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ANSYS Workbench Graphical User Interface

ANSYS offers its customers two main types of graphical user interface (GUI): ANSYS Classic and ANSYS Workbench. The reason for this is the result of a fundemental shift in the ANSYS software development teams approach to programming. This has been driven by improvements in software development tools that are more tuned into 'Web' and 'Microsoft' functionality and ANSYS's desire to make its graphical user interface the most intuitive FEA tool in the world. It is easy to spot the difference as you can see below:

ANSYS Classic interface ANSYS Workbench interface

Comparison between the ANSYS Classic interface (left) and the ANSYS Workbench Interface (right)
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ANSYS Workbench 'Simulation' is the primary application module used in the Workbench environment and is available in all license configurations accept ANSYS DesignSpace.

The image above shows the simulation tab denoted by a red S in a circle
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DesignSpace V6.0 was the first product built and delivered using Workbench technology in September of 2001. Today, the Workbench Simulation module can invoke any product license available from ANSYS DesignSpace through ANSYS Multiphysics; the higher the license level the more analysis capability exposed.

ANSYS Classic Graphical User Interface

All customers using ANSYS Professional or above automatically get the choice to toggle between either ANSYS Workbench or ANSYS Classic environment. A new customer buying DesignSpace today does not have access to the ANSYS Classic user interface. If you buy any other ANSYS license level you then have access to both.

ANSYS DesignSpace Entra, Advancia and Optima options do not exist anymore, all DesignSpace licenses were effectively upgraded to Optima and re-badged to ANSYS DesignSpace in 2003 (with the cost of TECS slightly increasing). This change was made in preparation for the ANSYS Classic and ANSYS DesignSpace software development teams to merge. Now all ANSYS products use the same underlying technology i.e. solvers.

The image above shows the simulation tab denoted by a red S in a circle
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ANSYS Workbench Platform Features

 

Innovative Project Schematic

The innovative project schematic within the ANSYS Workbench platform changes the way engineers work with simulation. Projects are represented as connected systems in flowchart form. Engineering intent, data relationships and the state of the analysis project can be understood at a glance.

Schematic with overall view of entire simulation project

Schematic with overall view of entire simulation project
Drag & Drop Multiphysics

Building up more complex coupled analyses involving multiple physics is as easy as dragging in a follow-on analysis and dropping it on the source analysis. Required data transfer connections are formed automatically. As an example, consider the one-way fluid–structure interaction simulation shown schematically below.

Drag-and-drop multiphysics: Connections in project schematic (left) correspond to data transfer between different physics and correspond to imported loads in downstream simulation (right, shown inside ANSY Mechanical).

Drag-and-drop multiphysics: Connections in project schematic (left) correspond to data transfer between different physics and correspond to imported loads in downstream simulation (right, shown inside ANSY Mechanical).
Complete Analysis Systems Guide the Simulation Process

Working with the project schematic is straightforward. Drag the desired analysis type from the toolbox at left, and drop it into the project schematic. Complete analysis systems contain all the necessary components, providing a guide through the analysis process by working through the system from top to bottom. The entire process is persistent.

After dragging desired analysis type into project schematic, work through system from top to bottom to complete analysis. State icons in right of each cell clearly indicate progress; here, analysis is complete through meshing.

After dragging desired analysis type into project schematic, work through system from top to bottom to complete analysis. State icons in right of each cell clearly indicate progress; here, analysis is complete through meshing.
Integrated Parameter Management

As always, the applications hosted in the ANSYS Workbench platform support parametric variations, including CAD parameters, material properties, boundary conditions and derived result parameters. Parameters defined within the applications are managed from the project window, making it easy to investigate multiple variations of the analysis. From within the project window, a series of design points can be built up in tabular form and executed to complete a what-if study with a single operation.

Parameters present within simulation can be driven directly from project schematic. Table of parameter changes can be defined and design variations executed in batch.

Parameters present within simulation can be driven directly from project schematic. Table of parameter changes can be defined and design variations executed in batch.

To fully leverage the power of parametric analysis, ANSYS DesignXplorer software can be used with the parameter set to drive design of experiments, goal-driven optimisation, or min/max searches or even to perform Six Sigma analysis to investigate design robustness. This power is available across all applications, all physics and all solvers available within the ANSYS Workbench platform (including Mechanical APDL).

Automatic Project-Level Update
Changes can be made to any portion of the analysis, and the ANSYS Workbench platform will manage the execution of the required applications to update the project automatically, dramatically reducing the cost of performing design iterations.

 

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