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10 Mar, 2011
Mechanical Analysis

Blind Faith

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I’ve been on the road a lot lately. Aside from attending company meetings, I’ve been out meeting our customers. This is perhaps the most enjoyable part of my job – meeting engineers who’ve been using our products to solve real-life problems. In this day and age of tight budgets, we all have learned to do a lot remotely – we send email, speak on the phone, videoconference and watch demos via webex etc. … Read More

Design Engineer, CFD

12 Oct, 2010

Nazita Saye I’m off to the States in a couple of days and in the 20 or so odd hours that will take me to get to my final destination (door to door), I will use all of the popular modes of transportation known in the 21st century. I will take a train to the airport, where we board a plane and upon arriving in the States we rent a car to drive 58 miles to the hotel. During this period I will be sitting in lots of … Read More

Design Engineer, Passenger Comfort, CFD

13 Aug, 2010
Mechanical Analysis

Mind Your P’s

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye No one really knows where the term “mind your P’s and Q’s” came from or what it really means. I always thought it had something to do with being polite and saying thank you. But in a recent article by Erich Buergel, our division General Manager, he talked about the 3 P’s of the business world and why we should mind them in our quest for greater productivity. They are (in no particular order) People, … Read More

Design Engineer, CFD, FloVENT

20 Jul, 2010

Nazita Saye

In a recent survey, 60% of mechanical engineers in electronics companies stated that thermal issues had forced board layout changes during the previous 12 months. While I can’t purport to know how much respins cost within every organization, I’m willing to bet it is not an insignificant amount – especially if the company has a large portfolio. But I know that thermal simulation can help minimize the

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FloTHERM PCB, Respin, Design Engineer

22 Jun, 2010

Nazita Saye I admit it. I’m a petrol-head and so are the guys around the office. We watch Top Gear and Fifth Gear and come to work abuzz about the latest car news (and the stunts).  So when I heard about a new race car design that was completed in 8 weeks, I was pretty excited. I thought these things took much longer than that! The CEEMO Engineering concept car in action. Image courtesy of Voxdale. CEEMO Engineering … Read More

Automotive Design, car chassis, aerodynamic, What-If, concept car, Design Engineer

21 Apr, 2010

Nazita Saye After a week of uncertainty, the skies above Europe have finally opened (albeit slowly) to air traffic. Thanks to this pesky plume of volcano ash from Iceland, all of Europe has come to a complete standstill. At a micro level, I have been enjoying the quiet — no jet engines screeching overhead every few minutes.  At a macro level, this couldn’t have happened at a worst time for a recovering world economy.  … Read More

CFD, Design Engineer, Airflow, Flow Field

1 Apr, 2010

Nazita Saye I love gadgets but I hate cables – they make things so untidy. As a result, anything that can go wireless in our house has – even our light switches are on remote control. I used to think this was just plain silly when we were going through the retrofit until I realized I could turn off the kitchen lights from the comfort of our sofa. I’ve only used this “power” once but I tell you knowing that I can … Read More

Physical Prototype, CFD, Consumer Electronics, EMI shielding, Medical, Design Engineer, Thermal, Electromagnetic Interference

22 Mar, 2010

Nazita Saye I remember watching the first space shuttle launch back in 1981.  And almost 29 years later I still remember the sense of awe I felt when watching it take off. It felt like the whole country collectively held its breath and exhaled when it landed safely a few days later. It was a sight to behold and for the first time in my life it made me realize that Sci-Fi in this case was not fiction anymore.  Over … Read More

Processing Plant, Pressure, Valves, CFD, Design Engineer, Cavitation, Water Treatment Plan, Medical Equipment, Pipes, Flow, Fuel Delivery

23 Feb, 2010

Nazita Saye Double-time.  Instantaneous.  Faster than the speed of light. No… these words do not describe the speed by which I reach a conclusion (although my husband would beg to differ). These words refer to our generation wanting things. We want it now. We can’t wait. We no longer purchase a DVD online and wait for it to arrive – at a touch of a button we stream the movie and watch it immediately. Forget about … Read More

Physical Prototype, CFD, Design Engineer, CAD-Embedded, Oil and Gas, Optimize, Drill Bit

18 Jan, 2010

Nazita Saye Don’t worry… I’m not going Sci-Fi on you. I’m talking about reaction forces. What do I mean by reaction forces? Well, when there is a relative motion between a solid object and a surrounding fluid, a force will be placed on the solid due to the pressure variation over the surface of the solid. This force is caused by the change in speed and direction of the fluid. For example, we see reaction forces … Read More

Safety, Reaction Forces, Design Engineer, CFD, R&D, Physical Prototype

4 Jan, 2010

Nazita Saye While de-icing my car this morning, I was listening to the radio. The announcer said that we are expecting more snow in London this week. The news sent shivers down my spine but not for the reason you may think. As if the ice on the road and pedestrians jumping in front of moving cars isn’t bad enough, we may have a new problem to deal with: it seems that LED traffic lights may have a problem dealing … Read More

Design Engineer, LED, CFD, Thermal

22 Dec, 2009
Mechanical Analysis

Cooking with CFD

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I’m the first to admit that I’m no Julia Child – but from time to time I get the baking bug … especially around the holidays. I love the smell of holiday baking… cinnamon and cloves and mix them in with the smell of a live Christmas tree … divine.  Unfortunately holiday baking is a bit of a hassle because I have to keep a keen watch over the goodies in the oven and turn them around to make sure they … Read More

Visualize, CFD, Airflow, Flow Field, Design Engineer, Fan-Assisted Oven

17 Nov, 2009

Nazita Saye Flow field around an F1 car. Image courtesy of Voxdale. For the past few days, I’ve been on the road. Flying to the States is always an adventure … especially during late fall. Air turbulence isn’t much fun – somehow the flight always gets the bumpiest when they serve drinks/food. Go figure. Anyway, during this last flight, I sat next to the window. The flight from San Francisco to Portland was perfectly … Read More

Design Engineer, Flow Field, CFD, Fluid Flow

23 Oct, 2009

Nazita Saye During a recent phone call with one of my favorite reporters, we talked about the difference between easy-to-use and dumbed-down software. We went on to talk about why easy to use CFD software doesn’t’ mean that it has been dumbed down — after all, easy to use software can still be very powerful. But ease-of-use has gotten a bad rap out there. Some people assume that because a software tool is easy … Read More

Design Engineer, CFD

14 Oct, 2009

Nazita Saye When budgets are tight most managers think about the same thing before they sign on the dotted line:  is this new tool going to help us get more done faster/better/smarter? If the answer is no then like most managers I don’t make the investment. Instead I focus on an activity that’s going to give me the best return on investment (ROI). That’s why last week I talked about time compression being … Read More

Time Compression, CFD, CAD-Embedded, Process Compression, ROI, Design Engineer, Mesh

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