Dr. Hartl and graduate student William Scholten were invited to present their research on the fluid-structure interaction analysis of the SMA-based Slat Cove Filler at the Cradle User’s Conference in Tokyo, Japan. As the only presentation in English, it was a very unique experience from both a speaker’s and listener’s perspective. The conference was a great experience that provided opportunities to learn about the work other researchers were conducting with CFD software and to learn about new features/programs Cradle was developing. Additionally, the conference allowed for Dr. Hartl and William to network with the Cradle staff and discuss potential future work.
While in Japan, Dr. Hartl and William were hosted by executives of Software Cradle, which was recently acquired by MSC. Along with Hartl’s son, Ian, they were treated to delicious Japanese cuisine and explored Tokyo visiting many sights such as the Tokyo Skytree (tallest tower in the world) and the Asakusa Shrine.