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SpaceX: Revolutionizing the Design of Advanced Rockets and Spacecraft through Computer Aided Engineering

Previously Recorded on- Tuesday, October 28, 2014   1:00 PM ET

This presentation discusses how SpaceX uses Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics to revolutionize the rocket and spacecraft industry. It touches upon how Falcon 9 v1.1 and Dragon engine components were designed at faster than industry rates via multi-physics analysis, which includes structural, dynamic, thermal, fluid, and electromagnetic analyses.

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. The company made history again in May 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, exchanged cargo payloads, and returned safely to Earth — a technically challenging feat previously accomplished only by governments. Since then Dragon has delivered cargo to and from the space station multiple times, providing regular cargo resupply missions for NASA.

Andy Sadhwani
Senior Propulsion Analyst
Space Exploration Technologies

Andy Sadhwani is a Senior Propulsion Analyst at Space Exploration Technologies and has been involved with all SpaceX rocket engine programs to date. He holds degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon and carries over 10 years of experience in finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics.   

Rob Harwood
Industry Director, Aerospace and Defense

Rob Harwood, Industry Director for Aerospace and Defense at ANSYS, Inc., obtained his engineering PhD in 1998 from the University of Sheffield, one of the top 5 engineering schools in the UK. During and since that time Rob has focused on the industrial use of physics based simulation in a broad range of sectors including Environmental Engineering, Healthcare, Chemical Process, Energy, Aerospace and Defense.   


Gilles Eggenspieler
Senior Fluid Product Line Manager

Gilles is the Senior Fluid Product Line Manager at ANSYS and has worked for Fluent and ANSYS in different roles such as consulting, technical services and training. Gilles has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master's of Science from Ecole Nationale des Mines de Nancy, and a MBA from the Tepper Business School- Carnegie Mellon University. 


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