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Update on Structures

Highlights and experiences regarding the latest Ansys update on structures.

Ansys 2022 R2 - Structures

Here is an excerpt of new features and further developments from the area of structural mechanics.

At a glance

Among the new features in 2022 R2, the following have to be highlighted:

  • Mechanical Toolbar including 14 Add-ons
  • Extended Coupled Field access inside Mechanical
  • Direct Element Embedding Workflow
  • Improved Force Convergence Reference for contact problems
  • Ansys Composite PrepPost for LS-Dyna
  • Machine Learning for Additive
  • Icepack and LS-Dyna usage for Electronics Reliability

in Detail


Ansys Mechanical

  • New intuitively designed, and customizable toolbar for Mechanical Add-ons that empower users to access multipurpose workflows quickly and efficiently. The toolbar includes 14 Add-ons such as the NVH Toolkit, DesignLife Fatigue, and Bolt Tools.
  • Robust workflow improvements with Mode Superposition (MSUP) Harmonic and MSUP Transient facilitate faster workflows and overall solver speed. Updates include cutting data mapping time by 50% and a 4X reduction in overall disk space requirement, helping users cut costs and maintain workspace flexibility.
  • New coupled field simulation in Workbench enables easier workflows for sensor design, MEMs devices and actuators: Joule Heating, Seebeck, Peltier, Joule-Thomson, transient piezoelectric with FSI.
  • Improved Force Convergence Reference for contact problems
  • Unified Contact Detection Method using gauss point, nodal point and surface projection
  • Auto Generation of Spot Weld
  • Hyper Viscoelasticity in Perturbed Harmonic Analyses
  • Direct Element Embedding Workflow for anysotropic structures
  • Inverse Analysis with Orthotropic Materials 


  • Ansys Composite PrepPost (ACP) is now integrated with Workbench LS-DYNA to enable users to analyze composite structures for explicit analyses with layered structures. This workflow supports shell models and assemblies.
  • New integrations between optiSLang Pro and LS-OPT Pro allows users to extend their design optimization analyses by leveraging technology from the two robust optimization tools. These integrations include additional capabilities such as MOP (metamodel of optimal prognosis) that allow users to automatically identify key parameters, saving valuable time and resources
  • Patent pending technology, multi-scale co-simulation, introduces a way for LS-DYNA users to include meso-scale effects from joints with macro-scale structures to analyze the global structural response and simultaneously capture failure responses at meso-scale without compromising accuracy.

Ansys Motion

  • Automated co-simulation workflow with Motion and Maxwell to solve the details of the electromagnetic field and kinematics associated with moving magnets. This workflow enables Maxwell users to easily adopt co-simulation for advanced magnetic latching applications.
  • Facilitate complex scenarios easier and faster with simulation scenario enhancements such as turning off/on model components and contacts over time within the Motion/Mechanical interface.
  • Continued integration with Mechanical for pre and post processing that includes the release of contact post processing for Motion within Mechanical.

Ansys Additive Solution

  • Workflow improvements include the ability to optimize a distortion compensated model within a simple automated workflow, which improves first time right success, along with the expansion of available process simulations through guided workflows and material models for Metal Binder Jet Sintering.
  • Accuracy enhancements include the ability to include Laser Power Bed Fusion (LPBF) scan pattern effects in Workbench Additive. With the consolidation of additive technologies, users now can rapidly increase the fidelity of simulation, capturing localized strain variations in each deposition layer. Scan pattern variations are particularly important in thin wall structures and rapidly repeating laser exposure strategies.
  • Introducing a Machine Learning (ML) model for predicting thermal strain that can result in 10X time savings. Users can now easily explore the benefits of varying process setup parameters such as power, Structures Product Line 2022 R2 Update speed, and scan vector hatching by accessing the full fidelity of capturing process parameter and scan orientation effects without consuming compute resources for long periods of time.

Electronics Reliability

  • New functionality within Sherlock enables users to export thermal results from Icepak and structural results from LS-DYNA into Sherlock for component lifetime predictions, enabling a more advanced closed-loop reliability workflow.
  • Sherlock’s time to failure (TTF) predictions have been updated to minimize the impact of lead strain singularities on prediction algorithms for improved accuracy.
  • The Sherlock parts database now includes advanced material modeling, including improved calculations of properties, new package types, and flexibility when defining electronic components.

