ANSYS Updates AIM and Core Simulation Software for Compatibility

ANSYS 17.2 focuses on compatibility while AIM improves thermal analysis.

Simulation engineers might be excited to hear that ANSYS and ANSYS AIM versions 17.2 have been released. The latest releases focus on improving compatibility and thermal management, respectfully.

ANSYS 17.2 Improves Compatibility with CAE Tools

ANSYS Chemkin-Pro simulates chemical reactions in combustion chambers. (Image courtesy of ANSYS.)

ANSYS Chemkin-Pro simulates chemical reactions in combustion chambers. (Image courtesy of ANSYS.)

ANSYS 17.2 release features new workflows and improved multiphysics coupling. The tool also improves the compatibility of the software with other tools in the ANSYS portfolio to enhance the software’s ability to tackle multidisciplinary problems.

“We continue to push the technology curve with multiphysics to accurately predict how products will behave in the real world, while continuing to increase the openness and interoperability of our platform with standard engineering tools,” said Walid Abu-Hadba, chief product officer, ANSYS.

Digging deeper, ANSYS 17.2 users will see that it has a lot of compatibility improvements. For instance, ANSYS Chemkin-Pro users working on the chemical reactions within combustion chambers will see the new plug-in for Gamma Technologies GT-Suite 2016. This will improve the number of reaction mechanisms in addition to ANSYS Model Fuel Library.

ANSYS Workbench has also improved its compatibility with the ANSYS portfolio. This will help engineers to improve how seamlessly the various tools can work together. Engineers can also use Workbench to create customized simulation workflows that integrate data management tools and other computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools or platforms.

Other improvements to ANSYS 17.2 include:

  • Model-based software design and code generation to support DO-178C, IEC 61508, EN 50128 and ISO 26262 standards
  • Streamlined workflow between ANSYS HFSS and HFSS SBR+ for antenna design and placement
  • Output of machine geometry and temperature characteristics for electrical machine cooling analysis in the ANSYS Maxwell-to-ANSYS Icepak interface

ANSYS AIM 17.2 Improves Thermal Analysis

The conjugate heat transfer of an air-cooled engine. Results are included for both fluids and solids. (Image courtesy of ANSYS.)

The conjugate heat transfer of an air-cooled engine. Results are included for both fluids and solids. (Image courtesy of ANSYS.)

ANSYS AIM is a CAE tool that is designed to democratize simulation to every engineer. It integrates the use of single discipline, multiphysics and design space exploration into one platform. The platform democratizes these CAE tools with a simple user interface (UI).

“ANSYS AIM’s ease-of-use has allowed us to introduce key simulation skills and concepts to students using real industrial tools early in the engineering curriculum,” said Sanjeev Bedi, professor of Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

The new release of AIM focuses heavily on thermal management. It improves the co-simulation capabilities of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and solid thermal-stress analyses.

These improvements include the addition of momentum and heat sources for fluid and conjugate heat transfer analysis to help model power sources, fans and filters.

Engineers can also simulate:

  • Heat that is coming from a magnetostatic solution
  • Thermal effects on polymer extrusion
  • Thermal transient simulations of solids

Other improvements to ANSYS 17.2 include:

  • Optimizing bolted connections for modeling loading and bolt tightening sequences
  • Drag-and-drop transfer of AIM simulation models to ANSYS Mechanical via Workbench
  •  Japanese UI

To learn more about ANSYS AIM, read: ANSYS AIM Democratizes High-Quality Multiphysics.

For more on the ANSYS 17 release, read: ANSYS 17.1 Improves Systems Simulation and AIM Multiphysics and ANSYS Fluent 17.0 Introduces New User Interface.

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Shawn Wasserman

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