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Structural Mechanics Simulation with Ansys Mechanical

CADFEM
Training eLearning
Structural mechanics
Structural mechanics
Scalability of simulations

This course is your introduction to structural mechanics with Ansys and the perfect foundation for all further Ansys Mechanical courses.

Despite its ever-expanding functionalities, Ansys Mechanical’s intuitive user interface makes it increasingly easy to operate. Off-the-shelf analysis templates give beginners as well as experienced users structured workflows encompassing complex tasks and multi-step procedures. ...

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Overview
Level:
Basic
Target group:
Users, Instructors
Prerequisites:
None
Benefits:
  • 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
Applications:
Contact, Linear/Non-linear Simulation, Pre- and Post-processing
Software used:
Ansys Mechanical
Level
Basic
Target group
Users, Instructors
Prerequisites
None
Benefits
  • 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
Applications
Contact, Linear/Non-linear Simulation, Pre- and Post-processing
Software used
Ansys Mechanical
agenda day 1
  • Introduction to simulation with Ansys Mechanical
  • Meshing fundamentals
  • Fundamentals of boundary conditions
  • Fundamentals of evaluation
agenda day 2
  • Material definition and parameterization
  • Bonded contact and shared topology
  • Frequently used boundary conditions for more flexibility
  • Evaluation options to check results
agenda day 3
  • Sub-models and modal analyses
  • Frequently used meshing settings for more flexibility
  • Load step calculation and bolt prestressing
  • Delving deeper into the evaluation of results
agenda day 4
  • Processing external data and structured work
  • First steps in nonlinear structural mechanics
  • Advantages of nonlinearities and efficient evaluation
  • Consolidate knowledge and ensure transfer

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Our offer in detail

This training is offered as a 4-day course or alternatively as
a self-paced eLearning course, in which you should invest a total of 4 learning day(s) with your own time allocation.

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

02 Meshing fundamentals

  • Introduction into meshing
  • Important background knowledge to understand what a “good” mesh is
  • An initial detailed introduction to the simulation environment
  • Create first meshes to calculate common tasks

03 Fundamentals of boundary conditions

  • Get to know more functions in the GUI
  • The most common boundary conditions for structural mechanics tasks
  • What to take into account for a correct bearing
  • Comparative examples for correct and incorrect boundary conditions

04 Fundamentals of evaluation

  • Operate the interface for result evaluation
  • Primarily consider deformations, expansions and stresses
  • Contrast, compare and evaluate results
  • Export results to e.g., draw up a report

Day 2

05 Material definition and parameterization

  • Fundamentals of material data and tips on where material data can be obtained
  • Which material parameters you need and what they mean
  • Flexibly construct simulation with the aid of parameters
  • Introduction to carrying out batch jobs with defined parameter lists

06 Bonded contact and shared topology

  • Quickly and securely combine components with contact conditions
  • Background information for a basic understanding of bonded contacts
  • Combine components with the aid of continuous meshes
  • Pros and cons of contact-connected and mesh-connected assemblies

07 Frequently used boundary conditions for more flexibility

  • Additional boundary conditions for model bearing and loading
  • Advantages of boundary conditions with remote points
  • Replace components with point masses and springs
  • Comparative tasks to understand possible sources of errors

08 Evaluation options to check results

  • Recognize and understand stress singularities, and establish remedies
  • Set up force and moment balance over section planes
  • Discover even more evaluation flexibility
  • How to proceed after the stress evaluation

Day 3

09 Sub-models and modal analyses

  • Link analyses and cells, and learn when you should do this
  • Evaluate a detail of a large model with the aid of sub-modeling
  • Entry into dynamics: Calculate a component group using model analysis
  • What natural frequencies are used for in structural mechanics

10 Frequently used meshing settings for more flexibility

  • Additional 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

11 Load step calculation and bolt prestressing

  • Definition and calculation of load spectra
  • Calculate loads and bearings in several steps
  • Prestress and evaluate assemblies with bolts
  • Further insight into the Ansys file management system

12 Delving deeper into the evaluation of results

  • Evaluate the results of different calculation steps
  • Create results from load case combinations
  • Insight into programming/automation with ACT
  • Export results for further processing outside of Ansys

Day 4

13 Processing external data and structured work

  • Input existing external meshes into Ansys
  • Import, interpolate and evaluate measured field data
  • Overview of temperature field analyses
  • Structured work with assembled components

14 First steps in nonlinear structural mechanics

  • Introduction to the world of nonlinearities
  • Typical challenges of nonlinearities
  • Take into account the effects of large deformations
  • Introduction to nonlinear contact calculations with an example

