Methods for Generating Probabilistic Rough Surfaces in ANSYS

Mary Kathryn Thompson, J.M. Thompson

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Surface roughness can affect the performance of components and systems in a wide variety of fields including tribology, fluid sealing, heat transfer, electronic packaging, dentistry, and medicine. However, the surface geometry of many components and systems is not always known and cannot always be measured. This paper presents methods for generating, using, and operating on nonuniform variates for the incorporation of probabilistic rough surfaces in ANSYS. These techniques, combined with the ability to model real surfaces in ANSYS, can be used to help researchers in material science, mechanical and electrical engineering, and beyond to better understand micro scale surface phenomena.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th KOREA ANSYS User's Conference
Number of pages12
Publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event20th KOREA ANSYS User's Conference - Gyeongju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 9 Sept 201010 Sept 2010


Conference20th KOREA ANSYS User's Conference
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


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