Shape and Topology Optimization

Clemson University – ICAR, Prathamesh Marathe
Application of a Novel Metal Folding Technology for Automotive BiW Design

University of Michigan Solar Car Team,
Andrew Huang
Minimizing Body and Chassis Weight on a Solar Powered Race Car Using Altair’s OptiStruct Solver

Coventry University, Jesper Christensen
Optimising Full Electric Vehicle Body In White Architecture from a Styling Envelope

Georgia Institute of Technology, Fabian Zender
& Sylvester Ashok

A Method to Integrate Drive System Design

4:15 – 4:30 pm: Networking Break
4:30 – 4:40 pm: 10 Minute Time Out – HyperWorks Partner Alliance
4:40 – 5:25 pm: Tips & Tricks Session #1 – Renaissance Ballroom
5:30 – 8:30 pm: Evening Reception – forty two degrees north restaurant
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

7:30 – 8:30 am: Registration / Breakfast / Exhibitor Networking
8:30 – 10:00 am: Featured Speaker Session – Renaissance BallroomAltair HyperWorks, Detlef Schneider,
Paolo Sansalvadore, Mahalingam (Sam) Srikanth & James Dagg

Increasing the Pace of Innovation with HyperWorks
10:00 – 10:10 am: 10 Minute Time Out – HyperWorks Training
10:10 – 10:30 am: Networking Break
10:30 – 12:00 pm: Customer Breakout SessionsSession 5 – CFDHPC Advisory Council, Gilad Shainer &
Todd Wilde

AcuSolve Optimizations for Scale

Cooper Standard, Tom Lincoln
Development of Tools to Streamline the Analysis of Turbo-Machinery

Software Cradle, Yuya Ando
More Innovation Using Innovative CFD Software

Visteon, Raymond Ambs
The Significant Role of AcuSolve at Visteon Climate Control
Session 6 – Optimization

Gurit, James Anderson
Design Boats Better – Lessons Learned From Motorsports

Pratt Institute, Peter Macapia
Responsibly Imprecise: Topology, Engineering, and the Politics of the City

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Charles Besjak
Complex Node Design

Session 7 – Energy

Baker Hughes, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali
Reliability in Oil and Gas Operations

Chevron, Jose Dirkzwager
Understanding the Size of the Prize in the Subsurface: Building Complex Geometries using HyperWorks

National Oilwell Varco, Carlos Omar Ramirez
Methods for Increasing Simulation Throughput Using HyperWorks

Session 8 – Impact/Drop Test

A123 Systems, Shawn Zhang & Bishan Ye
Modeling and Analysis of the Battery Packs and Modules in A123 Systems

Mabe, Dante Sanchez Rojas
Improve Packaging Performance Using Simulation

NASA Langley, Antoine Segnegon
RADIOSS FSI at NASA Langley: Water Impact of 20 inch Sphere

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch – Ambassador Ballroom
1:15 – 2:45 pm: Customer Breakout SessionsSession 9 – OptimizationAtkins, Trey Turner
Optimization Study of a Steel Blast Wall

Whirlpool, Prashant Deshmukh & Prafull Gandhi
Design & Development of Laundry Dryer from Performance, Energy Efficiency & Safety Perspective Using AcuSolve as CFD Solver

Van-Rob Kirchhoff Automotive, Dr. Yimin Zhan
Optimization of a Family of Supporting Frames Under Multiple Analysis Constraints Using HyperStudy

Session 10 – Multi-body Dynamics

Fraunhofer, Axel Gallrein
CDTire: State-of-the-Art Tire Models For Full Vehicle Simulation

Honda R&D, Hernan Mercado-Corujo
Full-Vehicle Multi-body Simulations on Virtual Roads – The Challenges of Success

Altair, Keshav Sundaresh & Rajiv Rampalli
Multi-physics with MotionSolve

Session 11 – Automation

General Motors, Cong Wang
Enablers for Rapid Mass Trimming of Vehicle System FE Models

Seagate, Gary Berscheit
Using Process Manager in HyperWorks to Streamline and Standardize FEA Model Generation

National Oilwell Varco, Ted Christiansen
Drillpipe Tooljoint Design Space Study using DOE

General Motors, Jim Tebbe
Complete Automation of CAE Standard Work

Session 12 – Biomechanics

CEDREM, Karine Thoral-Pierre
Development of a New Biomechanical FE Model (HUBYX) of the Human Body System – Dynamic Simulation

Clemson University, Xin Xie
The Effect of Patellar Button Thickness on the Quadriceps Tendon Force in Total Knee Replacement

2:45 – 3:00 pm: Networking Break
3:00 – 3:10 pm: 10 Minute Time Out – HiQube
3:10 – 4:00 pm: Tips & Tricks Session #2 – Renaissance Ballroom
4:00 pm: Closing Session – Renaissance Ballroom
Mar 26 / Robert Kakos

Modeling Elastomers in MSC Nastran

 Modeling Elastomers in MSC Nastran

Many Mechanical Engineering students at WSU, College of Engineering will have an opportunity to model elastomers as part of larger projects.    Elastomers such as rubber require special treatment due to material non-linear behavior, MSC Nastran provides a rich set of resources for accurately modeling real-world problems involving high geometric and material non-linearities.   Applications of MSC Nastran in non-linear domain are wide ranging.

