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Trends like the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing and machine learning are merging the physical and the digital world. As products become smarter, companies are also changing the way they manufacture and operate products. These changes are creating an era of pervasive engineering simulation, where simulation takes on a central role in all aspects of the product lifecycle — from concept, to engineering design, through to operations.

Today’s engineers are able to save more time and money by integrating simulation earlier in the design cycle, using digital exploration to explore a larger design space faster before making design decisions and locking in costs. Similarly, simulation is moving downstream into operations, where real-time digital twins provide insight into a product’s real-world performance and maintenance.


Simulation has become more pervasive and ANSYS 18 delivers simulation technology so engineers at any level of experience can now simulate thousands of design variations in a matter of minutes or hours, test their designs, and with digital twin technology, use simulation to monitor real-time product performance in the field.

Current customers can Download ANSYS 18.0 via the ANSYS Customer Portal

If you are not using ANSYS software and would like to know how pervasive simulation with ANSYS 18 can help you design better products and improve your development process while reducing cost and time to market, please Contact Us.

ANSYS has developed a series of webinars that detail the many Simulation Innovations in ANSYS 18. Watch an overview from ANSYS CEO Ajei Gopal, or view deep dives into enhancements in the different physics:

Embedded Software Systems

Digital Exploration
Nearly 80 percent of a product’s development costs are locked in early in the concept phases, making early rapid iterations critical. By performing quick “what-if” analyses, you can study the behavior of a product early in the development process and avoid getting stuck with unworkable designs and rework in the validation stage. Digital Exploration helps you bring innovative products to market faster and less expensively.  

Digital Prototype
Digital prototyping enables designs to be optimized, verified and validated against requirements using structural, thermal, electromagnetic, fluidic, and controls simulation, all of which can be coupled multiphysics or system-level studies. An accurate and comprehensive simulation model can predict the performance of your detailed designs and reduce the need for physical testing. Digital prototypes provide insight into real-world product performance and enable you to rapidly innovate beyond the limits of traditional build-test-break-redesign methods.

Digital Twin
Pervasive engineering simulation isn’t limited to the product development process. A digital twin is a real-time, virtual copy of an actual operating machine that provides insight into individual product performance and maintenance. Sensors on the machine relay operating data — temperature, pressure, flow rate, voltage, loading, etc. — to the digital twin, and the twin evolves in step with the working machine. Therefore, the digital twin can predict conditions long before they happen. The twin is monitored and corrective actions, like replacing a component, can be performed during scheduled downtime, rather than making an untimely shutdown. The collected data can also be used to improve the design of next-generation products.

Explore ANSYS 18 Applications
Expanding simulation beyond its “traditional” role as a validation tool empowers engineers at all levels to digitally explore the “what ifs” of your products, spurring innovation, lowering development and operational costs and improving time to market. ANSYS 18 gives you the tools for pervasive engineering simulation, enabling you to tackle the complexities of designing, manufacturing and maintaining products that bridge both the physical and digital worlds.