Solution Optimizer, Adjoint Solver, and Mesh Morpher

ANSYS Fluent software offers shape optimization capabilities that can automatically adjust the geometric parameters of a specific design until specified optimization goals for that design are met. Examples include optimized aerodynamics of a car or aircraft wing and the optimized flow rate in nozzles and ducts. ANSYS Fluent can also be used with optimization software from some ANSYS partners.

Furthermore, ANSYS Fluent offers ground-breaking adjoint solver technology. The adjoint solver allows you to get information about how you should modify your geometry to achieve your design goals, by modifying the mesh from within to see the effect of the recommended change. It provides information in a single simulation that is very difficult and expensive to gather using other methods.  The adjoint method computes the derivative of engineering quantities with respect to the system inputs. The discrete adjoint solver is available for examining down force (for F1 applications), decreasing drag (for automobiles), and reducing total pressure drop (for ducts and pipes). The adjoint solver performs robustly and excellent scalability on large meshes of more than 10 million cells.

ANSYS Fluent can automatically optimize the velocity distribution at the exit of an L-shaped duct.
ANSYS Fluent adjoint solver indicates the necessary shape changes to ensure maximum down force for a race car