MATLAB Apps For ANSYS Products: Updated for ANSYS 17.0

In 2013, I wrote a blog showing ANSYS users how to make MATLAB apps for ANSYS Fluent. Just as a quick reminder, a friend of mine, who is also an ANSYS Fluent and Mechanical APDL user has a Windows Matlab code programming a Linux Fluent session. She had just updated her hardware. Everything is moved to Linux. She also needed to integrate a Mechanical APDL session.

She was asking me: “Why, can’t I port my MATLAB®  code running on the platform of my choice and be able to also connect to Mechanical APDL?” She challenged me to to create a less than 20 lines code example. Back in 2013, my example was for ANSYS 16.0. Here is my update for ANSYS 17.0. Continue reading

Upstream and Downstream of a Hyperloop Pod

If you’re a regular subscriber of the ANSYS blog, you’ve probably already heard about Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Pod Competition. Texas Guadaloop is a team from the University of Texas at Austin that was chosen to participate in this Hyperloop Design Weekend Competition back in late January among 150 other teams after SpaceX accepted our preliminary Design package.

From the beginning of our design iteration, Guadaloop has been committed to creating a simple and executable design. One of the major challenges we encountered in the external configuration of our pod design was determining the aerodynamic viability of propelling our pod through a tube. With the elimination of a compressor in our design, the Kantrowitz limit needed to be actively combated. Continue reading

The Challenge of Point Cloud Data Mapping for Structural Engineers

Many structural engineers face the challenge of mapping (interpolating) data — such as pressures, thicknesses or temperatures —  on a finite element mesh (also known as point cloud data mapping). This often happens within companies where the analysts performing CFD or thermal analyses are not the ones performing the structural analyses. This also happens when the company is using tools from different providers.

Common data that analysts need to import as boundary conditions are pressures and temperatures. For example, think of a gas turbine where pressure and temperature results  from the CFD computations need to be used for the structural analysis.

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Effective Use of the ANSYS Workbench Project Schematic

If you’ve used the project schematic in ANSYS Workbench for any length of time then you’ve probably tried linking cells together that you just aren’t allowed to link. Or perhaps you’ve found yourself duplicating Mesh or Setup data manually. Here we’ll explore some tips and tricks and consider various workflow scenarios and show you how to make the schematic work for you. Continue reading