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Advanced PostProcessing with


ANSYS Mechanical
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Agenda
Displaying Results
Contour Plots
Probing Results
Probing Contour Results
Probing Reaction Forces, Joints, Bolt Pretension,
Beams
Mapping Results onto Paths
Existing Geometry
Construction Geometry (Paths and Surfaces)
Linearized Results
Beam Results
Charts Stress-Strain, Force-Deflection
User Defined Results
Coming at ANSYS 13.0
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Contour Plots
At Release 12.1, users have the following options while
displaying contour plots for results like stresses, strains,
etc. (not available for DOF results eg: Deformations)
Unaveraged: Displays unaveraged results.
Averaged: Displays averaged results. (Default)
Nodal Difference: Computes the maximum difference
between the unaveraged computed result (for example, total
heat flux, equivalent stress) for all elements that share a
particular node.
Nodal Fraction: Computes the ratio of the nodal difference
and the nodal average.
Elemental Difference: Computes the maximum difference
between the unaveraged computed result (for example, total
heat flux, equivalent stress) for all nodes in an element,
including midside nodes.
Elemental Fraction: Computes the ratio of the elemental
difference and the elemental average.
Elemental Mean: Computes the elemental average from the
averaged component results.
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Legends
Use Adjust to Visible to update the legend
to include only Visible elements after
slicing a model

Max Stress on Entire Model (232.17Mpa)


and Max. Stress Location

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Adjust to Visible After Model


Slicing

New Max. Stress (150.08Mpa) and Max.


Stress Location

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Probing Results
The Probe Tool allows you to scope a result object
to a location and make that result parametric.
The Probe Tool can be scoped to geometry, a local
coordinate system or using a remote point.
The orientation of the result item can be with
respect to global or local coordinate systems.

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Probing Results
Probe Tool example:
Local coordinate system defined as shown
Probe located at local CS
Stress results (all) requested

Probe Location
Local CS

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Probing Results
Probe Tools can also be used to extract force reactions at supports and
Joints

Force Reactions can be obtained for the


items listed above

For Boundary Condition, all supports used


in the model will be listed

Choose Force/Moment Reaction

Reaction Forces at boundary condition


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Probing Results

Choose Joint Reaction for Joints


For Bolt Working Loads (Reactions),
Choose Bolt Pretension

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Select the bolt

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Mapping Results onto Paths


Results can be mapped onto paths defined
by:
Existing Geometry (Edges)
Construction Geometry
Paths
Surfaces

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Existing Geometry
Paths Plots can be obtained on edges
available on the geometry
Scope the results to the selected edge(s)
Retrieve the results

Scope Results to Existing Edges

Path Plot of Deformation for Selected


Edge
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Construction Geometry
Paths can be created using one of three
available methods:
Two points (each point can be a vertex, or a
picked one through x,y,z picking on geometry
or directly specified by three coordinates in the
details window)
Edge (an existing geometry edge)
X axis intersection (using a coord system
specially suited for linearized stress results)
Surfaces can only be created using
coordinate systems
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Construction Geometry Paths


Examples of creating Construction Geometry using Paths

Path Defined by X Axis Intersection

Path Created Using Coordinate Systems

Path on Existing Edge

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Path Using Two Vertices


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Construction Geometry Paths


Path results may be displayed in graphical form.
The X axis may be displayed as path location (S) or time
(transient analyses).

Path Plot Using Construction Geometry Notice the Discontinuity


in the Path Plot Due to it Passing Through Holes
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Construction Geometry Paths


Snap to Mesh Feature : When Solving for linearized stresses, it
is important to make sure that the path constructed passes
through the nodes on the model (not just the geometry). To
ensure that the path passes through the mesh:

Set Show Mesh to Yes


Right Mouse Click Snap to Mesh Nodes
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Construction Geometry Surface


Users can define arbitrary section planes to
retrieve results
Create a local coordinate system
For the surface:
For a Cartesian coordinate system, the surface is the
intersection of the model with the X-Y plane of the
coordinate system
For a cylindrical coordinate system, the surface is the
intersection of the model with the cylinder whose axis is
the Z axis of the coordinate system. In this case, you
must specify the radius in the Details view of the Surface
object

Add a standard result object


Set the scoping method to surface
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Construction Geometry Surface

Create Local Coordinate System


Set the Surface to Reference Local CS

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Construction Geometry Surface


Preview Surface Location on Geometry

View Results on Surface


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Linearized Results
The Linearized Stress results calculate membrane, bending, peak, and total stress along a
straight line path in the Mechanical application
To Calculate Linearized Stresses
Define a Path (Should not Pass Through Holes)
On the Solution toolbar, click Linearized Stress, and then click the stress you want to calculate
In the Details view, select the Path you have defined to calculate the linearized stress
Select the coordinate system you have used for the model
Click Solve to calculate linearized stress along the path

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Beam Results
Results for beams are obtained by using the Beam Tool
The following results are available:
Direct Stress: The stress component due to the axial load encountered in a beam
element
Minimum Bending Stress: From any bending loads a bending moment in both the local
Y and Z directions will arise. This leads to the following four bending stresses: Y
bending stress on top/bottom and Z bending stress the top/bottom. Minimum Bending
Stress is the minimum of these four bending stresses
Maximum Bending Stress: The maximum of the four bending stresses described under
Minimum Bending Stress
Minimum Combined Stress: The linear combination of the Direct Stress and the
Minimum Bending Stress
Maximum Combined Stress: The linear combination of the Direct Stress and the
Maximum Bending Stress

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Charting Results
Users can create charts using the chart icon
Graph individual results
Combine multiple results

Select the Desired Result Item

Clicking on the Chart Icon will Insert


the Result and Generate the Graph
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Charting Results

Stress vs. Plastic Strain

Force vs. Deflection


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User Defined Result


While in solution, click on the Worksheet Tab
to bring up the User Defined Results Sheet

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User Defined Result


Refer to your ANSYS Workbench Documentation
on what the individual results items are:

Element Output for SOLID186 20


noded Brick Element - ANSYS
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User Defined Result


Right Mouse Click to insert chosen result as a user
defined item

Enter an Identifier to assign a unique


name to the result

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User Defined Result


Unique identifiers can be used in equations to
create other user defined results

User Defined Result using x_disp


Identifier

Directional X Displacement (from


Worksheet), With Identifier x_disp

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User Defined Results


Multiple user defined results can also be
combined to form other result entities

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Coming at ANSYS 13.0


New beam results(Shear, Moment, Torque, Force)
including shear-moment diagrams
Native posting for cyclic analysis(expansion to full
post, traveling waves, etc)
Peak hold results
Results scoped to named selections
Post processing of Euler bodies(Explicit analysis)
Ability to create paths directly from result probe
labels
Snap to mesh ability for result probes
New result types to support advanced analysis
including gasket output, creep strains, and
stabilization energy
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Coming at ANSYS 13.0


Beam Shear Moment and Bending Moment
Diagrams
Step Changes captured

New Results

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