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

Bring Your Easy Simulations to Life in ANSYS AIM

ANSYS AIM brings easy simulation to every engineer. The results from these simulations can be used to create fantastic images that bring your simulation to life.

You may have noticed a new graphics display mode that can be enabled by clicking on one of the toolbar buttons in ANSYS AIM 17.0. Its name is Enhanced display, and it is the third display mode option after Standard and Translucent displays: Continue reading

Easy Simulation for Fatigue Analysis in ANSYS AIM

In a wide range of structural applications, fatigue is common failure mechanism due to cyclic loading. Constant amplitude fatigue analysis is most commonly used to make a simple and quick estimate of fatigue performance or durability in absence of full time history based loading. With the release of ANSYS 17.0, we are excited to introduce fatigue analysis in ANSYS AIM for constant amplitude loading with support for both high cycle(stress life) and low cycle fatigue(strain life).

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ANSYS AIM for Design Optimization

Simulation is an increasingly important part of product design where the ultimate goal is design optimization. After completing a simulation on a baseline design, it is common for engineers to perform the same simulation on multiple design iterations, under varying operating conditions, to identify which design delivers optimum performance. The combination of multiple design iterations and operating conditions requires engineers to run tens — or even hundreds of simulations to identify the optimal design. Setting each simulation up manually can be very time-consuming and expensive. Continue reading

Easy Engineering Simulation Software for Every Engineer: ANSYS AIM

Engineering simulation software use among all types of engineers is growing rapidly. We already see our most innovative customers rapidly deploying simulation design software to engineers at all levels in their organizations. Gone are the days when a single engineer could design the whole product, or when a company could afford to develop and sell non-optimized products, such as bike frames that are strong but also heavy. Product development trends towards faster, better and cheaper mean that trade-offs have to be made between different goals to optimize the overall product, such as creating a bike that is strong and lightweight. Simulation helps companies get products to market faster while balancing their objectives. Easier engineering simulation software for every engineer is the solution. Continue reading

Upshift Into the Next Gear With ANSYS AIM

In my almost 20 years of work at CADFEM, an Elite channel partner of ANSYS in central Europe, I have seen a continuous transition in the usage of simulation from experts to development engineers. One big step in this direction was the introduction of ANSYS Workbench. A second — often undervalued — approach, how simulation helps our customers in a better product development is the usage of automated simulation processes by implementing products such as ANSYS AIM. Continue reading

Modelling Compressible Flows in ANSYS AIM

In all real life flows, the properties of a fluid material vary with pressure and temperature. The degrees of these variations depend on both the fluid itself and the flow regime. Some engineering simulations can assume constant material properties, but compressible effects are considered significant above a Mach number of around 0.3. Hence, in order to model applications such as external gas flows, nozzles and exhaust systems, material modelling techniques are required that can capture these material property variations.

In ANSYS AIM 16.2, we have incorporated the ideal gas model to determine the fluid density using the ideal gas equation of state. AIM also provides users a way to prescribe temperature dependent variations of other material properties (Specific Heat, Dynamic Viscosity and Thermal Conductivity), either by using an algebraic expression or by defining a table of values. Continue reading

Streamlining the Simulation of Structural Assemblies

Many product designs require the simulation of structural assemblies, which includes predicting the deformation and stress of the assembly where multiple parts come into contact or are connected. Parts of an assembly may be connected using a variety of assembly conditions including interference fits, bolted connections, and welds, or parts may otherwise come into contact under structural loads. With the release of ANSYS 16.2, we have included a number of new capabilities in ANSYS AIM that allow you to quickly evaluate the structural behaviors of assemblies to ensure product performance and reliability. Continue reading