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Elements: An Engineering Simulation Blog

Serving the engineering simulation community and ANSYS and Rocky DEM users by sharing news, workshops, seminars, training, webinars, tips & tricks, and more.
Oct
08

How to Extract Moments of Inertia for Point Masses and Simplify Your Model

One question often facing engineers performing any type of simulation analysis is, “How can I simplify my model and still get accurate results?”

A case in point for FEA analyses: When engineers have a large assembly with multiple parts but are interested in the simulation results of only one of the parts, only the part of interest needs to be fully modeled and meshed. The remaining parts can be reduced to a point mass where their effects are accounted for, but they are not fully meshed. As a result, this approach significantly reduces the size of the overall model as well as the solution time. In other words, it is a much smaller model to solve.

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Sep
06

Modeling Bolted Connections

Modeling Bolted ConnectionsMany methods are available to model bolts. What are the best ways ANSYS simulation software can help engineers with bolt simulation, and how might an engineer approach bolt projects?

In this recorded webinar, Tyler Coffey, SimuTech FEA Consulting Engineer, shares his expertise using ANSYS Workbench™ in models that…
  • Use bonded contact to attach the parts (bolts not included)
  • Use beam elements to model the bolts
  • Use solid elements to model the bolts but do not model the threads
  • Include the threads in modeling
Click to watch the recorded webinar, and download the presentation slides and models.
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Aug
30

FEA Best Practices Video Series

New to FEA or simulation tools in general? Our training videos can help.

This eight-video course is geared toward engineers and engineering managers. While the course includes information on ANSYS FEA, this series is also a good primer for understanding FEA as an important tool for accurate design, whichever commercial code you’re using (ABAQUS, NASTRAN).

We’ll discuss element theory, element types, preprocessing, solution, and postprocessing, and much more. Watch the introductory video (see below) at no charge for more details on what’s covered.

All of the videos in this course may be viewed in SimuTrain, our subscription-based portal. SimuTrain provides 24/7 access to lots of ANSYS-related training materials like this FEA series, plus more “best practice” videos, our popular Quick Start videos, and much more.

Interested? Request a free trial or contact your local SimuTech office.

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