When inventing new products or designs our talented engineering graduates have to take into consideration many real-world challenges when working with elastomers.  For example,

  •     Pre-stress Seal behavior due to assembly, operation, or weathering
  •     Environmental operational strains such as boots, bellows, gaskets, door-seals, bushings, mounts and other visco-elastic constraints
  •     Common condition simulation, contact patch calculations and  fatigue life
  •     Contact Stress analysis of seals subjected to pressure, temperature and frictional effects

To learn more about modeling elastomers in MSC Nastran register for this upcoming free webinar.

Date: April 3, 2012
Time: 8:30 a.m. Eastern or 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Duration: 45 Minutes

Presented by: Fouad Hafiani, Senior Application Engineer;
Webinar Host: Srinivas Reddy, Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Bio: Fouad Hafiani, MSME from UNH, has been working with nonlinear FEA for 18 years. Over the last few years, he provided technical support and training classes for MSC products including MSC Nastran, Patran, Marc/Mentat. Prior to joining MSC, he worked as CAE/FEA engineer as well as a product design and development engineer of polymers and elastomers. He documented material characterization procedures of elastomers including EPDM, TPV, TPE, and PVC for better correlation. He has an FEA Certification from GM, and supported programs and projects from concept to launch. Currently Fouad works as a Senior Application Engineer and supports several products including Marc/Mentat, Nastran, and Patran.

About this Webcast!
Though elastomers are widely used in engineering structures, their modeling and analysis is not very well understood among engineers. Because of large deformations and their unique nonlinear behavior, close attention needs to be paid while modeling these materials. This webinar provides you an overview of some key aspects of elastomer modeling and how you can simulate elastomeric components in MSC Nastran.


Join this webcast to…

  • Learn about the elastomer modeling capabilities in MSC Nastran;
  • Learn how to perform a nonlinear analysis with elastomers;
  • See a demo of the pre & post-processing.

Who Should Attend?

  • CAE Analysts
  • Product Design Engineers
  • Engineering Managers

Cost: FREE

Following the webcast, you will be able to join in a live Q&A to have your specific questions answered.

Click Here

Mar 15 / Robert Kakos

2012 MATLAB Virtual Conference

Topic:  MATLAB Virtual Conference 2012
Accelerating the pace of engineering and science with MATLAB and Simulink. Engage with MATLAB and Simulink users from around the world at this year’s MATLAB Virtual Conference.

Date:  Wed. March 28

Whether you are new to MathWorks products or an experienced user, the MATLAB Virtual Conference will show you how to get the most out of MATLAB® and Simulink®. The agenda for this free event features sessions for users with a range of experience levels. Choose from:

  • Introductory sessions covering the basics
  • “What’s new” sessions highlighting the latest features and capabilities, including those in Release 2012a, planned for March
  • Sessions presented by industry experts, who share examples of their success with MATLAB and Simulink
  • Presentations showcasing how MATLAB and Simulink inspire learning and advance research in academia

The MATLAB Virtual Conference offers you everything that a physical event provides and more. You can:

  • Network with MathWorks experts and your industry peers
  • Explore MathWorks and partner booths to learn about the latest technologies
  • Get answers to your specific product questions


Jim Tung, who’s helped guide the development of MATLAB and Simulink for more than 20 years,delivers the keynote presentation, Getting to Smart.

This free event features live sessions across all time zones. The presentations are organized into four tracks to meet your needs:

  • Track 1 – Discover MATLAB and Simulink: MathWorks engineers demonstrate the core capabilities of the MATLAB and Simulink product families.
  • Track 2 – Find Out What’s New: MathWorks engineers highlight new features and capabilities from recent releases, including Release 2012a, which became available March 1.
  •  Track 3 – See What Industry Experts Are Doing: Users from around the world show how they solve challenging problems with MATLAB and Simulink.
  • Track 4 – Explore MATLAB and Simulink in Academia: Presentations showcase how MATLAB and Simulink inspire learning and advance research.

The MATLAB Virtual Conference offers you everything that a physical event provides and more – all from the comfort of your own chair.

Click on the above image to see what you can expect at the conference.
Conference Preview 2:13

Participating Exhibitors
•Argonne National Laboratory
•EUtech Scientific Engineering GmbH
•SimuQuest, Inc.

Agenda / Time:

COST: Free

Register: CLICK HERE

Please feel free to post comments about the conference.  We have worked feverishly to secure and offer students, faculty, researchers these sort of flexible and timely opportunities.  We are eager to learn of the impact and interest.

Mar 15 / Robert Kakos

Improve Troubleshooting with New Data Analytics


Technical Webinar: Improve Troubleshooting with New Data Analytics

Optimize Analysis and Enhance Collaboration with New Features in the Aspen InfoPlus.21® Product Family

Date: Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT (GMT – 04:00) / 4:00 p.m. Europe Summer Time (Paris‚ GMT + 02:00)

Featured Presenter:  Lynn McMahon, Director of PM&E Product Design, AspenTech
Lynn has more than 25 years of experience delivering AspenTech’s performance management solutions to many customers worldwide including DuPont, Invista, TransAlta, Braskem and BASF.

Topic: New data analytics minimize time to find vital process information. Expanded data distribution capabilities increase collaboration. Combined, these new features increase the overall information value to the organization.

Don’t miss this tutorial that will help you learn how to better leverage these valuable tools.

Register Today

Can’t attend the live webinar?
Simply register and we will send you an on-demand version.

Cost: Free