'Do more without more' -- new mantra for strategic designers: ANSYS

Bangalore, August 1, 2012. To be truly productive and to compete globally, the Indian Aerospace and Defence community needed to focus, not just on modelling and simulation products but also on process and people, suggested Robert Harwood, Marketing Director, Aerospace and Defense Industry, at ANSYS, the global leader in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Simulation Software.

He was speaking last week at a day-long seminar in Bangalore, which drew customers and design engineers from over a dozen defence research, aerospace and military establishments in the city.

The new mantra, Dr Harwood suggested, was “Do more without more” -- spending more is not the solution. He quoted a former Chief Architect of the US Air Force who rued that USAF “delivered yesterday’s technology tomorrow” – a situation facing many military system designers.

Complexity is the key engineering challenge – and a major factor behind the delays that plagued major defence programmes, suggested Dr Harwood, but there was a magic bullet: “Modelling and ( physics-based) simulation meets this challenge”.

In a keynote peppered with such aphorisms, he added: Products by themselves do not equal productivity. The equation was: product+process+people= productivity. The Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and a large passenger aircraft from Boeing were at opposite ends of the design spectrum – but they both demand integrated multi- dimensional physical solutions.

Finally it all boiled down to computational muscle: “To out-compute is to out-compete!”

P. Jayasimha,
Former Chief Designer (Aerodynamics) at the public sector Hindustan Aeronaurtics Ltd (HAL) delivered the opening keynote on trends and challenges in the Indian Aerospace Industry.Other sessions covered aircraft systems design with simulation, Unmanned Aircraft System design and ANSYS solutions for Space systems

Wrapping up the seminar, Gautam Dutta, India Country Manager, ANSYS said the company’s vision was uniquely positioned to enable Indian aerospace companies to move beyond solvers and maximize return on investment via physics based simulation technology.

Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S, ANSYS, founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. www.ansys.com