ANSYS DesignModeler Features
Creating design models is a core part of the product development process and the first step in the simulation process. These models can be geometric forms representing actual design details or they can be approximations of the designs using simplified components like beams and plates. Besides being an essential component of engineering simulation, geometry also links engineering simulation with design and manufacturing and thereby plays a critical role in Simulation Driven Product Development.
With direct interfaces to all major computer-aided design (CAD) systems, support of additional readers and translators, and an integrated geometry modeler exclusively focused on analysis, ANSYS offers the most comprehensive geometry-handling solutions for engineering simulation in an integrated environment.
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Geometry modeling in the ANSYS Workbench environment is highly automated and provides the flexibility to customize according to the type of analysis or application. Feature-based, parametric ANSYS DesignModeler software can be used to create parametric geometry from scratch or to prepare an existing CAD geometry for analysis. It includes automated options for simplification, cleanup, repair and defeaturing.
Simulation often demands unique modeling capabilities that typical CAD operations do not require. Therefore, these capabilities are either lacking in CAD systems or implemented in a fashion that is not optimum for performing simulation.
ANSYS DesignModeler provides unique modeling functions for simulation that include parametric geometry creation, concept model creation, CAD geometry modification, automated cleanup and repair, and several custom tools designed for fluid flow, structural, electromagnetic and other types of analyses.
ANSYS DesignModeler supports a sketch-and-extrude approach to creating parametric geometry. It offers extrude, revolve, sweep, chamfer and other standard geometry creation features to create fully parametric models. In addition, it supports primitives and Boolean operations for creating a new geometry or adding complementary geometry to an existing model. These models can be used with any core simulation product from ANSYS or with the ANSYS DesignXplorer product for performing design optimization.
Concept models are used in a product development process prior to any detailed CAD geometry being created. These design approximations, along with simulation results, are extremely useful in making fast product decisions early in the design cycle, when product costs can be significantly impacted.
CAD models are usually intended to accurately represent the exact intent of the final design and often lack additional features required for simulation. ANSYS DesignModeler provides these unique simulation features such as splitting surfaces for applying loads, defining welds or creating regions around models that represent flow volumes or simulation domains for fluid flow and electromagnetic analyses.
A CAD model also may contain much more detail than the simulation process requires or the detail may not be in the right form. ANSYS DesignModeler enables tasks like deleting CAD features, extracting surfaces from a solid body, suppressing parts, merging multiple bodies into one and grouping bodies to form a part.
ANSYS DesignModeler software also provides several tools for shell/surface modeling. Face- and edge-merge operations can be used to easily simplify models by eliminating unnecessary features and boundaries leading to improved meshes and faster solutions. Sew and connect operations can be employed to ensure proper connectivity in models with gaps and overlaps.
Similarly, the ability to select and extend groups of surfaces greatly simplifies the process of closing gaps between parts after midsurface extraction. This results in easier modeling of welds, for example. In addition, several features are available for beam modeling including support of standard cross sections, user-defined offsets, user-defined cross sections and tools for orientation control.
Cleanup and repair of problematic geometries is a major bottleneck in engineering simulation. The cleanup and repair tools in ANSYS DesignModeler automatically detect and fix typical problems, such as small edges, sliver faces, holes, seams and faces with sharp angles. This allows geometry models to be prepared for analysis at a fast pace.
As always, analysis settings remain persistent after these operations and are updated automatically in response to changes in geometry.