HFSS 3-D Components

In HFSS, you can create 3-D components and integrate them into larger assemblies. This modeling approach can facilitate the creation of wireless communication systems, and is especially useful as these systems become more and more complex. Simulation-ready 3-D components are created and stored in library files that can be simply added to larger system designs without the need to apply excitations, boundary conditions and material properties. All these internal details are already incorporated in the original design of the 3-D components.

This component design flow saves time and effort since you only need to create a component once, and then can make it available for use while designing several different communication systems. It also enhances collaboration among engineers and allows each to focus on their area of expertise, thereby making the workforce highly productive. HFSS 3-D components also come with optional encryption and password protection features that allow component creators to control their access and use.

Consider creating an aircraft communication system in which a number of blade antennas operate on a single helicopter. For the system integrator, it is so effective and convenient if these blade antennas already exist as 3-D components and only need to be placed onto the helicopter body. If the creator of the antenna chose to protect their model, a password will be needed. When the blade antennas are placed on the body of the helicopter, their details remain encapsulated and are not exposed as part of the helicopter model. However, the antenna details are passed to the solver during simulation of the entire system. This results in an accurate, fully coupled 3-D simulation that accurately characterizes the antenna performance in the context of the entire communication system.