Thursday, May 2, 2013

Users Collaborate at CST EUC 2013

Knowledge exchange is key to carrying out any type of work efficiently, especially when it comes to realizing the full potential of technology. With the 8th CST European User Conference (EUC), our goal remained the same as ever – bringing users from the fields of industry, research, and academia together to share insights in engineering design challenges and solutions.

EUC was held at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany from April 23-25. Users from across Europe joined specialists from CST sales, support and R&D for a series of seven technical sessions throughout a full two-day program. Some attendees came early for the pre-EUC training sessions on antennas, workflow automation, and matching circuit optimization. The CST Support Center was an added bonus for many attendees as was the industrial exhibition where a number of companies showcased their products and services (we’ll be posting up videos from the exhibitors soon).

Through user presentations, attendees benefitted by seeing how others use CST’s electromagnetic simulation software to solve their design and engineering challenges. The new features of CST STUDIO SUITE® 2013 were also put in the spotlight, with specific talks on simulation workflows, high performance computing, and the latest improvements.

Altogether, there were over 18 hours of presentations in three parallel tracks. Antenna design was a topic of major interest for our users, with four ninety minute sessions covering everything from the peculiarities of electrically small antenna design to antenna arrays for 3D radar, along with matching and optimization techniques. However, the EMC and EDA markets were also well represented by engineers presenting applications ranging from the impact of connector ground contacts on EMC emissions to train signaling system interference estimation, and our fascinating particle dynamics sessions attracted speakers using CST products to model the impedance of components in the LHC equipped with RF fingers, trapped modes in the CERN Proton Synchrotron, and CaCo and IOTs amplifiers, among other applications.

Two sessions were dedicated to the rapidly developing fields of bio-EM and terahertz devices, while the low-frequency and statics session presented the latest features for electrical and electrothermal devices in CST STUDIO SUITE. Last but not least, the session on devices gave design engineers a chance to discuss how they used simulation to help create products including diplexers, sensors and microwave ovens. As always, presentations are available online to download with the permission of their authors.

Not only were attendees able to take part in the technical program, but they were also treated to a mesmerizing social program – filled with award-winning artisans, magic, and fire! Both the technical and social events let users speak directly and informally to each other and to us, allowing new applications and techniques to be discussed, feedback on potential software issues offered, and wishes for future features shared.

We’d like to once again thank all the attendees and presenters who made the 8th European User Conference one to remember.

See you next year … in Berlin!

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