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FEA of Composite Wind Turbine Blade using FiberSIM

February 15, 2012 in Home Slideshow

This research aims to demonstrate the capabilities of Vistagy’s FiberSIM software with a focus on design optimization. For this purpose, a model of a composite wind turbine blade is created in Creo Elements/Pro incorporated with FiberSIM describing all the plies and material properties for the advanced composites. Then, the emphasis is on seamless integration of the data into ANSYS for structural analysis. Different material properties and ply thicknesses associate with different blade properties and strengths, thus, helping us in choosing the best design criteria.

About the researcher: Vivek Premkumar is an M.S. student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in his first year.

Dr. Anthony McCaffrey Published in Psychological Science

February 9, 2012 in Home Slideshow

Dr. Anthony McCaffrey’s work on innovation enhancement has been featured in many different media outlets over the past few weeks and months. Please browse the news listings below to learn about his work.




  • The top psychology journal, “Psychological Science”, has published Dr. Anthony McCaffrey’s recent research on innovation-enhancement.
  • The PBS station WHBY TV interviewed Dr. McCaffrey. He discusses many real-world applications of his innovation technique.
  • He was recently interviewed by the NPR station WFCR.
  • Dr. McCaffrey was also featured in an article on the University of Massachusetts Amherst website titled “Anyone Can Learn to Be More Inventive, Says UMass Amherst Psychology Researcher Who Studies Problem Solving”.
  •, a website for business entrepreneurs, published an article about Dr. McCaffrey’s work.


Dr. Anthony McCaffrey is a member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for e-Design team.

Center for e-Design IAB Meeting April 17-19, 2012

February 3, 2012 in Home Slideshow


PTC and the University of Massachusetts Amherst are hosting the next Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meeting on April 17-19, 2012. The meeting will be held in Needham, MA at the Sheraton Needham Hotel.


Conference Registration

Please click here to register for the conference. For assistance, please contact Lynette Wilcox at


Hotel Registration

Group rates are available, so please use the link provided below to book your room.

Sheraton Needham Hotel
100 Cabot Street, Needham, MA 02494


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Click here for a PDF version of the meeting agenda.



For instructions on joining this meeting virtually, see the VirtualMe page. [Coming soon]

Ontology Downloads

February 3, 2012 in Home Slideshow

Current Available Ontologies

e-Design Framework2.0

Design for Sustainability

Decision Support

Design Innovation