ANSYS 14.5 Release Highlights

ANSYS 14.5 provides a great number of new and advanced features that bolster product performance and integrity through deeper design insight. The many new features in ANSYS 14.5, combined with ANSYS Workbench, deliver additional physics depth and breadth that can be scaled to meet the changing needs of customers. 

Built on a platform that accurately streamlines workflow among simulation applications, ANSYS 14.5 delivers critical multiphysics solutions, enhancements to pre-processing and meshing capabilities as well as a new parametric high-performance computing (HPC) licensing model to make design exploration more scalable.

To learn more about ANSYS 14.5 and direct questions to ANSYS product development experts, attend the ANSYS 14.5 webinar series. The listing includes upcoming live webinars as well as recorded sessions.

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Structural Mechanics Structural Mechanics

Complex 3-D Composites Shapes

You can easily create 3-D layered composites from complex geometry and conveniently combine such models with noncomposites parts in global assemblies. The capability in ANSYS Mechanical consumes solid composites from ANSYS Composite PrepPost for further analysis; in explicit dynamics, enables modeling composites created with Composite PrepPost; in Mechanical, allows you to assemble multiple upstream meshes coming from Composite PrepPost and mechanical model sources; and the ability to post-process the result in Composite PrepPost.

Typical workflow for setup of assemblies of composites and noncomposites models

Global stress results on composites pressure vessel

Composites pressure vessel with titanium caps

Customization of Processes

The Application Customization Toolkit (ACT) enables you to create your own loads, boundary conditions or results within the Mechanical environments and expose existing scripts in a user-friendly environment. Your team can use the Mechanical environment to integrate in-house solutions into its simulation workflow.

Crack Modeling

ANSYS 14.5 introduces a user-friendly crack modeling tool that allows computation of crack characteristics, such as stress intensity factors, energy release rates and J-Integrals. In a Mechanical model, a crack can be inserted after the meshing operations. The available shape is an ellipse with control over major and minor radius. A proper crack mesh is then automatically introduced in the model and subsequent analyses include the crack. You can eventually combine submodeling with crack analysis.

Insertion of crack in a geometry: geometric definition (top) and resulting mesh (bottom)

Stress Intensity factor plot in ANSYS Mechanical

Mapped Boundary Conditions from External Files

The mapping function provides parallel capabilities that lead to a speedup factor of six to seven. In addition, you can map more data, including forces and displacements. The technology provides a parallel implementation of the Kriging mapping. Additional improvements include the ability to access archive cdb files to use the element shape function to improve results interpolation. 

Controlling quality of mapping using isoline contours

Mapping of displacements from external file

Streamlined Workflows

ANSYS 14.5 includes tools so that advanced users can better control their model; it also provides more flexibility in model setup. For example, cyclic symmetry analyses include remote points, point masses, thermal point masses, remote displacements, forces and moments. Constraint equations are also allowed. Force and moment reaction are available.

Results from modal cyclic symmetry analysis

Selection of nodes is available from a post-processing view. Reaction probes are available from surfaces defined as construction geometries. Sum of forces and moments are computed on the surface from a user-selected set of bodies. Reaction probes have been extended to springs, beams, remote points and mesh connections (useful for welding). Fluid pressure penetration results are available.

Detailed Control for Contact Models

The technology increases the control that users have over contact properties. You can define most of the contact properties as a function of many variables, even for multiphysics applications.

For contact, all real constants of contact elements support tabular definitions based on variations of time, temperature, contact pressure and gap/penetration. Advanced users can benefit from improved user-defined contact interactions and friction (including multiphysics). Real constants can be defined with user subroutines to create additional dependencies on additional parameters, such as penetration or state variables.

In terms of mechanisms, you can easily model clearances between shaft and bearing. This feature is available on spherical, general and bushing joint and defined by geometry dimensions (inner/outer radii, height). For efficiency and robustness, the clearance models do not use contact.

The release includes no-separation contact and a “forced-frictional sliding” contact, which is a simplified frictional contact without “sticking” state (resisting force).

