ANSYS v14 Released
Available this week for download
PA, Dec 8, 2011 - ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) has launched the newest
release of its engineering simulation technology suite, ANSYS 14.0. Designed to
optimize product development processes, ANSYS solutions reduce the time and cost
needed to foster product innovations.
The advanced technology behind ANSYS 14.0 includes hundreds of new, advanced
features that make it easier, faster and less costly for organizations to bring
new products to market. The framework for the industry’s broadest and deepest
suite of advanced engineering simulation technology, ANSYS Workbench, delivers
unprecedented productivity. Tighter integration, for example, brings more
physics applications together to power customers’ simulation efforts, enabling
them to predict with confidence that their products will thrive in the real
ANSYS 14.0 introduces a number of features that allow the user to control
various components of the finite element model within the mechanical
environment. All connections such as constraint equations, spiders or weak
springs can now be visualized. Users can create selections of nodes using
As a whole, ANSYS 14.0 delivers new benefits in three major areas:
Amplifying engineering: Companies are looking for ways to leverage their
existing engineering resources. Engineers are most effective when they
concentrate on making engineering decisions rather than performing manual and
tedious software operations. ANSYS 14.0 automates many user-intensive
operations, which helps product developers minimize time spent setting up
Simulating complex systems: Today’s products come with built-in complexity —
such as state changes, nonlinear phenomena and multiphysics interactions.
Designs often combine hardware, electronics and software to form a complex
system. This requires new approaches to engineering. The latest ANSYS release
allows engineers to simulate such complexity as it exists in the real world,
from a single component to entire systems, with uncompromising accuracy.
Driving innovation with high-performance computing (HPC): Competitive pressures
demand faster and more frequent product introductions; at the same time,
products must be innovative, desirable and high quality. Organizations can
resolve these conflicting requirements only by evaluating a large number of
design alternatives — more rapidly than ever before. ANSYS 14.0 capitalizes on
modern hardware advancements to deliver complex simulation calculations faster
than other alternatives on the market today.
"Simulation-Driven Product Development has been a core theme of ours for some
time. Using simulation, companies can analyze many design iterations early in
the process, thus driving innovation. HPC is a key enabler to reduce design
cycle times,” said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ANSYS.
Workbench at ANSYS 14.0 goes well beyond enhancing customized workflows,
automatic parametric evaluations, and transparent sharing of common data between
different applications. Embedded design optimization capabilities enable design
of experiments as well as parametric and six sigma studies to reach the right
design. Tools developed specifically to manage engineering simulation data are
integrated for use across teams, groups and regions, preserving an
organization’s intellectual property. ANSYS 14.0 further opens the door for
non-traditional users to gain full value from simulation.
CAD models often contain many parts, gaps or contact between parts. In
ANSYS 14.0, the assembly meshing tool automatically extracts the fluid volume
from CAD assemblies
In fluid dynamics, prior to setting up a simulation, engineers face the
time-consuming task of creating a high-quality mesh. ANSYS 14.0 provides fast
and robust capabilities to perform these tasks automatically. The assembly
meshing tool extracts fluid volume from CAD assemblies and automatically creates
structured Cartesian meshes or unstructured tetrahedral meshes, depending on
user goals and preferences.
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Dedicated ANSYS Composite PrepPost tool provides significant ease of use for
models of composites structures that may have hundreds or thousands of plies.
Release 14.0 tightly integrates ANSYS Composite PrepPost with other simulation
in ANSYS Workbench.
In the structural mechanics arena, simulating composites structures brings a
number of challenges, such as defining hundreds or thousands of plies on a
structure that includes various orientations, or analyzing potential failure ply
by ply. The dedicated ANSYS Composite PrepPost tool provides significant ease
of use for such models. ANSYS 14.0 tightly integrates Composite PrepPost with
other structural simulation capabilities in Workbench.
When simulation results must be shared among physics, standard practice is to
import data — such as pressure fields, temperatures or heat exchange
coefficients — from external files. Automated algorithms provide an efficient
tool to project the data from one mesh to another. In ANSYS 14.0, automated
algorithms and weighting options have been enhanced to provide users with
additional control and correction capabilities. "Using the ANSYS external data
tool to import 3-D scan data, we are able to easily map the thickness of
aerodynamic profiles onto 3-D models for static and modal analyses, as well as
axisymmetric models for thermomechanical studies of our engines," said Hervé
Chalons, mechanical and structural analysis engineer at Turbomeca, a Safran
company that develops helicopter engines. "The smoothing algorithms and control
tools allow us to ensure the quality of interpolated data as well as the
robustness of the mapping procedure. Ultimately, this easy-to-use tool will help
us save time in setting up our simulation models."
