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Structural Analysis Software

Ansys offers structural analysis software solutions that enable engineers of all levels and backgrounds to solve complex structural engineering problems faster and more efficiently. With our suite of tools, engineers can perform finite element analyses (FEA), customize and automate solutions for structural mechanics challenges and analyze multiple design scenarios. By using our software early in the design cycle, businesses can save costs, reduce the number of design cycles and bring products to market faster.

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Provides fast and accurate life predictions for electronic hardware at the component, board and system levels in early design stages.

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With our comprehensive suite of structural analysis tools, engineers can simulate shock, drop and vibration, impact and penetration, smashes and crashes, occupant safety, heat transfer, solder fatigue, repetitive loading and much more. With a range of applications and product integrations, Ansys structural analysis helps you solve your toughest product challenges.


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Structures

2022 R1 introduces a new product, Ansys Forming. Ansys Forming is an all-in-one forming simulation software built to digitally design and validate every step of the sheet metal forming process leveraging the speed and accuracy from the LS-DYNA solver.

  • Increased confidence in correlating test and simulation data with the new noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) toolkit inside Ansys Mechanical. Users can easily read physical test data and compute the modal assurance criteria (MAC) to compare simulation data and physical test data.
  • Additional insights into PCB thermal performance with high-fidelity PCB models from Sherlock that can now be exported to Ansys AEDT Icepak for thermal analysis simulations.
  • LS-DYNA solver continues to add exciting new features in many areas like dedicated isogeometric analysis (IGA), advanced new materials, and material laws for multiphysics applications, which can be used for battery-abuse modeling, electrophysiology, and many more areas.

Additive

Ansys 2022 R1 continues to expand toolsets for Additive Manufacturing Users, streamlining your workflows between design, simulation, and manufacturing.  In addition, every Ansys Mechanical User can now identify and minimize risk for build errors and ensure high-quality parts through process simulation for metal powder bed fusion (PBF), directed energy deposition (DED), and metal binder jetting.

  • Streamline your workflows with directed energy deposition (DED) – introducing DED process simulation to the Ansys Additive Portfolio, providing capabilities from predicting macro-level temperature distortions and stresses to prevent build failures and provide trend data for improving designs for additive manufacturing including part orientation and part build order.
  • Continued improvements for power bed fusion (PBF) process simulation – double the strain generation speed for scan pattern simulations, paired with an expanding material library.
  • Workflow speed improvements – fully threaded solver support, multi-platform additive wizard support, Ansys Mechanical parametric design language (MAPDL) solver enhancements, and now providing a seamless transfer from Ansys Additive Products to Ansys Workbench and Ansys Mechanical.

Acoustics

For 2022 R1, Ansys VRXperience Sound will be officially renamed to Ansys Sound. For this release, the focus is around improved sound quality and design for our users, including:

  • A color map display for the ISO 532-1 standard so users can immediately check the time (or RPM) and frequency to ultimately reduce noise annoyance.
  • Fully released FRF (Frequency Response Function) capability allows users to characterize the transfer function of a system by estimating frequency response and minimizing the effect of noise at the receiver. Results can be transferred to Fluent to filter a simulation result for a more robust analysis.
  • Optimize acoustic performance and reduce noise annoyance with tonality indicators that can be calculated in display order with the ability to switch order levels. This is especially of interest to customers working with rotating machinery.

Webinars

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Ansys 2022 R1: Ansys Mechanical Update

2022 R1 brings new capabilities to Ansys Mechanical while offering users more flexibility, robustness, and ease of use. In this webinar, we will review the major features in Ansys Mechanical 2022 R1, as well as provide a live demo of some of our latest enhancements.

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Ansys 2022 R1: LS-DYNA Update

Discover the latest product updates in Ansys LS-DYNA, including improved integration with Ansys Mechanical, more flexible restarts, enhanced material data for automotive foams, and new features for iso-geometric analysis and smoothed particle hydrodynamics, among others.

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Ansys 2022 R1: Ansys Forming Updates

Be sure to register for Ansys Forming webinar for 2022 R1. We’re introducing Ansys Forming product which simulates metal stamping tasks from start to finish, allowing you define multi-step process quickly, easily and accurately.

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Ansys 2022 R1: Ansys Motion Update

Ansys Motion 2022 R1 release includes new and exciting enhancements. Join this webinar to learn how Ansys Motion takes simulation to the next level.

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Ansys 2022 R1: Electronics Reliability Update

Learn about the latest advancements and new tool integrations in Ansys Electronics Reliability solutions.