Improved Robustness for Explicit Dynamics Solutions

Analysis setting includes a drop-down menu for selecting the analysis type to be run from four different options. Based on the selection, values used for time step calculation, mass scaling, precision, element type, limits, output controls and other parameters are preset for the user.

Thermomechanical Fatigue

You can consider reduction in product life from relatively constant high temperature as well as transient large thermal cycles with ANSYS nCode DesignLife. Multiple methods handle high temperature analysis solutions using stress life, strain life and other specialized methods for accurate damage assessment.

Large and Complex Model Performance

ANSYS Structural Mechanics introduce a number of tools at the UI level to help users simplify model setup by efficiently creating and navigating large amounts of simulation data. You can solve models more efficiently using parallel computation — especially GPU boards — and user-friendly submodeling techniques. The technology improves post-processing through faster displays and reduced results files size. Geometry import and manipulation are significantly improved, with import times reduced by a factor of roughly two to four.

Typical results file-size reduction with release 14.5

Setup tools include a tree filtering capability that allow you to filter the tree based on tags or names. A random colors option enables view of all loads and boundary conditions with a different color for each. Once a load, boundary condition or contact has been created, you can select a number of other geometric entities on which the load/BC/contact needs to be duplicated. Various options are available with respect to naming the duplicated loads or grouping of geometric entities. Connections can be duplicated in the same manner; a connection worksheet presents all or part of the contacts and connections in an entire assembly in a matrix form.

Filtering items in simulation tree

Solving includes generalized support of the fast iterative PCG solver for joints. A remote solve file management/performance improvement offers a results file combination so users can combine results file to post-process while a simulation continues, or for downstream analyses or archive purposes. Combining files is often significantly faster (up to 10 times), particularly on systems running Microsoft Windows.

Submodeling has become a native ANSYS Workbench capability, allowing zooming in on a design’s critical portions to improve results accuracy locally, without the need for a fine mesh on entire assemblies. Submodeling works for linear and nonlinear analyses, and it includes the ability to import temperature fields.

Submodeling analysis: coarse (top) and refined submodels (bottom)

HPC performance advancements include acceleration of job solution time with multiple GPUs, providing an increase in scalable performance versus use of a single GPU. Large models that exceeded the memory capacity of a single GPU and disallowed its use can now fit with multi-GPU memory and benefit from acceleration.

Faster radiation solving for thermal analyses increases speedup two to four times.

Increased speedup from using multiple GPU boards for a single simulation

In post-processing, on average, users will see a reduction of the results file’s size by a factor of two from using single precision storage. Many options control the amount of results that will be stored. Additional options are available for harmonic and transient analyses to store nodal reactions only at constrained nodes rather than on the full model.

Concerning performance of post-processing in mechanical for cyclic structures, users can see up to 60 percent additional speed in producing animations. A view management panel enables you to store predefined views and reuse them to quickly create similar views of any model.

Fluid Dynamics Fluid Dynamics

Integrated Advanced Meshing

Release 14.5 incorporates ANSYS TGrid meshing within the ANSYS Fluent environment. As a result, you can seamlessly engage all TGrid functionalities to create a mesh and transition to Fluent pre-processing, solver, and post-processing capabilities without leaving the Fluent environment. A user can increase the resolution of simulations and reduce data transfer times by half when compared to file-based data transfer.


Meshing of aircraft engine nacelle pylon using ANSYS TGrid capabilities embedded in ANSYS Fluent GUI

Because Fluent meshing combines Workbench CAD import capabilities with TGrid functionality inside Fluent, users can access many capabilities from a single environment:

