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ANSYS R13 Update:

Geometry and Meshing

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ANSYS Geometry and Meshing
Advantages

Simulation-focused Workbench-integrated
 Specialized tools for engineering  Seamlessly integrated into
simulation engineering workflows
 Physics-aware meshing methods  Automated update

CAD-neutral Highly automated


 Works with all major CAD  Parametric and persistent
systems and file standards  Advanced meshing methods
 CAD interfaces and file readers which automatically capture detail

Feature Rich Flexible


 Connected to CAD parameters  History-based and direct modeling
and attributes  Automatic to hand-crafted mesh
 DesignModeler, SpaceClaim  WB Meshing and Extended
 Extensive meshing methods and Meshing tools
controls
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ANSYS 13.0
Geometry and Meshing

• Feature release driven by customer requests


• Focused on providing value for:
– More automated and flexible CFD
modeling/meshing process
– More automated and flexible Beams & Shells
modeling/meshing process
– More robust hex modeling/meshing
– Improved performance

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ANSYS Geometry
- 13.0 Update

Shyam Kishor
Ansys Inc.

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13.0 Geometry Enhancements

• DesignModeler Improvements
– Beam and Shell Modeling
– Model Preparation Tools
– Usability and Performance
– Analysis Specific Tools
• SpaceClaim Integration
• Geometry Interface Improvements
– New CAD Readers
– Support for new CAD releases
– Geometry Interface Performance

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DesignModeler
Improvements

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Automatic Surface Extension

• Improved shell modeling:


– Extension groups are
identified based on
user specified gap
– Initial value for the
gap is prefilled
– Visual feedback for
selecting gap
– View and edit options
similar to repair tools

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Joints and Mid-Surface
Improvements
• Improved Mid-Surfacing
– Surface thickness can be assigned at the body level or at the face
level
– Thickness assignment for multiple faces in a single step

• Improved joint handling


– Joint feature now allows selection
of both surface and lines
– Easy to form shared topology
between line and surface bodies

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Visualization Tool to Display
Connectivity

• Edge color based on


number of faces shared
Free – 0 face - Blue
Single – 1 face – Red
Double – 2 faces – Black
Triple – 3 faces – Pink
Multiple – 4 faces – Yellow
• Color choices can be
customized
• Use Share topology to see
MultiBody Part connections

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Easy Visualization of Edge
Connectivity

• Thickness control for


specific edge types
• View options to control
display of specific types

Thick Multiple
Display only Single edges
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Improved Selection

• Both sides
highlighting during
selection
– Easy to view selection
in complex models
Single Side Highlighted Both Sides Highlighted

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Face Split by Points and Edges

• Easy and flexible options


for geometry
decompositions
• Multiple splits in a single
step
Face Splits by Points and
Edges

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Edge Split by Locations

• Split locations can be


specified by mouse click
• Edge direction display is
available for split by
fraction method
• Multiple locations on one Edge Split by Locations
or more edges are
supported
• Split locations can be
modified after the split, by
dragging the split points
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Additional Decomposition Tools

Slice a solid by selecting edge loops Splitting a face by screen locations

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Face Connect

• Ensures shared topology


among faces within user
specified tolerance
– Support for partial
overlap
Connect Faces

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NS Propagation for Improved
Persistence

Yes No

Original Selection
• Yes – Selection
propagates to Yes No
the resultant
entity
Original Selection
• No – The Yes No

selection is
destroyed by the
operation
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Instancing Support in DM

• Instancing support at
the part level
– Instances imported
from external CAD
– Instances can be
defined in DM
• Benefits
– Improved performance
– Identical mesh on
similar parts

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DM Electronics

• Custom tools to
automate model
preparation for
Icepack
– Four levels of
simplification
supported
– Ability to specify
Icepack
primitives

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SpaceClaim Direct
Modeler

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ANSYS SpaceClaim Direct Modeler

SCDM: Direct Modeling

DM: Feature Based Modeling

SCDM Compliments DesignModeler

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Improved Integration with WB

• Data-integrated with Workbench


– SC launched directly from the
project schematic
– Geometry cell now offers two
choices for editing

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Geometry Interface
Improvements

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Supported CAD Versions at 13.0
• Windows (Associative Interfaces)
– Pro/Engineer Wildfire 3, Wildfire 4 and WF 5
– Autodesk Inventor 2010, 2011
– CATIA V5 R18, R19, R20
– SolidWorks 2009 and 2010
– Solid Edge ST1 and Solid Edge ST2
– UG NX 6, NX 7, NX 7.5
– CoCreate Modeling 2008 and CoCreate Modeling 17
– Teamcenter Engineering 2005, 2007, 2008 with UG NX 5 and UG NX 6

