How Structural Engineering & Analysis Software Expedites Design Decisions
You may already be using your favorite structural engineering & analysis software on a daily basis. More likely, you’ve already figured out how you enjoy using the software and what processes are most efficient for finishing your workload.
But without knowing what’s going on behind the scenes, odds are good you aren’t optimizing software and hardware compatibility.
Below are some of the ways your structural engineering & analysis software keeps you focused on making sound and safe engineering decisions.
Diverse Structural Element Profile
Today’s structural analysis software is packed with predefined profiles for common structural elements such as foundations, columns, slabs, walls, beams, and braces. Internal systems are adept at analyzing how these materials interact and what kinds of loads they are able to carry, then reflect those findings in an intuitive way that allows designers to focus on sifting through geometrical errors and stabilizing structures.
Plus, most software now supports add-ons that allow designers to carry out more complex analyses based on specific materials and needs, such as laminated and insulated glass.
Mechanical and Multi-Physics Problem Solving
Because the utility of a building is just as important as its structure, it’s critical to simulate common fluid and aerodynamic processes before finalizing design work. Heat transfer, acoustics, structural mechanics, and fluid flow enter construction considerations in designs drawn for multiple industries,
and in the interest of global safety and utility, we now count dearly on multi-physics problem-solving methods to help build the next generation of structures.
While the accuracy of these simulations is no replacement for real-world testing, learning how predictable areas of real-world physics react to complex materials and structures helps inform designs that don’t require the levels of redesigning and maintenance structures needed before the digital age (and before rendering and simulation systems were as powerful as they are today).
Advances in User Friendliness
By creating software that enables freshly trained structural engineers and veterans of the profession alike to begin designing on world-class construction projects, we have given rise to rapid progression of structural engineering knowledge.
Novice designers are better equipped to learn fluidly how their design decisions affect and are affected by the materials with which they work and the complexity of their structures. With fewer mistakes to worry about thanks to technology that hunts for and finds flaws, beginners can quickly grasp and reflect on how their designs need improvement.
Such preemptive knowledge truncates workflows, a practice with which veteran designers are already familiar. But they, too, can benefit from the user-friendliness and power of today’s structural analysis & engineering software. Giving professionals the ability to catch design flaws before they happen opens their worlds to types of experimentation they may have previously thought impossible.
For ANSYS, (a leading application) BOXX APEXX workstations are specifically designed to maximize core usage while running vital simulations. With support for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA), you can simulate almost any combination of real-world physics problems and begin to calculate the most efficient ways to overcome them.
Let structural engineering & analysis software like ANSYS speed your design decisions and enable your ideas to come to life with a system ready to handle its most complex physics combinations.