Several presentations to the 2013 Altair technology conference held in Garden Grove, CA this month showed the use of the engineering design and simulation toolset in various oil and gas contexts. Baker Hughes’ Yansong Wang described a ‘virtual design’ approach including finite element analysis and reliability-based optimization with Altair HyperStudy to design mechanical seals in drill bits used for HPHT environments. Ganesh Nanaware (also with Baker Hughes) showed how a finite element model of an expandable liner hanger was built and validated in HyperWorks. Arindam Chakraborty with MCS Kenny described a probabilistic analysis of an ultra deepwater buckle arrestor for large diameter pipelines with HyperWorks. High performance computing Unix systems administrator Phil Crawford provided some insights into Chevron’s experiences and requirements with Altair and PBS Professional.
Altair also announced a partnership with SGI on a ‘private cloud appliance’ for computer assisted engineering (CAE). The ‘fully configured’ hardware and software bundle dubbed ‘HyperWorks unlimited’ offers use of all Altair apps and workload management tools running on an SGI/Intel cluster. It is curious that for Altair, an ‘appliance’ is now a ‘private cloud,’ especially in the light of an earlier announcement of an Amazon web services edition of its CFDCalc computational fluid dynamics solution. More from Altair.
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