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ANSYS for Structural Mechanics

ANSYS products for structural mechanics offer groundbreaking possibilities for simulation, covering the entire spectrum from static to dynamics. Implicit and explicit solvers are available for both SMP and MPP systems. Within the simulation platform ANSYS Workbench large assemblies can also be handled very simply and efficiently.

Typical Applications

When the material is minimized, strength and service life are increased, whereby, for example, payloads or ranges in vehicle construction can be optimized.

Especially in precision applications such as machine tools, you can increase the machining quality and minimize the wear by means of gear teeth.

Among other things, high buckling loads of wind power plants and cranes can be ensured as far as possible.

High noise emissions and material damage from machinery and equipment can be effectively prevented.

Maximum efficiency can be achieved more easily, for example with sonotrodes or energy harvesting.

Taking into account the flexibility of single components of kinematic systems, you can increase the accuracy and optimize the speed, for example, with robots or automatic placement machines.

In order to derive preventive measures, the impacts of impact, crash, breakdown and pendulum impact can be reliably determined, for example by means of virtual drop tests for mobile phones or container tests in turbines.

They gain a better understanding of the influence of thermoforming, punching, fine-cutting and forging on the later component behavior. As a result, production processes can be targeted in order to improve component properties.

Improvement of the stability: Beulform of a crane

Source: Liebherr Cranes

Calculation of stiffness of a processing machine

Source: Westphal Maschinenbau


More than 80 material models cover the effects of plasticity, hyperelasticity and creep. An extensive library of contacts and elements provides an accurate and numerically efficient representation of the interaction between components.

Screw pretensions, submodel technology, strength assessments and fracture mechanics are immediately available in predefined sequences.

Users benefit from the direct access to the underlying FE technology and can integrate their own methods for material, contact, friction and automated processes via programming interfaces.

The consideration of component mechanics in conjunction with other domains - such as temperature, flow and electromagnetic - provides more detailed insights and increases the potential for innovation. Interlinked viewing of several system components allows for more accurate tuning for higher system performance and greater efficiency.

ANSYS Modules


Depending on the analysis you need, you can scale the performance of your simulation system according to your needs by combining the following ANSYS modules:

For structural analysis in static analysis with joints and non-linear contacts including friction as well as fatigue, non-stationary temperature fields, bumps and natural frequencies.

For an extended understanding in the statics by non-linear material, the investigation of vibrations and the rigid body movement of assemblies, including ANSYS Mechanical Pro.

Comprehensive depth in mechanics (through multi-body simulation with elastic bodies, explicit dynamics of fracture mechanics, process simulation) and temperature fields with electrical-thermal-mechanical-magnetic interactions as well as tools for geometric processing, variant analysis and automation. Incl. ANSYS Mechanical Premium.

For explicit dynamics in highly nonlinear, transient processes.

For the detailed investigation and safeguarding of dynamically loaded structures against fatigue: This software was certified by Germanischer Lloyd for the evaluation of wind power plants and can be combined ideally with Workbench FKM, a tool from the CADFEM ANSYS Extensions to the proof of strength according to the FKM guideline.