ANSYS Advantage: Simulate Early for Successful Products

ANSYS Advantage Issue 2 2017The vast majority of engineering decisions are made without the insights that engineering simulation could provide into the impact of those decisions. It is estimated that 80 percent of the total product development costs are locked in by choices made early in the design process — and subsequent analysis and optimization now has to live within the implied constraints or face very costly and time-consuming design changes.

With increasingly complex products taking advantage of advanced materials, additive manufacturing and IoT, this issue will grow exponentially as many more permutations and design options must be evaluated for any given product. The only way to harness the potential of these mega trends, and tame the inherent complexity, is to bring simulation upfront in the product development process. To design the products of tomorrow, leading companies are doing exactly that.

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Giving Thanks to Our Customers: Excellence in Engineering Simulation

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-12-00-39-pmAs the end of the year approaches, it’s always a good time to reflect on our achievements — did I really stick to those resolutions I made at the start of the year? — and to look forward to new goals and possibilities. It is also a time to celebrate the holidays and give thanks for the many good things that have happened this year. None more so than those showcased in ANSYS Advantage Magazine: Excellence in Engineering Simulation. Continue reading

ANSYS Advantage Magazine: Breakthrough Energy Innovation and Sustainable Design

ANSYS Advantage - Breakthrough Energy Innovation Sustainable Design

Energy systems innovation and sustainable design are key business initiatives in almost every industry sector. And, these initiatives are not only required to meet customer demand for “green products” or to satisfy environmental regulations. Many businesses have realized there is an opportunity to drive new growth with energy innovations. The new issue of ANSYS Advantage highlights the many ways our customers are delivering these energy innovations by leveraging the power of engineering simulation.

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Pump Simulation Advances with ANSYS 17.0

Pumps are pervasive and play an important role across many industries and in our daily lives. They have been around for a long time, when you consider that the Archimedes screw dates back over two thousand years. They come in a wide range of sizes and styles, from heart pumps that measure only millimeters in size to large pump-turbines that measure meters in diameter. Some pumps are custom- engineered and very high-tech, such as those used for liquid rocket propulsion, nuclear submarines or power plant applications. Many others are regarded as a commodity items, although that view is changing, as we shall see. Some estimate that pumps consume as much as 10% of the electricity generated worldwide. Continue reading

ANSYS Advantage: Spotlighting Process Compression

Around the world, businesses, no matter what the industry, are facing similar challenges:

  • Customers demand compelling products delivered on more frequent cycles.  
  • Products have become a complex mixture of mechanical, electrical and embedded software systems.  
  • Global markets offer more opportunity, but also more competition.

To remain competitive, companies must deliver innovative products to market faster and at a lower cost. But the pressure to innovate more quickly and move even faster is relentless. Simulation has long been a valuable tool to verify designs and reduce testing, saving both time and money, but using simulation towards the end of the product design cycle is no longer sufficient.  Continue reading

How to Create ANSYS Workbench Parameters and Named Selections with Catia

In previous posts, we showed you how to parameterize DesignModeler, Spaceclaim and Creo Parametric.  Very recently, we had for for creating Named Selections and Parameters in NX.  Today, we finally get to one for Catia. I don’t have Catia installed on my computer, so thanks to Richard Mitchell, UK Sales Support Manager for recording the video.

Simulation driven product development has been a key theme at ANSYS for well over a decade, we often just refer to it by its acronym.  It is the reason that ANSYS Workbench was designed to be a parametric and persistent platform. Tools like DX can help you drive those parameters, but first, you need to parameterize your model! Continue reading

How to Create ANSYS Workbench Parameters and Named Selections with NX

ANSYS Workbench was designed to be a parametric and persistent platform so that you could easily perform design studies and really get into simulation driven product development.  Tools like DX can help you drive those parameters, but first, you need to parameterize your model.

You can parameterize the physics or even the meshing, but being able to parameterize the CAD using our bi-directional CAD interfaces is a real ANSYS Advantage. Continue reading

Multiphysics and FSI All Around Me

Ever since the ANSYS Advantage Spotlight on Multiphysics issue was published, I find myself hyper-aware of all the times multiphysics simulation would be needed to adequately capture the physics occurring in everyday activities. I had a similar experience when I first became deeply involved in fluid dynamics, suddenly fascinated with how salad dressing ran out of the bottle compared to how water flowed from the faucet or the mesmerizing nature of smoke being dispersed by turbulence eddies. Even though multiphysics includes a plethora of phenomena, including electromagnetics, fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, thermal effects, acoustics, optics and more, over these past months it is fluid-structure interactions or FSI that had been on my mind. Continue reading

Readers Choice for Top 5 ANSYS Advantage Articles

I enjoy working on every article I coordinate for ANSYS Advantage magazine. I always learn something new while assisting ANSYS customers and staff tell their stories of excellence in engineering simulation. I have no favorites as I appreciate all of the articles. But, I decided to let our readers choose their top five, based on the power of downloading. The following are the most-read articles from the four issues (three regular issues and one special issue for oil and gas) of ANSYS Advantage published last year. All these stories have one thing in common: They feature robust and reliable design practices. Drumroll please …

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ANSYS Advantage: Oil and Gas Industry Focus on Safety and Reliability

ANSYS Advantage Oil and Gas 2014The oil and gas industry is full of challenges. Equipment must operate reliably under harsh conditions, or companies risk loss of life, environmental disaster, and reduced revenue from maintenance or unscheduled downtime. As I worked with ANSYS global director of energy and process industries Ahamad Haidari to compiled the newest special issue of ANSYS Advantage for the oil and gas industry, the importance of product reliability and performance in this market became apparent. Beyond that, engineers in any industry can benefit from the best practices explored in this issue. Continue reading