Dependable Composite Design

Determining the applicability and reliability of composite materials can be extremely complex. Engineering layered composites involves many definitions including numerous layers, materials, thicknesses and orientations to predict how well the finished product will perform under real-world working conditions. Simulation can assist you in predicting stresses and deformations as well as a range of failure criteria for composite design. ANSYS Composite PrepPost software provides all necessary functionalities for finite element analysis of layered composites. New capabilities released with ANSYS 17.0 can make to easier to effectively design composites. Continue reading

Linear Dynamics Just Got a Whole Lot Faster

BGA ball grid arrayDo you routinely tackle mechanical simulations in the field of linear dynamics? Are you unhappy with your simulation times? If you answered yes to both of these questions then keep on reading. ANSYS Mechanical 17.0  has many exciting new features — far too many to cover here. This post focuses on only one of these new features: the improved performance for linear dynamics simulations in Distributed ANSYS. Continue reading

Advanced Mesh Morphing in ANSYS Mechanical

It is a great pleasure to guest blog for ANSYS again after my post in 2014 entitled Reshaping the Future of CFD Using Mesh Morphing. We continue to increase our commitment to deliver the high-performance mesh morphing technology of RBF Morph and began our new product project at the beginning of 2014.

We presented the first industrial applications at the Automotive Simulation World Congress in Tokyo in October 2014, and officially launched the RBF Morph ACT Extension on the market at the ANSYS Italian UGM in May 2015. At the end of 2015, we posted a free version (with limited functionality) in the ANSYS App Store. Continue reading

Seamless Integration of FKM Guideline in ANSYS Workbench with ACT

As we all know, a frequent challenge in FEM is the evaluation of stress results, in particular with cyclic stresses. The FKM guideline “Analytical Strength Assessment of Components” describes a static strength assessment as well as a fatigue strength assessment. This guideline was developed by the Advisory Board for Engineering and Research for various applications in mechanical engineering and other sectors. Continue reading

10X Faster Insight for Structural Analysis

ansys 17 10X engineering simulationIf you’ve heard anything about ANSYS 17.0, it’s that it is faster than ever. Faster solvers, faster processing, greater core counts — it all sounds great, doesn’t it? Everyone wants to get their work done faster, and faster is better than slower, isn’t it? But what exactly does “faster” mean to engineers performing structural analysis simulations today? Continue reading

Eliminate Football Concussion with Shocking Simulation

Every day between now and February 7th will turn up the excitement about the biggest day of American football, the SUPER BOWL. It will take place right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Promoters are calling Super Bowl 50 the biggest Super Bowl ever.”  Starting with the Run the Road to the Super Bowl 10K, 5K Run on January 10, to the Metallica and Cage The Elephant concert the night before the big day, events will be hosted to entertain all. This makes me think of football and football concussion.

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10x More Reliable Electronic Systems

Reliable Electronic SystemsOn the 18th of February, we’re hosting a webinar showcasing some exciting new methods to increase the number of ways reliable electronic systems can be designed. You can register now but first let me tell you a little about why it’s important.

The proliferation of electronics into every product arena can’t be denied. Electronics bring huge benefits in terms of features and functionality to pretty much any device. This means that electronics are being placed in more varied environments — and subjected to more demanding loads — than ever before. Continue reading

ANSYS ACT Delivers the ANSYS Platform Vision

I’d like to share a video with you that illustrates ANSYS ACT’s three-prong development strategy – product coverage, third-party application integration and enhanced workflows.

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Using Explicit Simulations to Go Further

Highly non-linear simulations can be difficult to converge using the implicit simulation tools. The implicit route can involve several restarts trying different settings each time. Another methodology is available for these non-linear simulations that is explicit dynamics. Explicit dynamics can be used to simulate anything from quasi-static simulations to hypervelocity impacts.

wire crimping

This wire crimping analysis (shown above) is highly nonlinear with large deflections and complex contact. With explicit this is easier to set up as we can specify global contact. Continue reading

From Subtractive to Additive Manufacturing

David Conover, chief technologist for mechanical products at ANSYS Inc., compares a bracket on his left made with additive manufacturing that is lighter and smaller than an identical bracket made by traditional manufacturing – Courtesy Observer Report

David Conover, chief technologist for mechanical products at ANSYS Inc., compares a bracket on his left made with additive manufacturing that is lighter and smaller than an identical bracket made by traditional manufacturing – Courtesy Observer Report

On October 1st, there were more than 2,346 events planned to celebrate Manufacturing Day 2015 — a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Pittsburgh-based Catalyst Connection hosted an event near the ANSYS HQ and a few of our ANSYS team members had the opportunity to attend 2015 Additive Manufacturing for Small Manufacturers. Together with 125 area manufacturers we had the opportunity to listen and learn from a range of experts and industry leaders such as GE Aviation, America Makes, Alcoa, NASA Glenn Research Center, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Continue reading