• Windows (Readers) • LINUX


– CATIA V5 R18, R19, R20 – Pro/Engineer WF3
– CATIA V4 – UG NX 6 and NX 7.5
– IGES, STEP, ACIS, Parasolid – IGES, STEP, ACIS, Parasolid
– Pro/Engineer WF 3, WF 4 and WF 5
– JT Open
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Gambit Reader for Workbench

• Legacy model support for


GAMBIT databases
– Reads Real (ACIS) geometry
from a Gambit database
– Does not include reading
meshing information
– Edit the geometry in DM
– Mesh the geometry in ANSYS
Meshing

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Faster and Targeted Update

• Model state is compared to


identify changes
• Only changed bodies and
parts are refreshed
• Meshing update is required
only for the changed bodies
• Significant reduction in time
for updating the mesh after
modifying the model

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ANSYS Meshing
- 13.0 Update

Ben Klinkhammer
Ansys Inc.
Erling Eklund
Ansys France.

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ANSYS 13.0 Meshing Advances

Meshing Framework Improvements ►Parameter handling


13.0 Meshing Development

►Direct meshing ►Improved Virtual Topologies


►Selective body updates ►Mesh-based Connections
►Parallel meshing (SMP) ►Improved Named Selections
►Improved memory utilization ►Improved speed

Mesh Controls
►Improved inflation controls ►Improved mapped meshing
►Improved diagnostics tools ►Improved defeaturing controls

Mesh Methods
►Improvements in Shell meshing ►Improvements in Tet meshing
►Improvements in Hex meshing ►Extended meshing:
►Cartesian meshing ►Interactive meshing
►Swept/MultiZone meshing ►Interactive blocking
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Direct Meshing

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Direct Meshing:

• Direct Meshing :
– Bodies can be meshed individually (user has
sequence control)
– Mesh matching across bodies in Multibody-Parts
– Automated meshing can be used at any time to
finish rest of meshing
• Add local control where you want it while keeping the
automation
– When controls are added, only affected body
meshes go out of date
– More extensive mesh method interoperability
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Direct Meshing: Local Meshing

• Individual bodies can be meshed (no need for


suppression as in 12.1)
• Subsequent bodies use the attached face mesh

Direct Meshing allows for more combinations of how to handle the


common interface between bodies

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Direct Meshing: Local Remeshing

• Automated meshing: • Direct meshing:


– Mesh methods and order – On inspection, would like
defined automatically more mesh in some spots:
– Good starting mesh

Add method, inflation or


sizing control and upon
Generate Mesh, only this
body (and any affected
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Direct Meshing:
Selective body updating
• Similarly if only part of the geometry changes:
– Only affected bodies need
to be updated/remeshed

Geometry Refresh –only 1 body is out of date

Face Delete in DM

Generate mesh –only 1 body is meshed

– Significant time savings


on model change
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Direct Meshing:
State Management

• State management: The part/body tree will


indicate which bodies need to be remeshed:
State icons indicate status of bodies.
Body is meshed
Body is not meshed
When mesh controls are added you
will notice that the state changes,
even though the mesh remains
visible.

Body meshes can be


generated or cleared at
body level from the tree

You can also pick the body to


be meshed from the screen

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Direct Meshing:
Ordered Meshing

• Automated meshing • Direct meshing

Layer of tet
mesh required
as topology With Direct Meshing:
changes Mesh thin sweep first,
then mesh rest of model with
Automated meshing

Direct meshing complements the


automated meshing
Thin Sweep Mesh Method can handle this, but the
order the mesh is generated in is critical
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Direct Meshing:
Method interoperability

• Method interoperability between:


– Volume meshing:
• Patch Conforming Tet
• Patch Independent Tet*
• Sweep
• Thin Sweep
• MultiZone*
• Hex dominant
– Shell meshing:
• Default
• Uniform*
* New in 13.0
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Shell Modeling
Improvements

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Shell modeling improvements

• Seam welding
– Edge/Mesh connectivity display
– Mesh connections
• Edge/Face pinch controls

Displays result from mesh


connections

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Connectivity repair tools
Quickly connect sheet models
• DM: Automatic extensions

• Mechanical/Meshing: Pinch controls


On closer inspection
Cleanup of geometry
can be manual, due
to tolerances.
Use pinch controls to
quickly fine tune
models