  • Read in multiple CAD models of different formats concurrently (including subdirectories) using a single command
  • Use STL (stereolithography, or standard Tessellation language) files, surface meshes, and legacy meshes, alone or in combination with CAD geometry; extract fluid volume(s) easily thanks to GUI-specific face capping tool
  • Create fluid domains (bounding boxes and cylinders) to represent fluid volume around the product to be studied
  • Use advanced size functions (curvature and proximity sizes at global and local levels, with controls on max and min sizes, etc.) as well as body-of-influence controls, to generate high-quality surface meshes (advancing front) and volume meshes (Cut-cell meshes)
  • Use the wrapper tool as a combined geometry simplification and surface-meshing tool to combine wrapped and non-wrapped sections in the same model, or wrap at a finer size level to capture all geometry details and then mesh at a coarser resolution; use additional tools to perform geometry cleanup (closing gaps between bodies of the geometry) and to create thin sections like mid-surface baffles
  • Sew meshed parts together to form conformal, high-quality surface meshes using cut-cell technology
  • Access state-of-the-art inflation technology, resulting in high-quality, smooth boundary layer meshes, as well as state-of-the-art tetrahedral and hexcore technologies resulting in high-quality volume

Shape Optimization

Smart shape optimization includes solutions that automatically determine the optimum shape, thus eliminating the tedious task of defining and entering geometrical parameters. Additionally, mesh morphing enables skipping geometry and remeshing steps during optimization, dramatically compressing the optimization process.

Using the improved Fluent mesh morpher and optimizer, you can connect to ANSYS DesignXplorer and leverage both the design optimization/exploration capabilities from DesignXplorer and the power of Fluent mesh morphing. Furthermore, the tool is easier to use: The GUI is entirely reorganized, and the control region generation process is improved.

Shape optimization of manifold. For reduced pressure drop, push red areas in and pull blue areas out.

Adjoint solver observables are extended to automatic (mass flow rate, pressure and total pressure integrals with different weighting schemes, flow uniformity) and combinations of observables (sums, differences, ratios, linear combinations of powers, variances). The range of applicability of the adjoint solver is extended further by supporting translational and rotational periodic boundaries. The post-processing is improved for better and faster results evaluation.

Better Usability

In ANSYS 14.5, simulation monitoring and control is easier. Fluent as a server allows you to drive execution of a Fluent simulation from any other application of your choice. This opens doors to new ways of using the power of Fluent simulation by integrating its capabilities with other design tools. New communication procedures allow Fluent to be run in a server mode using an user interface in Matlab, Simplorer, Excel, or another program to set up the simulation and kick it off. The custom-written user interface can use application- and company-specific terminology as well as limit the access the intended user has to Fluent settings. 

Fluent solution monitors (for example, lift and drag monitors) are displayed directly in the Workbench environment while running the calculation in the background, making it easier to identify the convergence status of the solution.

You can monitor ANSYS Fluent convergence from the ANSYS Workbench window without having to open the Fluent application.

Monitors (surface, volume, lift, drag or moment monitors) can be used as convergence criteria, allowing more than one factor to be used to automatically judge convergence (monitors plus residuals) or for monitors to be used instead of residuals, thus ensuring that the simulation converges to the user-desired criteria. Monitor-based convergence criteria can be particularly useful to stop the solution when the monitored results are no longer changing appreciably, even though the residuals are still dropping, saving valuable simulation time by not running for more time than required.

Internal Combustion Engines

The IC engine analysis system includes full intake and exhaust port-flows analysis, further automatic setup of some aspects of the simulation based on established best-practices, and improved ease of setup of different configurations and mesh quality.

Using this application, the time from initial geometry to simulation start takes just minutes, as the tool unifies and simplifies the setup and solution of internal combustion engine simulations by automatically decomposing engine geometry, creating mesh, setting up cold-flow simulation including dynamic mesh, and creating a preliminary report in ICE-specific terminology. Users can gain additional insight into engine performance via parameterization studies within Workbench.

IC engine analysis system includes full intake and exhaust port-flows analysis.

Advanced Physics for Specialized Applications

ANSYS 14.5 includes tools for better emissions predictions, better prediction of multiphase phenomena, free surface flows and key capabilities for aero-acoustic simulations.

When modeling free surfaces, you can simulate the complete range of wave regimes including cnoildal and solitary waves and model the superposition of multiple waves. Transient profiles for wave inputs, surface tension as a function of other variables, like species concentration, and compressible liquids can be included, improving the accuracy of free-surface simulations when the real world dictates that these characteristics be included.

