Structural Mechanics Simulation with ANSYS Mechanical - FEA, CFD and Explicit Dynamics

Structural Mechanics Simulation with ANSYS Mechanical


ANSYS Mechanical is becoming ever easier to use thanks to its intuitive interface. Prepared analysis templates provide the user with structured workflows, which include complex tasks or multiphysics workflows. On the other hand, the appropriate modelling or the idealization of details, such as contact elements, still require the core competency of the expert simulation engineer. The same applies to other decisions: Where should I define my model limit? Which type of analysis do I choose? What are the boundary conditions and loads? Where is it worthwhile to think about a particular meshing strategy and where is this effort not justified?

This strength of this course is its particular attention to the application of simulation technology to real engineering examples.

Target group:

Whether you are a university graduate, a design engineer or a development engineer, you are looking for the right start to simulation with ANSYS Mechanical. This introductory seminar will provide you with a solid foundation  and the necessary practical skills for a successful structural mechanics simulation in your professional career.


The seminar provides the foundation for the structural mechanics simulation with ANSYS Mechanical and thus for all seminars based on it, such as advanced contact, material, dynamics and temperature.

Day 1:

Principles of using ANSYS Mechanical

Basics of ANSYS Workbench

  • Introduction to the FE-Method
  • Live-Demo (simulation of  a thermomechanically coupled device)
  • Workbench project page
  • Functionality of ANSYS Mechanical
  • Geometry import
  • Material definition
  • Objects and their properties
  • Coordinates Systems
  • Methods for increasing efficiency in ANSYS Mechanical

Day 2:

Task-specific meshing

Stand alone exercise

  • Mechanical simulation of a coolant tank system

Basics and background for meshing

  • Understanding mesh controls & requirements
  • Element types used
  • Selecting an appropriate element size
  • Element sizes for thin structures
  • Global meshing settings
  • Local meshing settings
  • Mesh Based Simplification
  • Mesh Connection Methods

Stand alone exercise

  • Meshing of a truck trailer with shell and volume elements
  • Simulation of a pull bar under loading

Boundary Conditions/FE idealization

  • From the ‘real’ to the computation model
  • Introduction to Boundary Conditions
  • Deformation Boundary Conditions

Day 3:

Boundary Conditions/FE idealization (contd.)

  • Remote Points
  • Nodal Coordinate Systems
  • Introduction to Nonlinear Statics
  • Load Boundary Conditions
  • Inertia Loads
  • Nonlinear Boundary Conditions – Contact

Stand-alone exercises

  • Simulation of a rotating disk

Evaluation of results

  • Assessment of Result Quality
  • Singularities
  • Evaluation in Cylindrical Coordinates
  • Construction Geometry – mapping results to paths and surfaces
  • Probing results




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