ANSYS AIM

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Integrated FEA and CFD multiphysics.

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"Great Integrated Engineering Package"

What do you like best?

ANSYS AIM integrates the geometry manipulation, meshing creation and FEA/CFD simulation into a modern software package. Also the integrated SpaceClaim geometry program is extremely easy to use.

What do you dislike?

Since ANSYS AIM is relatively new integration since several years ago (comparing to the traditional ANSYS Workbench interface), there are many improvements can be implemented.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely try ANSYS AIM if you are a traditional ANSYS Workbench user, the new interface is much better, and the integrated SpaceClaim geometry program is amazing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ANSYS AIM helps me quickly setup and run FEA simulations, once we get familiar with the interface, it is easier to use than ANSYS Workbench.

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ANSYS AIM review by Tomasz T.
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"Wow, this is going to be the next big one"

What do you like best?

ANSYS has packaged in the AIM some of its basic and robust capabilities, in a streamlined logical workflow GUI, slick with consistent details. AIM initially includes linear structural, thermal and electric conduction FEA, and CFD - with the ability to create certain interaction between those simulations, all under one GUI with consistent dialog boxes. Sweet. But the best is yet to come as mature ANSYS capabilities are migrated to AIM like nonlinear structural or topology optimization, and as new capacities are attain by ANSYS like true polyhedral CFD mesh in place of the current one made by aggregating lower order elements.

Another good think is the integration of ANSYS SpaceClaim parametric direct modeling 3D CAD. This tool is already quite good for creating geometry, modifying/de-featuring/repairing/healing for simulation. It also has unique capabilities of working with STL geometry either directly or in hybrid STL-solid approach. There is no known limit to the number of faces in STL file imported to SpaceClaim. There are mesh repair capabilities. That already makes happy the AIM users who need to work on STL files 3D print. But wait - there is more coming: SpaceClaim will have the capability of converting STL regions to CAD surfaces.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing that I really dislike in its current form. And AIM is expected to keep improving. I might few suggestions for GUI: structure and additional capabilities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Put your hands on a demo as soon as you can. Purchase it while early in the development, you will be rewarded with the extras coming later.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Structural and thermal management for LED illumination systems and medical devices.

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ANSYS AIM review by Tan D. T.
Tan D. T.
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"Best and most popular software for Finite Element Analysis"

What do you like best?

User-friendly interface, which allows users to easily navigate through mesh, initial/boundary conditions and solver.

What do you dislike?

The price is high, which limits a lot of students to buy and use in the personal computer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use ANSYS AIM to solve multi-physics problems, which include mechanical and heat transfer phenomena. It simulates properly what we observed from experiments.

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