Built on Proven Solver Technology
The ANSYS Explicit STR product is new at ANSYS 12.0, however, the solver and element technology that it contains has been used commercially for more than 20 years as the core of the ANSYS AUTODYN product suite. Throughout that time, continual testing and refinement of both technologies have produced robust solution capabilities that you can rely on to solve your complex explicit dynamics problems.
The Lagrangian based element and solver technologies contained in ANSYS Explicit STR are the same as those found in ANSYS AUTODYN, which makes taking a model from ANSYS Explicit STR over to ANSYS AUTODYN relatively simple. In ANSYS AUTODYN, additional solver technologies include Eularian, ALE (Arbitrary Lagrangian Eularian) and SPH (Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics), technologies that enable the ability to solve complex fluid structural explicit dynamics problems, brittle fracture and a host of other high speed multiphysical problems.
ANSYS Explicit STR is based on the Lagrangian portion of the full ANSYS AUTODYN solver solver, and is well positioned to solving structural dynamics problems all within the uniquely productive ANSYS Workbench platform.
A new paradigm for managing simulations is used with the ANSYS Workbench GUI at ANSYS 12.0. The ANSYS Workbench GUI now consists primarily of a toolbox region, project schematic, tool bar and menu bar. Models setup in the other analysis system, such as static structural, can be persistently linked to an explicit dynamics system to transfer material data, mesh, connections, loads and constraints.
The real benefit of ANSYS Explicit STR software is the work flow afforded by operating in the ANSYS Workbench environment. While many different simulation processes are possible, here is an example of the typical steps a user might take:
- Associatively link to a parametric CAD model or import a geometry
- Create a smooth explicit mesh using the new explicit preference option and/or patch-independent mesh method within the ANSYS meshing platform; automatically create part-to-part contact by using the new body interactions tool
- Fine tune contact specifications, if desired, by utilizing breakable or eroding contact options
- Load and/or support an assembly and/or parts as usual
- Solve interactively either in the background or via remote solution manager (RSM)
- View progress of solution in real time using concurrent post-processing capability, new to the ANSYS Workbench environment at ANSYS 12.0
- Explore alternative design ideas via parametric changes to the CAD model and easily perform re-solves, just like other ANSYS Workbench environment based applications
- Use the ANSYS design exploration capability to automate the parametric model space exploration
Native, bi-directional CAD connectivity and automatic meshing with advanced options are provided through the ANSYS Workbench platform. The ANSYS Workbench platform provides bi-directional CAD connectivity with major CAD systems, and allows import from most neutral geometry formats.
The ANSYS Workbench platform also provides a wide range of highly robust and automated physics based meshing tools including tetrahedral meshes, pure hexahedral meshes, mixed hex/tet/pyramid meshes, inflation layers and high quality surface meshes. Users also have the ability to control many advanced meshing options such as body, surface or edge sizing controls, sphere of influence, inflation layer meshing, mesh defeaturing tolerances and much more.
Geometry Defeaturing and Editing
ANSYS DesignModeler provides geometry modeling functions unique for simulation. Features include CAD geometry defeaturing, fluid or electromagnetic enclosure creation, detailed geometric modeling and concept model creation tools.
Six-Sigma Analysis and Design Exploration
ANSYS DesignXplorer performs robust design analyses of any ANSYS Workbench platform simulation, including those with CAD parameters. The ANSYS DesignXplorer software allows users to study, quantify and graph various analysis responses.. It incorporates both traditional and nontraditional optimization through a goal-driven optimization method.