Happy Holidays From PADT to the ANSYS Community

Well, another year is coming to an end and we are about to enter the Holiday Season.  It is a difficult time for many of us, leaving our computers at work, not being allowed to  log in from home, and being forced to interact with our families.  But after  a long and challenging year, even […]

ANSYS Mechanical Scripting: HOWTO Part 2

Where We Left Off Last Time… In the first part of this how to guide, I left you with a general description of the architecture of ANSYS Mechanical product.  If you haven’t read that post, I recommend that you at least skim through it to familiarize yourself with the structure of ANSYS Mechanical.   One thing […]

Finding the Location of a Value in a Common Block – Again

Every once in a while you need to do something fairly tedious and you know you’ve written a tool to do it, but you can’t find it. That happened to Matt today when he was trying to remember an easy way to locate an important variable that gets stored in one of the common blocks […]

And the Composite World Rejoiced: FiberSIM and ANSYS ACP Hook-Up

An early Christmas for those of us who use ANSYS with composites.  ANSYS and VISTAGY just announced that they will offer bi-directional linkage between FiberSIM and ANSYS through ANSYS Composite PrepPost.  The key statement from the press release: ANSYS, Inc. … , and VISTAGY, Inc., … , have taken a major step in closing the […]

Quick Note: Nice Article on GPU Usage at R13 with ANSYS Mechanical Solvers

I was chatting with a  product manager at ANSYS, Inc. about HPC. We got on the topic of GPU’s and he pointed out that there is a good article on the ANSYS Advantage magazine website on this very topic. We get a ton of questions all the time about how GPU’s work and the kind […]

Licensing Tips and Tricks, R13 Version

To many users, licensing is transparent and is managed by a system administrator pretty much behind the scenes. For users at smaller companies, license management may be part of your tasks as an ANSYS user. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, user, user-administrator, or administrator of many products including ANSYS, this article will […]

HPC on the Cheap: 48 cores for $11k

Every once in a while computer hardware takes a big step forward, either in performance or lower cost.  Recently AMD, Intel’s biggest rival in CPU chips, and Super Micro Computers, a maker of high-performance motherboards and other hardware, have both come out with products that have changed the landscape of affordable High Performance computing forever.  […]

General Update on the Blog and News

Well, we are now a couple of weeks into this blog experiment and it is going well.  As part of being more "bloggy" and less "newslettery" we are going to stick in little updates and news items like this. First off, thanks to a few dedicated users who requested a better way to print out […]

Using the ‘Worksheet’ Page in Mechanical

One of the least used, but most powerful, features within ANSYS Mechanical is the Worksheet page.  In versions older that R12.0, this was accessed by clicking a separate tab on the Graphics Window, at R12.1 it moved to a button on the toolbar.  What the Worksheet does is show you a tabular summary of a […]

ANSYS Mechanical Scripting: HOWTO Part 1

Background Over the past 10+ years, ANSYS has steadily migrated more and more functionality into the DesignSpace, wait Workbench… no I mean Workbench Simulation or rather now ANSYS Mechanical product line.  If you’ve used ANSYS in the last 5 years you’ve probably come to know this interface as Workbench, and you’ve probably delineated it in […]

Learning about blogging

Update: 4:50, For any of you who are blogging or thinking of it, I just tried out the free tool from Microsoft: Windows Live Writer.  It works very well.  I will try the next couple of articles that way. – Eric   Well, it seems that it is a bad idea to paste from MS […]

FE Modeler Part 1: Translating Meshes with ANSYS FE Modeler

Ever get thrown an old NASTRAN model or been asked to convert your model into ABAQUS? Did you spend hours scouring the internet for a free translator?  Did you know that ANSYS software came with a translator for FLUENT, CFX, ABAQUS, NASTRAN , STL files and a host of other formats?  Well it does and […]

‘Go To’…like using the LHC to find a needle in a haystack… except you don’t run the risk of creating a black hole that destroys us all.

  When you couple ANSYS Workbench’s automation features, ease of use, and advances in computer resources, it typically results in some rather large models.  When I first started using ANSYS, I remember fighting tooth and nail to avoid using contact and keep the model size under 200k nodes.  Fast forward to a recent consulting job […]

10 Things Every ANSYS Mechanical APDL (MAPDL) User Should Know:

Providing tech support to users of Mechanical APDL gives us a wide exposure to a varied set of users.  And through the years we have discovered that there are some simple, basic, but important things every MAPDL users needs to know.  The ten most important things every user shoudl know are: 1.    /SHOW,3D2.    /EFACET,23.    Picking […]

Welcome to the New “The Focus”

In January of 2002, Rod Scholl did what a lot of people talk about doing but never actually do.  He published a newsletter for ANSYS users.  Called “The Focus” it was created with a very simple concept: users want a consistent and frequent publication with short, useful articles that will help them use ANSYS better. […]