Solitary wave propagation

In the area of combustion and reacting flows, pollutant modeling includes a premixed laminar flamelet model appropriate for super-equilibrium species, in particular CO. In the area of real gases, they can be used in conjunction with the partially-premixed model, and the liquid or the vapor phase can be selected in the sub-critical regime.Acoustics phenomena are extremely important in many applications. When you use computational acoustics, computing the source and propagation of acoustic waves directly in the fluid simulation, accurate boundary conditions are needed. ANSYS 14.5 introduces a full range of nonreflecting boundary conditions (NRBCs) for the pressure-based solver to ensure greater accuracy of the acoustic computations. This is especially important for companies developing gas turbine combustion systems, in which combustion dynamics can be accurately predicted only if NRBCs are used. The conditions are available for velocity and pressure outlet as well as velocity, mass flow and pressure inlets. NRBC is fully compatible with species transport and combustion in the pressure-based solver.

When modeling gas–liquid systems, a degassing boundary condition can be used to model a free surface from which dispersed bubbles are permitted to escape but the liquid phase is not. This capability provides faster turnarounds when compared with conventional approaches and can be used for all gas–liquid flow systems. Lift force, drag force, wall lubrication force, turbulent dispersion and turbulence interaction models for gas–liquid systems are available as well, enabling choice of the models most appropriate for the particular situation. These forces and interactions affect the vertical velocities and gas holdup in operations like bubble columns and gas sparged mixing tanks. Including them enables better prediction of the dispersed phase dynamics.

ANSYS 14.5 includes options that improve modeling of particles in gas–solid and liquid–solid systems. These include the ability to post-process cell-averaged DPM quantities, the sampling of DPM particles on user-defined bounded planes, and extensions for cone injections that benefit internal combustion engine applications in particular. For simulations with a dense concentration of solid particles, a granular temperature based on particle statistics improves granular temperature and collision predictions, and a parcel release method more appropriate for injections for DEM and spray simulations is available. 

The Eulerian wall film model includes coupling the Eulerian wall film model with the mixture and Euler multiphase model, including thermal coupling, as well as condensation and vaporization modeling. These extensions benefit applications like running wet and run-back analysis of aircraft components with heat transfer, aerospace in-cabin condensation, and automotive fogging/defogging of windshields.

Running wet analysis of aircraft wing: Tracks show path of water droplets being shed from wing; wing color shows liquid wall film thickness.

Turbomachinery

The computational expense associated with turbomachinery transient simulation is dramatically reduced with transient blade row (TBR) model enhancements. With ANSYS CFX release 14.5, it is significantly simpler to assess aero-elastic damping, making blade flutter analysis much more efficient and practical — including transfer of data from and to corresponding structural analyses. Another addition is the support for steam as the working fluid in TBR simulations, opening the door for using these powerful models in steam turbine applications.

Enhancements have been made to the complementary toolset for turbomachinery design and analysis, including:

  • Ability to visually compare new blade geometry designs against previous or reference designs in ANSYS BladeModeler
  • Improvements to the powerful ATM method for generating highest-quality blade row meshes in ANSYS TurboGrid
  • Integration of Vista CPD for preliminary centrifugal pump design directly in ANSYS Workbench
  • Enhanced system-level workflow among turbomachinery tools

Animation of a blade flutter simulation.

Better, Faster, More Robust Simulations

Key improvements in the solver numerics allow for better simulation robustness include node-based gradients accuracy improvements for nonconformal interfaces and compatibility with polyhedral meshes, consistency of local scaling of residuals for unsteady flows and compatibility of mass flow periodics with the coupled, pressure-based solver.

Assessment of the potential for the use of GPU in industrial CFD applications continues. You can perform view factors and ray-tracing (radiation) computations on GPUs, leading to dramatic reduction in computational time for these steps in the simulation. You also can write UDFs to take advantage of GPUs.

