To minimize testing and warranty costs and ensure faster time to market, you should know if your product will work in your application environment before you build it. Testing design ideas virtually, using simulation and modeling, is the most efficient way to reduce the risk of costly surprises in the product development and deployment lifecycle. The key to accurate simulation and modeling is a strong grasp on the physics and material properties that govern the behavior of the model. Without that, simulation and modeling can lead to a false sense of security and unexpected failures during qualification testing or field use.

ANSYS-DfR Solutions combines industry-leading ANSYS simulation software, expertise in reliability physics, and physical lab and test facilities to ensure timely and accurate simulations of product reliability. Our simulation and modeling staff are experts in reliability physics who work closely with you to understand your product’s use environment and design details to ensure they incorporate relevant features into the simulation. This time spent planning the simulation minimizes model build times and reduces the risk of inaccurate simulation results.

ANSYS is the only CAE software company to own physical lab and test facilities, which can help ensure the accuracy and applicability of simulation results. While data sheets and material databases can provide general material information, the properties of the specific materials or components of your design may differ from those standards. Equipped with extensive materials experience, ANSYS-DfR Solutions experts can help you identify the material properties that may vary from data sheet values, then use our lab and test facility to measure those properties and ensure the simulation work is based on sound inputs.

Our lab and test facilities also allow for robust validation of simulation results. No matter how detailed, all simulations are simply estimates of how the product will behave in the real world. Before using a simulation to make important design decisions, it useful to validate or tune the simulation to ensure the simulation is sufficiently close to reality. Using our lab and test facility, we can test full products or product subsystems to ensure that the accuracy of simulations is sufficient prior to use for key design iterations and decisions.

ANSYS-DfR Solutions specializes in simulation and modeling work focused on assessing and improving the reliability of electronics. Whether your design includes complex material or structural behavior and interactions; time-varying mechanical, electrical, and thermal loads; or innovative thermal management solutions, the ANSYS-DfR Solutions team has the tools, expertise, and infrastructure to tackle your most demanding product reliability simulations.

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…prediction was borne out in our test results

Micron Technology solicited an FEA-based report from DfR Solutions analyzing warpage in an SSD design. Reporting was well organized, thorough and made it easy for us to comprehend the results. Additionally, Dr. Gil Sharon spent nearly an hour on the phone with me after I had read the report, making sure I understood all points of the analysis and the theories behind them. A couple of months later, Gil’s prediction was borne out in our test results – the process change dramatically improved our temp-cycle reliability. I plan to petition the SSD management at Micron to hire DfR Solutions to advise us on other matters in the near future.

Conner Earl, SSD Hardware Systems Mechanical Design Engineer
Micron Technology, Inc.

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