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Structural mechanics
Structural mechanics

Structural Mechanics Simulation with Ansys Mechanical


Training eLearning Basic

This course is your introduction to structural mechanics with Ansys and the perfect foundation for all further Ansys Mechanical courses. This training is offered as a 4-day course or alternatively as a self-paced eLearning course.

4 days


Software used
Ansys Mechanical

  • Acquiring proven and practical work methods in Ansys Mechanical
  • Understanding the options for risk minimization and coverage
  • Being able to estimate larger component groups under prestressed conditions
  • Being able to correctly assess & interpret the results


Explore the world of structural mechanics simulations with Ansys Mechanical, an intuitive software that offers off-the-shelf analysis templates for structured workflows. As an engineer, you are tasked with making crucial decisions - from appropriate modeling and idealization of details to setting model boundaries, choosing analysis types, and applying boundary conditions, loads, and particular meshing strategies. Our training will provide you with the necessary background knowledge and practical examples to master these challenges.

Our basic training is specifically tailored to the needs of graduates, design engineers, and development engineers. It provides you with a solid foundation and practical skills needed for successful structural mechanics simulations. Our best-practice tips will help you get started quickly and lay the foundation for all further structural mechanics training.

Take this opportunity to expand your skills and further develop your knowledge in the field of structural mechanics simulations. 

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Detailed agenda for this 4-day training

Day 1

01 Introduction to simulation with Ansys Mechanical

  • An overview of the Ansys world and when you should use simulation
  • Brush up on the key points of the finite element method
  • Use the right licenses and practice the project scheme
  • Bidirectional work with a CAD program
  • Guided workshop: Efficient geometry update for fast updated simulation results

02 Meshing fundamentals

  • Introduction to meshing
  • Important background knowledge to understand what a “good” mesh is
  • An initial detailed introduction to the simulation environment
  • Create initial meshes to calculate common tasks
  • Demo: The most important mesh settings
  • Workshop: Become confident in meshing and assess influence on results

03 Loads and boundary conditions

  • Learn about additional GUI functions
  • The most common boundary conditions for structural mechanics tasks
  • What to consider for a proper support
  • Comparative examples for suitable and problematic boundary conditions
  • Demo: Definition of typical boundary conditions using the example of a bracket
  • Workshop: Applying the knowledge acquired using the example of a tensile collet

04 Fundamentals of evaluation

  • Using the interface to evaluate results
  • Evaluate deformations, strains and stresses
  • Contrast, compare and evaluate results
  • Exporting the results, e.g. to create a report
  • Demo: Using the most important evaluation options
  • Workshop: Simulating and evaluating a connecting rod

Day 2

05 Material definition and parameterization

  • Fundamental material data and information on where to obtain it
  • Which material parameters you need and what they mean
  • Using parameters to flexibly design a simulation
  • Introduction to batch processing with defined parameter lists
  • Demo: Learn about the material library and parameterization of a tensile collet
  • Workshop: Optimization of a tensile collet using a parameterized simulation

06 Bonded contact and shared topology

  • Quickly and reliably connecting components with contact conditions
  • Background information for a basic understanding of bonded contacts
  • Connecting components using continuous meshes
  • Pros and cons of contact-connected and mesh-connected assemblies
  • Demo: Get to know the connection options for components in an assembly
  • Workshop: Apply connection techniques to the transmission housing of a tractor

07 Frequently used boundary conditions for more flexibility

  • Additional boundary conditions for supporting and loading models
  • Advantages of boundary conditions with remote points
  • Replace components with point masses and springs
  • Comparative tasks to understand possible sources of errors
  • Demo: Get to know specific boundary conditions using the example of a bracket
  • Workshop: Apply advanced techniques when modeling a bracket

08 Evaluation options to check results

  • Recognize and understand stress singularities, and establish remedies
  • Set up force and moment balance across section planes
  • Discover even more evaluation flexibility
  • How to proceed after the stress evaluation
  • Demo: Analyzing simulation results in detail
  • Workshop: Advanced techniques for evaluating results using the transmission housing of a tractor