The improvement of physics-based load balancing for the discrete particle-tracking models allows for computation speedup by a factor of up to four. Improvements in the area of DPM memory management further improve the scalability of simulation with DPM. This means that large simulations can be more scalable, even when using 1,000+ cores. Robustness improvements for DPM increase throughput for these simulations.

Solitary wave propagation

Polyhedra conversion performance improvements are 25 percent faster for many cases — up to 2.5 times faster for certain meshes.

For combustion applications, automatic PDF grid refinement and second-order interpolation of table data allow for a reduction of about 25 percent in the total simulation time. There is a noticeable speedup for the pollutants model in the mixture fraction-based combustion models (both NOx and soot).

HPC case file I/O optimization offers up to 20 percent faster simulation files read operations.Improvements for Eulerian wall film modeling in adaptive time-stepping speeds up transient calculations.

Simulations that include radiation models benefit from code refactoring that decreases case read times with the surface-to-surface model, speeds up ray-tracing view factor calculation for large industrial cases, and resolves hot-spot issues for complex underhood cases. Users of the surface-to-surface radiation model can also save computational time and memory by reducing the modeled geometry size using periodic boundaries.

Extended Fluid–Structure Multiphysics Capabilities

ANSYS 14.5 allows for two-way coupling between fluids (ANSYS Fluent) and electromagetics (ANSYS Maxwell) simulations. In addition, one-way thermal fluid–structure interaction (FSI) is easier to set up due to availability in ANSYS system coupling. The robustness of coupled two-way force/displacement FSI has been greatly improved, allowing engineers to gain an insight into their complete products faster and with less hassles.

Two-way FSI of milk pouring from milk carton: The gray isosurface shows milk surface; colored surface shows carton deformation.

System coupling manages one-way thermal FSI between Fluent and ANSYS Mechanical via an external data connection to system coupling. This one-way FSI can be either from fluid to structure or structure to Fluid. Information such as heat flow, wall temperature, heat transfer coefficients from sources like ANSYS Mechanical, CFD-Post, third-Party solvers, Excel spreadsheets, etc. can be mapped to either Mechanical or Fluent.

The robustness of the force/displacement FSI simulation is improved by stabilization via compressibility correction for two- way FSI with systems coupling.

Robust Design & HPC Robust Design & HPC

New Licensing Solution for Parametric Studies

Performing simulation studies on many parameters results in dozens or even hundreds of required designs to evaluate. To speed the process, ANSYS offers a robust set of tools for parametric simulation. A key part of this solution is a new licensing product: The ANSYS HPC Parametric Pack amplifies the available licenses for individual applications (pre-processing, meshing, solve, HPC, post-processing), enabling simultaneous execution of multiple design points while consuming just one set of application licenses. Following the structure of the ANSYS HPC Pack license used to deliver scalable parallel processing for single jobs, the ANSYS HPC Parametric Pack license scales the user’s ability to run multiple simultaneous parametric analyses.

A single ANSYS HPC Parametric Pack license enables execution of four simultaneous design points, with no additional application licenses required..

Similar to ANSYS HPC Packs that deliver scalable parallel processing, Parametric Packs scale functionality when the customer chooses to use more than one pack per parametric design study.

For this very large structural mechanics model of a tractor axle, the total elapsed time consumed for running eight design points can be significantly reduced. 

Improved Job Scheduling Environment

ANSYS 14.5 improves the process of HPC and robust design exploration by providing more capable and robust job submission/scheduling. The remote solve manager (RSM) can submit multiple design-point jobs, with each job executing on multiple parallel processing cores with third-party job schedulers. The speed of RSM file handling has been improved, so multiple jobs can robustly transfer data across the network to remote computational resources. A new installation and configuration wizard simplifies deployment of RSM in the HPC environment.

GP-GPU Computing

ANSYS has engaged with NVIDIA, the leader in GPU computing, to leverage GPU technology to accelerate solver technology. ANSYS 14.5 extends this feature to multiple GPUs per machine, resulting in an increase in scalable performance versus use of a single GPU. In addition, large models that exceeded the memory capacity of a single GPU (and disallowed its use) fit with multi-GPU memory and benefit from acceleration. ANSYS Mechanical customers can interchangeably use CPU cores and multiple GPUs — on a workstation or on a GPU-enabled server — to accelerate most simulation workloads. With ANSYS Fluent, view factors and ray-tracing (radiation) on GP-GPUs are fully supported features, leading to dramatic reduction in computational time for these steps in the simulation. Users can write UDFs to take advantage of GPUs.

