How to Use ANSYS ICEM CFD Multizone

mz_submapper_aniHave 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

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

ANSYS Webinars, Seminars and Events This Week

image of Learning text on a keyboard ANSYS Webinars and EventsHappy New Year everyone! I’m sure you’ve missed our ANSYS webinars over the long holiday break, but we’re back in full swing this week. As always, you can visit our full calendar of events on the website. Here’s what’s on tap this week.

If you’re attending the 51st AIAAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Dallas, TX. you can stop by our Booth 316 to speak to our ANSYS experts.

ANSYS Webinars

Integrated Solution for Electrical Machine

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
9:00 A.M. EST, 2:00 P.M. GMT (REGISTER)

Thursday, January 10, 2013
4:00 P.M. EST, 9:00 P.M. GMT (REGISTER)

This webinar provides an in depth look at the latest advancements in Maxwell for electrical machine design. The latest release of Maxwell includes advanced and faster meshing capabilities such as the ANSYS TAU meshing technology for motor cross-sections, auto healing of ‘dirty’ models capability to that increase accuracy and solving speed for motor designs. In addition, we will discuss the new HPC functionality available in Maxwell 3D that leverages multi-core, shared memory simulation techniques to accelerate the solution process. Continue reading

ANSYS ICEM CFD Interactive

image of ICEM CFD batch controls in ANSYS Meshing

ICEM CFD interactive/batch controls can be found in the advanced options of several different methods in ANSYS Meshing.

ANSYS Meshing is the general purpose meshing tool found in the ANSYS Workbench environment. It includes a lot of powerful ICEM and TGrid meshing technology, but exposed in a simplified and automated way. For instance, MultiZone in ANSYS Meshing is based on ICEM CFD hexa technology, but without the learning curve associated with blocking, edge distributions, etc.

However, there are some occasions when advanced users want to take more direct and interactive control over their meshing. ANSYS Meshing allows advanced users to “pop the hood” on some mesh methods with the “ICEM CFD Interactive” options (TGrid interactive is also available as a Beta option). ICEM CFD interactive allows users to launch ICEM CFD with all its controls. You can do full hexa blocking, tetra/prism, shell meshing, diagnostics, automatic or interactive mesh editing, etc. You can start from just the geometry, transferred to ICEM CFD with meshing parameters, or you can actually start with the mesh and adjust it from there. For instance, you could generate an PI tetra mesh in ANSYS Meshing using “Interactive” with “Post Operation” and then use the extended ICEM CFD tools to replace the mesh with a smooth delaunay fill or 12 Tetra to 1 Hexa conversion, smooth, and then return to ANSYS Meshing. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars and Events This Week – Register Today

image of Learning text on a keyboardComing up this week we have several events for you to take advantage of. For your convenience, we offer many sessions on two different days of the week. Simply click on the session you wish to attend. Be sure you get these on your calendar by registering today.


Recent Advances in Traction Motor Simulation (Tuesday Session)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
9:00 A.M. EDT, 1:00 P.M. GMT
Duration: 60 minutes
Power electronic converters and electric propulsion motors are extremely critical for every hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) system. Integrated simulation technology makes it possible to optimize the system performance and the efficiency of HEV/EV traction motor designs. This webinar will cover high-level aspects of the state-of art simulation technology with examples illustrating the importance of the results. Continue reading