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ELEMENT QUALITY PLOTS IN ANSYS® MECHANICAL (WORKBENCH)
16.0 (/FEA/FEA-TIPS-TRICKS-ELEMENT-PLOTS-ANSYS-16.HTML)

Figure 1: Colored Mesh Quality Plot in ANSYS Mechanical (Workbench) 16.0
ANSYS Mechanical (Workbench) 16.0 makes it easy to review element quality during the development of meshing controls, as well as in
postprocessing results. Well-shaped elements yield superior results, and help reduce element shape errors during large displacement
analysis, such as when using hyperelastic materials with substantial strain.
This article briefly reviews features in the Workbench Mechanical Outline for displaying element quality (1) in color in the Mesh branch, (2)
using bar charts of element quality, and (3) plotting element quality in postprocessing after element shapes have been distorted by strain in
a model.
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Three Element Quality Techniques
Workbench Mechanical 16.0 has a new feature for reviewing element quality at the Mesh branch, in order to review the consequences of
meshing controls prior to solving a model. First, though, here is a view of mesh metrics as they have been measured in Workbench
Mechanical in the last few versions of the software:

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a bar chart is generated showing how many elements fall into ten Element Metrics zones.Element Quality Plots in ANSYS® Mechanical (Workbench) 16. open the Statistics section of the Details. and elements with that quality are shown in the Graphics Window. In Figure 4 below.5 has been clicked. then the elements that fall into the zone of that Element Metric are displayed in the Graphics Window. click the Mesh branch in the Outline.. Many choices are available: Figure 3: Mesh Metric Selection As seen above in Figure 3..simutechgroup. the bar with Element Quality around 0. and use the drop-down list for Mesh Metric to select the metric of interest—in the above Figure 2..com/FEA/fea-tips-tricks-element-plots-ansys-. the full listing of Mesh Metrics in the Mesh branch in 16. “Element Quality” has been chosen.0 | FEA . Figure 2: Mesh Metrics in a Coarse Tet Mesh To get the above view of mesh Metrics. If one of the ten bars in the chart is clicked by the user with the cursor.0 is: None Element Quality Aspect Ratio Jacobian Ratio Warping Factor Parallel Deviation Maximum Corner Angle Skewness Orthogonal Quality After choosing a quality metric. http://www. with the geometry shown translucent in order to give context to the element locations: 2 of 6 3/18/2015 6:38 PM .. go to Details of “Mesh”.

in the Statistics section of Details of “Mesh”. Figure 4: Elements Falling into a Mesh Matrics Zone The second means of viewing element quality is to create color plots.com/FEA/fea-tips-tricks-element-plots-ansys-. In the Display Style section of Details of “Mesh” a number of choices are available: Figure 6: Display Style Selection for Element Quality Type 3 of 6 3/18/2015 6:38 PM . http://www.simutechgroup.. Figure 5: Colored Element Quality Plot at the Mesh Branch in v16. as seen in Figure 5.Element Quality Plots in ANSYS® Mechanical (Workbench) 16.0 is the ability to produce color charts of a variety of element quality metrics.0 Note first that in order to get the color plots of element quality..0 | FEA . As seen in Figure 5 below.. a mesh quality assessment can be shown in a color plot at the Mesh branch. the Mesh Metric must be set to “None”.. What is new in 16.

Figure 7: Postprocessing Element Shape Quality with User Defined Results In Figure 7 above. the element shapes are assessed in the element deformed condition. which produces a blank or null result... 4 of 6 3/18/2015 6:38 PM .Element Quality Plots in ANSYS® Mechanical (Workbench) 16. The plots are from the User Defined Results list. and will produce a null result. http://www.com/FEA/fea-tips-tricks-element-plots-ansys-. The quality plot choices are: Element Quality Aspect Ratio Jacobian Ratio Warping Factor Parallel Deviation Maximum Corner Angle Skewness Orthogonal Quality Note that some choices for color plots of element quality are not applicable to tetrahedral elements. They include: Element Quality Aspect Ratio Jacobian Ratio Warping Factor Parallel Deviation Maximum Corner Angle Skewness Note that some choices. The third type of element quality assessment that is available is in postprocessing.. as seen in Figure 6 above. Element coloring is controlled by the “Display Style” drop-down list.. As postprocessing results. note that several element shape quality assessments can be chosen from the listing of User Defined Results. such as “Parallel Deviation”. with element deformation a consequence of strain in the model. The elements in their deformed shape are assessed.simutechgroup. but can be set by a user to any preferred time value. Figure 8 below illustrates.0 | FEA . Body Color does not show an element quality assessment. such as Parallel Deviation. are not applicable to tetrahedral elements. at a solution time that can be set by the user. The time of the plot produced will default to “Last”.

0 and 2. When evaluating Solution results. http://www. while keeping the Mesh Metric choice set to “None”.0.. values in the Legend can be user-adjusted. At the Mesh branch..Element Quality Plots in ANSYS® Mechanical (Workbench) 16.0 offers three ways to view element shape quality assessments. color plots of element quality can be performed by choosing Mesh branch details Display Style drop-down list values. In the colored plots. which are applied to the deformed elements. Min and Max.simutechgroup. 5 of 6 3/18/2015 6:38 PM .. a user can go to Details and use the Statistics >Mesh Metric choice to produce bar charts of the range of a number of element shape assessments.0 In Figure 8. note the difference in the Minimum and Maximum values at Time values of 1. such as Probe. and the usual contour controls. the Element Quality shape assessment has been performed on element shapes as deformed by the solution.com/FEA/fea-tips-tricks-element-plots-ansys-. User Defined Results can be created for several element shape assessments. and other review tools can be employed. This difference is a result of changing loads on the model between times of 1. In the Tabular Data for this solution result. yielding colored plots. Conclusions Workbench Mechanical 16.0. While preprocessing..0 | FEA . Figure 8: Mesh Element Quality for Deformed Elements at Time=2.0 and 2.

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