ANSYS 18: Pervasive Engineering Simulation
Today's industries are undergoing the most fundamental transformation in manufacturing since the introduction of the assembly line more than a century ago. Trends like the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing and machine learning are merging the physical world and the digital world, resulting in products that defy imagination. As products become smarter, companies are also changing the way they manufacture and operate products. These changes require pervasive engineering simulation, in which simulation performs a central role in all aspects of the product lifecycle — from concept, through engineering design and into operations.
Engineers can save time and money by performing simulations earlier in the design cycle, using digital exploration to explore a larger design space faster before making design decisions and locking in costs. Similarly, simulation is moving downstream into operations, where real-time simulation using digital twins is providing insight into a product's real-world performance and maintenance. ANSYS 18 is our next step in delivering pervasive engineering simulation. Placing simulation into the hands of more engineers throughout the product lifecycle.
There are many reasons to use simulation early in the development process, but time to market and cost are chief among them. Around 80 percent of a product's development costs are locked in early in the concept phases, making early rapid iterations critical. By performing very quick "what-if" analyses, you can study the behavior of a product early in the process and avoid getting stuck with an unworkable designs and rework in the validation stage. Digital Exploration helps you bring innovation to market faster and less expensively.
Digital prototyping enables designs to be optimized, verified and validated against requirements using structural, thermal, electromagnetic and fluidic simulation, either in isolation or in coupled multiphysics or system-level studies. You can build an accurate and comprehensive simulation model to predict the performance of your detailed designs and reduce the need for physical testing. Digital protoypes provide insight into actual product performance and enable you to rapidly innovate beyond the limits of traditional build-test-break-redesign methods.
Pervasive engineering simulation isn't limited to the product development process. A digital twin is a real-time, virtual copy of an actual operating machine that provides insight into individual product performance and maintenance. Sensors on the machine relay data — temperature, pressure, flow rate, voltage, loading, etc. — to the digital twin, and the twin evolves in step with the machines working environment. The digital twin can predict conditions long before they happen, so you can take corrective actions during scheduled downtime, rather than making an untimely shutdown. You can also use the collected data to improve the design of next-generation products.