ANSYS Workbench Platform Features
The ANSYS Workbench environment is a key enabler for Simulation Driven Product Development. Tight integration between the component applications yields unprecedented ease of use for setup and solution of even complex multiphysics simulations.
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The innovative project schematic within the ANSYS Workbench platform changes the way engineers work with simulation. Projects are represented as connected systems in flowchart form. Engineering intent, data relationships and the state of the analysis project can be understood at a glance.
Building up more complex coupled analyses involving multiple physics is as easy as dragging in a follow-on analysis and dropping it on the source analysis. Required data transfer connections are formed automatically. As an example, consider the one-way fluid–structure interaction simulation shown schematically below.
Working with the project schematic is straightforward. Drag the desired analysis type from the toolbox at left, and drop it into the project schematic. Complete analysis systems contain all the necessary components, providing a guide through the analysis process by working through the system from top to bottom. The entire process is persistent.
As always, the applications hosted in the ANSYS Workbench platform support parametric variations, including CAD parameters, material properties, boundary conditions and derived result parameters. Parameters defined within the applications are managed from the project window, making it easy to investigate multiple variations of the analysis. From within the project window, a series of design points can be built up in tabular form and executed to complete a what-if study with a single operation.
To fully leverage the power of parametric analysis, ANSYS DesignXplorer software can be used with the parameter set to drive design of experiments, goal-driven optimization, or min/max searches or even to perform Six Sigma analysis to investigate design robustness. This power is available across all applications, all physics and all solvers available within the ANSYS Workbench platform (including Mechanical APDL).