ANSYS Intro

A "Hello World" ANSYS Project

Background

This tutorial is designed to help new users of ANSYS ease into the program.

Preresquisites

ANSYS Setup

Tutorial

  1. The first step of this tutorial is to open ANSYS. Do this by searching for "Workbench" in the start menu. If you want, you can also pin it to your taskbar or create a shortcut to make life easier.

Open Workbench

  1. Next, take a look at the toolbox and find "Static Structural", which is perhaps the friendliest system to work with.

Toolbox

The toolbox should be on the left-hand side by default, if it is missing of you accidentally closed it, use the view tab to open it up.

View Tab

  1. Drag "Static Structural" into the green box that says "create standalone style" and name it whatever you want

Dragged

  1. Double click "Engineering Data" to edit the material. To do this, select "Engineering Data Sources" on the upper left hand corner. Look for a new material to add, such as Aluminum Alloy. Once you've added the material(s) there will be a book icon in the C column of Outline of General Materials. Press "Engineering Data Sources" once more and you can see all the materials being "used" in the project.

  2. Next, we will create geometry. This is basically the shape of the model. We will most likely be importing from SolidWorks, but ANSYS has its standalone geometry maker that we will be using for this tutorial. Double click on "Geometry" and wait for the Spaceclaim window to appear. If this is your first time opening Spaceclaim (the program that creates/imports geometry for ANSYS), you will get a firewall popup that should be safe to accept. Create a 20 mm diameter cylinder that is 80 mm tall.

Cylinder
*Note that the mouse is offset during the recording of the gif

This model saves automatically, so just exit the window when you are done.

  1. The next part will be creating the model. This basically means turing the geometry into a model that can be simulated upon. This means creating a mesh and setting up the material. Again, if a firewall window pops up, just accept everything. To assign a material, click on the materials folder (or any of its children) and then on "Material Assignment." Structural Steel should be the default, but change it to Aluminum Alloy. Next, generate a mesh by right clicking on "Mesh."

Meshandmat

  1. The next step is the setup, which is setting up the problem/simultaion to be solved. It takes place in the same window/program as the model, so it isn't necessary to exit and then double click on "Setup." Click on static structural or any of its children. Under analysis settings, keep adding seconds until at intervals of one until you have 5 steps with the fifth step ending at 5 seconds. Under supports, create a fixed support on one of the circular faces of the cylinder. On the opposite face, add a force (under loads) pushing into the cylinder.

  1. Right-click on "Static Structural" and then on "Solve" until all the lightning bolts go away.

  2. Select "Solution" and add "Total Deformation" from under deformation. Solve again and look at the rainbow popsicle stick you got. You can play around with the graphics options (see below) to change the contours and the edges. Doing this can allow you to see the undeformed model to see proof that compression occured.

Graphics

  1. After that, add another force tangent to the "tube" section of the cylinder. Feel free to put whatever values you want (you can even make them change over the entire five seconds)

Force 2

Now look at the bendy noodle

Noodler

  1. Make a change, such as changing the material back to structural steel (then change the color bar maximum to match the maximum of the previous cylinder). Hey look, steel is stronger than aluminum.

Steel

Assignment:

Now create your own structural simulation (you can just add another system to the same project, see gif below)

New

with your own material, geometry, and setup.

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Up Next:

When you feel ready, check out these other ANSYS tutorials that are more advanced and relevant to this project:
Introduction to ANSYS CFD
Introduction to ANSYS FEA