Introducing ANSYS 16.0

ansys 16While our customers have been busy innovating amazing products and revolutionizing their industries, we at ANSYS have been doing some product innovations of our own. Today we’re excited to introduce you to the results of our efforts: ANSYS 16.0 — the world’s most advanced simulation software. With major enhancements to our entire portfolio, including structures, fluids, electronics and systems engineering solutions, industry leaders will use ANSYS 16.0 to validate complete virtual prototypes.

Global enterprises have already embraced ANSYS as the engineering simulation standard for proven physics, high performance computing solutions and a unified modeling environment. The ANSYS platform provides scalability, ease of use and flexibility through customization and cloud-enabled applications.

Here are some of the reasons why we’re so excited about this new release:

electronicsEnabling Connected Electronic Devices. While standalone electronic devices used to be the norm, customers now demand more connectivity among their devices. Your smartphone has to be able to remotely set up a recording of your favorite TV show while monitoring your heart rate through the fitness bracelet on your wrist. This Internet of Things requires a higher standard for hardware and software reliability than was previously necessary. ANSYS 16.0 caters to this higher standard.

One way it does this is through the new ANSYS Electronics Desktop. This single-window, highly-integrated interface brings electromagnetic, circuit and systems analysis into a seamless working environment to maximize productivity, ensure compatibility and enhance connectivity. You can also model 3-D electronic components and integrate them into larger electronic assemblies, facilitating the creation of wireless communication systems needed for the Internet of Things.

structuresSimulating the Total Spectrum of Structural Materials. Reducing weight while improving structural performance and design aesthetics is a common engineering challenge. Thin sheet metal and plate steel are traditional materials used for these purposes; thicker, layered composites can also be effective, but they are difficult to model because of their inhomogeneous properties and their dependence on the manufacturing process. ANSYS 16.0 has new capabilities to accelerate the process of modeling both thin materials and composites, including novel tools for understanding the solution results.

Elastomers like rubber, which are often used in seals, have been difficult to simulate because they have highly nonlinear properties and can become severely distorted during use. ANSYS 16.0 includes adaptive remeshing of highly distorted portions of a model during solution, without having to manually stop the simulation. No other simulation software company offers nonlinear adaptive meshing refinement.

fluidsSimplifying Complex Fluid Dynamics Engineering Challenges. Let’s face it — all the easy product development problems have already been solved. Engineers must deal with increasingly more complex designs and physical phenomena in less time than ever to meet market demands. Fluid dynamics engineers will be happy to hear that ANSYS 16.0 reduces fluid dynamics simulation time for complex models by up to 40 percent.

One way it does this is by leveraging the adjoint optimization technology and making it more practical for engineers to use. A new adjoint designer tool enables engineers to perform multi-objective shape optimization, including constraints, with models containing as many as 50 million cells. Similarly, engineers designing turbomachinery equipment — compressors, hydro turbines, steam turbines and pumps — will benefit from a significant simulation speed-up thanks to a scalability up to 2000 high performance computing cores.

systems (1)Enabling Model-based Systems. ANSYS 16.0 features extended modeling capabilities, enabling hardware and software engineers to define the intricacies of a system and its sub-systems operations. This is crucial because as systems become more complex, engineers need greater definition of their operations. Systems and software engineers can better collaborate on joint projects, reducing development time and effort, using the behavioral diagram modeling capabilities of ANSYS 16.0.

Within the aeronautics domain, ANSYS 16.0 provides a model-based approach that satisfies the requirements of DO-330, the tools qualification document within DO-178C, for the highest levels of safety requirements. This is the first simulation tool to meet the new FAA certification requirements.

Introducing a Unified Multiphysics Environment. Our efforts at integrating the recently acquired SpaceClaim technology with our powerful modeling capabilities has given rise to a unified modeling environment which blurs the geometry–mesh continuum that supports our world class simulations. This, in turn, has facilitated the introduction of ANSYS AIM to help organizations tackle their multiphysics problems. AIM is an innovative, immersive simulation environment that lowers the barrier to entry for multiphysics simulations by unifying the industry-leading solvers in one place. AIM simulation uses proven ANSYS technology and a guided simulation process paradigm that is accessible to the entire engineering organization.

This brief summary just touches on a few of the new features in ANSYS 16.0. In the coming weeks, we’ll discuss the enhancements to each product line in more detail in separate blogs. In the meantime, visit our website or contact us to learn more about how ANSYS 16.0 can help you solve your product design challenges faster and easier.

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About Jim Cashman

President and CEO of ANSYS. Joined the company as senior vice president of operations in 1997 and became president and CEO in 2000. A pioneer for Simulation Driven Product Development, which emphasizes simulation as an early and integral part of the product development process and can lead to reduced prototype testing, faster time-to-market and improved market acceptance of innovative new products. Thirty years of experience in the areas of financial, operational and sales management.