A couple of weeks ago, we kicked off the SimScale Power Users Program as a way to recognize our most engaged and knowledgeable SimScale users.
These power users have been especially active in the SimScale Community and Forum, have a deep understanding of simulation on the SimScale platform and, most importantly, are keen to share their expertise with all members of the SimScale Community. Feel free to reach out to them if you have any questions about using SimScale.
“I’m Ben. I run a company called Custom Machines. My core business is industrial machine design. This involves mechanical design (SolidWorks), automation, data acquisition and, of course, engineering simulation. My flagship project is a machine that makes grain silos automatically. It can form a typical silo barrel, 5 m in diameter, 6 m tall in around five minutes. These days I do a lot of FEA work with strain gauge validation.
I came to SimScale with some prior experience with Pro/E Mechanica and SolidWorks Simulation. I’ve been using the FEA side of SimScale pretty solidly for about 18 months now. I have no experience with CFD, but I’m hoping to learn as time permits. I’m really supportive of what SimScale is doing and really want to see it reach its full potential.”
Read an interview with Ben about using SimScale here.
“My name is Liang. I used Dylan because a long time ago people generally couldn’t pronounce my name properly. I came to Australia five years ago from China for an undergrad degree in mechanical engineering. Now I am doing a Ph.D. on aerodynamics and aeroacoustics at Macquarie University in Sydney with a former F1 aerodynamicist.
I like motorsport a lot. When I was studying I was part of the FSAE team at the University of Western Australia. Now I am still doing something relevant to motorsport, so I am glad about that. I started to use SimScale about a year ago. I don’t have a lot of hobbies, but designing and building race cars is one of them.”
“My name is Roozbeh Mousavi. I work in Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany) as a research associate in the field of the CFD simulation, specifically the CFD simulation of the cavitation flows.
I accomplished my Ph.D. research in the same university in the field of the higher-order discontinuous Galerkin method for the CFD simulation of the multiphase flows. I am very interested in using CFD for investigating the physics of the flow and optimizing the performance of the fluid systems.
I became familiar with Simscale in my short stay in an engineering office last year. I am working with this platform since the beginning of 2015 as an academic user. I used Simscale to perform some CFD simulations for the Formula student team of TU Darmstadt to determine the aerodynamic performance of their racing car.
It is great that the Simscale platform is getting more and more user-friendly and more capabilities are being included.”
I graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering way back in 1990 and I now live in Boise, Idaho, in the USA. My studies in school focused on experimental fluid mechanics, and when I graduated I was hired on by Boeing in Seattle, Washington into their propulsion research group, where I focused on structural mechanics.
Boeing was an incredible job. I performed a lot of the standard analysis on the static and dynamic components of a jet engine. Things like static, modal, dynamic, nonlinear and thermal analysis. However, I also was able to help develop the capabilities to study a bird impact on a fan blade, including being able to slice through the bird, as well as eroding elements on the fan blade. When I left, I was even working on analyzing what happens when an entire jet engine separated from the aircraft. The codes I worked with ranged from Nastran, Rasna (Mechanica) and SRAC to Dyna and several other codes developed at Livermore National Labs. At Boeing, I was very deeply involved in the theory of FEA and CFD, and I look forward to getting back into the details again.”
“My name is Jousef and I am an engineering student at KIT (Karlsruhe). In my fifth semester, I delved into the subject of dimensioning and validation of mechanical constructions where I also used to apply the finite element method. At the moment, I am a research assistant at an institute, trying to validate a CFD research code called SPARC.
My hobbies are fitness/powerlifting and, of course, participating in the SimScale discussions.
My membership at SimScale started in October 2013. Goals for me for SimScale: If I have enough spare time, I want to open a section where we discuss turbulence and its modeling in general. I think turbulence is one of the hardest subjects in engineering and requires A LOT of understanding.”
“I’m Maciek, a freelance engineer from Poland. My main specialization is CFD, as well as the most common FE analysis. In the longer term, my professional goal is bidirectional FSI simulations. I also feel very strong in simulation-driven design.
My alma mater is Gdańsk University of Technology, where I’ve finished my MSc and Ph.D. studies at a shipbuilding faculty and my post-graduate in engineering simulations at the faculty of applied physics and mathematics.
However, although I love my profession, I see life beyond it, and my free time is occupied by two main things: books (paper ones!) and sport.”
If you’re interested in the SimScale Power Users program, reach out to us. We are constantly looking for engaged users to get involved.