Date : Tuesday, 4th February 2020 Time : 09:30

Venue : CADFEM London


Introduction to Structural Analysis using Ansys Workbench Mechanical

Duration: 2 days


The course consists of a continuous workshop, in which students will replicate what the lecturer is doing interactively. Students are encouraged to ask questions as the workshop proceeds.

For virtual courses, students are encouraged to work on local machines, though we can provide access to machines on the cloud, via our portal to Amazon Web Services. Temporary licence files can be provided for student machines for the duration of the course. A test session may be arranged for students to test the viability of their internet connection.


  • Introduction to ANSYS Workbench
      • The Workbench GUI
      • Definition of material properties (Engineering Data application)
      • Importing geometry and other data from CAD
      • The Mechanical GUI
  • Linear static structural analysis
      • How to define the properties of the geometry
      • Material allocation
      • Rigid bodies
      • Point masses/Distributed mass/Surface coatings
      • Use of symmetry
      • Named Selections
      • Loads and boundary conditions
      • Postprocessing
      • Contour and vector plots
      • Averaged and unaveraged stresses – mesh quality checking
      • Using probes for force reactions
      • Stress Tools for plotting safety factors
      • Inserting interactive figures and automated report generation
      • Solution combinations
      • Archiving the project
  • Meshing
      • Improving the default global mesh settings
      • Use of selected local meshing tools
  • Contact
      • Modelling contact regions
      • Controlling the automatic creation of contact regions
      • Important contact region settings
      • Scoping
      • Type of contact (e.g. bonded, frictional)
      • Formulation
      • Stiffness
      • Pinball region
      • Threaded contact
      • Overview of joints and springs
      • Using the Contact Tool to check the initial contact settings
  • Non-Linear static structural analysis
    • The Newton-Raphson procedure
    • Using the Analysis Settings
    • Step controls
    • Automatic substep/time stepping
    • Solver type
    • Large Deflection
    • Restart controls
    • Output controls
    • Using Newton-Raphson Residual plots to diagnose convergence problems
    • Using the Bolt and Contact Tools for postprocessing


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