Simulation software lets users easily build, validate digital twins

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By Rich Pell

The ANSYS 19.1 engineering simulation software features ANSYS Twin Builder, offered as a “first-of-its-kind” product that lets developers rapidly build, validate, and deploy simulation-based digital twins within a single workflow. With ANSYS Twin Builder, says the company, engineers can quickly and easily build, validate, and connect a digital twin to enable predictive maintenance on physical industrial assets – potentially saving millions of dollars for customers in the oil and gas, industrial, energy, and aerospace, and defense industries.

A digital twin combines accurate physics-based virtual replicas of a product with data collected using industrial internet of things (IIoT) connectivity platforms. The resulting intelligence and predictive maintenance insights, says the company, enable engineers to analyze smart machines in real-world operating conditions and make informed decisions that substantially improve product performance — reducing risk, avoiding unplanned downtime and nurturing product development with precise and individualized feedback about product behavior during operations.

The company’s solution integrates with any IIoT platform and contains runtime deployment capabilities for constant monitoring of every individualized asset used during operation. The combination of industrial asset connectivity with holistic system simulation, powered by ANSYS Twin Builder, enables users to perform diagnostics and troubleshooting, determine the ideal maintenance programs, optimize the performance of each asset, and generate insightful data to improve the next generation of the products.

“Furthering our vision of Pervasive Engineering Simulation, ANSYS 19.1 combines all physics and delivers to our customers the most complete toolset to tackle the toughest design challenges,” says Eric Bantegnie, vice president and general manager, ANSYS systems business unit. “This release empowers customers with the most efficient productivity gains — spurring product innovation and dramatically effecting their bottom lines, as well as on the global economy.”

Other features of the 19.1 release include new metal additive manufacturing solutions, new functionality and resources, including more than 100 material models from Granta, and – in the fluids suite – a new approach to cavitation modeling. The software also features new analysis capabilities in the electromagnetics suite for designing wireless communication, autonomous, and electrification technologies.



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