Discovery Live Paves the Way for Rapid Simulation Results

By May 17, 2019June 12th, 2019No Comments

I was recently presented with a unique opportunity to compare the results of full ANSYS CFD simulations with the results obtained using the new ANSYS Discovery Live product, which provides results instantly upon changing the geometry without interrupting a run. I was very pleased and surprised by the speed and accuracy of Discovery Live in this comparison test. I work for Astec, Inc., the subsidiary of Astec Industries that builds asphalt plants. Roadtec Inc., another Astec Industries company, builds asphalt pavers, reclaimers and material transfer vehicles (MTVs). An MTV helps to accomplish non-stop, non-contact paving by offering a continuous supply of Hot Mix to the paver. By separating dump trucks from the paver this way, contractors are able to make a smoother finished road. MTVs are delivered to the job site on a flatbed truck that can reach speeds of 70 mph. Depending on the operator of the flatbed, the MTV might be facing forward or backward, resulting in different air flow patterns around the MTV. These patterns would produce very different forces on the components of an MTV during transport, so it was necessary to ensure that the components would be able to resist these forces no matter the orientation of the MTV on the flatbed. My colleagues at Roadtec approached me initially to analyze the forces on an experimental canopy that is being considered to offer shade and comfort to the machine operator. The canopy is a thin, rectangular, non-metallic shield. Roadtec engineers wanted to make a support for the canopy to ensure that it would not fly off during transport on the flatbed, and needed to know the maximum air forces the canopy would experience in transport whether facing forward or backward. With my experience in running CFD simulations, they turned to me for answers. I used ANSYS Fluent to model and mesh the canopy and run it through a series of CFD simulations at various angles over the course of about five days. I was able to determine the maxim

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