ANSYS Workbench ANSYS Workbench

Application Customization Toolkit (ACT) for ANSYS Mechanical

ACT enables the creation of vertical applications that capture domain-specific requirements and engineering know-how in the ANSYS Mechanical environment, delivering a unified workflow with the full benefit of ANSYS Workbench (closed-loop, parametric optimization; persistent, associative CAD integration; multiphysics, etc.), and tailored ease of use. Users can introduce customized pre- and post-processing features, encapsulate APDL script, expose MAPDL solver functionality, and integrate third-party components with the skill set of an application engineer versus deep development expertise.

Custom User Interfaces for Process Automation

In the ANSYS Engineering Knowledge Manager (ANSYS EKM) Studio application, a user no longer requires manual scripting to generate custom UIs for process templates. The release offers a code-free, drag-and-drop user interface design and prototyping tool for creators of process templates. This includes a standard library of common UI widgets — which results in faster time to completion and increased productivity. 

Custom UI builder for deploying simulation templates

EKM Workbench Integration

Efficient send/get changes operations ensure that when a Workbench project is updated locally and changes are sent to the EKM repository from Workbench, only the changed/modified files are updated in the repository. Tighter integration, along with the revision control and set alerts options with Workbench, facilitates collaboration with ongoing projects and allows multiple users to leverage work that is being done by colleagues.

ANSYS EKM integration with ANSYS Workbench

High-Frequency Electromagnetics High-Frequency Electromagnetics

Enhanced Solvers for ANSYS HFSS

For integrating systems such as satellites, aircraft, automobiles, and communications infrastructure combined with multiple antennas and communication systems onto a single platform, ANSYS HFSS is capable of handling the complexity and large problem size. Advanced methods in HFSS include improved matrix solvers, better scalability for HPC computing, improved mixed-order solutions and a distributed direct matrix solver. These enhancements allow HFSS to remain the gold standard with regard to accuracy and solving the largest and most challenging electromagnetics problems in the shortest amount of time.

ANSYS HFSS for ECAD

Electromagnetics solutions must provide precise results within customer’s design flow. To streamline the customer’s experience, the HFSS for ECAD approach allows engineers to run complex 3-D HFSS simulations from a layout-based, ECAD environment. HFSS incorporates a faster mesher in the setup and an improved layer stackup dialog. The technology allows users to embed circuit elements directly from layout in an HFSS for ECAD simulation.

ANSYS HFSS 3-D full-wave electromagnetic field simulation can be integrated directly within a layout environment.

Wireless and Antenna Solution

HFSS has an improved current array simulation capability with the addition of an arbitrary array mask, allowing composite excitations, phase center calculations and arbitrary slant polarization far-field plotting. The technology also enables you to perform full-array visualizations. For the handheld smartphone segment, additional capabilities ensure hearing-aid compatibility and multi-in, multi-out (MIMO) calculations.

ANSYS HFSS includes significant enhancements for wireless and antenna design, which are especially beneficial in smartphone design. 

HF Electromagnetics to Structural Coupling

Fully coupled electrothermal-stress simulation is easier since you can link ANSYS HFSS to ANSYS Mechanical within ANSYS Workbench. Electrical loads computed by HFSS are passed to ANSYS Mechanical, which then can be used to simulate temperature increases and  associated deformation of the geometry. Those deformations can then be passed back to HFSS to allow further electromagnetic simulations and to evaluate the effect of the deformations.

Advanced ANSYS HFSS to ANSYS Mechanical coupling provides coupled electrothermal-stress simulation for design of high-power RF equipment, such as  microwave filters. 

