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8 months ago #1

I am doing a nonlinear analysis in, Ansys Workbench, of a fuel tank tied down in an aircraft using cargo straps. I need to know how to insert a command function in Ansys workbench 11 that creates compression only elements (in order to model cargo straps). Based upon what have been reading I need to use a link10 element but I have no idea how write the command function to convert workbench pre-set elements (springs, beams, whatever..) into link10 elements. Any help would be much appreciated.
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8 months ago #2

This would be much easier to do in Classic (now known as Mechanical APDL). Anyways, without the software at hand, let me give it a go. Let's assume for the moment that your tank is a simple cylinder that you're going to model with solid elements. Open DesignModeler and either create your cylinder or import your geometry. You'll then need to either hand draw the straps, or being them in along with the geometry. They need to be lines, not surfaces or volumes. Typically at this point in MAPDL you would simply define your LINK10 elements and section properties and LMESH that line, however it's much more of a pain in the *** to do in Workbench. Open mechanical. You should have 4 bodies: the cylinder, two straight lines and a curved one on


My analysis did not work with simply meshing the line. I was doing modal analysis on it. if the tank is the first listed body. there is much you cannot do in Workbench. OK.10 ET.g. You'd do yourself a lot of good to switch to Classic.2. then the slack sides would really jacked up. Ansys counts each body as gives it its own element type. this is assuming that this will all work in Workbench. Ansys allows you to insert APDL commands using this command feature. Structural Analysis) and click Commands. If that doesn't work. If it was meshed with multiple elements.englj. p. Right click on the analysis type (e. I've recently had some LINK10 experience that I'll share and hopefully it will help. My analysis was a cantilevered fuel tube that was supported with safety wire. This will put a commands line in with your loads/boundary conditions. Anyways. Now. you need to redefine the elements. Each wire had to be one element. Upgrade to v12 and use it as a frontend for managing your analyses (new module-based http://edu. The top listed body is ET.Page 2 of 7 top of the tank. So.4. The next is ET.1. then you'll need to: Code: /PREP7 I think those include masses and things like that.html 4/20/2011 . you'll need to redefine the real constants for those elements as well. etc. I've heard of people using beam elements and then inserting one single small link element at the endpoint. I also think there is a keyopt which needs to be set to say tension/compression only.s. good luck.10 At that point.10 ET. You may have to specify a meshing control in that code snippet as well to try and get one element.2. however some commands are limited in Workbench.3. at this point. etc. hope this helped.

t_max-1 /gopr *get.10 mp.jj.eq..enam * ! ex of the link10 elements r. Another way I was shown this was to write a program that converted beam188 elements to link10 elements.html 4/20/2011 . but export each to an APDL. I tweeked a few things but for the most part it worked.jj.englj. I used your method and was able to get a working model.type_jj.jj.attr. Thanks again for the help. Also I discovered that if my KEYOPT(3) is set to zero I can mesh the beams representing the straps with multiple elements and have little trouble in regards to erronous deflections.jj.1. fini /prep7 *get.Page 3 of 7 approach) and importing CFD BCs.etyp. BlkHwkEng minger Very cool.ex.t_max.188.jj.etyp. See bleow. but I fudged the program a bit to convert beam188.then et.20 ! cross sectional area 8 months ago #3 http://edu.type_jj.before etlist elist *do.max /com. the original program converted spring14 elements in workbench to link10.

I used your program with my model and set my keyopt(3) to 0 for a slack cable.Page 4 of 7 *endif *enddo /com.html 4/20/2011 . Reply Name: Content: http://edu. I am still experimenting with my results to make sure things are behaving as expected. Are you sure you're getting what you think you're getting? BlkHwkEng 8 months ago #5 Oh my bad I guess I was talking about 2 different things.after etlist elist fini /solu minger 8 months ago #4 BEAM188 have a tension/compression only keyopt? without the "actual" reference in front of me. Hope all is well.3 (only 2. I was able to find a copy of the BEAM188 reference. which converts the beam188 elements in workbench to link10 elements. The mention of the beam188 was in regards to the other program that I posted. minger 8 months ago #6 Can I ask how your modeling the contact between the tank and the straps? Like Be the first of your friends to like this.englj.5.6-9). It doesn't show a KEYOPT.

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