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Structural mechanics
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Compact Knowledge Finite Element Simulation

The perfect supplement to all basic courses for Ansys Mechanical and Ansys Discovery

Overview

Training Basic

Refresh your knowledge of engineering mechanics and learn the basic principles of FEA through numerous examples. This training is offered as a 3-day course.

Duration
3 days

Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of engineering mechanics

Benefits
  • Receive a compact refresher on important basic knowledge of structural mechanics
  • Understand and implement important approaches to model building
  • Evaluate & correctly interpret simulation results depending on the task
  • Best practices in finite element analysis: Dos and Don’ts of FEA

Description

The finite element method is the most important method for assessing, among other things, the strength and deformation of components and component designs in a virtual test environment. In this training, you will receive a compact and practical introduction to the basics of structural mechanics and learn the correct approach to simulation tasks in general.

Building on fundamental structural mechanical concepts, we deal with important FE principles. This will provide you with a solid foundation for competently mastering key simulation tasks such as modeling and evaluating your simulation results. Many exercises, both on the computer as well as by hand, show correlations. This training is rounded off by best practice from many years of experience in the field and academia as well as helpful tips for avoiding errors.

This training offers newcomers to the field of technical simulation a clear and compact introduction to the FE method. It is the ideal complement to our basic training courses for Ansys Mechanical and Ansys Discovery, which provide you with a concrete introduction to the respective software. But even as an engineer, designer, or technician with previous practical simulation experience, you will benefit from practical knowledge that you can apply in your daily work.

Detailed agenda for this 3-day training

Day 1

01 Reaction variables, tension, and pressure

  • Storage and connection reactions
  • Static determinacy
  • Internal forces
  • Stress
  • Strain
  • Material law
  • Temperature influence
  • Exercise: Beam under its own weight and temperature, strain-restricted

02 Beam bending

  • Relationship: external load – internal reactions
  • Deformations of the beam
  • Area moments
  • The bending line
  • Statically indeterminate systems
  • Superposition
  • Effect of oblique bending
  • Exercise: Cantilever beam with concentrated load – inclined bending

03 Shear und torsion

  • Shear force thrust
  • Shear force thrust and bending
  • Shear center
  • Torsion
  • Warping
  • Exercise: Cantilever beam with concentrated load – shear, torsion-free

04 Stress state

  • Spatial stress state
  • The plane stress state
  • Principle stresses
  • Special stress states
  • Exercise: Thin-walled cylinder under internal pressure

Day 2

05 General law of elasticity

  • Transverse contraction
  • Shear deformation
  • Hooke’s law in the plane and in space
  • Exercise: Rectangular disks under different loads

06 Strength hypothesis

  • Normal stress hypothesis
  • Shear stress hypothesis
  • Shape change energy hypothesis
  • Oscillating load
  • Exercise: Equivalent stresses in a thin-walled cylinder

07 Other structures in mechanics

  • Disk
  • Plate
  • Rope, membrane
  • Stress concentrations
  • Singularities
  • Exercise: Disc with hole or with crack

08 Basic idea of finite elements

  • The beam element
  • Stiffness matrix
  • Assembly to the total stiffness
  • Solution of the equation system
  • Exercise: Two-member truss

Day 3

09 Properties of the FEM

  • Influence of the discretization
  • Variation of the number of elements
  • Variation of the mesh size
  • Variation of element approaches
  • Exercise: Beam with variable cross section

10 Displacement approximation

  • Displacement approximation function
  • Relationship with stiffness matrix
  • Different approach functions
  • Hermitian polynomials
  • Exercise: Cantilever beam with concentrated load

11 Approximation of element geometry

  • Isoparametric elements
  • Local coordinates
  • Jacobian matrix
  • Exercise: Disk with hole, linear and quadratic approach functions

12 Dos and Don’ts in FEA

  • Coupling of different element types
  • Application of a concentrated load
  • Modeling of cross-section transitions
  • Displacement of nodes
  • Exercise: Angle plate with radii

Your Trainers

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Armin Huß
Professor of Engineering Mechanics, Vibration Theory and Simulation, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Dr. Ing. Benoit Fontenier
CAE Engineer - Support, CADFEM France SAS

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