Ansys Forming

  • New functionality called, stoning, has been added to evaluate surface quality to replicate the testing process. This new feature enables users to easily find surface lows and smoothness in different orientations.
  • Newly added CAD reader allows users to import native CAD files (UG, Catia v5. Solidworks, Solidedge, Inventor) without converting to IGES files to streamline the workflow between CAD and simulation.
  • Improvements with mesh adaptivity functionality have been added to refine the mesh only in specific regions required for the given geometry. This improvement helps reduce the final number of elements resulting in reduced CPU time to save users simulation time without compromising accuracy.

Ansys Sound

  • A brand-new capability available within the Sound SAS module allows users to calculate power spectral density (PSD) and easily compare frequency levels. In addition, linear Root Mean Square (RMS) level calculations make vibration signal analysis easier to perform.
  • Users can now export comprehensive datasets from the Sound ASDforEV module at the end of the sound design phase and share it with the in-vehicle infotainment system supplier for inclusion in a vehicle series production line.
  • Soundscape rendering within the Ansys Sound VRS module includes new types of sound sources for helicopter flight simulators (including noise sources such as rotor, gearbox, airstream noise, etc.) and other applications


Ansys Mechanical

  • Better utilization and performance with the hybrid parallel technique within the Mechanical solver. This new technique provides more flexibility and efficiency by pushing the limits of user’s hardware, memory, and simulation environment to get the most efficient runs out of a user’s available resources.
  • Pre-stressed Coupled Field Modal and Harmonic analyses for structural-acoustics, structural-electric and Piezo-acoustics.
  • Condense elements into one “super element” with substructure generation analysis. Enables users to represent their model with ROMs (reduced order models) which saves simulation time and encourages sharing models across engineering groups.
  • Faster Postptrocessing, user annotations and result probe labels

NVH Toolkit

  • Increased confidence in correlating test and simulation data with the new NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) toolkit inside Mechanical. Users can easily read in physical test data and compute the MAC (Modal Assurance Criterion) to compare simulation data and physical test data.


  • Continued integration of LS-DYNA technologies in Mechanical to run LS-DYNA simulations more efficiently with improvements in Restart capabilities such as change in Boundary Condition support, and the modification of imposed displacements.
  • LS-DYNA solver continues to add exciting new features in many areas like dedicated Iso-geometric Analysis (IGA) cards, advanced new materials, and material laws for multi-physics applications, which can be used for battery-abuse modeling, electro-physiology, and many more areas.
  • New improvements to Smooth Particle Galerkin (SPG) enables users to achieve more accurate and fast solutions.

Ansys Motion

  • Continued work to integrate Motion into Ansys ecosystem and 3rd party tools, such as FTire. This connection help users to acquire tire data and run their vehicle dynamics jobs directly in Motion.
  • Continued Motion integration into Mechanical - stresses and strains can now evaluated in Mechanical at element nodes to improve result accuracy.
  • Solver performance improvement, up to 50% speed improvement for certain models.

Ansys Additive Solution

  • Introducing Directed Energy Deposition (DED) process simulation to the Ansys Additive Portfolio, providing capabilities from predicting macro-level temperature distortions and stresses to prevent build failures and provide trend data for improving designs for additive manufacturing including part orientation and part build order.
  • Continued improvements for Power Bed Fusion (PBF) process simulation that doubles the solver speed for scan patterns simulation, paired with an expanding material library.
  • Workflow speed improvements that include fully threaded solver support, multi-platform additive wizard support, MAPDL solver enhancements, and now providing a seamless transfer from Additive Products to Workbench and Mechanical
  • The volume of data for additive manufacturing continues to grow. To harness this trend Machine Learning capabilities have been integrated into Granta MI™ for process parameter optimization, data visualization and training. Bringing value to sparse and noisy additive data.

Electronics Reliability

  • Additional insights into PCB thermal performance with high-fidelity PCB models from Sherlock that can now be exported to Ansys AEDT Icepak for thermal analysis simulations.
  • New semi-automated Reinforcement Technology workflow automates many previously manual tasks in Sherlock, such as the assignment of reinforcement material, thickness, and type properties for traces and vias.
  • New GDSII/EDB file import capability allows users to import chip- and die-level models directly into Sherlock as a part of their pre-processing workflow.

