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ANSYS Discovery AIM

Upfront Simulation

Up to 80% of the cost of a product’s development is determined by the decisions you make early in the design process. Upfront simulation is digitally exploring design concepts and testing critical design choices early in the product lifecycle using simulation. Upfront simulation gives you the information to make informed decisions, reduce costly physical prototypes, and avoid unworkable designs down the road. Upfront simulation helps you bring innovation to market faster and less expensively.

Design Engineering

ANSYS Discovery AIM makes upfront simulation easy by combining intuitive, guided workflows, accurate simulation results and optimization in a complete simulation tool. Integrated geometry modelling based on ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim technology helps you create new 3D concept models, or edit/repair existing geometry. Whether a simulation includes electromagnetics, thermal, structures, or fluids or combinations thereof, all aspects of simulation workflow are included in the single-window design, which enables you to predict complete product performance with results you can trust. Discovery AIM’s powerful parametric and optimization capabilities can automatically explore the design space thoroughly and find the best design faster.

Customized Solutions

ANSYS Discovery AIM makes it easy to deploy simulation throughout an engineering organization. You can customize Discovery AIM’s user interfaces to comply with your company’s standards for simulation, and create simulation templates for your unique industry applications. Because Discovery AIM includes fluids, structures, thermal and electromagnetics simulation capabilities, engineers only need to learn one tool, reducing training time and costs.

Ways to Access AIM Technology

The AIM technology can be accessed through the ANSYS Discovery Ultimate Bundle to get all the benefits and features of Discovery AIM, along with Discovery Live instant simulation and Discovery SpaceClaim geometry modelling in one package. It can also be accessed through the ANSYS Mechanical Enterprise, ANSYS CFD Enterprise, and multiphysics bundles.

ANSYS Discovery AIM Capabilities

Guided Simulation Workflows

Discovery AIM’s guided simulation workflows and highly intuitive user interface streamline the setup and execution of engineering simulation, making it easy to apply simulation early in the design process, when it can be used for critical design decisions. Discovery AIM’s templates guide you through the entire simulation process and automate many of the routine steps, enabling you to focus on the engineering. The visual cues and guides included in Discovery AIM user interface help you to quickly identify and navigate to model inputs that require attention. You will spend less time learning — or, for infrequent users, relearning— and operating the software, making you more productive.

Integrated Geometry Modeling

Discovery AIM integrates ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim technology to give you the best geometry modeling tools in the industry. Discovery SpaceClaim enables you to rapidly create, edit and repair geometry and evaluate design changes. You can import and edit geometry from any 3D CAD system and quickly prepare it for engineering simulation; easily suppress unwanted parts; simplify geometry by removing unnecessary details, such as small fillets or faces, to simplify the generation of a high quality mesh; rapidly repair dirty geometry to create watertight solids; and easily extract fluid volumes from complex solid assemblies. Discovery AIM also lets you evaluate multiple design variations by setting adjustable parameters on any geometry, or enlist the built-in optimization engine to find the best design automatically.

Proven Simulation Technology

Discovery AIM is based on trusted ANSYS technology for all the steps of upfront simulation — model setup, meshing and physics solution — enabling reliable and accurate fluid, structural, thermal, electromagnetic and multiphysics simulations.

Fluid flow: Accurately simulate key fluid flow problems such as reducing pressure drop, calculating lift and drag coefficients, evaluating fluid loads and predicting flow behavior.

Static stress: Analyze static deflections and stresses for complex parts and assemblies using static stress analysis, including nonlinear contact, structural joints and large deflections.

Modal analysis: Determine, with proven modal analysis, the natural frequencies and vibration characteristics of your product designs to fully understand product longevity and durability.

Electromagnetics: Rapidly simulate static magnetic fields and current conduction to accurately evaluate the electromagnetic performance of your designs.

Thermal: Ensure your designs perform properly within their expected temperature ranges by accurately simulating thermal performance.

Polymer extrusion: Reduce trial-and-error iterations and quickly troubleshoot unexpected problems when simulating polymer extrusion processes and evaluating die designs.

Robust Design Optimization

Discovery AIM’s powerful design exploration and optimization capabilities help you to make informed design decisions and optimize your product designs. Discovery AIM includes ANSYS DesignXplorer technology, so you can explore your design space rapidly and thoroughly, and automatically optimize your product designs. By varying parameters from CAD, material properties, boundary conditions and simulation results, you can quickly set up and evaluate multiple design variations to drive design of experiments, goal-driven optimization and Six Sigma analysis.

Flexible Custom Applications

With Discovery AIM’s customization capabilities, you can incorporate your company’s best engineering practices into your simulation process to ensure consistency and accuracy within your organization. Discovery AIM includes journaling and scripting based on Python, which enables you to record, customize and replay your simulation. Any simulation can be used as the basis for a replayable user-defined template, and custom physics objects and loads can be used to tailor the simulation definition to specific processes. Discovery AIM’s automation and customization capabilities are particularly useful for creating products that must adhere to safety or manufacturing standards.

Interoperability for Engineering Collaboration

Discovery AIM uses the same proven ANSYS solver technology as ANSYS CFD and ANSYS Mechanical, so you can trust your results. Design engineers and simulation analysts can work closely together to troubleshoot problems or perform deeper investigations because both use the same ANSYS flagship products. Overall, Discovery AIM brings ANSYS solver technology to design engineers through easy-to-use, guided workflows and makes it simple for them — or the analysts they collaborate with — to overcome challenges using Discovery AIM model data.