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Edge splits to guide meshing

• VT edge splits Edge splits introduced to


constrain the mapped mesh
available to help
guide meshing:
Difficult to get a good mesh
with complex wavy curves

Mesh is improved

Edge splits can be further


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Improved default surface mesh

• Default surface mesh improvements:


– advanced size functions to improve
mesh transitions and orthogonality

12.1 Defaults

13.0 Defaults

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Large Scale
Meshing
Improvements

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Large Scale Meshing:

• Better memory management


– Significant improvement for
Patch Conforming tetra
• Speed improvements:
– Surface meshing
– Tet meshing
– Hex meshing
– General (I/O, etc)
• Parallel meshing (SMP) Performance vs. # processors for
patch independent tet

– Patch independent 40
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– Post inflation 36
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– MultiZone 32
Time to
mesh
(min)
– Uniform Quad/Tri 30
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CutCell
Cartesian Meshing

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CutCell Meshing Overview

• Suitable for a large range of CFD applications


– Large fraction of hex cells
– Usually 2-4 times fewer cells compared to tet mesh
• Cartesian based meshing technique
– Creates Polyhedral cells for FLUENT solver
• Similar to patch independent approach
– Automatic edge de-featuring
• Driven by advanced size function
• Supports all pre-inflation algorithms

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ANSYS Meshing R13
CutCell Meshing GUI
• Current Controls
– Physics/Solver CFD/Fluent
– Advanced Size function
• Edge proximity accessible
• Min-size is critical
• Max size is auto-adjusted
– 3D Inflation controls
• Scoped inflation is recommended
• CutCellMeshing (CutCell) controls
– Feature Capture
• Program Controlled = 40 degrees
• Feature Angle:
– Angle = 0 – All CAD features
– Tessellation (faceting) refinement
• Program Controlled = 10% of Min size
– Using New Orthogonal Quality
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CutCell Meshing Examples

Inflation

Baffles

Multi-body Parts
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CutCell Meshing Fluent Project

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Extended Meshing

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Extended Meshing
Extended Meshing Meshing

• New add-on to ANSYS Meshing to provide


Extended Meshing functionality
– Will take standard bundle (or ANSYS Meshing) + add-on
key
– Will only take the add-on key when performing extended
meshing operations:
• ANSYS Extended Meshing enables:
– Running ICEM CFD or TGrid stand-alone
– Running ICEM CFD or TGrid from the ANSYS Meshing
application using:
• Interactive/Batch scripting options for “Write ICEM CFD Files”
• Interactive TGrid as part of CutCell meshing (beta)

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Extended Meshing:
ICEM CFD Interactive

Using ICEM CFD Interactive w/replay control, user can block


out a mesh and commit it back to Meshing
• Options under
MultiZone Method
Change model parameters, and run ICEM CFD in
batch to update parameter change

Yes: Writes ICEM CFD Files for use


in ICEM CFD
Interactive: Runs interactive
ICEM CFD
Batch: Runs ICEM CFD in Batch
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ANSYS Meshing at R13
Interactive TGrid
• Interactive TGrid through CutCellMeshing (using Beta option)
– The current geometry will be read into TGrid in a faceted format and all
CutCell, Size Function and Inflation controls (except Generate Mesh) will
be transferred to the TGrid Session
– In TGrid the faceted geometries can be checked, SF controls modified,
CutCell mesh generated, checked and improved
– You can also add Tgrid’s refinement regions
– Issue (exit-tgrid) in TGrid to return the mesh to ANSYS Meshing or just
continue in TGrid

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Other ANSYS 13.0 Meshing Advances

►Parameters in Meshing ►Better MultiZone meshing


13.0 Meshing Development

►Tied to parameter manager ►Improved Auto-Source selection


►Support for all relevant ►Improved source imprinting
controls ►Memory/Speed improvements
►Improved inflation controls ►MultiZone inflation
►First Aspect ratio ►Program Controlled
►Last Aspect ratio ►Smooth transition
►Less Stair stepping ►Improved Patch Independent
►Improved Named Selections Tet meshing
►Improved inflation options ►Patch Conforming interior mesh
►Multiple selections ►Hard Size Control
►Better defeaturing controls ►Improved mapped meshing
►Global/local
controls ►Show Mappable Faces
►Hole removal options

