Engineer Innovation #5 is Out Now!

By Stephen Ferguson

The latest edition of the Engineer Innovation is now available as a digital download

The cover story of the edition is a record-breaking application. It explores how Wärtsilä used Simcenter to design the most economical diesel engine ever built. The shipping industry contributes 3% to the global greenhouse gas emissions, so contributions such as this one will play an important role in reducing the potential horrendous impact of climate change.

The second record-breaker in this edition comes from the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii, which is the world’s largest solar telescope. It has just taken the highest ever resolution pictures of the sun, which will eventually grant scientists new insight into the solar flare phenomena that also have a regular influence on the Earth’s climate. In the development of the telescope, Simcenter was extensively used to explore ways of dissipating the enormous amounts of heat energy generated by pointing a huge mirror at the sun, without damaging the telescope or distorting the images. 

This edition also includes the first in a regular series of articles that aim to hunt out real-life examples of the digital twins “in the wild”. While everyone is talking about the concept, it’s always been much harder to find credible examples that are alive in industry today, realizing some of the promise by delivering real-time insight and value. To kick off the series, we went back 50 years to explore the birth of the concept at NASA, and by uncovering the critical role that digital twins played in saving the lives of three astronauts after an explosion on Apollo 13. Although the term “Digital Twin” wasn’t coined for another 32 years, I argue that the concept was alive before that. 

The Apollo 13 story has amazing parallels with the Team INEOS story, which is also included in this edition. Team INEOS has used simulation to build a simulator of an America’s Cup sailing boat, so that they can train their crew and perfect their sailing technique aboard a vessel that won’t be built for many more months. 

Engineering Innovation issue 5
Engineer Innovation #5

There is of course much, much more than I can describe in this short blog. So please, click here to download your copy today.

This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at