Benguet State University

OVPRE, OES conduct engineering software training

By BSU UPAO - Posted on 31 January 2018



Benguet State University (BSU) Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension (OVPRE) and the Office of Extension Services (OES) conducted a training on Finite Element Analysis (FEA), a type of computer program tool that helps point out any weaknesses of a structure design before the structure is to be manufactured or built. FEA is one of the tools used in ANSYS, a 3D design software aimed to simulate models of structures.

On January 15-19, 2018, 25 participants from BSU College of Engineering and Applied Technology (CEAT), College of Forestry, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Highland Farming Systems and Agroforestry (IHFSA) were given lectures on the basics of the FEA with the help of Dr. Christian Della, Honorary Research Fellow from the University of Glassgou.

Della introduced FEA and its technical processes; in summary, FEA is done by creating a mesh of points in the shape of the object or structure design which contains information for analysis. These points are then processed to simulate the reaction of the structure to stress. FEA can also analyze the effect of vibrations, fatigue, and heat transfer upon the structure.

FEA can be applied to any structures exposed to high stress such as buildings, aerospace structures, and even computers. By the end of the program, the participants gave their insights on the activities that took place.

“A tool… pwede siyang mapag-aralan, pero mas maganda sana kung ‘yung mga languages ay mas mapaintindi (As a tool, it can be learned, but I think it is better if the computer language is clearly explained),” expressed Eva Kelly from CEAT adding that while the tool helps in her respective field, it is the confidence of the individual to go on and try new things.

“This training is very important, lalong-lalo na sa field natin (especially in our field),” said Leo Dumanhin from CEAT. “Very important ito sa Engineering kasi dito sa ANSYS, parang nakikita mo yung actual na scenario (It is very important in the field of Engineering because it is in this ANSYS software that we see the actual scenario).”

Romeo Bogtong, Jr. from the College of Agriculture of BSU-Buguias campus said that he was hesitant at first to join the seminar because he admitted that he was not well-versed in using computers. However he was encouraged to join and was satisfied with the results.

“When I came here I realized that, to play with computers is not that [difficult] as long as you know how to go back to the basics, you start all over again; then you come up with an end product – even if it’s not the perfect product – it still gives you the satisfaction that at least you have a product,” Bogtong said.

Bogtong also added that the training was important to him as they are confronting the dilemma of the greenhouse structures in Buguias whenever a typhoon hits the agricultural areas.

After the insights was given, Dr. Della gave his remarks on the insights.

“I’m really happy na kahit na yung mga hindi nasa Engineering background is nakaka-follow (I’m really happy that even the participants who are not from the Engineering background are following the lectures),” expressed Dr. Della. “Maa-identify nila yung mga problems and applications and with all of these, mas nakakagawa tayo ng mas magandang research output natin (They can identify the problems and applications; and with all of these, we can create a more meaningful research output).”

“This seminar is very timely because of our desire to come up with a cutting edge researches,” said Dr. Carlito Laurean, Vice President for Research and Extension in his closing remarks. In addition, Laurean said that they are now discussing for the organization of an Engineering and industry research development center to cater all the needs in terms of engineering, machineries, and the like.

The seminar was held at the BSU ICT Hall.