Ansys Forming

  • Simulates metal stamping tasks through an end-to-end workflow that allows you to perform the entire die process in a single platform, easy to use GUI, with the fastest solve time.
  • Achieve optimal performance, maintain speed and accuracy, enhance your productivity and cost savings by reducing die cuts and redesign. Highly scalable SMP and MPP performance with LS-DYNA as a solver for metal stamping.
  • Significantly reduce the number of elements during simulation and speed up solve time with smart adaptivity capabilities for users to accurately refine the mesh.

Ansys Sound

  • Optimize acoustic performance and reduce noise annoyance with tonality indicators that can be calculated in display order with the ability to switch order levels. This is especially of interest to customers working with rotating machinery.
  • Fully released FRF (Frequency Response Function) capability allows users to characterize the transfer function of a system by estimating frequency response and minimize the effect of the noise at the receiver. Results can then be transferred to Fluent to filter a simulation result for more a more robust analysis.
  • New capability displays sound loudness (ISO 532-1), one of the mostly used sound quality indicators, as a colormap which enhances analysis capabilities. Users can immediately check the time (or RPM) and the frequency to ultimately reduce noise annoyance.

All information has been prepared to the best of our knowledge. Data without guarantee.

Notes on installation and licensing for Ansys product updates

Installation instructions


Since Microsoft has officially terminated the maintenance of Windows 7 as of 14 January 2020, Windows 7 is also no longer supported by Ansys. For security reasons alone, an update to Windows 10 is recommended.

The software can be downloaded as usual via the Ansys Customer Portal:
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For new customers, a user login is required before downloading. For this registration the current customer number is required.

To download the Ansys software, we recommend downloading the ISO images. With this download option, you will receive all data and do not have to assemble single modules to an installation archive. It is not necessary to burn a DVD, because the downloaded ISO images can also be unpacked with appropriate tools like 7-Zip (please use the latest version!) or WinRAR. Please do NOT use the Windows own Zip Utility or WinZip, because they might not unpack the images without errors. The individual ISO images must always be unpacked into their own folders to avoid overwriting files with the same name.

Further information about the current Ansys Release 2022 R1 is available in the download menu under the item "Getting Started". These notes contain information about the topics: Highlights of Release, Platform Support Documents, Important Notices, Downloads & Prerequisites, Installation;

With Ansys 2022 R1 only 64bit operating systems are supported. This applies to the licensing as well as to the client / server installation of the Ansys software. Further information about platform support is available under the following link:

The Ansys Inc. release notes contain the following important messages:

Compatibility with Previous Releases

Backwards Compatibility: Ansys 2022 R1 was tested to read and resume databases from the following previous versions: 2019 R1, 2019 R2, and 2019 R3, 2020 R1, 2020 R2, 2021 R1. Note that some products are able to read and resume databases from releases prior to 2019 R1. See the specific product sections below for more information. For those products that cannot directly read a 17.x, 18.x, or 19.x database in 2021 R1, first resume it in a supported version and then resume that database in 2021 R2.

Upward/Forward Compatibility: No previous release has the ability to read and resume a database from a more recent release.


In addition to the incompatibilities noted within the release notes, known non-operational behavior, errors and/or limitations at the time of release are documented in the Known Issues and Limitations document. See the Ansys customer site or online Help for information about the Ansys service packs and any additional items not included in the Known Issues and Limitations document. First-time users of the customer site must register to create a password.

For a list of issues and limitations in previous releases that have been resolved in Release 2022 R1, refer to the Resolved Issues and Limitations document on the Ansys Help site.

For the most recent version of the current release's Release Notes document, see the Ansys, Inc. Release Notes section of the Ansys Help internet documentation website.

Licensing information


Before updating the license server, please check if your license key is suitable for this use. The release date of the new version 2022 R1 must be before the maintenance expiration date of the corresponding license increment.

More information about Platform Support at Ansys

For all license keys issued after January 7, 2021 the installation of the new license manager of 2021 R2 is required.

When ordering a maintenance extension, the ASC (Ansys Support Coordinator) automatically receives a current license file. If required please contact our contract department: After each maintenance extension the received license files must be imported to ensure availability of the current licenses and compatibility to newer Ansys versions.

  • "Ansys Common Licensing" (ansyscl.exe) replaces the "licensing interconnect"
  • New Licensing Client Settings Utility ("elastic licensing" supported as failover, reduced license manager upgrades, industry standard "FlexNet Publisher" (FNP) implementation)

The file setupLM.exe was replaced by the -LM command option. This command can be used in connection with setup.exe for both command line and silent installation (example: setup.exe -LM or setup.exe -silent -LM).

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2022 R2 update webinar

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