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Structural Mechanics

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Features Structural Mechanics Solutions for Better Designs


and Shorter Design Cycles
Structural Analysis
4 Static analysis To stay competitive, meet customer demands and develop innovative and reliable products
4 Modal analysis in ever-shortening design cycles, designers and engineers require simulation tools that
4 Harmonic analysis offer best-in-class integrated solutions. ANSYS structural mechanics solutions offer
4 Transient analysis simulation tools to solve challenging engineering problems and create better products.
4 Spectrum analysis
4 Buckling analysis Functionality that Meets the Needs of Today’s Industries
ANSYS structural mechanics solutions offer products and capabilities that meet the
Geometric Nonlinearity demands of today’s industries with:
4 Large strain
• Better design through innovation: Advanced analysis capabilities offer better
4 Large deflection
insight into product design and performance, leading to increased quality, lower costs
4 Stress stiffening
4 Spin softening
and fewer rejected products.
4 Coriolis effects • Lower costs and shorter cycles: Tighter product integration between geometry,
meshing, simulation and optimization offers a one-stop solution for end users with
Contact Definitions reduced software training costs and shorter development cycles.
4 Surface-to-surface • Optimized solutions and less prototyping: The parameterization capabilities of
4 Node-to-surface ANSYS structural mechanics solutions allow users to easily iterate on design changes.
4 Node-to-node Design analysis studies and optimization are available.
4 Beam-to-beam
4 Beam-to-surface The ANSYS structural mechanics family of products offers an unequalled depth of analysis
4 Deformable-deformable from concept simulation to advanced analysis; its unparalleled breadth of simulation capabili-
4 Deformable-rigid ties ranges from linear to nonlinear coupled-physics analysis. With a full complement of
linear and nonlinear elements, material laws ranging from metal to rubber and the most
Contact Formulations comprehensive set of solvers available, ANSYS simulation tools are applied widely across
4 Penalty industries by users, from design engineers to advanced analysts. Additionally, the adaptive
4 Augmented Lagrange
architecture of ANSYS software tools provides you with the flexibility for customization
4 Assembly contact (MPC)
and interoperability with other tools such as in-house codes or third-party software.
4 Lagrange multiplier
4 Mixed Lagrange and penalty
Crack-tip analysis of an
impeller blade with a
Contact Properties hex-dominant and an
4 Contact with friction embedded penny crack
4 Thermal contact mesh for failure evalua-
4 Electric and magnetic contact tion due to fracture
4 Spot welds Courtesy of PADT Inc.

Boundary Conditions
4 Solid and FE model BCs
4 Initial conditions
4 Tabular and function loads
4 Structural and thermal loads
4 Prestress loads
Features Faster and Better Designs with ANSYS Structural Mechanics Solutions
The mechanical simulation interface based on the ANSYS® Workbench™ platform enables
Material Modeling users to model all applications, from very simple to very complex. The interface can take
4 Linear elasticity weeks out of a computer-aided engineering (CAE) process by eliminating manual file transfer,
4 Inelastic and result-translation and reanalysis time.
• Rate independent
• Rate dependent Within this highly productive environment, the user will benefit from very advanced technologies:
• Non-metal plasticity
• Superior CAD integration • Automatic meshing capabilities
• Shape memory alloys
Parameters, bidirectional link to all Tetra, sweep-hex, shell, thin-solid,
• Cast iron
4 Hyperelasticity
major CAD systems hex-dominant
(isotropic/anisotropic) • Automatic contact detection • Advanced solver capabilities
4 Viscoplasticity and viscoelasticity Large assemblies, mixed shell-solid- Sparse, iterative, supernode, distributed
4 Creep and swelling beams, joints HPC
4 Piezoelectric
4 Density, specific heat, thermal • Customization and scripting • Comprehensive post-processing
expansion GUI customization, ANSYS® Mechanical™ Custom results, linearized stress, path
4 Thermal and electric conductivity APDL user mat, user elements plots, etc.
4 Material damping
4 User materials • Knowledge capture • Automatic reports
4 Temperature-dependent properties Wizards, templates, project schematics Integrated reporting, PowerPoint, Word,
HTML

Structural analysis of a human


vertebra subassembly
Image courtesy Materialise NV

Element Technology
4 2-D, 3-D structural solids
4 2-D, 3-D thermal solids/shells
4 Structural shell elements
4 Structural beam elements
4 Structural pipe elements
4 Structural solid shell elements
4 Generalized 3-D axis-symmetric
elements
4 Gasket elements
4 Elbow elements
4 Pore-pressure elements
4 Coupled-physics elements The modern, easy-to-use interface of the mechanical application in the ANSYS
Workbench platform has advanced tools like automatic joint-detection seen in this
4 2-D, 3-D surface effect
aircraft landing gear assembly.
4 Spring/dashpot elements
4 Joint elements
Unparalleled Breadth of Capabilities to Simulate Any Mechanical Model
4 Rebar/reinforcement elements
4 User elements
ANSYS structural mechanics solutions offer a broad spectrum of capabilities covering a range
of analysis types, elements, contact, materials, equation solvers and coupled physics all targeted
www.ansys.com toward providing insight into, and solving, complex design problems.
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Modeling Operational Conditions: A Wide Variety of Analysis Types Features


The ANSYS structural mechanics software portfolio offers a variety of analysis
capabilities such as static, modal, harmonics and transient, and linked analysis Thermal Analysis
types such as prestressed modal, brake squeal and random vibration analysis. 4 Steady-state and transient
4 Conduction
Vast Library of Elements, Materials and Contact Solutions 4 Convection
To represent complex real-world geometries, ANSYS structural mechanics solutions offer: 4 Radiation
4 Phase change
4 Mass transport
• Support for a range of elements including beam, shell, solid and solid-shell elements. In addi-
4 Fluid elements
tion, pre-tension, joints, gasket, rebars/reinforcements and other special elements are available

