Ansys Twin Builder
An analytics-driven, simulation-based digital twin is a connected, virtual replica of an in-service physical asset — in the form of an integrated multidomain system simulation —that mirrors the life and experience of the asset. Hybrid digital twins enable system design and optimisation and predictive maintenance, and they optimise industrial asset management. By implementing Ansys Twin Builder, you can improve top-line revenue, manage bottom-line costs and both gain and retain a competitive advantage.
Build, Validate and Deploy Hybrid Digital Twin Models
Ansys Twin Builder creates connected, virtual replicas of an in-service physical asset
Ansys Twin Builder is a uniquely open solution that allows engineers to create digital twins–connected, virtual replicas of in-service physical assets. Digital twins enable true predictive maintenance, allowing for cost savings, and the proactive optimization of an asset’s operation. Ansys Twin Builder lets you build, validate and deploy the twin, potentially cutting the time required to create an accurate product model in half. Once deployed, users can expect a 25% increase in product performance, and maintenance cost savings of up to 20% over the product’s lifetime.
Ansys Twin Builder features a wide range of capabilities for modeling and simulation of in-service assets.
- Multidomain Systems Modeler
- Extensive 0D Application-Specific Libraries
- Third-party Tool Integration
- Reduced Order Models (ROMs)
- Embedded Software Integration
- Multidomain Systems Solver with Integrated Post-Processing
- Rapid HMI Prototyping
- System Optimisation Tools
- XIL Integration
- IIoT Connectivity and Twin Verification and Validation (V&V)
- Twin Deployer
- Hybrid Analytics
- Export Web App from Twin Deployer
Multidomain Systems Modeller
Compose your system using multiple domains and languages. Create hierarchical schematics of complex power electronic circuits and multidomain systems. Model with standard languages and exchange formats.
Create hierarchical schematics of complex power electronic circuits and multidomain systems. Model with standard languages and exchange formats.
Extensive 0D Application-Specific Libraries
Twin Builder’s built-in libraries provide a rich collection of components used to create complete system models.
Twin Builder models are easily parameterized to replicate physical component behavior. They include analog and power electronics components; control blocks and sensors; mechanical components; hydraulic components; digital and logic blocks; application-specific libraries for aerospace electrical networks, electric vehicles and power systems; and characterized manufacturers’ components. Twin Builder supports the Modelica Standard Library and Modelica libraries offered by Modelon AB, including libraries for hydraulics, pneumatics, liquid cooling, heat exchangers and thermal power.
Third-party Tool Integration
Twin Builder provides leading support for the Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) standard, enabling you to combine models from a variety of sources into a full system description.
With over 100 tools now officially supporting FMI model export and cosimulation, including GT-SUITE, CarSim, Amesim and Dymola, full-system models can be assembled in Twin Builder to take advantage of its high-performing solvers and links with Ansys 3D physics. Additional interfaces allow the direct integration of C/C++ code and MathWorks Simulink models. Twin Builder models can also be exported for use in FMI-compliant environments.
Reduced Order Models (ROMs)
Twin Builder couples with Ansys’ physics-based simulation technology to bring the detail of 3D simulations, as reduced order models (ROMs), into the systems context to generate accurate and efficient system-level models.
Twin Builder uses ROMs produced from Ansys structural, fluids, electromagnetics and semiconductor products to model mechanical assemblies; electromagnetic actuators and machines; circuit and cable parasitics; thermal networks; and signal integrity. 3D ROMs can be created in Workbench and imported into Twin Builder. ROMs can also be imported from a variety of third-party tools, such as optiSLang. Co-simulation with 3D physics solvers preserves the full accuracy of FEA and CFD for modeling fluid components and flow networks, rigid and flexible-body mechanical assemblies, and electric machines and actuators. Get an easier access to all ROMs in one easy place with the ROM ribbon and gallery.
Embedded Software Integration
Twin Builder readily integrates embedded control software and HMI design to support model-in -the-loop and software-in-the-loop flows for testing the performance of embedded controls with models of the physical system.
Tight coupling with Ansys SCADE Suite and SCADE Display permits interactive monitoring and debugging during software execution. Custom code and third- party controls can be incorporated into a Twin Builder system model through standard interfaces (e.g., FMI) or a robust API.
Multidomain Systems Solver with Integrated Post-Processing
Twin Builder solver technology has been proven through decades of industrial use for multidomain system simulation.
With adaptive time-step controls and sophisticated solver synchronization capabilities, Twin Builder performs efficient and accurate simulation of continuous-time, discrete-time and analog/mixed-signal behaviors. Twin Builder simulations can be executed on high-performance compute resources, and multi-run analyses can be executed in parallel to increase simulation throughout.
Rapid HMI Prototyping
Twin Builder includes a rapid prototyper that enhances the simulation experience with powerful, easy-to-design, interactive graphical panels.
This enables you to create interactive panels using predefined widgets (buttons, sliders, etc.) to interact with the application under test. It empowers model simulation. Early requirements validation is made possible through a variety of features.
System performance can be optimised based on cost functions of specified design variables, using built-in algorithms or in connection with Ansys DesignXplorer and Ansys optiSLang.
Twin Builder provides a full environment for testing system behavior, allowing basic simulation experiments to be performed in the steady-state, time and frequency domains.
Different techniques exist in Twin Builder for integrating software with a physical model, including: cosimulation for model-in-the-loop (MiL) design and tuning of control strategies, and code import for software-in-the-loop (SiL) validation of the real embedded code in the virtual system.
Twin Builder provides links with popular embedded control design tools, including the Ansys SCADE tool suite and MathWorks Simulink.
IIoT Connectivity and Twin Verification and Validation (V&V)
With Twin Builder, you can easily connect your digital twin to various IIoT platforms, to access test and real-time data.
Twin Builder’s built-in APIs provide seamless connection to Microsoft® Azure® IoT, Microsoft Azure Digital Twins , PTC ThingWorx®, SAP Predictive Asset Insights, Rockwell Automation Emulate 3D and Rockwell Studio 5000. Twin Builder can also connect to all other IIoT platforms, including homegrown varieties, allowing you to perform predictive maintenance on your physical asset. You can also easily deploy digital twins with Ansys Twin Deployer. Twin Deployer helps you significantly reduce deployment time by performing V&V on twins, and easily deploying the twin using cloud, edge or offline computing resources. Twin Builder also supports generating images from deployed twins.
Ansys Twin Deployer allows performing validation and verification on Digital Twins to significantly reduce deployment time.
User can build their dedicated library in Twin Deployer to easily reuse and manage your most common components. Easily perform parametric sweeps studies on twin and FMUs in Twin Deployer. With Ansys Twin Deployer, Inspect 3D visualizations with ROM Viewer during simulation, thanks to ROM visualisation generation capability.
Calibrate and tune your simulation model parameters by combining physical and virtual sensors to match data with your simulation outputs.
Fusion Modelling, a new capability to Twin Builder Hybrid Analytics, accurately models the residual between model and prediction, allowing users to capture and include any remaining or missing physics into the digital twin.
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