# Using ANSYS Simple truss problem Truss1

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Using ANSYS - Natural Frequencies of a Simple Truss
Objective: To prepare a text file defining the ANSYS FEM model for the elementary truss problem shown below
and use ANSYS to solve for natural frequencies and modes.
1. Prepare a text file containing the following information. The 1000 lbf load is not needed.

/ FI LNAM, t r uss
/ t i t l e, Si mpl e Tr uss
/ pr ep7
n, 1, 25. 0, 0. 0, 0. 0 ! Node 1 i s l ocat ed at ( 25. 0, 0. 0, 0. 0)
n, 2, 0. 0, 18. 0, 0. 0
n, 3, 0. 0, 0. 0, 0. 0
et , 1, l i nk1 ! El ement t ype; no. 1 i s l i nk1
! Begi nni ng wi t h ANSYS Rel ease 13 l i nk1 has been r epl aced wi t h l i nk180
mp, ex, 1, 3. e7 ! Mat er i al Pr oper t i es, E f or mat er i al no. 1
mp, pr xy, 1, 0. 3 ! poi sson' s r at i o f or mat er i al no. 1
mp, dens, 1, 0. 736e- 3 ! mass densi t y f or mat er i al no. 1
r , 1, 0. 5 ! ' Real Const ant ' number 1 i s 0. 5
! ( Cr oss sect i onal ar ea)
en, 1, 3, 1 ! El ement Number 1 connect s nodes 1& 2
en, 2, 2, 1
d, 3, ux, 0. ! Di spl acement at node 3 i n x- di r i s zer o
d, 3, uy, 0. ! Di spl acement at node 3 i n y- di r i s zer o
d, 2, ux, 0.
d, 2, uy, 0.
2. Start ANSYS and select 'Run Interactive' Select the Working Directory
3. Select File > Read Input From (locate and select the file truss.txt that you prepared)
4. Solution > Analysis Type > New Analysis > Modal > OK
5. Analysis Options > Block Lanczos
No. of Modes to Extract 2
Expand mode shapes yes
NMODE No. modes to expand 2
Using ANSYS Simple truss problem Truss1
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OK
FREQB 0
FREQE 0
Normalize mode shapes To mass matrix
OK
6. Solve > Current LS > OK
7. General Postprocessor > Results Summary (Shows frequencies calculated.)
8. Read Results > First Set
9. Plot Results > Deformed Shape > Def. + Undef.
The first mode of vibration is shown in the figure below.

(Use PlotCtrls > CaptureImage to print or save your plots. Can also use Animate to visualize motion.)
To list the nodal deformation values for the mode use
Using ANSYS Simple truss problem Truss1
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List Results > Nodal Solution > DOF solution > All DOFs DOF
10. For the next mode: Read Results > Next Set
11. Plot Results > Deformed Shape > Def. + Undef. etc.
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