Flagship Software Delivers Punch

The latest release of ANSYS 13.0 software includes hundreds of new features that, according to ANSYS, can help you make it easier, faster, and cheaper to bring new products to market.

ANSYS 13.0’s electromagnetic transient solver lets you study electromagnetic effects in broadband and radar applications as they occur over time.

Some of the highlights include:

• New solver methods. An electromagnetic transient solver produces high fidelity results in dynamic simulation environments.
• Adaptive architecture. The software includes features that can reduce time and effort performing simulations.
• Faster processing speeds. Complex multiphysics simulations can be  accomplished quickly and efficiently, speeding up product development.

Solver methods leverage technology to quickly deliver accurate answers. For example, 3D rezoning can be used for applications that involve large shape deformations. You can stop to simulate mesh distortions, then remesh the material’s current state and continue the simulation.

A feature called external data mapper imports external data in the form of a column text file defining a point cloud and projects the data onto the current mesh. The feature allows users from different groups (such as CFD and structural) to exchange data in a straightforward manner.

The HFSS transient solver for dynamic electromagnetic simulations — such as broadband and radar — includes automatic adaptive mesh refinement and a local time-stepping procedure to accurately represent the geometry and fields while optimizing runtime, stability, and efficiency. In addition, a new hybrid solver bridges finite element and equation methods for high-frequency electromagnetics problems. The software also includes a new fluid dynamics capability for multiple reference frames, which can help you model multiple moving systems simultaneously.

An integration with Microsoft Excel lets you interact with spreadsheets. Other enhancements include a meshing feature that produces nearly all hexahedral elements on complex 3D geometry automatically, an external data mapper that imports data in the form of a column text file defining a point cloud, and tighter integration among the Maxwell, HFSS, and mechanical solvers when performing electromagnetic-thermal-structural simulations.

ANSYS 13.0 introduces variational technology that, when applied to harmonic analysis, reduces the solving time by a factor of 10.

The suite delivers fluid and structural simulation tools for turbo-machinery design and analysis, such as cyclic symmetry and multiple moving reference frames; new models for internal combustion engine applications; and new process and energy industry solutions, including multiphase, real gas, nucleate boiling, and chemical reaction tools. Meshing, element modeling, more-tightly coupled fluid-structure interaction (FSI), nonlinear functionality, and other improvements round out the list of new features.


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