ANSYS Pervasive Engineering Simulation solutions empower companies to retain engineers

PITTSBURGH—ANSYS recently released ANSYS® 2019 R1, intended to enable engineers at every level to develop innovative products across a multitude of industries, the company said in a press release.

Megatrends like 5G, autonomous vehicles, and electrification are radically changing the product development landscape, making it difficult for companies to retain engineers who can keep pace. The new capabilities across ANSYS’s entire simulation portfolio are said to empower engineers, regardless of level of expertise, to simulate from beginning to end faster and more intuitively, maximizing their productivity.

“ANSYS’s multi-physics solutions enable engineers to keep pace with increasing demands despite decreasing budgets, training, and timelines,” said Shane Emswiler, vice president and general manager for ANSYS electronics, fluids, and mechanical business units at ANSYS, in the release. “With the unparalleled improvements in ANSYS 2019 R1, ANSYS ushers in the next generation of Pervasive Engineering Simulation and enables engineers at every level to adopt simulation more seamlessly across the entire product lifecycle.”

With ANSYS 2019 R1, engineers can iterate concepts, simulate results, and validate designs faster and easier without sacrificing power or accuracy, the company said.

New User Experience

ANSYS 2019 R1 introduces a new ANSYS Fluent user experience, built on top of its established solver, that is said to improve the workflow process without compromising accuracy. The new experience streamlines the ANSYS Fluent workflow for generating a mesh from imported computer-aided designs and removes usability barriers for common tasks, enabling users to iterate faster with less training.

User-focused enhancements enable more problem-solving. Task-based workflows with parallel processing can now be used to generate Mosaic-enabled Poly-Hexcore meshes up to 10 times faster, so users can complete more simulations in less time, according to ANSYS.

“Mosaic technology-enabled Fluent Meshing Workflow allows us to reduce the preprocessing time of our electric generator thermal simulations from six to eight days to four hours,” said Itsaso Auzmendi-Murua, research and development thermal research engineer, INDAR, in the release. “It provides us an automated and robust preprocessing tool that accelerates our thermal designs and translates into more confident predictions about the future performance of our generators.”

“Mosaic-enabled meshing technology enables us to reduce mesh size by up to 30 percent, mainly in large sizes,” said Pablo Fernandez, research and development manager at Schako Iberia. “Mosaic, along with ANSYS’s task-based watertight meshing workflow, speeds the setup and the mesh generation process so we can create high-precision meshes faster, even in complex geometries. These are the most remarkable advancements in meshing technique in recent years and we estimate that they will reduce our development time by up to 15 percent.”

New Product Line

New to the ANSYS portfolio, ANSYS Motion is a powerful multibody dynamics (MBD) solution developed by South Korea’s Virtual Motion, Inc. ANSYS is now making the technology available to its global users. The third-generation MBD solver offers a full suite of dynamic capabilities for both rigid and flexible bodies. The product line offers an extensive range of powerful application-based toolkits, enabling users to model complex mechanisms, including drive systems and vehicle handling, with ease, the company said.

Next-Generation Capabilities for Electronics

New offerings in the electronics and electromagnetics suite include EMI Scanner, electromigration analysis, and noise-vibration-harshness (NVH) capabilities. EMI Scanner is a new feature within ANSYS® SIwave™ and ANSYS® HFSS™ that can quickly identify areas of potential electromagnetic interference on users’ printed circuit board designs prior to simulation. In ANSYS SIwave, electromigration analysis enables users to predict mean time to failure for on-chip and advanced electronic packaging structures. NVH is a new workflow that includes ANSYS® Maxwell®, ANSYS® Mechanical™, and the acoustic solver, brought together through ANSYS® Workbench™. The workflow calculates the electromagnetic noise of a machine when it vibrates due to electromagnetic forces, producing a complete noise profile of an electrical machine within hours.

Improving Structural Analysis Efficiency

A new solver advancement is said to significantly improve how users solve assemblies with contacts, enabling engineers to leverage high performance computing (HPC) and complete certain models more than twice as fast. ANSYS Mechanical also adds thermal compliance to its built-in topology optimization capabilities, empowering users to generate designs that maximize heat transfer.

ANSYS Mechanical is said to accurately solve difficult, nonlinear mechanical problems. Enhancements have been made in fatigue crack growth and nonlinear solver re-meshing to help solve highly deforming geometries, allowing more complicated models to be solved more easily. In addition, a unique thermal analysis technique uses mixed element types to reduce complexity by five times without sacrificing accuracy. This is crucial for solving challenging electronics packaging and circuit thermal models, ANSYS said.

Enhancements for Metal Additive Manufacturing

Updates to the ANSYS® Additive Suite™ include a new product.  The newly released ANSYS Additive® Science™ delivers an exploratory environment for engineers to determine the optimum process parameters for metal AM machines and materials, as it helps users understand how changes to machine parameters affect melt pool sizes and material porosity. Within the existing tools, ANSYS® Additive Print™ widens the range for supported materials and is said to be faster, with “improved robustness for thin-walled structures.” ANSYS® Workbench Additive™ increases accuracy while maintaining reasonable model sizes through a new meshing option—layered tetrahedral elements—that significantly impact model fidelity in geometries with fine details, the company said.

“We help customers optimize geometries for additive manufacturing across industries, from aircraft to energy to oil and gas,” said Sven Donisi, managing director, Rosswag Engineering. “Using ANSYS Additive Print to simulate how materials will behave during the printing process, we shorten the development process and reduce the cost of trial and error. ANSYS enables our customers with more freedom to design and create new alloys with less risk.”

Enhanced Embedded Software

The embedded software suite brings new and enhanced capabilities for automotive applications, including autonomous vehicles, for multicore code generation and testing. The enhanced workflows and features empower users to design and deliver safety-critical products faster with less engineering effort and reduced cost and time to certification, regardless of industry, according to ANSYS.

Improvements to SCADE® Suite for automotive applications are reported to make it simpler and faster to comply with industry standards like AUTOSAR and ISO 26262 when developing model-based systems and software for autonomous vehicles.

With new enhancements, users can reduce testing costs and speed up certification by achieving model and code coverage in a single activity. The release couples efficiency and error finding with an exclusive tool that enables users to achieve both model and code coverage for embedded software applications in just one activity, the company said.

“The latest version of ANSYS SCADE Test provides us with a number of improvements,  enabling huge savings in both effort and time during the testing phase of our product development process,” said Christine La Porte, flight control application software engineer, Dassault Aviation.

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