Dumaguete City – Engineers, architects, IT professionals and students from Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) and Foundation University (FU) attended the Training on Computational Modeling and Simulation for Engineering Education in 2 separate events.
The training was organized by the Department of Science and Technology here in Negros Oriental through the efforts of Provincial S&T Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon and in coordination with FU President Victor Vicente “Dean” Cinco, and NORSU Vice President for Research Extension and International Linkages Dr. Merivic Catada. The first event was held at the Lawak Kauswagan in FU on July 25 while the 2nd activity was held at the Computer Laboratory of the College of Engineering and Architecture of NORSU the following day.
Dr. Jose Marie Reynaldo Apollo C. Arquiza, a Balik Scientist Awardee of DOST, served as the activities’ resource person.
The said training aims to give participants access to ANSYS, define Computational Modeling and Simulation (CMS) and explain its principles, discuss the application of CMS to engineers and other participants, describe the 7 major steps of the CMS, set-up computational models and run simulations using ANSYS, and analyze and interpret the simulation results.
According to Dr. Arquiza, engineers normally build a prototype, do actual testing, evaluate performance and then recommend improvements when designing new equipment. He stressed that this process can be expensive and time consuming. On the other hand, he said, one can simulate equipment performance with a realistic computer model.
Dr. Arquiza said that in CMS, one can do “what if” testing, use different process conditions, use different configurations, find out optimum performance, test difficult conditions, and apply possible dangerous situations which in turn save on cost and time.
He however cautioned that in order to prepare for the CMS, one should know the scientific basis of the process or equipment to be simulated. Examples of which he said include but not limited to are conservation laws, heat transfer principles, mass transfer, fluid flow, thermodynamics and kinetics.
During the activity, the participants did a hands-on activity on heat transfer 2D conduction. ANYSYS, an engineering simulation and 3D design software, was used by the participants during the training.
To note Dr. JMR Apollo Arquiza was part of the team who developed a low gravity space galley. He was part of the team funded by NASA to develop a prototype cooking device which makes cooking in space possible. The said prototype has been designed in its optimum by computer modeling and simulation. (By: Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, DOST Negros Oriental S&T Media Service)