A full screen view mode has been added offering greater graphics area to preview the models. Properties can now be drawn with different features (shadow, wire, perimeters).
A new tool identifies automatically rib areas of FE elements and then either isolates them or assigns them to a different property id. Additionally, reading and writing compressed (*.gz) files is also now available.
A new option that applies the mesh of a model to the compatible areas of another one, or vice versa, has been added. Additionally, a new script reports differences in CSV format.
New features in Data Management are greatly facilitating and enhancing the working ways in CAE processes.
ANSA DM becomes fully customizable, utilizing custom data models. The data handled by ANSA DM extend beyond Parts and Includes to higher level entities, with application-specific attributes and data structure. Additional enhancements include the Direct support of the notion of the “sub-system” for both ANSA and include files. Also, the storage, retrieval and general management of “sub-systems”, can now be performed through the Parts Manager and the Includes.
Custom views on the data of the pool become available in the DM Browser to facilitate direct mining of the necessary information at every moment. New global settings to deal with the conflicts of properties, materials, and sets ids during ‘Change Representation’ have been added. The new option ‘Load Representation’ changes parts representation according to the current one and when this is not available the respective batch meshing scenario is loaded from the DM.
Connections and assembly
Introduction of several new FE representations for solid and beam bolt models as well as for spot-welds and seam lines. Also FEMSITE is supported as an external assembler through the Connection Manager.
TOPO & Geometry clean up
Enhancements in Middle surface extraction have also been made. Extruded parts with sharp edges can now be automatically treated while a new tool called Welding, extracts the middle surface of separate extruded geometrical volumes and then connects them.
The CFD generator is now improved and no macro areas remain unmeshed while automated intersections and proximity closure for watertight model preparation is now offered. A new option is now supported to smooth the noised areas of the FE meshes. Also, Minimum and Maximum target element length limits can be set as meshing parameters.
Through the new Tension function a selected seatbelt component can be tightened by sliding the belt on the body.
The dummy positioning has also been enhanced through contact based positioning and penetration free (soft) angles.
Moreover, several enhancements have been made for the creation of the Protocol curves and for the identification of Target Points for pedestrian analysis.
A new, embedded to Laminate tool, Draping tool has been introduced to predict the woven orientations based on rosette start point and a lock shear angle. Also, solid components are now supported for ANSYS, NASTRAN, and Abaqus model set up. Material orientation is now supported for solid elements for ANSYS. The material orientation vector for solid elements is now drawn with the 3-vector system and the visibility is controlled through the Material orientation option in the Presentation Parameters tab.
Numerous enhancements have been made in the Kinetics tool and the Result viewer.
Models can now be output in ADAMS/Solver Dataset (.adm) format. An option to follow the marker during animation has been added and thickness scale of KIN_CONTACTs supports now absolute values which are useful for bodies that consist of solids that do not have a property thickness.
Additional friction types, the Spatial_Isotropic and the Stribeck have been added to the KIN_CONTACTs.
A new function converts the positions and velocities of the bodies after a kinetic simulation run into transformation matrices and initial velocities keywords for a FE model. The Smooth option has been added in the Shape type list of KIN_CONTACTs.
Tangency assignment on edges or boxes now works with box selection. A new "Latin Hypercube" algorithm has been added to the Design Of Experiments (DOE) functionality, while the option to clear directories before running and entering direct commands, for the solver or µETA, is now available.
The Fit> To Surfs function now works with polygon elements. Boxes handling has also been improved while a New Middle option for 1D Morph and Cylindrical boxes has been added.
New options are now available to define parameters for the Slide Member and Slide Features functions, and to split one member into many groups to slide each group with different vector. The visibility control item is now supported allowing the control of the visibility at a desired step.The user can now convert Morphing Boxes, Hexa Boxes, and Size Boxes into deck box.
- Support of LS-DYNA keywords used for setting up Thermal Analysis.
- The PERMAS. COMPONENTs list now supports the option to merge them for PERMAS.
- The export time for FLUENT files of millions of elements has now been significantly reduced.
- Support of numerous new keywords for ANSYS, including for the LOADSTEP Manager.
For more details about the new software features, enhancements and corrections please, refer to the Release Notes document.