Low-Frequency Electromagnetics Low-Frequency Electromagnetics

Integrated Solution for Electrical Machine

For the motor design segment, ANSYS RMxprt provides a full analytical solution for interior permanent magnet (IPM) topologies that are popular in hybrid and electric vehicles. ANSYS Maxwell includes improved meshing for the 2-D transient solver with a better and faster general-purpose mesher. TAU mesh technology is available in 2-D for motor cross sections; it provides a higher quality mesh with greater speed for complex models. It also provides auto-healing for dirty models. A novel pseudo-clone mesh creates identical mesh for symmetrical motor designs to increase accuracy and speed solution. Maxwell 3-D magnetic transient analysis is accelerated with HPC functionality using multicore, shared-memory simulation.

Esterel–ANSYS Simplorer Coupling

A systems-level engineering approach that brings hardware and software together earlier in the design process is crucial to avoiding design errors being introduced at a point when changes are costly.

With the integration of recently acquired ANSYS subsidiary Esterel Technologies’ SCADE Suite with ANSYS Simplorer in version 14.5, companies can virtually validate power electronic and mechatronic systems earlier in the design process by simulating the embedded software with the hardware, including electrical, mechanical and fluidic subsystems. This capability increases the design fidelity and boosts confidence that products will perform as expected in the real world.

Coupling the Esterel SCADE suite to ANSYS Simplorer enables virtual validation of both hardware and software critical components of power electronic and mechatronic systems.  

Advanced Hysteresis Modeling

ANSYS Maxwell incorporates the most advanced material modeling in the low-frequency simulation space. Vector hysteresis modeling can analyze hard materials with large coercivity, suitable to analyze magnetization and demagnetization of permanent magnets. This capability is critical as it provides better accuracy in field computation in devices (machines, transformers).

ANSYS Maxwell's advanced hysteresis material modeling capability analyzes magnetization and demagnetization of permanent magnets.

Multiphysics Coupling via ANSYS Workbench

The nonlinear nature of materials used in magnetic devices, such as motors and transformers, has a strong dependence on temperature. Likewise, the losses in these components require the ability to include temperature effects. ANSYS 14.5 improves the two-way links between ANSYS Maxwell and ANSYS Fluent, provides a one-way link to ANSYS IcePak from Maxwell, and utilizes a Workbench component iterator to automate the number of iterations being performed on a two-way Workbench coupled model.

Post-Processing Enhancements

The 14.5 release provides the use of nonmodel sheet objects for field processing, making it fast and convenient to select objects and surfaces for field processing.  Additional enhancements include field overlay markers and faster response time when modeling large electric machines or devices.

ANSYS Maxwell includes advanced post-processing, including use of nonmodel sheet objects for field processing. 

EMI/EMC Capabilities

ANSYS Simplorer couples with the ANSYS HFSS solver, which can be used to compute electromagnetic radiation.  Simplorer links to HFSS piece-wise linear (PWL) sources and supports integration with the network data explorer (NDE) to examine coupling effects.

ANSYS Simplorer coupled with the ANSYS HFSS solver

Mixed-Signal Description Languages

To achieve systems simulations, ANSYS Simplorer includes a VHDL-AMS compiler with enhanced language coverage, bringing higher capacity to solve larger problems. It provides full support of the AK30 libraries, a popular benchmark for the automotive industry. Simplorer also includes a digital solver.

Device Characterization Tools

For advanced power semiconductor modeling requirements, ANSYS Simplorer incorporates a characterization tool for power MOSFET devices. This tool enables you to input all numbers and curves from datasheets and create a very accurate dynamic MOSFET model. Improvements have been made for the IGBT characterization tool.

ANSYS Simplorer's characterization tool for MOSFET devices 

Signal Integrity Signal Integrity

New GUI for AnsoftLinks

ANSYS ALinks (formerly AnsoftLinks) provides the import and model prep/post capabilities to prepare package and board ECAD data for electromagnetics simulation. A new GUI streamlines the look and feel to correspond to the ANSYS SIwave GUI, which means you need to learn only one GUI. The feature allows more flexibility when modifying imported geometry.

