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Simulation for every engineer

ANSYS® AIM™ connects the simulation of mechanical, fluid mechanical, thermal and electrical properties into a new, intuitive interface and work process that is the same across all physical disciplines. In this manner, the full breadth of the physical issue can be used directly in the product development by designers and development engineers to achieve comprehensive product insight.

Strain gauges with electrical potential under deformation

Paradigm shift in simulation

Following the use of simulation in the 1980s and 1990s primarily by calculation engineers, a change started around the turn of the millenium in how simulation tools were used by designers and development engineers, mostly with a focus on mechanical stiffness and sturdiness. ANSYS® AIM™ introduced a change here because it provided these users with an integrated environment for detailed simulation in a variety of physical domains.

Deformation of a shut-off valve due to pressure distribution in fluid

Product simulation: Physics in all domains

The consideration of all relevant physical domains provides deeper insight for designers and development engineers, and accelerates the development process with fewer prototypes and product milestones that can be reached sooner. In addition to considering the structure, fluids, temperatures, and electrical fields in individual and separate analyses, the linking of these different domains allows for greater realism in the case of physical interdependencies.

For example, the linking of structural and flow simulation with fluid structural interaction (FSI) provides a pressure distribution determined by the flow as a load for the mechanics, thereby improving the precision of estimated or determined pressure distributions. Likewise, in situations with temperature-based material properties the thermal-mechanical, thermal-electrical, and even thermal-electrical-mechanical linked analyses of the interdependencies of temperature on electrical or mechanical properties can be illustrated and the realism can be increased. The industry-proven solver from ANSYS, Inc. ensures the appropriate calculation times and precision of the numerical models for the relevant physical properties.


Distribution of flow density for a safety fuse in an electrical-thermal-mechanical analysis

innovative user guidance

In order to make introduction and generally sporadic use easier for the engineers who use the simulation as one of several tools in product development, a new and intuitive type of operation was developed for ANSYS® AIM™. The standard, physics-independent use and logical user interface enables a steep learning curve, wherein training can be concentrated on the engineering and the evaluation of product properties and their improvement. Furthermore, productivity is improved because the integration and consistency of all processing steps avoids fragmented processes and manual work steps.

Illustration of determined relationships between design sizes and product properties.

Systematic insight

The consistency across all work steps and physical domains gives engineers a powerful tool: instead of testing individual design alternatives, systematic variation studies can be performed. ANSYS® AIM™ varies the relevant determining factors, whether geometric dimensions, material properties, or loads, and the engineer receives not only a highlight in the form of individual results, but also increased insight into the overall behavior of the possible design space. In this manner, the draft of a new design or the further development of an existing design is very target-oriented. The improved insight into the relationships and trends for variations provides the engineer with a good overview of the alternative solutions and the choice of a robust design.

Templates for standard and individual simulation processes

Efficient engineering

For company and application-specific work processes, individual templates can be created in ANSYS® AIM™ by simulation experts and made available to product developers. Such company standards increase the quality of the evaluation, disseminate the use of existing knowledge, and increase competitiveness. The effort for such automated work process is minimal: each analysis is automatically logged and can be used as the basis for a repeatable process. As an open simulation platform, ANSYS® AIM™ offers experienced users the integration of their own routines, thereby increasing productivity in simulation and expanding the range of use.

Your start in the world of simulation

Your start in the world of simulation

  • Introduce simulation safely
  • 4 steps to be operational
  • Accompaniment throughout the process


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