Piezoelectric devices surround us in our everyday life. Our cars and trucks contain many piezoelectric devices, including fuel level sensors, air bag deployment sensors, parking sensors and piezoelectric generators in the wheels to power the tire pressure monitoring system. Your smartphones or tablet contains piezoelectric sensors that detect the motion and orientation of the device, which my kids were using to good effect to play “Need For Speed” yesterday. Many of us have ink jet printers at home, which can use piezoelectric printer heads to eject thousands of drops per second. Continue reading
Diffusion is the process by which subject is transported from one part of a system to another as a result of random molecular motions, which is analogues to transfer of heat by conduction. Examples of diffusion are, but not limited to, spreading of odors and smoke (in gas), dissolution of colored dye in water (in liquid), formation of alloys, solid-state reactions, formation of new grains in cold-worked metal, improving surface wear by carburizing, gas purification, impurity doping of silicon wafers for integrated circuits. Continue reading
Have you ever wanted to break up a model in multiple different zones and then mesh each with the best method possible? What if that could be done automatically? And of course, all the zones should be mesh-conformal, and all the mesh should be high quality. That is what ANSYS multizone meshing is for. This post is to explain a bit more about how it works and I also included a rough little video about how to use it inside the ANSYS ICEM CFD meshing tool. Continue reading
Whether you are an experienced user or beginning with our tools, or even looking to know what ANSYS tools can do for you, you can benefit from great videos that are available on YouTube. I am amazed at the quality of some of these user-generated videos. Looking back at my playlist from last year, I can give you a short list to start with. Continue reading
In a previous blog, I discussed how the “5-box trick” can be used to visually represent the steps in an ANSYS nCode DesignLife fatigue simulation. In this blog I will discuss the “Load Mapping” box in more detail.
FE analyses provide stress/strain results at distinct times or frequencies, but fatigue damage is caused by fluctuating stresses/strains. To assess fatigue damage, various load mapping techniques are used to convert the FE results into stress/strain histories and calculate the stress/strain ranges produced by those histories. Continue reading
When I first got introduced to composites as a student (many years ago!), I remember having felt amazed at how powerful yet complex materials they are. In a recent interview published in Composites in Manufacturing, my colleague Marc Wintermantel expressed the challenge of designing composites products very nicely: “When a designer uses simulation software to define composite part points in space they have a tremendous amount of additional design options and parameters to deal with.[…] These options are so large that you need to depend on optimized simulation tools because the computations go way beyond most people’s abilities to perform these tasks by hand”. And indeed, how can an engineer figure out what the optimum stackup is for a given applications with so many possibilities for fabrics thicknesses, orientations or location choices? Steel or aluminum are much easier to deal with! Continue reading
Contact technology is used extensively throughout ANSYS Mechanical and Mechanical APDL to enforce compatible behavior between different portions within a model. With each Release, ANSYS continues to improve the breadth and robustness of our contact technology. In ANSYS 15.0, we have enhanced contact still further to help users build models more efficiently without compromising on robustness.
Trim Contact, first introduced in ANSYS 14.5, is a great tool for reducing the number of unnecessary contact and target elements in large assemblies. In ANSYS 15.0, we have changed the default to activate trim contact even for application involving large deflection.
ANSYS ICEM CFD has been using the Workbench CAD readers for a few years now, and for those of you using ICEM CFD in Workbench, it is drag and drop simple. But many of our stand alone ANSYS ICEM CFD users are not really aware of this functionality, so here is a blog about it.
In previous versions, we had the Workbench readers under “File => Workbench Readers”. The Workbench readers really supersede the old ANSYS ICEM CFD readers. They are up-to-date, easy to use, and offer connections such as JT Open and SpaceClaim that ICEM CFD never supported on its own. Talking to users, we found that many thought the Workbench readers option would only work inside Workbench or if they installed Workbench. To make the option more obvious, we moved the Workbench readers to the top of the list and renamed it “Import Model.”
Why “Import Model” instead of “Import Geometry”? Because the Workbench readers also support mesh formats! You can even select a *.wbpj and get both the geometry and mesh. During the import process, you can filter to make it easier to find the files that you are looking for. For instance, you can switch it to SpaceClaim to filter for SpaceClaim documents. Select your particular file (some formats will show you a preview of it), and click Open. Continue reading