Application Customization Toolkit

The Application Customization Toolkit is available as part of the ANSYS Customization Suite product, which also includes the Workbench Software Development Kit.

Some organizations choose to customize their ANSYS simulation environment to capture analysts’ expertise and know-how as well as give non-expert users access to advanced models. Improving the efficiency of simulation engineers is another benefit of customization, as complex in-house processes can easily be exposed and standardized for daily use.

ANSYS offers several tools for customizing structural mechanics analyses. The APDL language is the foundation of scripting at the solver level, allowing a user to automate solver procedures and get access to the details of the finite element model. The Application Customization Toolkit (ACT) is the tool for customizing the Mechanical interface within ANSYS Workbench.

Capabilities and Benefits of Using ACT

  • Encapsulate a customer's APDL script within Mechanical
  • Create custom entities within Mechanical to incorporate a company’s best practices through menus and buttons — a much more user-friendly approach to exposing complex capabilities
  • Embed third-party applications within Mechanical, ranging from external executables that compute data for pre- or post-processing up to solvers
  • Create tools to manipulate simulation data, such as mesh

Encapsulation of APDL Scripts

Users can create buttons and menus to integrate proprietary APDL scripts and provide complex procedures to more users in the company. Menus and buttons created by users share the same look and feel as any other Mechanical object, as well as the ability to scope geometric entities and manage unit systems. The APDL scripts are also protected from unwanted changes to ensure proper use of the procedures.

Add New Loads and Boundary Conditions

Users can easily create menus and buttons using xml and Python as programming languages. New loads or boundary conditions then appear as regular Mechanical objects with their definitions, including scoping to geometry and definition of parameters. Commands are sent to the solver to include the load or boundary condition in the model's solution. One example of a new condition is inclusion of a specific spatial distribution for a convection in a thermal analysis.

Create Custom Results

Many companies need to evaluate results against specific rules, such as norms. Other organizations have developed their own evaluation tools, such as fatigue estimators. With ACT, you can easily create a new result that is defined through some complex mathematical expression or generated from an external computation.

Integrate Third-Party Tools

With ACT, customers and ANSYS partners can integrate their own simulation solution within Mechanical. The tool enables you to leverage all the standard capabilities of Mechanical, such as bidirectional CAD connectivity, meshing and post-processing, while using your own solution to perform the simulation.