ANSYS has launched the newest release of its engineering simulation technology suite, ANSYS 14.0. Designed to optimize product development processes, ANSYS solutions reduce the time and cost needed to foster product innovations.
The advanced technology behind ANSYS 14.0 includes hundreds of new, advanced features that make it easier, faster and less costly for organizations to bring new products to market. The framework for the industry’s broadest and deepest suite of advanced engineering simulation technology, ANSYS Workbench, delivers unprecedented productivity. Tighter integration, for example, brings more physics applications together to power customers’ simulation efforts, enabling them to predict with confidence that their products will thrive in the real world.
On the whole, ANSYS 14.0 delivers new benefits in three major areas: Amplifying engineering: Companies are looking for ways to leverage their existing engineering resources. Engineers are most effective when they concentrate on making engineering decisions rather than performing manual and tedious software operations. ANSYS 14.0 automates many user-intensive operations, which helps product developers minimize time spent setting up problems.
Simulating complex systems: Today’s products come with built-in complexity — such as state changes, nonlinear phenomena and multiphysics interactions. Designs often combine hardware, electronics and software to form a complex system. This requires new approaches to engineering. The latest ANSYS release allows engineers to simulate such complexity as it exists in the real world, from a single component to entire systems, with uncompromising accuracy.
Driving innovation with high-performance computing (HPC): Competitive pressures demand faster and more frequent product introductions; at the same time, products must be innovative, desirable and high quality. Organizations can resolve these conflicting requirements only by evaluating a large number of design alternatives — more rapidly than ever before. ANSYS 14.0 capitalizes on modern hardware advancements to deliver complex simulation calculations faster than other alternatives on the market today.
“Simulation-Driven Product Development™ has been a core theme of ours for some time. Using simulation, companies can analyze many design iterations early in the process, thus driving innovation. HPC is a key enabler to reduce design cycle times,” said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ANSYS.
Workbench at ANSYS 14.0 goes well beyond enhancing customized workflows, automatic parametric evaluations, and transparent sharing of common data between different applications. Embedded design optimization capabilities enable design of experiments as well as parametric and six sigma studies to reach the right design. Tools developed specifically to manage engineering simulation data are integrated for use across teams, groups and regions, preserving an organization’s intellectual property. ANSYS 14.0 further opens the door for non-traditional users to gain full value from simulation.
In fluid dynamics, prior to setting up a simulation, engineers face the time-consuming task of creating a high-quality mesh. ANSYS 14.0 provides fast and robust capabilities to perform these tasks automatically. The assembly meshing tool extracts fluid volume from CAD assemblies and automatically creates structured Cartesian meshes or unstructured tetrahedral meshes, depending on user goals and preferences.
In the structural mechanics arena, simulating composites structures brings a number of challenges, such as defining hundreds or thousands of plies on a structure that includes various orientations, or analyzing potential failure ply by ply. The dedicated ANSYS Composite PrepPost tool provides significant ease of use for such models. ANSYS 14.0 tightly integrates Composite PrepPost with other structural simulation capabilities in Workbench.
When simulation results must be shared among physics, standard practice is to import data — such as pressure fields, temperatures or heat exchange coefficients — from external files. Automated algorithms provide an efficient tool to project the data from one mesh to another. In ANSYS 14.0, automated algorithms and weighting options have been enhanced to provide users with additional control and correction capabilities. “Using the ANSYS external data tool to import 3-D scan data, we are able to easily map the thickness of aerodynamic profiles onto 3-D models for static and modal analyses, as well as axisymmetric models for thermomechanical studies of our engines,” said Hervé Chalons, mechanical and structural analysis engineer at Turbomeca, a Safran company that develops helicopter engines. “The smoothing algorithms and control tools allow us to ensure the quality of interpolated data as well as the robustness of the mapping procedure. Ultimately, this easy-to-use tool will help us save time in setting up our simulation models.”