Breakthrough Energy Innovation


The worldwide demand for energy continues to grow every year while, at the same time, concerns about climate change are leading to stricter emissions regulations and calls for sustainable design in all future energy systems. As the margin for incremental design improvement becomes smaller, urgent breakthroughs in energy innovation are needed to meet these formidable challenges.

Innovations are driving increased product complexity with many more design alternatives to consider. As a result, energy systems simulation is becoming an indispensable tool for improving the way energy is produced and consumed. Our white paper on the subject (available on the right), and those written by the Aberdeen Group and CIMdata, detail the benefits of engineering simulation for energy innovations.

ANSYS simulation solutions can help you design efficient, sustainable energy systems that will overcome the energy challenges of today and tomorrow. Our unique array of solvers for thermal, electrical, structural, fluid and systems engineering enable you to design components and systems for every energy application. Whether you are developing an improved industrial turbine, a more fuel efficient internal combustion engine, a longer lasting battery, a wireless recharging device for electric vehicles, a more efficient solar panel or a lower cost wind turbine, ANSYS solutions can decrease your design time and get your product to market faster.

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Webinar: Why Engineering Simulation is Critical for Breakthrough Energy Innovation
Machine and Fuel Efficiency

To improve machine and fuel efficiency, you have to optimize the performance of all system components as they work together. For example, the pump, the motor and the load must all be matched in order to work at startup, throughout the operating cycle and at peak efficiency. The design challenge is to balance complex — and often conflicting — engineering trade-offs that arise. While engineering experience is essential to the design process and physical testing is required for final validation, advanced energy efficiency simulation — applied throughout the development cycle — makes the entire process faster, easier and more reliable. Machine and fuel efficiency simulation gives you the added insight necessary to accelerate new product development and ensure machine performance over a broad range of operating conditions.

ANSYS takes a broad-based approach to improving machine and fuel efficiency. We deliver innovations at every stage of the simulation process, from modeling to meshing, from solving to post-processing. And whether you are simulating a jet turbine, a pump or an IC engine, ANSYS helps you to extend the limits of what is possible so you can maximize your product’s performance and efficiency. We offer combustion simulation with both speed and accuracy, multiphysics simulation for higher fidelity and precision, automatic embedded software code generation and systems simulation to identify all component Interactions.

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Thermal Optimization

Increasing energy efficiency through thermal optimization is a goal for many consumer product designers, industrial equipment manufacturers and construction project managers. Green building certification standards, energy star ratings and other programs encourage energy efficiency in buildings and appliances where even small improvements in heating and cooling efficiency can save money. However, physically testing new construction variations and options for appliances, industrial equipment and manufacturing plant configurations is cost-prohibitive. A test plant is too big and expensive to build and shutting down an operating plant costs too much in terms of production losses. Simulation of thermal management let’s you build virtual equipment and industrial plants for testing, so you can predict before building or keep the production plant running while experimenting with thermal management improvements using simulation software.

ANSYS engineering simulation solutions can help you with thermal optimization by enabling you to capture all thermal processes — convection, conduction, radiation, combustion, electrical induction, electrical resistance, Joule heating — in powerful simulations. You can also seamlessly integrate all multiphysics interactions impacting thermal performance; achieve fast thermal optimization with integrated tools and advance from geometry to thermal simulations in a flash.

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Advanced Electrification

To meet the global demand for power efficiency and renewable energy, new design methods and simulation tools are needed to deliver new electrification products and optimize existing designs. Even small improvements in the efficiency of electric motors, actuators and solenoids can have dramatic economic and environmental consequences. But achieving these improvements involves solving complex product development challenges that combine analog, digital and mixed-signal electronics with mechanics, electromechaaics, hydraulics and other physics. Embedded software is needed to control the entire system.

ANSYS offers comprehensive design solutions for advanced electrification to give you important competitive advantages. These include highly accurate, multiphysics simulation of critical electromechanical components involving electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical coupling; patent-pending high performance computing algorithms that speed motor simulations by 50x; simulation of power electronics and embedded control software with detailed finite element models of the components and the ability to develop the embedded software required to control all of these devices.

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Aerodynamics is governed by complex airflow physics, which used to require expensive wind tunnels, test drives and test flights to analyze and optimize. However, engineering simulation can perform thorough and accurate aerodynamic drag evaluations for a fraction of the cost of physical testing. Simulation also gives you more detailed insights into the physical processes at work around various parts of a vehicle — the windshield of a car or the wingtip of an airplane — that are extremely difficult and expensive to obtain from wind tunnel testing.

ANSYS is the global leader in aerodynamics modeling, with the greatest number of turbulence models of any commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver. These models predict aerodynamic forces with unparalleled accuracy. Besides turbulence, aerodynamics design often has to be made in conjunction with other design considerations, such as wing-flutter or thermal management. This requires coupling and co-simulation with structural, thermal and other solvers. ANSYS is the industry leader in multiphysics and provides the best, most robust and easy-to-use solutions for coupled simulation of aerodynamics and other physics.


Engineers have been making incremental reductions to the weight of traditional materials and composites for so many years that it is hard to think of areas for further improvement. We are at a point where only detailed, high fidelity engineering simulation can identify potential new targets for effective lightweighting. On the other hand, the emergence of industrial 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, is eliminating traditional design constraints and introducing so many new design possibilities that engineers hardly know where to start. Though they can see a design in their imagination, they need simulation to help them make it a reality. The ability to optimize shapes as well as to understand the impact of different materials and the manufacturing processes are critical if lightweight designs are going to continue pushing the limits.

ANSYS engineering simulation solutions can help you reduce the weight of your products by enabling you to perform high fidelity material modeling with intuitive pre-processing; predict precisely how lightweight parts perform under real working conditions; evaluate multiple design criteria for lightweight construction; and design for manufacturing, including composite, mold, or additive manufacturing.