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This Fundamental Electromagnetics Concepts Learning Track was developed by Dr. Kathryn Leigh Smith at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte in partnership with Ansys. It serves as an e-learning resource for the fundamental concepts of electromagnetics. It starts by introducing the basics of vector algebra, which form the foundation of electromagnetic theory. Advanced concepts such as electromagnetics and magnetostatics are introduced subsequently. This learning track is a precursor to more advanced topics that can further your knowledge of electromagnetics.

How do airplanes fly and stay in the air? How does a streamlined sports car go faster than a bulky truck? This STEM learning track on aerodynamics will let you explore the physics of lift and drag forces. From creating airplane simulations to modeling race cars, Ansys simulation technology is used worldwide to understand lift and drag and create very cool products.

This SimCafe Fluids Learning Track was developed by Dr. Rajesh Bhaskaran at Cornell University in partnership with Ansys. It serves as an e-learning resource to integrate industry-standard simulation tools into courses and provides a resource for supplementary learning outside the classroom. The following courses show how to solve selected fluid flow problems using Ansys Fluent. These tutorial-based courses follow the same high-level steps; starting with pre-analysis and ending with verification and validation. The successful completion of these simulation courses will provide a thorough understanding of how to set up a CFD simulation using Ansys Fluent.

This SimCafe Structures course was developed by Dr. Rajesh Bhaskaran at Cornell University in partnership with Ansys. It serves as an e-learning resource to integrate industry-standard simulation tools into courses and to provide a resource for supplementary learning outside the classroom. This learning track consists of a set of learning modules focused on using Ansys simulations to solve problems in solid mechanics. The learning modules lead you through the steps involved in solving a selected set of problems using Ansys solutions. This learning track not only provides the solution steps but also the rationale behind them. It is worthwhile for you to understand the underlying concepts as you go through the learning modules in order to be able to correctly apply Ansys solutions to other problems.

In this learning track we will start with the discussion of the algorithm used to find the eigenmodes of a given structure and the properties of those modes in Ansys Lumerical FDE. We will then learn about the material database and how to add new materials followed by a detailed discussion of the properties that are set in the Ansys Lumerical FDE solver. Next, we will learn about the workflow for setting up an FDE simulation to find the supported modes of a waveguide and analyze the frequency response of the modes. We will also learn what types of devices and applications can be simulated using the FDE solver, and the types of results that can be obtained using the analysis tools. Finally we will discuss how to run the Ansys Lumerical FDE solver, use the built-in analysis options, get results using the scripting language, and export results. We will also discuss convergence testing for verifying result accuracy.

In this learning track, we will first discuss the basic workflow for EME (Eigenmode Expansion) simulations, and when you should use EME simulations. Then we will cover some background on the calculations performed for the Eigenmode Expansion (EME) method used for Ansys Lumerical EME simulations. Floowing this, we will cover the basic settings of the Ansys Lumerical EME solver region, including the simulation region geometry, cell definition, periodicity and boundary conditions. We will then discuss ports, cells, and monitors. We will also learn how to interpret the results obtained by running Ansys Lumerical EME simulations. Finally, we will discuss the sources of error in an Ansys Lumerical EME simulation and how to verify the accuracy of simulation results by using convergence testing and error diagnostics.

In this learning track, we will first learn how to set up and run an Ansys Lumerical varFDTD simulation of a double bus ring resonator, collect the results and discuss how the results compare to 3D FDTD simulation results. We will then discuss the effective index method used by the Ansys Lumerical varFDTD solver to collapse a 3D geometry into a 2D simulation and highlight some of the differences between varFDTD and a traditional FDTD simulation. Following this, we will discuss the solver region, materials, sources and monitors used in varFDTD. Finally, we will show several example devices and results that can be obtained from the varFDTD solver.

In this learning track, you will learn how to use various types of designs inside the Ansys Electronics Desktop. This learning track gets you started with the Ansys Electronics Desktop. The objective of this learning track is to get familiar with all the available designs.
It covers all the fundamental concepts about designing and analyzing high frequency and low-frequency products and how we can perform thermal analysis on these products. It also covers the basics of the Q3D extractor which calculates parasitic parameters of frequency-dependent electronics products and the HFSS 3D layout which focuses on the layered structures or PCB designs.

This learning track introduces the Ansys Lumerical CHARGE solver which can be used for electrical simulation of semiconductor devices inside the finite-element multiphysics environment. We first discuss the different types of simulations supported by the solver. Following this, we demonstrate the application of the CHARGE solver for steady-state analysis of a simple p-n junction diode. We then discuss various material models used by the CHARGE solver for electrical simulation. This is followed by a discussion of the various simulation objects available in the CHARGE solver such as doping profiles, sources, monitors etc. Finally, we discuss the small-signal AC and transient (time-dependent) simulation mode that the CHARGE solver is capable of.

In this learning track, we will learn about the Ansys Lumerical HEAT solver, which can be used for thermal simulations in the finite-element multiphysics environment. We will start with the physics of the solver as well as its various modes of operation, and discuss some real-world application examples for which the HEAT solver can be used. We will then set up and analyze the flow of heat in a thin film using the HEAT solver. Following this, we will cover useful information about various material models used by the HEAT solver. We will also introduce various simulation objects available in the HEAT solver, such as sources, monitors and boundary conditions. Finally, we will discuss thermal-conductive and transient (time-dependent) simulations that can be performed using the HEAT solver.

In this learning track, we will start by discussing how a script can be used to set up, run and analyze simulations. Then we will introduce the different types of variables available in the Ansys Lumerical scripting environment, how to use the workspace and how to perform operations on the variables. Following that, we will discuss how to manipulate simulation objects using a Lumerical script and learn how to add various simulations objects (structures, monitors, sources, etc.) and set their properties. We will also learn how to use script commands to run a single simulation, run multiple simulations sequentially and use the job manager. We will discuss how to use script commands to access and visualize the simulation results from various simulation objects. Finally, we will learn how to import and export data.