Content Background Top

JUN

01

2011

0 Comments
avatar Category: Automotive

Core Strategy

, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking

Core Strategy – conversation with John Chalifoux, President of MERA

With the increased focus on sustainability across the automotive industry reduce and recycle have become established considerations, but reuse is less often considered.
Read More


MAY

26

2011

0 Comments
Category: Uncategorized

LED Lighting

, President of TOGGLED

The LED (light emitting diode) lighting industry, more properly known as the solid-state lighting industry, is at once the subject of intense excitement and impatience. The excitement is valid – provided that it is given just a small dose of patience.

As president of Altair’s ilumisys solid-state lighting subsidiary www.ilumisys.com as well as the Michigan Solid-State Lighting Association I am often asked to speak on the future of the industry. Invariably I end up talking about how the US Department of Energy forecasts for LED efficiency are better that ever, and how the industry has continuously beaten the expected price and performance curves, and yet there seems to be a lot of grumbling that LED lighting somehow hasn’t lived up to expectations. If the expectation was a miracle, then no…but if the expectation was the forecasts for performance made in 2006, then the industry has beaten the socks off their tasks.

The first thing I always do in my talks is knock down some myths. Here are the facts as I see them:
Read More


MAY

17

2011

0 Comments
Category: Aerospace

Can we Trust FEA Results in Aerospace?

, Executive Director - Global Aerospace

One of the recent discussions in an Aerospace Stress Engineers Linked In group was about the reasons behind the delays in new airplane programs such as the A380 and 787.  See the following link for more details:

View the LinkedIn discussion (you will need to join the Aerospace Stress Engineers group)

One of the prevalent discussion items was the division between designers and stress analysts.  As part of that discussion, someone mentioned that most young engineers rely too heavily on FEA for the stress work and that often FEA results are wrong.  FEA is a classic GIGO (garbage-in garbage-out) discipline and without proper process and methods, you can clearly get erroneous and even nonsensical results with FEA. 

Read More


MAY

17

2011

0 Comments
Category: Automotive

Doorman

, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking

I recently wrote an article for our sister blog  The HyperWorks Insider about automotive closures. It talks about the differing technologies required to engineer these systems from side doors to tailgates and liftgates, sliding doors and sunroofs to hoods/bonnets and trunk/boot lids.

Read More


MAY

05

2011

0 Comments
Category: Automotive

Driving Change

, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the Driving Change Conference organized by the Center for Automotive Research and supported by a research consortium of the Indiana, Michigan and Ohio Labor Market Information offices. This event brought together representatives from the automotive industry, educators and HR professionals to network and discuss the skills required in our industry. With me on the panel discussing “Automotive Technology: Greener Products, Changing Skills” were Dr. Chris Borroni-Bird (GM) and Bob Storc (Magna E-Car). Brett Smith (CAR) moderated.

Read More

Content Background Top

© Copyright 2012 Altair Engineering, Inc. All Rights Reserved.