ANSYS 2020 R1 Threads Simulation Across Product Lifecycle Processes

New functionalities include improving product development with ANSYS Minerva to running complex simulations with streamlined workflows with ANSYS Fluent.

New functionalities include improving product development with ANSYS Minerva to running complex simulations with streamlined workflows with ANSYS Fluent.

ANSYS HFSS includes technology for phased array simulation. Image courtesy of ANSYS.

ANSYS announces new functionalities now available in ANSYS 2020 R1. Such functionalities include improving product development with ANSYS Minerva to running complex simulations with streamlined workflows with ANSYS Fluent to optimizing electromagnetic design processes with ANSYS HFSS, ANSYS 2020 R1 enables companies to pioneer trailblazing innovations and create highly cost-effective designs.

ANSYS 2020 R1 offers portfolio-wide upgrades and improvements to ANSYS Minerva—enabling customers to connect simulation and optimization to their larger product lifecycle processes. ANSYS Minerva helps companies transform simulation intellectual property into a corporate asset, capture best practices and digitally thread simulation and optimization more broadly across the enterprise. Minerva now incorporates advanced technologies for improving workflows and enhancing simulation process and data management (SPDM). 

OptiSlang—a technology now owned by ANSYS as a result of the recent acquisition of Dynardo — now teams with Minerva’s SPDM solutions to help users reduce development time and expedite the evaluation of optimal design alternatives.

“With use of simulation expected to expand in the coming years, Minerva is important to Eaton and plays a key part in our larger, enterprise-wide digital prototyping and additive manufacturing (AM) initiatives,” says Todd Earls, vice president of Information Technology at Eaton. “Additionally, traceability and management are essential for efficiency and there are many steps necessary to design and manufacture parts using AM or other processes.”

An interoperable knowledge management application engineered with an open and vendor-neutral architecture, Minerva integrates with engineering teams’ ecosystem of simulation tools and enterprise systems and streamlines collaboration and traceability across teams based around the world.

“Customers across virtually every industry seek to radically improve how they leverage simulation, optimize designs and share data to spur innovation and create products more efficiently,” says Eric Bantegnie, vice president and general manager at ANSYS. “Minerva’s improvements help fuse simulation and optimization processes across the enterprise, establishing simulation-based design optimization workflows as a dynamic standardized process for exploring and improving product performance.”

Advancements in Simulation

ANSYS 2020 R1 delivers upgraded capabilities for flagship simulation platforms including ANSYS Mechanical and ANSYS Fluent that help customers strengthen their digital thread to drive innovation and overcome design complexity challenges. Additionally, this new release upgrades ANSYS HFSS and ANSYS® Maxwell® to help customers substantially enrich their electromagnetic design processes.

ANSYS 2020 R1 empowers ANSYS Mechanical users to go further than ever before with added features and enhancements to better handle complex, highly nonlinear and massively large models. Additional functionality streamlines workflows, including post-processing of reinforcements and easy drag-and-drop of external models right into ANSYS Mechanical.

In ANSYS’ fluids suite, Fluent introduces features that make it easy for nearly anyone—from novices to experts—to run complex multiphase computational fluid dynamics simulations using a simplified and streamlined workflow. Fluent users are additionally supported by an immersive and highly intuitive graphical user interface.

The new ANSYS GRANTA MI Pro fast-start data management solution enables access to managed materials data from within ANSYS Mechanical. Image courtesy of ANSYS.

Fluent’s new release also introduces an algebraic interface area density model that accounts for differences in drag and interfacial area to accurately simulate complex multiphase transitions between liquid and gas flows. 

The electromagnetic suite introduces advances in ANSYS HFSS for quickly and accurately modeling antenna arrays. For high-speed electronics, HFSS delivers solving speed for very large simulations.

New upgrades in electronics design enable users to predict and resolve printed circuit board electromagnetic interference and run transient thermal analyses to ensure reliable designs, the company says.

Also in the electromagnetic suite, ANSYS Maxwell delivers a new multiphysics solver designed to predict noise and vibration in electric vehicle (EV) powertrains.

ANSYS’ materials suite updates ANSYS GRANTA MI, focusing on optimizing user experience for enterprise-wide implementations. The suite also introduces ANSYS GRANTA MI Pro, a new fast-start data management solution for design and simulation.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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