ANSYS updates De-icing Simulation and Pre-Processing Software

New versions of ANSYS SpaceClaim and FENSAP-ICE will help the aerospace design cycle.

ANSYS has just released software updates to two of their recently acquired technologies: FENSAP-ICE and SpaceClaim. These releases will help engineers to simulate the formation of ice during flight as well as edit and repair their simulation geometry, respectively.

What’s New in SpaceClaim 2016 for CAE Geometry Pre-processing?

Geometry processed in SpaceClaim. Image courtesy of ANSYS.

Geometry processed in SpaceClaim. Image courtesy of ANSYS.

SpaceClaim allows engineers to quickly update their 3D geometry for various stages in the development cycle, from simulation to 3D printing.

“For this release, we focused on solving challenges working with complex geometry, developing new tools like the Shrinkwrap and Skin Surface to decrease the time needed to reverse-engineer parts or prepare models for 3-D printing,” said Frank DeSimone, senior director of product development at ANSYS.

SpaceClaim’s focus is pre-processing 3D geometry in a flexible platform. As a result, the program has become popular for editing, cleaning, and reverse engineering geometry.

DeSimone explained, “Since day one, our focus has been to provide customers with a solution to quickly create, edit or repair geometries as needed in an open platform environment.”

Many of the improvements to SpaceClaim also focus on the speed of the software. For instance, ANSYS explains that SpaceClaim will:

  • Start-up 4 times faster
  • Save and load geometry 100 times faster
  • Perform tools, like imprint, 200 times faster

For a full list of what is new to Space Claim, follow this link.

What’s new in FENSAP 2016?

Water film and ice accumulation calculated using FENSAP. Image courtesy of ANSYS.

Water film and ice accumulation calculated using FENSAP. Image courtesy of ANSYS.

This release of FENSAP-ICE and FENSAP-ICE TURBO marks the first time ANSYS has updated the software since they acquired it in February 2015. As a result, much of the update focuses on integrating the de-icing simulation software into ANSYS CFX software.

“The new release delivers streamlined import and export of required data for more efficient and accurate exchange between the FENSAP products and ANSYS computational fluid dynamics solutions,” said Andre Bakker, senior director of fluids business unit, ANSYS.

Clearly, this software is targeted at aerospace engineers looking to improve the safety of their designs by assessing the formation of ice on aircrafts, engines, and probes. For instance, faster simulations in the new release will allow engineers to better incorporate icing predations into their CAE-driven design cycle.

Bakker added, “Maximizing the accuracy of icing simulation ensures that the engineering insight gained from analysis and the resulting design decisions made truly serve to improve flight safety.”

Other improvements to FENSAP include:

  • More meshing options
  • Faster solver algorithms
  • Extraction of key results
  • More post-processing options

For a full list of FENSAP improvements, follow this link.

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