15 Advantages of nonlinearities and efficient evaluation

  • Advantages of a nonlinear boundary condition
  • Comparison with discussion about different boundary conditions
  • Calculate and evaluate 2D analyses, e.g., with diagrams
  • Even more efficiency when working on the evaluation

16 Consolidate knowledge and ensure transfer

  • Opportunity to discuss further topics of interest
  • Repetition or deeper exploration of topics of interest
  • Discussion of drawings that have been brought along, questions, ideas in the group
  • Suggestions on further topics and training courses

Despite its ever-expanding functionalities, Ansys Mechanical’s intuitive user interface makes it increasingly easy to operate. Off-the-shelf analysis templates give beginners as well as experienced users structured workflows encompassing complex tasks and multi-step procedures. On the other hand, the appropriate modeling or idealization of details – such as representation of bonded elements – remain a core competence of the prudent simulation engineer. The same applies to the decisions made on the user end: Where should the model boundary be set? Which analysis type should be chosen? What boundary conditions and loads should be applied? In which areas does it make sense to think about a particular meshing strategy and where is this effort not justified?

Whether you’re a graduate, design engineer, or development engineer looking for the best way to begin or switch to simulation with Ansys Mechanical, we’ll help you to develop your knowledge with this basic seminar, giving you both a solid foundation and the practical skills required to carry out successful structural mechanics simulations in your everyday professional life. With the optimized mix of introduction and best practice tips, you will quickly find the right start and lay the foundation for all further courses in the field of structural mechanics.

All course modules are designed to familiarize you with the requisite background knowledge and, using practical examples, ensure that this knowledge is consolidated promptly through software-based exercises. After this training, you will be able to solve and assess your own simulation tasks in Ansys Mechanical.

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

Dr.-Ing. Markus Kellermeyer
Head of eLearning
Susanne Haase
CAE Engineer, CADFEM Germany GmbH, Hanover
Luigi Cordani
Training and Support Manager, CADFEM UK Ltd
Alexander Nolte
CAE Engineer
Stefan Künzli
Engineering Services, CADFEM (Suisse) AG, Aadorf
Dr. sc. ETH Manfred Maurer
Engineering Services, CADFEM (Suisse) AG, Aadorf

Do you have questions on the training or the eLearning?

When will I receive the final confirmation for my training booking?

Straight after you sign up, an automatic confirmation of receipt will be sent to the email addresses you provided. Once you have successfully verified the data you provided, you will receive your personalized sign-up confirmation, containing further information on course fees, the billing address, etc., by email within two to three working days.  

As soon as the minimum number of attendees has been reached, you will receive a final training confirmation containing further information on how to get to the venue. We recommend that you wait until you have received this final confirmation before booking your travel and accommodation.

If the minimum number of attendees is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the training seven days before it is due to start at the latest. We are happy to help you change your booking to an alternative date. Please note that we accept no liability for hotel or travel bookings that attendees have already made.

When is the sign-up deadline for a training?

Training places will generally be allocated based on the order in which attendees sign up. For this reason, we always recommend booking for your desired date as early as possible.

As long as a coures still has free places, it can be booked.

At what time do the training courses begin and end?

Usually the training courses start at 9:00 am and end at 5:00 pm of the respective local time. The actual course times will be stated in the booking confirmation. Please note that, depending on the training host, there may be a possible time shift between your and the provider's local time. Therefore all local times are provided with the valid time shift to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). 

Can I test the eLearning offer without obligation?

To get a clear impression of our online learning format, we offer you a trial allowing you access to the starting module of an eLearning course of your choice. No costs, no cancellation period or anything similar. Moreover, with this free test access you can check all the technical requirements for a smooth learning process. You can easily request the free module from any eLearning course.

How much time should I allow for an eLearning course?

Each online course day comprises four eLearning modules. You should ideally allow 90 to 120 minutes of uninterrupted learning time for each module. This will allow you to acquire the knowledge provided by a module and to consolidate it through quiz questions and Ansys exercises. By dividing each module into micro learning units, you can also make good use of smaller time windows, such as on your commute.

For how long can I access the learning content?

Prerequisite for the use of the eLearning courses is the use of a personal access to the CADFEM learning platform

Upon purchase, the duration of use of your eLearning course is 12 months. After expiration of the usage period you have access to your completed eLearning course for another 12 months.

As a user of a learning subscription plan, the duration of use of your flat rate is 12 months. After this period of use has expired, you will have access to your completed eLearning course for a further 12 months.

Head of Seminars
Dr. sc. Jörg Helfenstein

What CADFEM customers are saying

 Romain Filippi<br />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<br />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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