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Load-driven component design using Ansys Topology Optimization
Automatic generation and validation of an optimal material distribution in each design space under structural mechanical conditions
The development of high-strength materials and the constant demand for cost and weight reduction require new solutions and strategies in the design process of innovative components. The key to an optimal structure is the identification of the relevant load paths. Topology ...
Our offer in detail
This training is offered as a 2 day(s) on-site training
or alternatively as an eLearning training with a total of 2 working day(s) with flexible time management.
01 Load-sensitive optimized Component Design
- Fields of application for topology optimization
- Introduction of optimization methods
- Workflow in Ansys Workbench
- Workshop: 2D-Michell structure
02 Appropriate Formulation of the Optimization Task
- Solid Isotropic Material with Penalty (SIMP method)
- Design space and exclusions
- Objective functions
- Response constraints
- Workshop: Cantilever
03 Understanding Goals and Restrictions
- Workshop: Design space & exclusions
- Workshop: Objective functions and constraints
- Restarting an optimization
- Convergence criteria and their relevance
04 Optimization considering Manufacturing Process
- Analysis settings and penalty parameter
- Meshing recommendations
- Manufacturing constraints
- Workshop: Seat group holder
05 Load Cases and Validation
- Multiple load cases
- Workshop: Engine mount load cases
- Geometry transfer into CAD
- Workshop: Engine mount validation
06 Reverse Engineering: The Way back into CAD geometry
- General workflow
- Helpful tools in SpaceClaim
- 2D Reverse Engineering
- Demonstration & workshop
- 3D Reverse Engineering
- Demonstration & workshop: Seat group holder
07 Stress Reduction
- Workshop: Rocker arm of an internal combustion engine
- Reference simulations and validation
- Compliance and mass restriction
- Mass objective and global stress restriction
- Results and discussion
- Local stress restrictions
08 Overview: Linear Dynamics, Lattice Structures and Assemblies
- Level set: introduction & demonstration
- Linear dynamics: Rocker Arm
- Linear dynamic and static optimization
- Lattice structures
The development of high-strength materials and the constant demand for cost and weight reduction require new solutions and strategies in the design process of innovative components. The key to an optimal structure is the identification of the relevant load paths. Topology optimization is a numerical tool that calculates an optimal material distribution with respect to a predefined design space. Mechanical loads as well as design or manufacturing constraints are considered. In this training course you will learn how to handle your tasks in Ansys Workbench, which enables a structured and intuitive working process for the creation of topology-optimized structures.
Equally important is the updating of the CAD model based on the optimized design: Using Ansys SpaceClaim Direct Modeler, you will practice automatically feeding back the result of the topology optimization into CAD data and preparing it for subsequent steps.
This course is aimed at designers and development engineers. Topology optimization is included in the license scope for all Ansys Discovery and Ansys Mechanical products. In addition, Ansys SpaceClaim Direct Modeler is used with a focus on the facet tab. Basic knowledge of SpaceClaim is not required.
By the end of this training you will know how to formulate the optimization task in a suitable way for structural-mechanical designs, how to prepare the result of the topology optimization on the STL level and how to generate a usable CAD geometry afterwards. Many examples convey these tasks not only theoretically, but also enable a quick transfer of the topics to your own practical tasks.
Dr. sc. ETH Manfred Maurer
Dr.-Ing. Markus Kellermeyer
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Dr.-Ing. Marold Moosrainer
Switzerland / Liechtenstein
Dr. sc. Jörg Helfenstein
PhD Ingénierie mécanique Mickaël Gay
Dr. Paul Lethbridge
Dr. Paul Lethbridge
Frequently asked questions - eLearning
To get a clear impression of our online learning format, we offer you a trial allowing you access to the starting module of an eLearning seminar of your choice. No costs, no cancellation period or anything similar. Moreover, with this free test access you can check all the technical requirements for a smooth learning process. You can easily request the free module from any eLearning course.
Each online seminar day comprises four eLearning modules. You should ideally allow 90 to 120 minutes of uninterrupted learning time for each module. This will allow you to acquire the knowledge provided by a module and to consolidate it through quiz questions and Ansys exercises. By dividing each module into micro learning units, you can also make good use of smaller time windows, such as on your commute.
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