For all engineers and students coming to finite element analysis or to ANSYS software for the first time, this powerful hands-on guide develops a detailed and confident understanding of using ANSYS's powerful engineering analysis tools. The best way to learn complex systems is by means of hands-on experience. With an innovative and clear tutorial based approach, this powerful book provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to all of the fundamental areas of engineering analysis they are likely to require either as part of their studies or in getting up to speed fast with the use of ANSYS software in working life. Opening with an introduction to the principles of the finite element method, the book then presents an overview of ANSYS technologies before moving on to cover key applications areas in detail. Key topics covered: Introduction to the finite element method Getting started with ANSYS software stress analysis dynamics of machines fluid dynamics problems thermo mechanics contact and surface mechanics exercises, tutorials, worked examples With its detailed step-by-step explanations, extensive worked examples and sample problems, this book will develop the reader's understanding of FEA and their ability to use ANSYS's software tools to solve their own particular analysis problems, not just the ones set in the book.

Key Features

* Develops a detailed understanding of finite element analysis and the use of ANSYS software by example * Develops a detailed understanding of finite element analysis and the use of ANSYS software by example * Exclusively structured around the market leading ANSYS software, with detailed and clear step-by-step instruction, worked examples, and detailed, screen-by-screen illustrative problems to reinforce learning


Professional mechanical, civil and electrical engineers who are developing ANSYS skills; Students of mechanical, civil and electrical engineering taking an introductory Finite Element, modelling and analysis or related course using ANSYS, plus applied areas such as aerospace

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Basics of the Finite Element method 1.1 Method of weighted residuals 1.1.1 Sub-domain method (Finite Volume Method) 1.1.2 Galarkin method 1.2 Rayleigh-Ritz method 1.3 Finite element method 1.4 Finite element method in two-dimensional elastostatic problems 1.4.1 Elements of finite element procedures in the analysis of plane elastostatic problems 1.4.2 Fundamental formulae in plane elastostatic problems 1.4.3 Variational formulae in elastostatic problems; the principle of virtual work 1.4.4 Formulation of the fundamental finite element equations in a plane elastostatic problem Chapter 2 Overview of ANSYS structure and visual capabilities 2.1 Starting the programme 2.1.1 Preliminaries 2.1.2 Constituent elements 2.1.3 Saving current database and opening existing 2.1.4 Organisation of files 2.1.5 Exiting the programme 2.2 Preprocessing stage 2.2.1 Types of analysis 2.2.2 Element types 2.2.3 Material properties 2.2.4 Construction of model 2.2.5 Meshing 2.3 Solution stage 2.3.1 Constraints 2.3.2 Loads 2.3.3 Solution 2.4 Postprocessing stage 2.4.1 Types of postprocessors 2.4.2 General postprocessor Read results Plot results 2.5 Visual capabilities 2.5.1 Plot controls 2.5.2 Two and three dimensional primitives 2.5.3 Modelling options Chapter 3 Application of ANSYS to stress analysis 3.1 Cantilever beam 3.2 The princ


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