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Update on Structures

Highlights and experiences regarding the latest Ansys update on structures.

Ansys 2022 R1 - 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 R1, the following have to be highlighted:

  • NEW Ansys Forming (LS-Dyna solver)
  • NEW Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) Toolkit
  • Evolution of the LS-Dyna integration in Mechanical
  • Fast and efficient transient simulations with Ansys Motion (Mechanical look and feel)
  • Direct Energy Deposition (DED) for Additive Manufacturing (AM)
  • ML based material parameter identification for AM

in Detail


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:
Software Download

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).

Questions about licensing?

Please send us an e-mail and we will answer your request as soon as possible.

2022 R1 update webinar

We recommend that you participate in the CADFEM Ansys 2022 R1 update webinars on structural mechanics.

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