Files and Info from “Using APDL Snippets in ANSYS Mechanical”

We just finished the webinar “Using APDL Snippets in ANSYS Mechanical” and wanted to share the files we used and some additional information.  The presentation can be found here. The sample script for plotting mode shapes is here. You can view a recording of the presentation here on our WebEx site. PADT’s ANSYS Webinar Series […]

A Further Assessment of Design Assessment

Last weeks PADT ANSYS Webinar Series webinar was on a little used feature in ANSYS Mechanical called Design Assessment, or DA.  If you missed it, you can view a recording at: And a PDF of the presentation can be found here: As promised, this weeks The Focus posting will be a follow up on […]

Files for Design Assessment in R13

During the Webinar on 5/18/2011 we discussed a simple example we created to show how to use Design Assessment.  Click here to download the Zip file. You can get a PDF of the PowerPoint here. You can watch a recording of the webinar at:

I Have the Touch: Check Contact in Workbench Prior to Solving with the Contact Tool

Song quotes Peter Gabriel, “I Have the Touch” The time I like is the rush hour, cos I like the rush The pushing of the people – I like it all so much Such a mass of motion – do not know where it goes I move with the movement and … I have the […]

Murphy’s Law of Convergence

Ted Harris was working at tech support problem and got this convergence graph.  Ouch! He calls it “Murphy’s Law of Convergence” Jason called it “Asymptotic Sisyphaen Convergence” Doug commented: “It’s like a pinball machine.  Just shake the monitor a little, but not too much, don’t want to trip the tilt sensor. “ I call it […]

A Moving Look at a Solid Tool: Rigid Dynamics

Most of us who have been doing this simulation thing  for a while (in fact, if you still call it analysis instead of simulation you probably fall in this group) always think of ADAMS or DADDS when someone brings up Rigid Body Dynamics tools. Most people forget that ANSYS, Inc. has had a strong offering […]

Keyframe Animation with CFD-Post

Creating useful visualizations of your fluid simulation results can be sometimes be a challenge. Images of contour plots, isosurfaces, or streamlines may not be sufficient to communicate your point. Sometimes you need to combine results together and use visual effects to transition between them. Cue up keyframe animation. In case you are not familiar with […]

PADT’s New CUBE HVPC Computers

Editors Note, 7/30/2014:This was an early post on our CUBE systems, we have since updated and improved our offering.  Visit to get the latest information. Most of you should have received an e-mail blast yesterday announcing that PADT is now selling  a line computer systems that are configured specifically for CFD and FEA users.  Our […]

Mapped Meshing–Pt Deux

Eric Miller wrote a nice article back in February explaining the basics of using the mapped face meshing control available within ANSYS Workbench.  Now…it would take a special kind of man to tell one of the directors of the company he works for that well…he just didn’t do a good enough job explaining it.  Lucky […]

Beyond Clicking: Named Selections Move to the Worksheet

It seems like a minor thing.  For many users who have not known the glory that is APDL selection logic, they are not even aware of the power that surges through your fingers when you grab all the vertices between X = 1.2 and X=1.8, grab the lines attached to those vertices, then the areas […]

Random Thoughts on RSM, ANSYS people, and my new iPad2 and my Son’s 3DS

Warning, when you get done reading this you might be a little disappointed.   A couple of our engineers promised nice chunky articles for this week but then got hammered with billable work.  And I was off doing paperwork all week so I didn’t have time to write anything truly useful.  So, a day late, here […]

ANSYS Mechanical Scripting: HOWTO Part 5

Where we Left Off Last Time… In the last post of this series, I left you with an introduction to the Microsoft Visual Studio debugger and a description of how to debug scripts that we write.  In this post, I’m going to illustrate how to write what might actually turn out to be a useful […]

ANSYS 13.0 Enhanced Modal Analyses with Linear Perturbation

“Rest, rest, perturbed spirit!”  – William Shakespeare If you have ever performed a large deflection prestressed modal analysis in ANSYS Mechanical APDL prior to version 13.0, your spirit might have been perturbed as well.  The procedure was not very user friendly, to sum it up.  For example, unless you were careful, the modal results would […]

Making Pretty Plots in ANSYS Mechanical and Mechanical APDL

I was looking for some new images for our web page and all of the plots I had were pretty much screen grabs.  Not the high quality I was looking for.  And putting a picture of Angelina behind a mode plot probably won’t go over too well, or will go over too well and will […]

To 40 Gb/s Infiniband QDR and Beyond! HOW-TO

In this article I will show you how to install and configure two 64-bit Linux servers with a 40Gb/s Infiniband interconnect. The two servers are connected directly together with a 7mm QDR Cable. No switch is used in this configuration or setup document. The Inifinband cards used for the How-To have the Mellanox® ConnectX®-2 IB […]