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Serving the engineering simulation community and ANSYS and Rocky DEM users by sharing news, workshops, seminars, training, webinars, tips & tricks, and more.

Add Granta MI to your toolbox for instant materials information

Granta MIFor the first time, engineers can gain instant, accurate access to the Granta materials database within ANSYS Workbench™, speeding up their materials selection and improving their workflows.

In late 2018, ANSYS, Inc. acquired Granta Design, the premier provider of materials information technology. Through the MI:Materials Gateway window within ANSYS Workbench, you can access validated materials information in several categories, including steel, plastics, and aerospace.

If you know which material you’re looking for, you can select it directly. Or you can search with keywords like “aluminum 6061,” and the material’s property datasheets will be shown to you. You can also ask Granta to show you materials with defined specs, like yield strength above or below a certain value. You can then compare and contrast different materials.

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ANSYS Motion - a New Dedicated Multibody Dynamics Tool

Our clients working in multibody dynamics and kinematics have an outstanding new simulation tool: ANSYS Motion.

ANSYS Motion can help engineers…

  • Find more accurate boundary conditions during static analyses
  • Solve big deformation problems while incorporating non-linear material properties
  • Perform kinematic analyses of mechanical systems
  • Analyze high-speed rotation problems with complex geometry

Tightly coupled rigid and flexible solvers that are powerful and fast allow engineers to study situations beyond what is possible in ANSYS RBD (Rigid Body Dynamics). Modal flexible, meshed flexible, and rigid parts can be tied together with standard joints and connections so accurate loadings on the components can be calculated.

This standalone solution for multibody dynamics and flexible multibody dynamics uses its own pre- and post-processor and solver. Pre-processing is integrated into ANSYS Mechanical via an ACT extension.

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Maximizing Memory Performance for ANSYS Simulations

Memory, or RAM, is important when you’re configuring computers for high-performance computing (HPC). Computer performance is affected not only by the amount of RAM but also by the amount of bandwidth, or transfer speed, between the processor and the memory. The bandwidth is affected by the speed of the memory stick, but the way memory sticks are configured on the motherboard is even more important.

CPUs can access information on multiple memory sticks in parallel through use of memory channels. Modern CPUs can access between 1 and 8 memory channels simultaneously (model specific). Not only does this capability affect the machines performance, but we have found that many computers are not configured to make use of all their memory channels, which hampers performance.

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SimuTech consulting can move your project forward—fast. Here’s how.

If you’re struggling to complete or figure out the simulation analyses needed for an engineering or design project, if you’re lacking the time, expertise, or personnel time you need, or if you’re simply working on a hot project that needs solving now, SimuTech’s Engineering Simulation Consulting services can help. We’re experts in FEA, CFD, and electrical analyses, so we can help you make your products the best they can be.

SimuTech Group Engineer Jason ZbickHow do you go about working with us? Here’s the process:

  1. Contact us for FEA, CFD, and electrical analyses. Your time is valuable, so we aim to return inquiries within 30 minutes.
  2. We’ll set up an initial phone call with you to make sure we connect you with the exact resources you need.
  3. You provide us with your specs: a 3D CAD model or drawings, material properties, and details on the project problem you’re working on—what you’re trying to figure out, the operating conditions, and the loads.
  4. We write up a proposal for you to sign. Proposals can be fixed cost/fixed scope, or if you need more of an R&D project, the proposal can reflect time and materials.
  5. You send us a PO.
  6. We get started!
  7. Finally, we provide you a report and other deliverables.

Why choose SimuTech?

We’re engineers first and foremost. Our consultants have real-world know-how—and industry expertise--in the same issues you’re grappling with. Our engineers bring experiences from top companies in many industries: aerospace, automotive, forensics, power generation, water and waste, and more. And we’re ITAR- and CGP-certified.

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New ANSYS 19.2 release offers Fluent improvements for faster CFD

ANSYS 19.2 Release

ANSYS 19.2 is now available for download from the ANSYS Customer Portal (registration & log-in required).

The big news with the release of 19.2 concerns ANSYS Fluent.

Over the last two years, the Fluids business unit at ANSYS, Inc. has undertaken a large initiative to overhaul the Fluent user experience and workflow with these goals in mind:

  • Provide a complete, integrated CAD-to-Post solution in Fluent
  • Streamline the Fluent meshing workflow for generating a mesh from imported CAD
  • Remove usability barriers for common tasks that frustrate users and waste their time

With ANSYS 19.2, they are delivering on these goals by releasing a task-based workflow with Mosaic Meshing that speeds up CFD simulations and helps engineers get accurate results with less training.

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