ANSYS 18 enables you to meet customer demands for lighter, stronger, more efficient products. It has new tools and technologies for analyzing complex materials, optimizing designs and shapes for new manufacturing methodologies and ensuring the reliability of electrical components. With the new parallel Topology Optimization technology, you can perform lightweighting of structures, easily extract CAD shapes and quickly verify the optimized design. You can easily simulate spatially dependent materials like composite parts, 3-D printed components, and bones and tissues for more accurate results. The new spectral fatigue capability enables you to accurately model vias and calculate product life to better measure the reliability of electronic components. The addition of a new concrete material law, along with the ability to easily define reinforced structures, makes it very easy to model complex structures in the civil engineering and nuclear application areas.

Gain better insight of complex materials with improved nonlinear material modeling

As the limits of engineering continue to be pushed, understanding the behavior of increasingly complex materials — naturally occurring or engineered for a specific task — becomes more and more important. ANSYS 18 gives you greater insight into the behavior of complex materials through improvements in material models, as well as better modeling for thermomechanical fatigue behavior, accurate modeling of concrete structures and other geomechanical structures.

ANSYS 18 now makes it possible for every engineer to create better, more accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations.  Engineers new to CFD will benefit from greatly expanded capabilities in easy-to-use ANSYS AIM, including support for transient flows, non-Newtonian fluid viscosity and fluid momentum. In addition, ANSYS 18 includes new features and functionality that enable engineers to solve more CFD problems with more accuracy than ever before. Breakthrough harmonic analysis delivers accurate turbomachinery simulations up to 100x faster. ANSYS 18 also introduces CFD Enterprise, the first solution designed for CFD experts in organizations who need to solve the toughest problems.

Quickly validate optimized topologies to meet design and performance targets

 The superior workflow of ANSYS 18 enables you to specify the location of supports and loads on a volume of material. As the software finds the optimal shape for your product, you can observe the progress of the solver on a chart — to see mass target progress — or in a graphic, so you can effectively see the optimized shape evolve