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Applying and Interpreting Saint-Venant’s Principle

January 22, 2018

Saint-Venant’s principle is found in most structural engineering textbooks, but what is its exact meaning? We go over its history, definition, and relevance to mechanical analyses.

Analyzing a MEMS-Based Strain Gauge Design with Simulation

January 19, 2018

MEMS-based strain gauges are helpful in both civil engineering and biomedicine. Read about a team of researchers who used the MEMS Module to analyze strain gauge designs.

Predicting Solute Transport in Groundwater Using Simulation

January 18, 2018

In order for groundwater to be useful for irrigation and drinking, we need to understand how its various solutes move through the water. The Subsurface Flow Module includes features for this.

Model Deforming Objects with the Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian Method

January 17, 2018

The combined efforts of Leonhard Euler and Joseph-Louis Lagrange inspired the arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) method, which we can use to model deforming objects.

Studying the Safety of Tattoos with Mass Spectrometry and X-Rays

January 12, 2018

When you get a tattoo, what happens to the ink once it enters your skin? In an attempt to answer these questions, researchers turned to mass spectrometry and X-ray fluorescence.

Analyzing the Mechanical Behavior of Cells for Biological Applications

January 11, 2018

Finite element modeling can be used to analyze the mechanical behavior of biological cells. Guest blogger Björn Fallqvist of Lightness by Design sheds light on this bioengineering topic.

Analyzing White Pupil Échelle Spectrographs via Ray Tracing Simulation

January 10, 2018

Astronomers use échelle spectrographs to detect far-away planets. To design a white pupil échelle spectrograph with optimized sensitivity, engineers can turn to ray tracing software.

How to Use the Beam Envelopes Method for Wave Optics Simulations

January 8, 2018

In order to simulate optically large optical systems, you need to solve for Maxwell’s equations, which requires a fine mesh and a lot of computational energy. Enter the beam envelope method.


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