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ANSYS DesignSpace software is an easy-to-use simulation package that provides designers with tools to conceptualize, design and validate their ideas right on the desktop. ANSYS DesignSpace software, a subset of the ANSYS Professional product, enables real-world, static structural and thermal, dynamic, weight optimization, vibration mode, and safety factor simulations to be performed on designs without the need for advanced analysis knowledge.

Auto contact detection makes it easy to work with large assembly models.


Design of the central structure of a hydraulically balanced crane
Courtesy SERAM Group.

Product Features Include:

Superior CAD Interface & Robust Meshing

Existing native CAD geometry can be used directly with ANSYS mechanical solutions — with no translation, no IGES and no intermediate geometry formats. ANSYS has provided native bidirectional integration with the most popular CAD systems for more than 10 years. Integration directl2 into the CAD menu bar makes it very simple to launch world-class simulation directly from a CAD system.

Since the ANSYS geometry import mechanism is common to all CAD systems, the user has the flexibility to work within a single common simulation environment while using multiple CAD packages.

Large cell phone assembly

Automatic body-by-body meshing, large cell phone assembly for explicit drop test analysis

Brake rotor assembly

All HEX mesh of complex automotive brake rotor assembly

Engine block

High-quality automatic tetrahedral mesh for complex engine block

ANSYS supports the following CAD systems: Autodesk® Inventor®, Autodesk® Mechanical Desktop, Autodesk® Inventor® Professional Stress, CATIA® V4 and V5, Pro/ENGINEER®, Solid Edge®, SolidWorks®, Unigraphics®, CoCREATE Modeling™ and SpaceClaim®. The ANSYS Workbench environment also supports neutral format files such as IGES, Parasolid®, ACIS® (SAT) and STEP, which enable the use of any CAD system with the capability to export to any of these formats.

ANSYS provides a wide range of highly robust automated meshing tools — from tetrahedral meshes to pure hexahedral meshes, inflation layers and high-quality shell meshes. Mesh settings like surface or edge sizing, sphere of influence, defeaturing tolerances and more can be set by the user.

Auto Contact Detection for Assemblies

Once the geometry has been imported, ANSYS mechanical solutions automatically detect and perform setup for contacts or joints between parts of an assembly. The contact settings and options can be modified, and additional manual contact definitions can be added. Joints for flexible/rigid dynamics are automatically detected. Each contact or joint is easily identified using the graphical tools provided in the environment.


Automated detection of contacts is performed upon geometry import.
Courtesy Pratt & Miller.


Automated detection of contacts is performed upon geometry import.
Courtesy Pratt & Miller.

Advanced Numerical Methods for Nonlinear Problems

With a solid foundation of element and material technology, ANSYS structural mechanics offers various advanced modeling methods for different kinds of applications. There are modal, harmonic, spectrum, rotordynamics, flexible multibody dynamics, component mode synthesis, cyclic symmetry, delamination, composite failure, fracture mechanics, adaptive meshing, 2-D rezoning, submodeling, substructuring, element birth and death, and topology optimization, among others.

In addition, ANSYS structural mechanics offers advanced capabilities that allow users to simulate a variety of physics phenomena, such as thermal–stress, electromechanical, structural–acoustics, mass diffusion and simple thermal–fluid analysis.

Nonlinear Toolset
Nonlinear convergence controls
Contact diagnostics
Nonlinear diagnostics
2-D rezoning
Nonlinear stabilization
Partial solve
Implicit explicit transfer
Element birth and death
Initial stress–strain
Linear perturbation

Powerful Solver Capabilities

ANSYS structural mechanics solutions offer a large library of out-of-the box equation solvers. The library contains the sparse direct solver, the preconditioned conjugate gradient (PCG) iterative solver, the Jacobi conjugate gradient (JCG) solution, etc. In addition, the algebraic multi-grid (AMG) solver as well as distributed versions of PCG, JCG, and sparse solvers are available for use in large-scale computing via parallel processing. By combining our parallel algorithms with the power of GPUs you can further reduce the solution time required for your large models.

Variational technology from ANSYS allows acceleration of the computation of normal modes for cyclic structures, especially when a large number of harmonic indexes are required. Frequency sweeps such as those found in harmonic analyses also benefit from variational technology. Typical speedup factors observed range from three to 10. Transient thermal runs and certain classes of nonlinear structural transient problems are computed in a shorter time using these same principles.

Solver Type
Direct Sparse
Iterative PCG
AMG
Distributed Memory Dsparse
DPCG
DDS

Multiple GPUs can be used on nodes of a cluster to reduce computing time. For example, solder balls were modeled with 4M DOF for creep strain analysis.

Multiple GPUs can be used on nodes of a cluster to reduce computing time. For example, solder balls were modeled with 4M DOF for creep strain analysis.
Results courtesy MicroConsult Engineering, GmbH.

Advanced Post-Processing

ANSYS provides a comprehensive set of post-processing tools to display results on models as contours or vector plots to provide summaries of the results (like min/max values and locations). Powerful and intuitive slicing techniques allow the user to get more detailed results over given parts of the geometries. All the results can be exported as text data or to a spreadsheet for further calculations. Animations are provided for static cases as well as for nonlinear or transient histories. Any result or boundary condition can be used to create customized charts.

Contour plots on bodies

Contour plots on bodies

Results can be displayed on any part of the geometry.

Results can be displayed on any part of the geometry.

Path plot

Path plot

Reports

ANSYS software lets engineers explore their designs in multiple ways. All the results must then be efficiently documented. ANSYS provides instantaneous report generation to gather all technical data and pictures of the model in a convenient format (HTML, Microsoft® Word™, Microsoft® PowerPoint™).

 

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+ = Additional product required

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Thermal Analysis of Automatic Document Feeder's Motor Drop test of gas container using explicit tools
Thermal Analysis of Automatic Document Feeder's Motor. Drop test of gas container using explicit tools.
Gasket materials from advanced material models library Heavy equipment mesh
Gasket materials from advanced material models library. Heavy equipment mesh.
   
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