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Using ANSYS for Finite Element Analysis, Volume I

Book Description

Over the past two decades, the use of finite element method as a design tool has grown rapidly. Easy to use commercial software, such as ANSYS, have become common tools in the hands of students as well as practicing engineers. The objective of this book is to demonstrate the use of one of the most commonly used Finite Element Analysis software, ANSYS, for linear static, dynamic, and thermal analysis through a series of tutorials and examples. Some of the topics covered in these tutorials include development of beam, frames, and Grid Equations; 2-D elasticity problems; dynamic analysis; composites, and heat transfer problems. These simple, yet, fundamental tutorials are expected to assist the users with the better understanding of finite element modeling, how to control modeling errors, and the use of the FEM in designing complex load bearing components and structures. These tutorials would supplement a course in basic finite element or can be used by practicing engineers who may not have the advanced training in finite element analysis.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half-title Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. List of Figures
  7. Preface
  8. 1 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
    1. 1.1 Finite Element Method
    2. 1.2 Review Topics
    3. 1.3 General Steps of FEM
    4. 1.4 The Most Common Finite Element Types
    5. 1.5 Types of Element Formulation Methods
    6. 1.6 Derivation of Spring Element Equations Using Direct Method
    7. 1.7 Bar Element Formulation Using Direct Method
    8. 1.8 Examples of Linear FEM
    9. 1.9 FEA: Modeling, Errors, and Accuracy
  9. 2 Static Analysis Using Ansys
    1. 2.1 Overview of Structural Analysis
    2. 2.2 Static Analysis Procedure
  10. 3 Geometric Modeling
    1. 3.1 Typical Steps Involved in Model Generation Within ANSYS
    2. 3.2 Importing Solid Models Created in CAD Systems
    3. 3.3 Solid Modeling
    4. 3.4 Tutorial 1: Solid Modeling Using 2D Primitives
    5. 3.5 Tutorial 2: Solid Modeling Using 3D Primitives
  11. 4 Static Analysis Using Line Elements
    1. 4.1 Tutorial 3: Static Analysis Using Truss Elements
    2. 4.2 Tutorial 4 (a): Static Analysis Using BEAM Elements
    3. 4.3 Tutorial 4 (b): Static Analysis Using Beam Elements with Distributed Load
  12. 5 Static Analysis Using Area Elements
    1. 5.1 Tutorial 5: Static Analysis Using Area Elements: Plane Problem (Bracket)
    2. 5.2 Tutorial 6: Static Analysis Using Area Elements: Plane Problem (Wrench)
  13. 6 Static Analysis Using Volume Elements
    1. 6.1 Tutorial 7: Static Analysis Using Volume Elements: Component Design
    2. 6.2 Tutorial 8: Static Analysis Using Volume Elements: Assembly Design
  14. 7 Thermal Stress Analysis
    1. 7.1 Tutorial 9: Thermal Analysis of Mechanical Structure
    2. 7.2 Tutorial 10 (a): Thermal-Stress Analysis-Sequential Coupled Field
    3. 7.3 Tutorial 10 (b): Thermal-Stress Analysis: Direct-Coupled Field
  15. Summary
  16. Bibliography
  17. Index
  18. Backcover