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ANSYS TGrid 13.0

Erling Eklund
Ansys France

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ANSYS TGrid 13.0

Overview
Dirty Geometry
► Advanced CFD meshing tool meshing
► Source of core CFD meshing
TGrid 13.0 Overview

technology in ANSYS Meshing


► Used mainly in
►Automotive/Aerospace industries

TGrid part of release 13.0


►Release with ANSYS products
►Included in ANSYS installation
►New license structure

Key Themes
►Strengthen TGrid for existing users
High Fidelity
►Enhance technology shared with meshing
Workbench
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ANSYS TGrid 13.0 Technology

CutCell Meshing
TGrid 13.0 New Development

►95% Shared with ANSYS Meshing (AM)


►Geometry and mesh manipulation
►Extended Size Function Control
►Local size function
►Meshed Size Function
►BOI support
CutCell using
Prisms (pre-inflation) pre-inflation
►Reduced stair stepping (AM)
►Improved Baffle handling
►New Post smoothing
►Normals by material point
Process improvements
►Domain definition by material point
►Improved topology checks
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TGrid 13 HexCore and Wrapper

New HexCore Features


TGrid 13.0 New Development

►Cartesian Core extending to


►Planar Boundaries
►Specific Coordinates
► Speed improvements
► Cavity remeshing

Wrapper improvements
►Improved feature capturing
►Extended hole/leak management
►Underhood related improvements
►Easier MRF zone definition
►Hole patching with CFD mesh

Check out the Underhood template


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ANSYS ICEM CFD
13.0 Improvements

Simon Pereira
Ansys Inc.

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ANSYS ICEM CFD Extends ANSYS
Meshing Capabilities With Power To:
Flexible geometry tools and
Mesh from robust patch independence
>250 ►Dirty CAD, Third Party Geometry, etc.
Million

ICEM CFD 13.0 Overview


Cells ►Faceted Data, Scan Data, STL
►Combinations of CAD, Facets & Mesh
Efficiently Mesh large/complex models
►Greater
• High than
powered 20 million
meshing cellswith low overhead
methods
• Extensive
►Extended meshcontrols
Meshing controlsto distribute mesh
Structured Hexa mesh
Hexa mesh
►Structured
• Automatic or Unstructured
O-grid tool
• Advantages
►Advancedofblocking
topology control
layer
Extended mesh diagnostics
Advanced Interactive Mesh Editing
• Flexible, Nodes follow geometry features
Interactive
Mesh Output to a wide variety of solver formats
Editing
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ANSYS ICEM CFD 13.0
13.0 ICEM CFD Development Themes
► Enhance ANSYS ICEM CFD
► customer request driven
ICEM CFD 13.0 Focus

► Enhance technology shared with


ANSYS Meshing
► Tetra/Prism, Quad & MultiZone
ANSYS ICEM CFD Development Elliptical Smoothing

►Bug fixing
►Hexa improvements
►Smoothing, SMP
►Mesh diagnostic/editing advances
►Process and interface streamlining
►Output format updates

Over 200 defects & feature requests resolved for 13.0


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Improvement highlights
General Orthogonal Smoothing
•Overall GUI speedup Normalized Display Test Results
Hybrid Mesh (CFD)
•Multi-Threaded (SMP) Meshing methods
ICEM CFD 13.0 Highlights

Speedup factor between


and smoothing Element Type
12.1 and 13.0
•Process improvements HEXA_8 ~30 times
•Scripting enhancements QUAD_4
TETRA_4
~20 times
~10 to 20 times
•New “ANSYS Extended Meshing” product PENTA_6 ~20 times
TRI_3 ~3 times
Hexa/MultiZone
•Smoothing enhancements
•Selection Tool Enhancements Workbench
Orthogonal
New
Merge Diagnostics
Meshes
•Improved Edge Param and Settings behavior
•Improved Block type conversion
•Improved Sweep
•Free-block baffles
Mesh Editing
•Improved hybrid mesh merging, split prism, etc.
•New & improved diagnostics
•Defect reductions
Etc… Contact your Staff member for details
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Conclusions

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ANSYS Geometry and Meshing
Advances

Simulation-focused Workbench-integrated
Introducing ANSYS 13.0

 Shell and beam improvements  Data-integrated SpaceClaim


 Mesh connections  More parametric control of
 Improved physics preferences meshing

CAD-neutral Highly automated


 New readers  Improved performance
 Updated CAD system support  Improved memory usage
 SpaceClaim  Smart updates

Feature Rich Flexible


 CutCell Mesh method  Direct Meshing
 Topology diagnostics  Extended Meshing
 Extensive hex modeling/meshing  CAD and Mesh defeaturing tools

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