The State of the Art for Electric Motor Design

Have you noticed that electric machines are everywhere these days? They are present in industrial equipment, cars, planes, household appliances, computers, mobile devices and more. The applications for both large and small motors are just exploding. Power transfer technologies in airplanes, such as the central hydraulic system and flight control actuation, are being replaced with electric motors. Electric and hybrid electric vehicles are powered by electric motors. When you put your phone on vibrate, the pulsation is created by an electric motor! The increased use of electric machines is driven by the global demand for more-automated and power-efficient products. The key is to find a better process to take an electric motor design from start to end. Continue reading

Workbench CAD Readers for ANSYS ICEM CFD Meshing

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

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week include the world’s highest wind turbine, a teen inventor of a brain-controlled artificial arm and a suit that makes a soldier’s body-heat invisible. Have a great weekend!

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HFSS 3-D Layout and the Phi Mesher

ANSYS HFSS has been the mainstay, gold-standard electromagnetic simulation technology for many years. There are many key pieces to its reliable technology — such as hierarchical vector basis functions for robust solutions to Maxwell’s equations, two-dimensional port solving technology, the trans-finite element method for fast extraction of s-parameter models, state-of-the-art fast and scalable matrix solving technology, and its flexible and easy-to-use parametric interfaces.

Recently, we introduced significant breakthroughs, many in the high-performance computing (HPC) area of HFSS, such as: the domain decomposition method (DDM); HFSS-IE a 3-D method-of-moment solver that includes ACA fast-solving technology as well as a physical optics solver;and hybrid solving that combines DDM and HFSS-IE and provides the ability to rigorously solve large-scale complex electromagnetic problems with a combination of finite elements and method of moments. Continue reading

ACT Templates for ANSYS DesignXplorer

Application Customization Templates - ACT

Are you familiar with ANSYS ACT (Application Customization Templates)? ACT allows all sorts of great customization. You could use ACT to encapsulate APDL scripts, add new loads and boundary conditions, create custom results, or even integrate third party tools. For instance, Vanderplaats R&D  just integrated their topology optimization product into ANSYS Mechancial via ACT.

The ACT Toolkit requires a license to develop extensions, but not to use extensions created by others or provided in our ACT library. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars This Week – March 24

ansys webinars what you need to knowWe’ve got some great ANSYS webinars on the schedule this week. From understanding hardware selection to a live webcast with Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Al Peasland.

Please make sure you register now so you don’t miss out!


March 25, 2014 Understanding Hardware Selection for ANSYS 15.0
March 26, 2014 Modéliser les écoulements gaz – solide
March 26, 2014 Wind Farm Flow Modelling: What Are You Missing Out of When Ignoring Atmospheric Stability?
March 27, 2014 Understanding Hardware Selection for ANSYS 15.0
March 27, 2014 Infiniti Red Bull Racing & High-Performance Simulation

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This Week’s Top 5 Interesting Engineering Technology News Articles

Happy Saturday, folks. This week’s interesting engineering technology news article round up looks at how IBM’s Watson computer may hold the key to a more personalized and effective cancer treatment and how a physics algorithm can help you pick your March Madness bracket.


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ANSYS EKM – Defining Templates for Job Submission

In two previous blogs, Batch Computations and Remote Visualization, we have been introducing ANSYS EKM 15.0 and its new capabilities of creating and managing batch jobs, as well as remote visualization sessions. These web-based capabilities are easing the process of accessing compute resources in various ways. In one specific advantage, through system configuration, the users are provided pre-defined options and parameters, such that the resulting command line is always syntactically correct and aligned with the given IT policies. Continue reading