Element Birth and Death
There is an ACT object on the ANSYS customer portal that can be used for element birth and death in Workbench Mechanical.
Video: How to Work With Element Birth & Death Using ANSYS
The following video presents a method that uses simple APDL Commands Objects to kill a spring element, and to bring it back to life, at selected load steps during an analysis. The method can be adapted to selecting Components that correspond to Named Selections if users want to perform more elaborate “staged construction” analysis steps.