ANSYS DesignSpace Capabilities
The automatic contact generation tool detects and performs setup for contacts between parts of an assembly. This means that users need not manually define interfaces between the parts in assemblies, helping to minimize errors caused by missed contacts and speed up the pre-processing of models for analysis. ANSYS DesignSpace models assemblies with linear contacts, including bonded, frictionless and no-separation interfaces. You can modify the contact settings and options and add customized manual contact definitions to ensure that the model is efficiently set up and configured as needed.
The Workbench platform enables you to re-use models for different analysis types, and intuitively link results from one model to the setup of another. The project schematic handles file management automatically. Setting up parametric models for what-if studies is straightforward also. You can identify a range of parameters to vary upfront to change geometry properties in linked models, or load values and then see their effects on stress, deformation or any other property.
Geometry and Meshing
ANSYS DesignSpace has an automated meshing tool that lets the program choose an appropriate approach for each part in the model. You can add in sizing or meshing controls on any or all parts if you wish to refine the mesh generated. Sizing can also be applied to specific areas of parts so, for example, you can make meshing refinements around areas of higher stress in a large casting . Geometry can be imported from neutral files like step, IGES and Parasolid, or brought in from a CAD system directly. If needed, geometry preparation can be carried out in SpaceClaim. 3-D solid geometry, surface or shell parts, and line bodies can all be used as needed to build efficient models.
Modal analysis enables you to predict how a part or assembly will vibrate by finding its natural or resonant frequencies. The various modes will allow you to check that parts behave as designed. You can predetermine the number of modes searched for and the frequency range if required.
ANSYS DesignSpace enables you to preload parts and assemblies with loads from other analyses. This can be used to account for things like bolt loading from a structural analysis or even the effects of temperature expansion loading from a thermal analysis linked to a structural analysis.
Investigate the effects of acceleration, force or displacement loads (among others) on parts or assemblies to understand the deformations and stresses. Loads can be applied and easily made parametric to study the effects of variations. Post-processing tools enable you to evaluate deflections, stresses and strains on individual parts and to investigate reaction forces fully to understand the loading conditions of models.
Linear buckling mode calculation gives you insight into buckling modes that may occur as compressive loads are applied to structures. The Eigen buckling modes can easily be visualized and used to refine designs as needed.
Automated report generation from within ANSYS DesignSpace can be performed with a single click. All information about the simulation will be compiled automatically into an HTML web format document with options to send to Microsoft Word or Powerpoint for generation of project reports.
The report can easily have figures with captions added wherever needed, and even include images from external sources to compare simulation images with photos. Details about materials, geometry sources, solver settings and contact are all added so the automated report captures everything for a complete record of the simulation project.