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Ansys 2022 R1: Ansys Sound Update

In release 2022 R1, Ansys Sound continues to drive innovation, and during this webinar, we'll walk you through these significant capabilities of 2022 R1.

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Ansys 2022 R1: Ansys Additive Update

Ansys 2022 R1 continues to expand toolsets for Additive Manufacturing users, streamlining your workflows  among design, simulation, and manufacturing.

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Capabilities

Easily handle the complexity of the varied design environments you may face. The range of analytical tools enables you to create a product that meets your performance goals and holds up over time.

This capability includes connections to other Ansys products including Ansys CFD products, optimization solutions and external CAD systems. 

Mechanical loading, thermal stress, bolt tension, pressure conditions and rotational acceleration are just some of the factors that dictate strength requirements for materials and designs. Our products ensure your product’s viability and safety by predicting the strength required for the loads your design will experience in service.

It can have a substantial impact on durability and fatigue, leading to a shorter service life. You need to understand how your designs will respond to vibrations from phenomena such as brake squeal, earthquakes, transport and acoustic and harmonic loads to predict the behavior of products and components. Structural simulations can provide this understanding and help you to overcome your toughest vibration challenges.

Convection, radiation and conduction loads are obvious, but the need to include the effect of power losses and thermal energy from friction and external sources such as pipe flows means that analysts need to have more tools at their disposal to simulate thermal models accurately.

Fatigue or lifing analysis is a key enabler in building this product durability knowledge.

Drop tests are ideal candidates for an impact analysis. These impact analysis programs calculate the forces between two or more colliding bodies and the resultant deformation or damage.

It enables you specify where supports and loads are located on your model and lets the software explore the design space. For example, you can easily perform lightweighting of structures, extract CAD shapes quickly and explore designs and process parameters for additive manufacturing.

Examples could include suspension assembles in ground vehicles, robotic manipulators in manufacturing processes or gear systems within electric drivetrains. Simulating the motion of these systems gives insight into their performance over the range of dynamic loading experienced when in operation.

The design requirements for these structures can be quite different from traditional land-based constructions. Simulating the loading and the effects of these factors on structural response is a necessary component of the design. Ansys provides capabilities that can reproduce these loading conditions and responses across a broad range of applications. Ansys has solutions for different requirements depending on the specific application, from simplified models for truss type structures to high-fidelity simulations that include all aspects of the fluid loading environment.

Composite materials like carbon fiber, typically used in the aerospace and automotive sectors, are being used increasingly in energy, sports, construction and marine applications. Their composite nature, however, makes accurate simulation a challenge. Ansys offers a complete suite of tools to help you overcome this challenge.

This comprehensive solution spans the entire workflow — from design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) through validation, print design, process simulation and material analysis.

Our entire Ansys portfolio looks at the effects of electromagnetic, structural, fluid and thermal forces in combination. As a result, it predicts product performance with greater accuracy and provides seamless data transfer between physics solutions.

 

Applications

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Turbomachinery

Ansys rotating machinery simulation helps you to improve your designs of fans, pumps, and compressors by increasing efficiency, safety and durability.

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Electric Motors

Ansys electric motor design software progresses from concept design to detailed electromagnetics, thermal and mechanical analysis of electric motors.

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Electronics Reliability

Learn how Ansys integrated electronics reliability tools can help you  solve your biggest thermal, electrical and mechanical reliability challenges.

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FEATURED WEBINARS

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Battery Crash Simulations in Ansys LS-DYNA

Join us for this webinar to understand battery behavior under normal operating conditions and abuse conditions to optimize battery designs with Ansys LS-DYNA. 

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Electronics Reliability Using Ansys Sherlock

This webinar explores Ansys Sherlock automated design analysis software.

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Lightweighting Webinar Series

This webinar series focuses on our lightweighting capabilities, which will help solve your toughest A&D engineering problems.

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Composites Webinar Series

Closing the Gap Between Composite Manufacturing, Design and Analysis.

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Ansys Mechanical: Extending your FEA capabilities beyond CAD-Embedded FEA Tools

Watch this webinar to gain an overview of applications typically beyond the capabilities of CAD-embedded FEA simulation.

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Electrical and Thermal Reliability Analysis of PCB with Ansys SIwave, Icepak, Mechanical and Sherlock

In this webinar, learn how Ansys SIwave, Ansys Icepak, Ansys Mechanical and Ansys Sherlock can be used as a comprehensive multi-physics solution to optimize PCB reliability.



WHITE PAPERS & ARTICLES

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Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue

This white paper highlights thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) and Ansys' state-of-the-art nonlinear material models.


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