Welcome to ANSYS in ACTION, a bi-weekly demo series from ANSYS in which an application engineer shows you how simulation can address common applications. Take a 20 minute break and log onto the web to see how simulation can solve your problems. View session descriptions and register using the links below.

ANSYS in Action

Past Sessions

ANSYS in ACTION: Planar Magnetics in Electronics

Planar magnetic electronic components have complicated magnetic and thermal interactions. This ANSYS in ACTION session will show you how ANSYS tools are used to set up and solve a frequency dependent, two-way coupled magnetic–thermal planar transformer model in just 20 minutes. Learn how a customized interface complete with manufacturer libraries is used to determine device efficiency in a complete system model based on ANSYS Simplorer.

ANSYS in ACTION: Mixing Solutions for the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries

Mixing tanks and bioreactors are common in many industries: chemical processing, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, etc. Two common design challenges are ensuring high efficiency by minimizing blend time and Identifying the optimal compromise between high agitation and micro-organism preservation via exposure analysis. The Mixing Template for ANSYS Fluent solves these challenges with a fully automated solution that simply requires engineers to input the mixing tank geometric parameters and operating conditions. View this 20-minute ANSYS in ACTION session to see how the complete design analysis is performed automatically by ANSYS Fluent, complete with a summary report, so engineers can access all key parameters related to blend time and exposure analysis.

ANSYS in ACTION: Porous Media in ANSYS AIM

Traditional simulation techniques for analyzing flow through porous media require several assumptions that sacrifice a simulation's accuracy. Generally speaking, a 3-D model is required, but it may not always be available. In ANSYS AIM, to maximize result accuracy and minimize solution times, complex flow restriction devices such as catalytic converters, perforated plates and filters can be simulated using a new porous media model. View this 20-minute webinar to see a demonstration of how AIM's porous media capability converges quickly and accurately on a solution for an automotive exhaust application.

ANSYS in ACTION: Machine Tool Optimization with ANSYS optiSLang

Automating the optimization of engineering structures or systems could save you considerable material cost and planning time. We'll show you how to set up such an automated analysis for a machine tool part simulated with ANSYS Mechanical. Using sensitivity analysis and meta-modeling techniques, you can easily find the best compromise between the structural mass and the deformations under several working conditions. The automated optimization procedure can reduce the mass significantly with respect to the manual engineering design. View this ANSYS in Action webinar for a 20-minute demonstration on how to apply ANSYS optiSLang within the ANSYS Workbench. You can apply the workflow easily to your FEM, CFD or electromagnetic simulation model.

ANSYS in ACTION: Predicting Radio Frequency Interference with ANSYS EMIT

The massive proliferation of wireless devices surrounds us in devices so common — such as smartphones, wearable devices, laptops, sensors and automotive systems — that often we don’t even realize their pervasiveness. With only a finite spectrum in which to operate, the likelihood of these systems interfering with each other and degrading performance of neighboring systems becomes more and more of a problem. The ability to anticipate potential radio frequency interference (RFI) issues that can degrade, or block, system performance is now a critical part of the system level design. View this ANSYS in ACTION webinar where an ANSYS expert will demonstrate the use of ANSYS EMIT for predicting RFI in complex environments.

ANSYS in ACTION: Designing Busbars with ANSYS AIM

To design busbars for high current applications, you must analyze the coupling of electrical, thermal and structural effects of both the material composition and its cross-sectional size to determine the optimal current density distribution. Large Ohmic loss from high current density can result in high temperatures, and high temperature gradients can cause an unacceptable level of thermal stress. View this webinar that demonstrates how ANSYS AIM can be used to simulate the coupling of the three physics in an easy-to-use package. In this 20-minute demonstration, our experts will present an example of a busbar design and demonstrate the main features AIM can be used for this application.

ANSYS in ACTION: Faster Turbocharger Designs with Simulation

Engineers designing turbochargers face complex tradeoffs as they optimize their designs for cost, size and high transient response. One tradeoff involves sizing: a smaller diameter turbo is much better at reducing inertia, but does not generate as much pressure efficiently. Another involves efficiency versus manufacturability. The challenge is to balance these opposing design elements while delivering a wide range of speeds and flow rates, along with high efficiency across the turbocharger's operating range. View this webinar, and in 20 minutes you will learn how ANSYS' multiphysics and optimization simulation tools — like ANSYS TurboSystem including CFX — can help you perfect your turbocharger designs early in the product cycle.

ANSYS in ACTION: Accelerating Electromagnetic Actuator Design

Electromagnetic actuators and solenoids are used in many applications and industries to convert electrical to mechanical energy. Simulating the electromagnetic performance of these devices with magnetic finite element analysis (FEA) enables you to optimize the output force and electrical power, and incorporate the coil design in static or transient models. Leveraging these magnetic FEA models enables you to predict the closing time in a system-level model which includes the controls, power electronics and mechanical load. View this 20-minute webinar to see how ANSYS can help you accelerate your electromagnetic actuator design process.