ANSYS SIwave with ANSYS ALinks includes a user interface optimized to move electrical CAD (ECAD) data from popular layout tools into the ANSYS simulation environment.

Running ANSYS HFSS for ECAD in ANSYS SIwave

Design teams can use the power and accuracy of HFSS to solve a critical portion of a PCB or package. You can specify a section to be solved by HFSS within SIwave, thereby enhancing overall solution accuracy and improving the design flow.  All model setup is performed within SIwave, which can invoke the HFSS solver directly.

PCB and electronic package  designers can use ANSYS HFSS directly from within ANSYS SIwave to solve a critical portion of a PCB or package.

Designers can specify a section to be solved by ANSYS HFSS within ANSYS SIwave, improving overall solution accuracy solution and design flow.

Sentinel PSI Solver Inside ANSYS SIwave

The Apache Sentinel PSI 3-D field solver performs power integrity analysis of an entire IC package using a rigorous 3-D field solver. With ANSYS 14.5, you can 

call the Sentinel PSI solvers engine directly from the SIwave interface, thereby enhancing the overall solution accuracy solution and improving design flow.

Apache Sentinel PSI 3-D field solver integrated directly within ANSYS SIwave

ANSYS SIwave with 3-D Domain Decomposition Method

SIwave incorporates a unique feature that combines the traditional hybrid method with a 3-D electromagnetic field solver domain decomposition method (DDM).  When invoked, SIwave with 3-D DDM solves 3-D discontinuities with a rigorous field solver and then combines all domains together for the full solution. This method retains much of the speed of the traditional hybrid method while providing full accuracy for regions in the model with complex 3-D discontinuities.

Adaptive Meshing in Turbo Package Analyzer (TPA)

The TPA solver can utilize adaptive meshing technology so that the results will be of the highest fidelity possible. You can select the level of accuracy versus speed as desired.

Turbo Package Analyzer tool used to analyze IC packages 

ANSYS Designer Layout Editor

ANSYS Designer incorporates several layout and GUI enhancements for automation and model setup. The stackup editor provides additional usability with optional laminate mode. You can import/export .xml stack up files so that common layout stackups can be created and reused. Materials can have parametric definitions to support sensitivity analysis and sweeps. Enhanced port setup allows engineers to select edges, right click, and create ports rapidly with automated port validation checks. The layout editor's enhancements include a duplicate-across-layers feature that allows creation of a ground plane on multiple layers with one click and advanced visibility selection.

ANSYS Designer and ANSYS HFSS for ECAD Solver

For complex chip, package, board systems, solver technologies added to ANSYS Designer provide automation and more reliable broadband frequency sweeps. Designer can use ANSYS Q3D Extractor DCRL solve point to ANSYS HFSS sweep to provide the critical direct current (DC) value needed for reliable transient simulation. You can solve HFSS projects with embedded passive circuit elements, reducing setup challenges and the number of ports, thus speeding the solution. HFSS provides passivity enforcement during interpolation sweeps so that reliable circuit simulations can be performed.

Virtual Compliance Reporting

Compliance testing and reporting have been significantly enhanced in ANSYS 14.5. ANSYS Designer allows you to obtain compliance reports with a single button click so you can easily and quickly determine if a proposed design meets the applicable standard. This reporting capacity links ANSYS tools into the design and sign-off process when new designs are created. DDR3 and LPDDR2 Design Kits using a component libraries download are incorporated. User-defined documents functionality is used for automated reporting.

ANSYS Designer's virtual compliance reporting capability can determine whether a proposed design meets applicable standards, such as DDR3 and LPDDR2.  

Touch Panel Solution

Enhancements to ANSYS Q3D Extractor are specifically geared toward the needs of touch panel designers. Q3D Extractor handles the very thin materials that are a key part of  touch panel geometry. The software simulates those thin metals using an infinitesimally thin metal layer. This significantly speeds the solution, since you have to mesh only the planar surfaces.

Advancements in material modeling and solution speed have made ANSYS Q3D Extractor an ideal tool to design touch screen panels.