Like so much else these days, the way that we deliver training to employees has changed over time to take advantage of new technologies. This is especially true for technical training on how to use hardware and software. The traditional classroom approach has been replaced with online and on-demand training. In “Technical training for employees is changing, is that a good thing?” I put on my curmudgeon hat and talk about why the traditional way has advantages that outway the negatives.
We are pleased to announce the new Flownex Training Course for Flownex SE, the world’s best (we think) thermal-fluid modeling tool. The Flownex course is aimed at new users with a desire to quickly equip themselves in the basics of system modelling as well as enabling one to visually refresh one’s memory on the various capabilities and applications within the Flownex suite.
If you are not a user already but want to check this tool out by going through the training course, go to the login page and simply click “Don’t have an account?” and register. This will get you access and we will follow up with a temp key so you can try it out. This is actually the best way for you to get a feel for why we like this program so much.
Here is a list of the sessions:
- Session 1: Background to Flownex
- Session 2: Page navigation
- Session 3: Boundary values
- Session 4: Pumps & Fixed mass flow functionality
- Session 5: Flow restrictions
- Session 6: Exercise 1
- Session 7: Designer functionality
- Session 8: Heat Exchangers
- Session 9: Containers
- Session 10: Exercise 2
- Session 11: Excel component
- Session 12: Visualization
As always, If you have any questions or want to know more, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.293.PADT.
At PADT, we apply a Crawl, Walk, Run philosophy to just about everything we do. Start with the basics, build knowledge and capability on that, and then continue to develop your skills throughout your career. Unfortunately, all too often I run across some poor new grad, two weeks out of school, contending with a problem that’s more befitting someone with about a decade of experience under his or her belt.
Now, the point of this article isn’t to call anyone out. Rather, I sincerely hope that managers and supervisors see this and use it as a guideline in assigning tasks to their direct reports. Note that the recommendations are relative and general. Some people may be quite competent in the “run” categories after just a few months of usage and study while others may have been using the software for a decade and still have trouble figuring out how to even start it. It’s also possible that, for certain projects, the “crawl” categories may actually end up being more difficult to contend with than the “run” categories.
With those caveats in mind, here is our list of recommendations for Crawling, Walking, and Running with ANSYS. Note that these apply to structural analysis. I fully plan to hit up my colleagues for similar blog posts about heat transfer, CFD, and electrical simulation.
- Linear static
- Basic modal
- Eigenvalue (linear) buckling, but don’t forget to apply a knock-down factor
- Large Deflection
- Rate-independent plasticity
- Nonlinear contact (frictionless and frictional)
- Modal with linear perturbation
- Spectrum analyses (running the analysis is easy; understanding what you’re doing and interpreting results correctly is hard)
- Shock/Single point response
- Random Vibration (PSD)
- Harmonic analysis
- Advanced element options
- Rate-dependent phenomena
- Other advanced material models such as shape memory alloy and gaskets
- Element birth and death
- Transient dynamics (implicit)
- Explicit dynamics (e.g. LS-Dyna and Autodyn)
- Fracture and crack growth
So what’s the best, quickest way to move from crawling to walking or walking to running? Invest in general or consultative (or even better, both) ANSYS training with PADT. We’ll help you get to where you need to be.
PADT is hosting a series of free training classes to introduce users to ANSYS AIM. We have pasted the invitation below. You can register here. We are very excited about this new tool from ANSYS, Inc. and are eager to share it with everyone. Look for more AIM information on this blog in the near future.
The balance of Linux vs. Windows for simulation users is always in flux. For some time it was predicted that Windows would win the battle but in recent years Linux has made a resurgence, especially on clusters and in the cloud. We strongly recommend that ANSYS users who want to be power users gain a good understanding of Linux from a user and sysadmin perspective. Especially CFD users since they are most likely to be solving on a Linux devices. Too many of the people we interface with are left at the mercy of an IT support team that doesn’t know, or even fears Linux.
The best way to solve this problem is to learn Linux yourself. To help people get there, recommended a few books and “learn by doing.” Now we have a better option.
edX offers an Introduction to Linux class that looks outstanding, and you can audit it for free or take the course for real for a $250 minimum contribution. The quality of these courses is fantastic. The material is thorough and practical.
If you do take the class, give us some feedback when you finish in the comments below.
Here is the video describing the course.
The other day I got an email from Brenda Newhouse, the very talented owner of Newhouse Studios who helped us design and build the PADT website, on a link she had found on Lynda.com for a course on 3D Printing. Our to-do list always contained “produce comprehensive 3D printing online course” but we never got around to it. Now we don’t have to. (yay!)
The people at Lynda.com have created a really nice course that shocked us in its detail and accuracy, at least the parts we could look at for free. The listing of topics backs this up. With the recent hype around 3D Printing, we often see postings that are mostly hyperbole or just wrong. Kacie Hultgren, the creator of this course, really knows what she is doing and covers all of the bases. The production looks very professional as well… certainly not someone holding a phone while their buddy talks.
You can get an overview here:
It looks like Lynda.com charges $25/month, which is very reasonable. If you are new to 3D Printing and want to learn more, this looks to be a great place to start.
PADT is getting the word out about growing usage of the Flownex Simulation Environment in the US, and marking that growth with some free training in January. If our previous avalanche of marketing did not embed it in your memory, Flownex is a simulation tool used to model thermal-fluid systems. PADT is the distributor for Flownex in the US and we really like this tool. It is powerful, easy to use, and easily integrates with other tools like ANSYS, FLUENT, Excel, Matlab/Simulink, etc…
As part of a real marketing effort (I was being sarcastic about the avalanche), we have sent out the following press release:
We also created a new video that gives a brief introduction to Flownex. If you are still wondering what exactly Flownex is, this is a great place to start:
As is mentioned in the release, we are offering two free training classes as part of this effort. These two day classes are a bit different than the standard Flownex introduction training in that they are more focused on giving you the skills you need to understand and try the Flownex out on your own – so a little more breadth and a little less depth. After completing the class you will receive a 45 day licence. Our technical support team will also be available to help you as you try the tool out on your real problem.
The first class is being held in our Littleton, Colorado office on January 13 and 14, 2014 (REGISTER) and the second is at our main office in Tempe, Arizona on January 23 and 24, 2014 (REGISTER). Space is limited so make sure you sign up early.
We can honestly say that everyone that has seriously looked at Flownex has been pleased and has quickly learned that this tool is easy to learn, easy to use, and very capable.
Contact Roy Haynie (email@example.com) to learn more.