If you're a design engineer hesitant to learn engineering simulation software, or think simulation should be reserved solely for dedicated analysts, then this short session is for you. We'll take a 3-D model of an industrial flow control valve and show you how ANSYS AIM can be used to perform several simulations across different physics. View this informative webinar. You'll walk away with a better understanding of how one easy-to-use tool with a single user interface can cover multiple physics and many engineering simulation problems.

ANSYS in ACTION: ANSYS HFSS for Antenna Simulations

The burgeoning IoT market means more antennas in more places, creating more opportunities for radio frequency interference. Simulation is a critical part of the IoT design process for the synthesis, design and integration of antennas. View this ANSYS in Action Webinar for a 20-minute demonstration of the powerful new features available in ANSYS HFSS for simulating antennas and antenna integrations.


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are gaining attention everywhere. They are changing the way business is done, from delivery of goods to military surveillance. In this ever-increasing market, additive manufacturing is changing the way UAVs are designed and how they perform. But to design and optimize a UAV, you don't have to be an analysis expert — you just need to right 3-D modeling and simulation tool. View this 20-minute session as we investigate the use of ANSYS AIM in lowering weight, providing adequate structural support, and improving aerodynamic efficiency of a UAV.

ANSYS in ACTION: ANSYS Electric Machine Design Methodology

Electric machines play a key role in the electrification revolution taking place in many industries. Using ANSYS’ simulation-driven design flow, engineers can optimize electromagnetics, integrate the controller and system, verify structural integrity and manage thermal conditions. These capabilities increase design efficiency, reduce product size and lower development costs. Give us just 20 minutes of your time and we’ll show you how it works.

ANSYS in ACTION: Designing Hip Stems with ASTM Standard F2996

As the number of total hip replacement surgeries has exploded over the past few decades, regulatory agencies have expressed concerns over the difficulty of comparing different finite element analysis (FEA) methods used by medical device companies to evaluate the safety of implant designs. In response, ASTM International released the F2996 standard, which provides a consistent method for analyzing hip stems used in replacement surgery. ANSYS has developed a free app that guides engineers through the process of analyzing hip implants in accordance with this standard. View this 20-minute session to learn how the new ANSYS app reduces the time required for hip implant simulation while ensuring that engineers correctly apply the new standard.

ANSYS in ACTION: Polyflow Screw Modeling

ANSYS Polyflow's unique Mesh Superposition Technique (MST) capability makes detailed 3-D modeling of both single screw and twin screw extruders a reality. In this 20-minute webinar session, learn how you can make meaningful engineering decisions using a practical modeling approach. Understand the underlying assumptions and see sample outputs, including pressure distribution, temperature and shear rate.

ANSYS in ACTION: Fatigue Analysis of Compressed Gas Cylinder

Compressed gas cylinders play a critical role in ensuring the safety of underwater divers, firefighters and patients who require assistance with breathing. A challenge for engineers designing these cylinders is minimizing their weight to maintain portability while ensuring that they can withstand cyclic loading generated by many filling and emptying cycles. Simulation can help engineers who design gas cylinders to examine structural integrity, predict fatigue life and perform parametric designs to optimize the designs. Join us for a 20-minute webinar to see how simulation from ANSYS streamlines the fatigue analysis of gas cylinders.

ANSYS in ACTION: ANSYS DesignXplorer GARS Algorithm for Response Surfaces

Choosing the right response surface method is an obstacle for many novice simulation users; it is critical to success with ANSYS DesignXplorer. Without an accurate fit across all the outputs, the response surface is not able to accurately give sensitivity information or predict the best design candidates. The Genetic Aggregation Response Surface (GARS) algorithm automates this process and also produces the best fit possible. And it’s so easy to use, we can show you how in one 20-minute session.

ANSYS in ACTION: Fluid Flow from Blood Vessels Scans

Information about blood pressure and flow through blood vessels is valuable to doctors working to improve patient health, and to medical device manufacturers looking to improve their product designs. Simulation is one way to gain deep insight about hemodynamic effects. However, a simulation must be performed for each individual patient to be truly effective. Blood vessels are tortuous and irregularly shaped, making them nearly impossible to draw using CAD methods. As a result, medical scanning techniques the result in STL files are the usual source of simulation geometry. Join us for a 20-minute webinar to see how simulation software makes it easy to go from raw STL geometry to blood flow analysis using ANSYS solutions.

ANSYS in ACTION: Easily Create Your Own ANSYS Apps

Only ANSYS offers simulation apps that multiply the effectiveness of general purpose simulation tools. Engineering simulation apps enhance your user experience while increasing the speed and scalability of simulation-led product creation processes. Attend this 20-minute live demo session to learn how you can quickly and interactively create apps that streamline your simulation workflows using a remarkably simple graphical user interface, eliminating the need to write scripts for custom apps.

