Workbench and Excel, Part 1: Using the Excel Component System

It is a fact.  Microsoft Excel is the most used engineer tool in the world.  If you are like me, you do everything you can’t do in ANSYS in Excel.  And a lot of the time you wish you could talk directly from Excel to ANSYS – and in the day many of us wrote […]

How To run ANSYS Release 13.0 Workbench on 64-bit Linux

Getting ANSYS Workbench up and running on Linux at R13 is pretty simple.  You just have to make sure that a few things are in place and some packages are loaded.  Then it works great.  Here is a quick HOW-TO on getting things going: Pre-Install Tasks Install CentOS 5.3 or greater or RHEL5 Download and […]

Dad, What Do You Do at Work?

I’m sure the question comes up for a lot of us from time to time, whether from one of our own offspring, another relative, or an acquaintance.  “Just what is it that you do, anyway?”  Typical answers might be something short and sweet, such as, “I’m an engineer.”  A more detailed response might be, “I […]

Knowing the ID of Coordinate Systems Created in ANSYS Mechanical – or perhaps – You didn’t know that, everyone knows that…

During this weeks webinar on Using APDL Snippets in ANSYS Mechanical a question came up about coordinate systems. I actually don’t remember the original question, but in answering it the question came into my mind: how do you get access to the ID of coordinate systems that you create in ANSYS Mechanical? For a lot […]

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 […]