Day 3

09 Sub-models and modal analyses

  • Process data using system links on the project page
  • Evaluate details of a large model using sub-modeling
  • Entry into linear dynamics: Calculate a component group using model analysis
  • What natural frequencies are used for in structural mechanics
  • Guided workshop: Sub-modeling using the example of a tractor gearbox housing
  • Demo: Modal analysis as a first introduction to linear dynamics
  • Workshop: Modal analysis of a simple assembly

10 Frequently used meshing settings for more flexibility

  • Advanced meshing methods and areas of application
  • Efficiently improve mesh quality with global settings
  • Prepare and mesh thin-walled components
  • Combine the meshes of different shell bodies
  • Guided workshop: Testing advanced mesh settings using a tractor gearbox housing
  • Guided workshop: Learning how to mesh thin-walled structures using a trailer frame

11 Load step calculation and bolt prestressing

  • Definition and calculation of load spectra
  • Calculate loads and supports in several steps
  • Prestress and evaluate assemblies with bolts
  • Insight into the data management of Ansys Mechanical
  • Demo: Calculate a prestressed assembly with several load cases
  • Workshop: Practice preload on the gearbox housing and simulate with additional operating load

12 Advanced postprocessing

  • Evaluate the results of different load steps
  • Create results from load case combinations
  • Insight into programming/automation with ACT
  • Export results for further processing outside of Ansys
  • Demo: Result evaluation of a preloaded gearbox housing
  • Demo: Generate automated result plots as section views

Day 4

13 Processing external data and structured work

  • Import of external meshes into Ansys
  • Import, interpolate, and evaluate measured field data
  • Overview of temperature field analyses
  • Structured work with assembled components
  • Demo: Force application using external data
  • Workshop: Imprinting displacement fields as boundary conditions
  • Guided workshop: Creating an assembly from external meshes

14 First steps in nonlinear structural mechanics

  • Introduction to the world of non-linearities
  • Typical challenges of non-linearities
  • Considering the effects of large deformations
  • Non-linear contact calculations
  • Demo: Learn about non-linear contacts using an example
  • Workshop: Applying non-linear contacts using a tensile collet

15 Closer to physics through non-linear models in 3D and 2D

  • Gain in accuracy due to non-linear boundary conditions
  • Comparison of different boundary conditions
  • Taking advantage of 2D analyses
  • Demo: Model of non-linear boundary conditions using the example of a connecting rod
  • Guided Workshop: Calculating a 2D analysis using the example of a pressure vessel

16 Consolidate knowledge and ensure transfer

  • Repetition and consolidation of special seminar content
  • Discuss your next simulation task
  • Outlook on further topics

Your Trainers

A selection of our lecturers, who provide you with the latest simulation knowledge and its implementation in practice

Fabian Matscheko
Engineering Services, CADFEM Germany GmbH, Grafing
Alexander Nolte
CAE Engineer, CADFEM Germany GmbH, Grafing
Susanne Haase
CAE Engineer, CADFEM Germany GmbH, Hanover
Claus Kirner
Berechnungsingenieur, CADFEM Germany GmbH, Grafing
Dario Rüegg
Engineering Services, CADFEM (Suisse) AG, Aadorf
Ian Turner
Consultancy Manager, CADFEM UK Ltd

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What CADFEM customers are saying

 Romain Filippi Director, EC2 Modélisation
Romain Filippi
Director, EC2 Modélisation

The training provided by CADFEM has allowed the entire team to become familiar with Mechanical. It also allows us to imagine new uses for Ansys, increasing the number of projects we plan to use it for.

 Maximilian Kraatz System Developer, EOS GmbH
Maximilian Kraatz
System Developer, EOS GmbH

This makes learning fun! The entire competence of simulation experts concentrated into a high-quality eLearning production.

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