Breakthrough Energy Innovation
Innovative energy solutions driven by energy systems simulation are necessary to meet the increasing demands of the interconnected global economy. As we connect more of our devices — smartphones, wearables, automobiles, household appliances, industrial equipment, drones — to the Internet of Things, the complexity of the energy systems needed to power them increases. This complexity exceeds the capacity of the old build-and-test method of product development, and requires energy systems simulation for sustainable design.
ANSYS has the most comprehensive array of simulation solutions to help you design efficient, sustainable energy systems. Because systems often require more than one physics solver to handle the variety of design challenges involved, we offer thermal, electrical, structural, fluid, systems engineering and embedded software solvers so you can design components and systems for every energy application. Whatever energy technology you are developing, ANSYS solutions can decrease your design time and get your product to market faster.
Discover how ANSYS solutions are being used to address the five critical sustainable design and engineering applications:
- Advanced Electrification
- Machine and Fuel Efficiency
- Aerodynamic Design
- Effective Lightweighting
- Thermal Optimisation
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Breakthrough Energy Innovation: Ambition and Urgency
To meet the global demand for power efficiency and renewable energy, new design methods and simulation tools are needed to deliver new electrification products and optimise existing designs.. Even small improvements in the efficiency of electric motors, actuators and solenoids can have dramatic economic and environmental consequences. But achieving these improvements involves solving complex product development challenges that combine analogue, digital, and mixed-signal electronics with mechanics, electromechanics, hydraulics and other physics. Embedded software is needed to control the entire system.
ANSYS offers comprehensive design solutions for advanced electrification to give you important competitive advantages. These include highly accurate, multiphysics simulation of critical electromechanical components involving electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical coupling; patent-pending high performance computing algorithms that speed motor simulations by 50x; simulation of power electronics and embedded control software with detailed finite element models of the components; and the ability to develop the embedded software required to control all of these devices.
Machine and Fuel Efficiency
To improve machine and fuel efficiency, you have to optimise the performance of all system components as they work together. For example, the pump, the motor and the load must all be matched in order to work at startup, throughout the operating cycle and at peak efficiency. The design challenge is to balance complex — and often conflicting — engineering trade-offs that arise. While engineering experience is essential to the design process and physical testing is required for final validation, advanced energy efficiency simulation — applied throughout the development cycle — makes the entire process faster, easier and more reliable. Machine and fuel efficiency simulation gives you the added insight necessary to accelerate new product development and ensure machine performance over a broad range of operating conditions.
ANSYS takes a broad-based approach to improving machine and fuel efficiency. We deliver innovations at every stage of the simulation process, from modelling to meshing, from solving to post processing. And whether you are simulating a jet turbine, a pump or an IC engine, ANSYS helps you to extend the limits of what is possible so you can maximise your product’s performance and efficiency. We offer combustion simulation with both speed and accuracy, multiphysics simulation for higher fidelity and precision, automatic embedded software code generation, and systems simulation to identify all component Interactions.
Aerodynamics is governed by complex airflow physics, which used to require expensive wind tunnels, test drives and test flights to analyse and optimise. However, engineering simulation can perform thorough and accurate aerodynamic drag evaluations for a fraction of the cost of physical testing. Simulation also gives you more detailed insights into the physical processes at work around various parts of a vehicle — the windshield of a car or the wingtip of an aeroplane — that are extremely difficult and expensive to obtain from wind tunnel testing.
ANSYS is the global leader in aerodynamics modelling, with the greatest number of turbulence models of any commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver. These models predict aerodynamic forces with unparalleled accuracy. Besides turbulence, aerodynamics design often has to be made in conjunction with other design considerations, such as wing-flutter or thermal management. This requires coupling and co-simulation with structural, thermal and other solvers. ANSYS is the industry leader in multiphysics and provides the best, most robust and easy-to-use solutions for coupled simulation of aerodynamics and other physics.
Engineers have been making incremental reductions to the weight of traditional materials and composites for so many years that it is hard to think of areas for further improvement. We are at a point where only detailed, high fidelity engineering simulation can identify potential new targets for effective lightweighting. On the other hand, the emergence of industrial 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, is eliminating traditional design constraints and introducing so many new design possibilities that engineers hardly know where to start. Though they can see a design in their imagination, they need simulation to help them make it a reality. The ability to optimise shapes as well as to understand the impact of different materials and the manufacturing processes are critical if lightweight designs are going to continue pushing the limits.
ANSYS engineering simulation solutions can help you reduce the weight of your products by enabling you to perform high fidelity material modelling with intuitive pre-processing; predict precisely how lightweight parts perform under real working conditions; evaluate multiple design criteria for lightweight construction; and design for manufacturing, including composite, mold, or additive manufacturing.
Increasing energy efficiency through thermal optimisation is a goal for many consumer product designers, industrial equipment manufacturers, and construction project managers. Green building certification standards, energy star ratings, and other programs encourage energy efficiency in buildings and appliances where even small improvements in heating and cooling efficiency can save money. However, physically testing new construction variations and options for appliances, industrial equipment and manufacturing plant configurations is cost-prohibitive. A test plant is too big and expensive to build, and shutting down an operating plant costs too much in terms of production losses. Simulation of thermal management let’s you build virtual equipment and industrial plants for testing, so you can predict before building or keep the production plant running while experimenting with thermal management improvements using simulation software.
ANSYS engineering simulation solutions can help you with thermal optimisation by enabling you to capture all thermal processes — convection, conduction, radiation, combustion, electrical induction, electrical resistance, Joule heating — in powerful simulations. You can also seamlessly integrate all multiphysics interactions impacting thermal performance; achieve fast thermal optimisation with integrated tools; and advance from geometry to thermal simulations in a flash.