Improve Workflow, Improve Productivity

By William Kulp, Lead Product Marketing Manager, Fluids, ANSYS

An intuitive workflow can make software tools more accessible, leading to increased productivity and profits. A clear simulation pathway from ideation to design to testing enables exploration of more designs in less time, so that every company can get products to market sooner at less cost.

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Bill Kulp

"Engineers can spend more time solving complex engineering problems and less time figuring out how to use the tools."

Nobody likes a bottleneck in workflow. It slows down the entire process, even if all the other steps are optimized for maximum efficiency.

To leverage pervasive engineering simulation, every engineer in your organization must have access to simulation throughout design, testing and operation processes. To do this effectively means eliminating bottlenecks.

Recent advances in computational fluid dynamics have reduced these bottlenecks so engineers do not have to slow down at any point — from forming the product idea to launching the product — whether they are recent graduates or world-class simulations experts.

MAKING FLUID SIMULATIONS MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERY ENGINEER

One method of elevating the workflow is to make an already accessible software interface even more intuitive by incorporating a task-based workflow into the simulation setup process. A task-based workflow clearly presents the activities required for a specific simulation to the engineer so that the next logical step is always clear. This smooths the process for every engineer and ensures that they do not miss a critical step in the setup process. It also makes learning to use the software easy, even for engineers who only use simulation occasionally.

The meshing process is another point that slows the fluids simulation process. Meshing presents engineers with the challenge of dividing an intricately shaped geometrical model with complex boundaries into volumetric cells of different shapes that match perfectly with no gaps. Meshing can be time-consuming, sometimes involving manual cleanup of the geometry that requires valuable time from the engineer. Technology that conformally connects any type of mesh to any other type of mesh, with no manual corrections needed, would make simulation setup easier and save time in the pre-processing phase and during the simulation run.

The latest version of ANSYS Fluent contains both advances. The new Fluent experience features a task-based workflow that leads engineers through the fluids simulation setup process step by step, ensuring that all necessary inputs are entered before the simulation run. The unique Mosaic meshing technology uses polyhedral mesh volumes to connect different mesh types with no gaps. Mosaic automatically accelerates meshing while improving simulation accuracy.

With these two new features improving workflow, engineers can spend more time solving complex engineering problems and less time figuring out how to use the tools. Productivity will increase, and engineers can put their hard-earned knowledge to work on projects that challenge them to grow and to improve your product.

This issue of ANSYS Advantage describes Fluent’s new task-based workflow and Mosaic meshing technology in detail, and presents examples of how organizations around the world and across many industries use ANSYS CFD solutions to solve some of the biggest challenges in fluid flow. We hope these examples will provide you with ideas to increase productivity and profitability.

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