• A range of linear and nonlinear material models to handle composites, plasticity in metals,
hyperelasticity of rubber components and specialized materials including cast iron, shape
memory alloys, porous-elasticity and cohesive zone models

• A robust and complete set of contact capabilities for surface-


surface, line-surface and line-line contact for flexible and rigid Image courtesy ZF Boge Elastmetall
bodies; contact behavior can account for constant or orthotropic
Coupled Physics
friction as well as sliding behavior and is applicable for structural,
4 Thermal-structural
thermal and multiphysics contact applications; fast, automatic 4 Acoustic-structural
contact detection backed by powerful algorithms allows for fast 4 Thermal-electric
and accurate solving of models involving contacts 4 Piezoelectric
4 Acoustics
• Simulations also can be extended to a set of comprehensive multi-
physics capabilities including thermal-stress, electro-mechanical, Optimization
structural-acoustics, mass diffusion and thermal-fluid analysis Displacement plot of a 4 Design optimization
high performance seal 4 Topological optimization
Advanced Modeling 4 Probabilistic design
ANSYS structural mechanics solutions offer advanced modeling for rotordynamics 4 Variational technology
4 Parametric simulation
applications, flexible multibody dynamics, adaptive meshing and 2-D rezoning.

Tailoring the Solver to the User’s Needs: Customization and Scripting


Customization through user-defined elements and user materials provides the flexibility
to extend the capabilities of ANSYS structural mechanics solutions for a wide range of
applications. Advanced users can also benefit from ANSYS Mechanical APDL provides
a rich set of scripting capabilities to perform entire
simulations from pre-processing to post-processing,
automate processes or access advanced features
and solver settings. ANSYS Mechanical APDL
4 If-then-else constructs
4 Do-loop features
Solving Large Models Efficiently
4 Array parameters
With Distributed ANSYS, the entire solution phase 4 Array parameter operations
runs in parallel, including stiffness matrix generation, 4 Macros
linear-equation solving and results calculations in 4 Trigonometric functions
both shared and distributed memory processing. 4 Parametric modeling

Additional advanced techniques like component


mode synthesis (CMS), cyclic symmetry analysis and
submodeling techniques also help to handle large ANSYS Release 12 extends scalability
of distributed solvers from desktop
models efficiently. www.ansys.com
workstations to large-size clusters
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Features Engineered Scalability


ANSYS structural mechanics solutions offer a range of products that help users meet
current requirements and plan for a seamless upgrade path for future needs.
Additional Features
4 Cyclic symmetry analysis
ANSYS® Mechanical™ software offers a comprehensive product solution for
4 Rotordynamics
structural linear/nonlinear and dynamics analysis. The product
4 Flexible multibody dynamics
4 Submodeling
offers a complete set of elements behavior, material models and
4 Adaptive meshing equation solvers for a wide range of engineering problems. In
4 CMS addition, ANSYS Mechanical software offers thermal analysis and
4 CMS for large rotations coupled-physics capabilities involving acoustic, piezoelectric,
4 Substructuring thermal-structural and thermal-electric analysis.
4 2-D rezoning (hyperelasticity/
plasticity) ANSYS® Structural™ software addresses the unique
4 Rigid-body dynamics (ADAMS) concerns of pure structural simulations without the need for Linear dynamic analysis
interface a large number of extra tools. The product offers all the power of a semi-submersible
of its nonlinear structural capabilities — as well as all its linear capabilities — in order
Solvers to deliver the highest quality, most reliable structural simulation results available.
4 Iterative
4 Sparse direct ANSYS® Professional™ software offers a first step into advanced linear dynamics and
4 Distributed sparse the nonlinear capabilities of mechanical solutions from ANSYS.Two versions of ANSYS
4 Distributed PCG Professional are available: ANSYS Professional NLT with linear structural and dynamics
4 Distributed JCG capabilities and a nonlinear thermal capability, and ANSYS Professional NLS with linear
4 Eigensolvers structural dynamics and thermal capabilities as well as a basic structural nonlinear capability.
• Block Lanczos
• Subspace ANSYS® DesignSpace is an easy-to-use simulation software package that gives
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• Reduced designers tools to conceptualize, design and validate all their ideas right on the desktop.
• QR-damped ANSYS DesignSpace software, a subset of the ANSYS Professional product, enables users
• Unsymmetric to easily perform real-world static structural, thermal, dynamic, weight optimization, vibration
• LANPCG mode and safety factor simulations without the need for advanced analysis knowledge.
• SNode
Our solutions allow knowledge transfer from experienced analysts to less experienced
while maintaining high-quality simulation standards.Whether from a one-man company or a
large-scale enterprise, ANSYS structural mechanics solutions allow users to adapt the
technology to their needs.

The ANSYS Advantage


With the unequalled depth and unparalleled breadth of our engineering simulation solutions,
Additional Modules companies are transforming their leading edge design concepts into innovative products and
4 ANSYS® DesignModeler™ processes that work.Today, 97 of the top 100 industrial companies on the “FORTUNE Global
4 ANSYS® DesignXplorer™ 500” invest in engineering simulation as a key strategy to win in a globally competitive
4 ANSYS Rigid Dynamics environment.They choose ANSYS as their simulation partner, deploying the world’s most
4 ANSYS Mechanical HPC comprehensive multiphysics solutions to solve their complex engineering challenges. The
4 ANSYS® Fatigue™ engineered scalability of our solutions delivers the flexibility customers need, within an
architecture that is adaptable to the processes and design systems of their choice. No
wonder the world’s most successful companies turn to ANSYS — with a track record of
almost 40 years as the industry leader — for the best in engineering simulation.

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