ANSYS Workbench Platform
The ANSYS Workbench platform is the framework upon which the industry’s broadest and deepest suite of advanced engineering simulation technology is built. An innovative project schematic view ties together the entire simulation process, guiding the user through even complex Multiphysics analyses with drag-and-drop simplicity. With bi-directional CAD connectivity, powerful highly-automated meshing, a project-level update mechanism, pervasive parameter management and integrated optimization tools, the ANSYS Workbench platform delivers unprecedented productivity, enabling simulation driven product development.
ANSYS Multiphysics software offers a comprehensive product solution for both Multiphysics and single-physics analysis. The product includes structural, thermal, fluid and both high- and low-frequency electromagnetic analysis. The product also includes solutions for both direct and sequentially coupled physics problems including direct coupled-field elements and the ANSYS multi-field solver.
ANSYS Mechanical offers a comprehensive product solution for structural linear/nonlinear and dynamics analysis. The product offers a complete set of elements behavior, material models and equation solvers for a wide range of engineering problems. In addition, ANSYS Mechanical offers thermal analysis and coupled-physics capabilities involving acoustic, piezoelectric, thermal-structural and thermal-electric analysis.
ANSYS Structural software addresses the unique concerns of pure structural simulations without the need for a lot of extra tools. The product offers all the power of nonlinear structural capabilities – as well as all linear capabilities – in order to deliver the highest-quality, most reliable structural simulation results available.
ANSYS Professional software offers a first step into advanced linear dynamics and the nonlinear capabilities of ANSYS structural mechanics. ANSYS Professional comes in two versions: ANSYS Professional NLT with linear structural and dynamics capability and nonlinear thermal capability, and ANSYS Professional NLS with linear structural dynamics and thermal capability as well as a basic structural nonlinear capability.
ANSYS DesignSpace is an easy-to-use simulation software package that gives designers tools to conceptualize, design and validate all their ideas right on the desktop. ANSYS DesignSpace software, a subset of the ANSYS Professional product, enables users to easily perform real-world, static structural and thermal, dynamic, weight optimization, vibration mode, and safety factor simulations on all designs without the need for advanced analysis knowledge.
ANSYS Explicit STR
Newly introduced in ANSYS 12.0, ANSYS Explicit STR software is the first explicit dynamics product to use the native ANSYS Workbench environment. The solution method used by ANSYS Explicit STR software is based on the robust and time-tested Lagrange (STRuctural) solver of the ANSYS AUTODYN analysis program. ANSYS Explicit STR software is the only structural program that is fully integrated into a unified environment capable of incorporating a range of Multiphysics solutions, including electrical, thermal, mechanical and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
ANSYS Explicit STR is well suited for solving:
- Drop tests (electronics and consumer goods)
- Low- to high-speed solid-to-solid impacts (applications from sporting goods to aerospace)
- Highly nonlinear plastic buckling events (manufacturing processes)
- Complete material failure applications (defense and homeland security)
- Breakable contact, such as adhesives or spot welds (electronics and automotive)
ANSYS AUTODYN is a uniquely versatile explicit analysis tool for modeling the nonlinear dynamics of solids, fluids, gas and their interaction. Our focus is on providing the most advanced capability in the form of a very robust tool, is further enhanced by our focus on productivity. Users of ANSYS AUTODYN are able to complete simulation projects with significantly less effort, less time and lower total cost. The high productivity is a result of the easy to use, quick to learn intuitive, interactive graphical interface implemented in ANSYS AUTODYN. Additional time and effort savers in problem set-up and analysis are provided by automatic options to define contact, coupling interfaces and minimizing input requirements with the use of safe logical defaults.
Additionally with the graphical user interface in the ANSYS Workbench platform, ANSYS AUTODYN offers:
- Finite element solvers for computational structural dynamics (FE)
- Finite volume solvers for fast transient Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
- Mesh free particle solvers for high velocities, large deformation and fragmentation (SPH)
- Multi-solver coupling for multi-physics solutions including coupling between FE, CFD and SPH
- A wide suite of material models incorporating constitutive response and coupled thermodynamics
- Serial and parallel computation on shared and distributed memory systems
- Access to powerful geometry and meshing tools standard available through the ANSYS Workbench platform
- Bi-directional connectivity to parametric ANSYS DesignModeler and CAD models
ANSYS Rigid Dynamics
The ANSYS Rigid Dynamics product is an ANSYS Workbench add-on module that works directly with ANSYS Structural, ANSYS Mechanical, and ANSYS Multiphysics. Benefits of the ANSYS Rigid Dynamics product are:
- Extremely fast solution, often measured in seconds for even complex assembly dynamics
- Configuration option that allows interactive kinematic manipulation of assembly and uncovers incorrect constraints immediately
- Iterative “what if” simulations possible; realistic manual optimization opportunity due to the very low CPU requirements of an all rigid dynamics solution
- Converting an all-rigid model to a combined rigid-flexible model takes just a few mouse clicks making model ready to run in minutes
In-depth design analysis and simulation are typically used as a means to assess the performance of a part or a system for one given set of CAD dimensions, loads and material properties.
However, simulation can also be used as a way to answer “what if” questions: What happens if my load changes by 10%? Which parameters are really influencing the behavior of my system? These types of questions can be answered by an appropriate parametric study of the model.
A parametric analysis can be either deterministic or probabilistic. In the former case, all parameters are supposed to vary continuously within a given range (defining the design space) and the expected result is the continuous response of the various performances. The deterministic analysis is a first step to take to understand the product and find a feasible design within the design space. Once a feasible design has been found, the next question is: how robust is it?
The probabilistic parametric analysis will help answer that question. Loads, dimensions and material properties are not deterministic parameters; a dimension has a certain tolerance and material properties depend on the manufacturing process. How does the scattering of these parameters influence the performance of the product? How much is the product likely to fail?