Ideal Upfront Simulation Tool for Design Engineers

A few days ago someone asked me if ANSYS flagship products are appropriate for the “average” engineer, and more particularly design engineers doing upfront simulation. I believe the better question to ask is which ANSYS products are geared toward design engineers, and why.

More often than not, design engineers are quite familiar with 3-D modeling tools, which are the starting point of simulations in the product development process. But given their focus on product design, manufacturability, documentation, etc., they typically do not have time or prior experience required to learn how to use a fully featured simulation tool like ANSYS Mechanical or CFD. Continue reading

Solution Dependent Expressions for Fan Cooling Simulation with ANSYS AIM 18

In ANSYS AIM 18, design engineers have reason to be excited about increased functionality for fluids, structural, thermal and electromagnetics. While the foundational problem-solving functionality has existed since AIM 16, new functionality is being added in every release so AIM can better address niche applications. One such enhancement I’d like to bring to your attention is solution-dependent expressions for applications like fan cooling simulation. While this isn’t something I guarantee you’ll use in your everyday simulations, it is a powerful feature needed for certain calculations. Continue reading

Multiphysics Simulation of a Car Side Mirror with ANSYS AIM

One of the most important problems in the automotive industry is the general multiphysics simulation of coupled phenomena, where multiple — and sometimes conflicting — conditions need to be accounted for, all at the same time. One common application is the resistive heating of a car side mirror.

Designing the mechanism for keeping the mirror defrosted must also take into account the structural response of the mirror as the external environmental conditions, such as air pressure and cold temperature, cause physical stress and thermal deformation. The task is a base requirement of the automotive industry and requires a full multiphysics approach, which is still a challenge for common finite element method (FEM) simulation. In this post, we’ll show you how our engineers at SVS FEM used ANSYS AIM to model a side mirror and multiphysics analysis to solve some of its difficult design problems. Continue reading

Building Bridges Between Design Engineers and Analysts Using Engineering Simulation Software

Many companies, large and small, have individuals or groups using powerful engineering simulation software like ANSYS Mechanicalone of our flagship products. These analysts tackle some of the most complex and challenging engineering problems for their organizations.

These same companies often also have separate teams of engineers working daily on new and evolving product designs. They are often experts in CAD modeling, using CAD-embedded simulation tools to evaluate their designs. These basic simulation tools provide some useful guidance, but often fail to provide the accurate results needed to refine and optimize designs with confidence. Consequently, many design simulations must be handed off to the relatively small number of simulation analysts using trusted simulation tools like ANSYS Mechanical. Continue reading

Upfront Thermal Optimization with ANSYS AIM 17.2

Optimizing heat transfer and controlling temperatures is a critical design engineering issue for many industry applications, including heat exchangers, thermal mixing valves, exhaust manifolds and electronic devices. Accurate prediction of the temperature in both the fluid and solid components is essential to accurately predict the thermal performance of a product design. By performing upfront thermal simulation, design engineers are able to accelerate product designs, mitigate late stage design changes and reduce physical prototypes. ANSYS AIM is an easy-to-use simulation environment designed for all engineers to rapidly and confidently evaluate product performance well before design decisions are locked-in. ANSYS AIM 17.2 includes many new features for upfront thermal simulation. Continue reading

ANSYS 17.2 Expands Multiphysics Coupling and Interoperability

ansys 17I’m excited to announce the release of ANSYS 17.2, the latest step in our unwavering commitment to push the boundaries of engineering simulation technology, so you can solve your most difficult product development challenges faster and more cost-effectively. No one can afford to wait in today’s fast-paced business environment, and our frequent release program ensures that you have the latest simulation solutions at your fingertips as soon as possible. Our goal is to deliver the best simulation tools on the planet when you need them, which is always now, not six months from now. So let’s cut to the chase. ANSYS 17.2 delivers many new advances across the portfolio, but here are a few of my favorites. Continue reading

ANSYS AIM Customization Increases Opportunities for Upfront Simulation

Many companies are looking to introduce simulation upfront, as early as possible in their design processes, to bring better products to market faster and at reduced overall costs. ANSYS AIM has been developed with a view to providing unparalleled ease of use on top of ANSYS’ proven solver technology in a highly configurable and customizable way. We talked about this in our recent webinar, now available on-demand. Continue reading

Concept to Optimization with Upfront Simulation

Do you wish you had a way to build and test your ideas virtually before investing in physical prototypes? An easy, accurate method that accelerates design timelines and reduces costs?

We all have ideas. Product designers strive to come up with ideas for innovative products. In the modern era, most products are not simple and must fulfill multiple functions in addition to being cost-effective and stylish. A good idea for a product often means understanding how a thousand smaller ideas work together to create the whole. Unfortunately, it is expensive to physically test every idea or many versions of the best one. Fortunately, upfront simulation helps engineers optimize their product idea before building the first physical prototype. Attend our webinar to see how. Continue reading

Using Simulation to Address MEMS Design Challenges

When I think of the Internet of Things, I mostly think about the sensors and MEMS devices that make it all work. These tiny devices, often just a few micrometers to a millimeter across, see, hear and measure their immediate environment, either continuously or when asked, triggering an action or recording the data and sending it someplace else. MEMS sensors include gyroscopes, accelerometers, micromirrors, and tiny pressure, humidity and temperature sensors. Just in my immediate vicinity, there are MEMS sensors in my fitness tracker, smart phone, laptop and electronic kettle. MEMS sensors are integral to Connected Soldiers and Connected Cars. Continue reading

3 Ways ANSYS AIM Impacts Design Engineer Productivity

Most modern companies know that simulation provides significant benefits in the design engineering phase of new products. Early in the design phase, 3D models that only exist virtually can be optimized with nearly no incremental cost incurred for each new design simulated. Many companies have analysts that use simulation and reap the productivity benefits. We see evidence of this in simulation news and publications, in the ANSYS blog and in ANSYS Advantage magazine. Many companies would like more of their design engineers to use simulation and to better integrate design engineering teams in their simulation strategies. The challenge has been finding simulation products suited to the available time and experience level of design engineers that provide quick reliable, accurate results in support of engineering goals. Continue reading