Simulating Complex Systems
R&D teams must accurately predict how complex products will behave in a
real-world environment. Only the ANSYS suite comprehensively captures the
interaction of multiple physics — structural, fluid dynamics, electromechanics
and systems interactions — with deep physics and from within a single simulation
A new ANSYS Fluent cosimulation link with ANSYS Simplorer allows engineers to
analyze battery systems in Simplorer without neglecting nonlinear behavior of
the fluid system. The cosimulation delivers high-accuracy results of multidomain
system simulation using a fully integrated set of tools.
ANSYS 14.0 also introduces two-way electromagnetic coupling with stress analysis
and the ability to re-simulate the electromagnetic field distribution on the
deformed geometry. Applications include electrical machine, magnetic actuator
and electric transformer designs in the automotive, aerospace, and power
industries, for which accuracy of localized part deformations is important.
The successful design of many industrial processes depends on accurately
predicting the dynamics of, and interaction between, different phases (gas,
liquid, solid particles). Because of continuous progress in the area of
multiphase modeling, ANSYS fluid dynamics capabilities at 14.0 widen the range
of multiphase applications that can be simulated accurately, efficiently and
Applications that must consider complex nonlinear phenomena — such as biomedical
devices, hot rolled steel, acoustics and brake squeal — can benefit from the
suite’s advanced models. For example, biomedical application developers access
enhanced material formulations such as the Holzapfel model to capture behavior
of fiber-reinforced tissue or shape-memory alloys for stent modeling. Moisture
diffusion has been implemented in thermal, structural and coupled simulations
for electronic components.
Driving Innovation with HPC
For enhanced insight, ANSYS 14.0 features a comprehensive suite of solver and
HPC advancements across the entire range of physics. Smart solver management
enhancements — including architecture-aware partitioning — evenly size and
efficiently distribute jobs to available compute processors. “Petrobras relies
on ANSYS software for its superior parallel scalability, together with advanced
multiphase models and dynamic meshing," said Carlos Alberto Capela Moraes,
technical consultant at CENPES (Petrobras Research and Development Center). “New
enhancements such as architecture-aware partitioning and improved scalability
will allow us to consider even more detailed, accurate and complete simulations
than ever before — yielding the kind of understanding that is essential to
reproducing critical scenarios and complex operations of upstream processing
systems in the oil industry.”
GPU advancements are being leveraged to produce increased hardware performance.
With ANSYS Mechanical 14.0, users can take advantage of the latest generation
of GPU boards as well as minimize the amount of I/O required for post-processing
operations. ANSYS is committed to staying synchronized with the latest computing
In a compressor or turbine, accurately capturing the transient interaction
between rotating and stationary blades is complicated by the different blade
count (or pitch) between different stage rows. This pitch change often means
that a time-accurate simulation requires modeling the full wheel, a full 360
degrees of geometry — a transient simulation that is sometimes computationally
prohibitive. Users can dramatically reduce computation requirements, in terms of
time and memory, with the new advanced transient blade row methods in ANSYS CFD
14.0. Only a few blade passages are required for simulation, yet results are
highly accurate predictions of transient interactions.
In the antenna design field, an important research topic is analysis of
finite-sized antenna arrays, which can provide beam-steering capability. Due to
the structures’ large size, rigorous analysis with full-wave 3-D simulators has
been a challenge. An accepted method is to solve a single element of the array
with a linked boundary condition, extracting performance of this single element
effectively embedded in an infinite array. Because the method neglects edge
effects from the true, finite size of an array, the results are approximations
of far-field patterns and element-to-element coupling factors. The new finite
array capability in ANSYS HFSS 14.0, built upon the proven ANSYS domain
decomposition and adaptive meshing technologies, models the finite array
explicitly. The time- and memory-efficient HPC technique properly predicts the
array’s behavior including finite-size edge effects.
ANSYS 14.0 is available this week for customer download.
About ANSYS, Inc.
ANSYS brings clarity and insight to customers' most complex design challenges
through fast, accurate and reliable engineering simulation. Our technology
enables organizations ― no matter their industry ― to predict with confidence
that their products will thrive in the real world. Customers trust our software
to help ensure product integrity and drive business success through innovation.
Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs more than 2,000 professionals, many of them
expert in engineering fields such as finite element analysis, computational
fluid dynamics, electronics and electromagnetics, and design optimization.
Headquartered south of Pittsburgh, U.S.A., ANSYS has more than 60 strategic
sales locations throughout the world with a network of channel partners in 40+
countries. Visit www.ansys.com for more information.
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