ANSYS Workbench Platform Features

The ANSYS Workbench environment is a key enabler for Simulation Driven Product Development. Tight integration between the component applications yields unprecedented ease of use for setup and solution of even complex multiphysics simulations.

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Innovative Project Schematic Innovative Project Schematic

The innovative project schematic within the ANSYS Workbench platform changes the way engineers work with simulation. Projects are represented as connected systems in flowchart form. Engineering intent, data relationships and the state of the analysis project can be understood at a glance.


Schematic with overall view of entire simulation project

Drag & Drop Multiphysics Drag & Drop Multiphysics

Building up more complex coupled analyses involving multiple physics is as easy as dragging in a follow-on analysis and dropping it on the source analysis. Required data transfer connections are formed automatically. As an example, consider the one-way fluidstructure interaction simulation shown schematically below.


Drag-and-drop multiphysics: Connections in project schematic (left) correspond to data transfer between different physics and correspond to imported loads in downstream simulation (right, shown inside ANSY Mechanical).

Complete Analysis Systems Guide the Simulation Process Complete Analysis Systems Guide the Simulation Process

Working with the project schematic is straightforward. Drag the desired analysis type from the toolbox at left, and drop it into the project schematic. Complete analysis systems contain all the necessary components, providing a guide through the analysis process by working through the system from top to bottom. The entire process is persistent.

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 After dragging desired analysis type into project schematic, work through system from top to bottom to complete analysis. State icons in right of each cell clearly indicate progress; here, analysis is complete through meshing.

Integrated Parameter Management Integrated Parameter Management

As always, the applications hosted in the ANSYS Workbench platform support parametric variations, including CAD parameters, material properties, boundary conditions and derived result parameters. Parameters defined within the applications are managed from the project window, making it easy to investigate multiple variations of the analysis. From within the project window, a series of design points can be built up in tabular form and executed to complete a what-if study with a single operation.


Parameters present within simulation can be driven directly from project schematic. Table of parameter changes can be defined and design variations executed in batch.

To fully leverage the power of parametric analysis, ANSYS DesignXplorer software can be used with the parameter set to drive design of experiments, goal-driven optimization, or min/max searches or even to perform Six Sigma analysis to investigate design robustness. This power is available across all applications, all physics and all solvers available within the ANSYS Workbench platform (including Mechanical APDL).

Automatic Project-Level Update Automatic Project-Level Update

Changes can be made to any portion of the analysis, and the ANSYS Workbench platform will manage the execution of the required applications to update the project automatically, dramatically reducing the cost of performing design iterations.