ANSYS in ACTION: Thermal Management of LEDs

Up to 85 percent of the electrical power used to drive light emitting diodes (LEDs) is converted to heat. Engineers must design LEDs carefully so that they do not become too hot to touch or cause components to break. Determining the temperature of the LED itself and the enclosure requires simulating the current passing through the conductors, heat transfer to the air, the temperature of the LED and fixture, and the resulting mechanical stresses. Join us for a 20-minute webinar to see how simulation from ANSYS makes the simulation of all these forces impacting thermal management in LEDs easy and intuitive.

ANSYS in ACTION: HPC in the Cloud

High-performance computing (HPC) enables you to solve more problems — and larger problems — faster than ever. Unfortunately, not every engineer has access to HPC resources. ANSYS Enterprise Cloud addresses this shortcoming by providing a virtual simulation data center running on Amazon Web Services. Attend this 20-minute webinar to see how easy it is to start using ANSYS on the cloud for high-performance computing.

ANSYS in ACTION: Calculating Force in a Relay

Relays are electrically operated switches. They use a DC electric current to create a magnetic force and move an armature that makes or breaks the electrical connection. Relay designers are interested in the current density in the coil, the magnetic flux density in the iron components and the magnetic force in the armature. ANSYS electromagnetics solutions can simulate these properties to give you insight into your innovative relay designs. Join us for this 20-minute webinar to see how ANSYS simulation can make calculating the force in a relay fast and easy.

ANSYS in ACTION: Insertion Force of a Snap-Fit Connector

Snap-fit connectors are one of the oldest and most common fastener devices. They have the advantages of speed of connection/disconnection over other fastening methods, with no loose parts that could be misplaced. However, their proper operation requires precise design to ensure that the amount of force it takes to fasten or separate the connector, and the direction of application of that force, is optimal for the desired application. Join us for this 30-minute webinar to see the how insertion force of a snap-fit connector can be quickly calculated using simulation from ANSYS. Learn how to determine what type of snap-fit to use, the required insertion force for operation and the amount of stress that various parts of the connector will experience.

ANSYS in ACTION: Evaluating Fatigue on a Bicycle Frame

Biking enthusiasts want bicycles that are durable enough to withstand their pursuits while being light enough to transport easily. Bike manufacturers want to meet customer expectations while minimizing material and transportation costs. Bicycle designers have a multitude of options for bike frame configuration, material type and material thickness to choose from to design bicycles that best address both consumer and business needs. Join us for this 20-minute webinar to see how simulation from ANSYS can make evaluating these options virtually fast and easy. Learn how you can simulate fatigue on bicycle frames to see how well and how long they will withstand the stresses riders will place on them before you ever build a physical prototype. You can save time and money on future bicycle designs, and get your product to the market faster than ever before.

ANSYS in ACTION: Evaluating Bolted Connections and Tightening Sequences

Bolt preload is the tension generated in a bolt when it is tightened, creating the clamping force between components that allows a bolted connection to transfer mechanical loads. Preloading the bolts and evaluating the optimal bolt tightening sequence is essential to determining the performance of the bolted connection and minimizing the likelihood of failure or joint separation. Simulating bolted connections enables you to accurately determine the structural performance and the optimal tightening sequences for your bolted connection designs before you invest time and money in physical prototypes. Register now for this 20-minute webinar to learn how you can use simulation to quickly and easily evaluate bolted connections and tightening sequences.

ANSYS in ACTION: Pressure Drop Through a Valve

Pressure drop through a valve is a function of system demand and increases with increasing flowrate. Understanding pressure drop in valves and the response to changes in flowrate in the connected system is a key concern for engineers who need to select the right valve for the job. Come to this webinar to see how simulation from ANSYS can help make simulations for valve selection easy and straightforward in just 20 min.

ANSYS in ACTION: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a CPU Cooler

CPUs generate a significant amount of heat during operation that must be removed to maximize CPU performance and prevent damage to components and soldered connections. CPUs placed in demanding, harsh environments are especially at risk for thermal damage. Engineers working on placing CPUs must be aware of thermal output of the CPU and the surrounding environment when designing a CPU cooler for a particular application. Come to this webinar to see how simulation from ANSYS can help you evaluate the effectiveness of a CPU cooler in just 20 min.

ANSYS in ACTION: Heat Exchange in an Exhaust Manifold

Exhaust manifolds are used to collect several exhaust gas streams, one per engine header, into a single pipe. The thermal performance of the exhaust manifold is a key contributor to engine performance. It is important to keep the manifold hot to maximize engine performance but not so hot that damage to the manifold occurs. Engineers need to design exhaust manifolds and understand how they exchange heat with their surroundings to balance these thermal requirements. Come to this webinar to see how simulation from ANSYS make simulations for exhaust manifold easy and straightforward in just 20 min.