What’s Happening with ANSYS Discovery Live

It has been nearly two months since we unveiled ANSYS Discovery Live to the public and made it freely available for download. Discovery Live is the first ever real-time engineering simulation software available to all engineers. Since that time, many things have happened that has made this launch a tremendous success. I’d like to share some of those with you today, and make you aware of some exciting opportunities.

Behind ANSYS developing Discovery Live was the firm belief in the power of simulation and its benefits for everyone. The ability to accurately predict a product’s performance as part of the validation stage, or make adjustments to models to simulate products already in the field are examples of pervasive engineering simulation. But what Discovery Live has done is further advance the reach of simulation to the upfront design exploration stage. ANSYS has had a passion for helping engineers in this space for some time, and Discovery Live represents a true milestone for making this happen even more than it already has. Continue reading

How HyperXite Used ANSYS Simulation to Advance in the Hyperloop Competition

The Hyperloop from SpaceX is the future of fast, affordable and sustainable transportation.  HyperXite, our team from the University of California, Irvine, which is competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, is using ANSYS Fluent and ANSYS Mechanical simulation solutions to design and build a 1:2 scale Hyperloop pod.

If successful, the pod eventually will be able to transport 840 people between Los Angeles and San Francisco at 760 mph while floating on a cushion of air. Of the 120 teams in the competition, we were the only team in the top five at SpaceX design weekend to propose air levitation as our driving force. Continue reading

Pervasive Simulation for Electronics in ANSYS Advantage

ansys advantage electronicsElectronics are everywhere. Amazing innovations such as driver assistance systems (ADAS), IoT, 5G communications, hybrid propulsion and others all depend on electronics. Engineers and designers in almost every industry, must account for electromagnetic fields to design, optimize and deliver products quickly to market.

As radio frequency (RF) and wireless communications components are integrated into compact packages to meet smaller footprint requirements while improving power efficiency, electromagnetic field simulation is the only way to make these trade-offs.  Simulation enables innovative ideas, that can push products beyond their traditional limits, to be tested and realized without the burden of prototype costs and time.

The latest issue of ANSYS Advantage features articles from industry leaders who make the most of electromagnetic field simulation to develop next-generation products and deliver them to market quickly.

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Interference-Free Design of Electronic Devices

Have you ever relaxed on the patio on a beautiful autumn day while using your mobile phone to talk to a friend, stream some relaxing music over the phone’s WiFi connection and maybe use the built-in GPS location capability while you map out your next family road trip, all at the same time?

Just think about how amazing it is that you can do all of that — and more — with a device that you hold in the palm of your hand. Your mobile phone has more computing power than the computers that put man on the moon, and more wireless connectivity than we would have thought possible less than a generation ago!

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Free Performance Benchmark Program

Whenever I speak to our customers who want to run our software on something more powerful than their desktop computers, I hear the need for quantitative proof of HPC benchmark tests. If you have the same need, you can now get that proof, and it won’t cost you a thing.

We’ve established a Free Performance Benchmark program. Instead of demonstrating evidence of the benefits of HPC on standard benchmark models, we want to show you the time savings that HPC can make possible for your very own model. Continue reading

High-Capacity Power Signoff Using Big Data

As designs increase in complexity to cater to the insatiable need for more compute power spurred by different AI applications ranging from data centers to self-driving cars, designers are constantly faced with the challenge of meeting the elusive PPA (Power Performance and Area) targets.

PPA over-design has repercussions resulting in increased product cost as well as potential missed schedules with no guarantee of product success. Advanced SoCs pack more functionality and performance which result in higher power density. Traditional approaches of uniformly over-designing the power grid which has worked in the past is no longer an option with routing resources becoming severely constrained. To add to these woes, there are hundreds of combinations of PVT corners to solve for along with the increasing number of applications.  Continue reading

Cloud is Leveling the Playing Field for Technology Startups

A technology startup faces a great deal of challenges: funding, hiring, office space, manufacturing, messaging, legal, software, and infrastructure, to name a few. CEOs can feel overwhelmed by the sheer size and complexity of the puzzle that is establishing a successful corporation. It only takes one of the pieces to fail to jeopardize the whole enterprise. The stakes are high.

One area of investment that is particularly expensive and difficult to get right for hardware startups is the engineering simulation software and high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure required for virtual prototyping and testing. Rescale and the ANSYS Startup Program offer solutions for startups with on-demand and fully scalable software and hardware that require zero in-house IT.

Rescale and the ANSYS Startup Program are partnering to offer a scalable,
zero-IT simulation solution to startups

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This Is No Simulation: Achieving Zero-G on Earth

I wasn’t expecting my dad to start speaking — especially while were we watching television. Let’s face it: some things are sacrosanct. So, when he started talking during the opening credits of the 1985 miniseries “Space,” I listened.

“All my life,” he said, “I’ve wanted to go in to space. But, I know that that that’s not going to ever happen. Maybe you’ll have the opportunity.”

Fourteen-year-old me had little doubt that I’d explore space, just like Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker. I would, in fact, be the first person on Mars. No doubt about it. Oddly enough, my journalism degree wasn’t exactly the ticket to space. So, like most of us, my feet never left the ground.

Fast forward to last November, when one of our ANSYS employees entered a contest and won a seat on Zero Gravity Corp’s G-Force One. This company, the brainchild of X-Prize Foundation founder Peter Diamandis, sends everyday people on zero-G flights, similar to the ones NASA used uses for astronaut training. As luck would have it, the opportunity to fly with Peter and G-Force One fell to me. Continue reading

How to Approach Topology Optimization in ANSYS AIM 18.2

Topology optimization has been around for last 20-25 years, however only recently got more attention due to improvements made in additive manufacturing and 3D printing processes (DMLS (DMLM), EBM, SLM, SLS). More importantly, simulation driven topology optimization is rekindled due to more cost effective availability of almost infinite compute capacity in the form of GPUs, TPUs and cloud which makes it easier than ever to iterate over design choices. Modern topology optimization is mixed with machine learning to learn aesthetic styles and further complement the design by volumes of simulation.

ANSYS took its first step in ANSYS 18.0 in the context of ANSYS Mechanical and now it is expanded to the designer community through ANSYS AIM addressing primarily two key issues: abstracting the mechanics of simulation with eager program controlled setup followed by embedded experience with automated geometry reconstruction. You can organically design parts from a single block of material or improve an existing design, both workflows are fully supported and where possible automated. Continue reading

NEW ANSYS Student Community is LIVE

I have very exciting news to share with you. The ANSYS Student Community is now live and ready for action. If you are one of the 400,000+ users who have downloaded ANSYS Student Products since their launch in August 2015, you can now communicate with other ANSYS users worldwide via this platform.

The ANSYS Student Community provides a forum to share ideas, ask questions, guide users and post cutting-edge information or useful technical resources. It is primarily intended for students, but academic faculty, staff and other users in academia are welcome to participate. Continue reading