ANSYS makes ‘quantum leap forward’ to incorporate virtual systems prototyping

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ANSYS customers, such as those in electric vehicles, could soon be able to model modelling mechanical, thermal and thermofluid systems, with its existing IEEE-backed VHDL-AMS modelling technology for electrical systems

While model-based design has traditionally focused on a single systems modelling language, ANSYS has moved to expanded this to include electronics, mechanical and embedded software engineering.

ANSYS will incorporate Modelon Modelica, a broadly accepted and open standard for the behavioural modelling of mechanical, thermal and thermofluid systems, with its existing IEEE-backed VHDL-AMS modelling technology for electrical systems and its SCADE technology for embedded software.

“This agreement with Modelon breaks down the remaining barriers to full virtual system prototyping,” said Walid Abu-Hadba, chief product officer at ANSYS. “ANSYS users will be able to fully explore how their product will behave – not at the component level, but as a complete system.
“This quantum leap forward will pay amazing dividends for customers in the future by enabling them to create more innovative products faster than ever.”

The aim of this is to help reduce late-stage integration failures, decrease product development costs and speed up time to market.

The agreement with Modelon give ANSYS customers access to Modelon’s Modelica compiler and Modelica solutions within the ANSYS Simplorer product line.

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Modelon is an expert in solutions for model-based systems and control design, offering a unified picture of subsystem interaction and performance from early in the design cycle all the way to optimal system operation.

With an open standards based platform, it can integrate, customise, and deploy into any CAE tool chain.


In May Ansys bought Spaceclaim, signalling that its aim for “Simulation Driven Product Development”™ (note the trademark).

Read more about this here.

While we’re under NDA on some new technology that’s launching in the next week or so, it’s clear that the integration of a system’s led approach with more classical simulation technologies is perhaps the next frontier. And Ansys made this announcement at an interesting time in the simulation industry


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