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Finite Element Simulations Using ANSYS

1st Edition

By Esam M. Alawadhi

CRC Press

416 pages | 742 B/W Illus.

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The complexity of modern-day problems in mechanical engineering makes relying on pure theory or pure experiment impractical at best and time-consuming and unwieldy at worst. And for a large class of engineering problems writing computer codes from scratch is seldom found in practice. Use of reputable, trustworthy software can save time, effort, and resources while still providing reliable results. Finite Elements Simulations Using ANSYS focuses on the application of this design software in solving practical engineering problems.

The book presents fundamental knowledge of numerical simulation using ANSYS. It covers all disciplines in mechanical engineering: structure, solid mechanics, vibration, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics, with adequate background material to explain the physics behind the computations. The author treats each physical phenomenon independently, enabling readers to single out subjects or related chapters and study them as self-contained units. Because a finite element solution is greatly affected by the quality of the mesh, a separate chapter on mesh generation is included as a simple meshing guide, emphasizing the basics. Each chapter contains a number of pictorially guided problems with appropriate screenshots that provide a step-by-step, easy-to-follow technical demonstration. The book includes end-of-chapter problems, several practical, open-ended case studies, and a number of complete tutorials on using ANSYS to resolve the issues engineers tackle on a regular basis.

Instructors can liberally select appropriate chapters to be covered depending on the objectives of the course. The author first explains multiphysics analyses, such as structure-thermal or fluid-thermal analyses, in terms of theory, then derives the equations governing the physical phenomena and presents modeling techniques. Many of the sample problems, questions, and solved examples were used in CAD courses in many universities around the world. They cover structural analysis, solid mechanics and vibration, steady-state and transient heat-transfer analysis, fluid dynamics, multiphysics simulations, and modeling and meshing. Written and organized so that it can easily be used for self-study, this book guides readers through the basic modeling requirements to the correct and physically meaningful numerical result.

Table of Contents


Finite Element Method

Element Types

Symmetries in Models

Introduction to ANSYS


Development of Bar Elements

Analyzing a Bar-Truss Structure

Development of Horizontal Beam Elements

Analyzing a Horizontal Beam Structure

Beam-Truss Structure Under a Transient Loading


Solid Mechanics and Vibration

Development of Plane Stress–Strain Elements

Stress Concentration of a Plate with Hole

Displacement Analysis of a Vessel

Three-Dimensional Stress Analyses of I-Beam

Contact Element Analysis of Two Beams

Vibration Analysis

Modal Vibration for a Plate with Holes

Harmonic Vibration for a Plate with Holes

Higher-Order Elements


Heat Transfer

Introduction to Heat Conduction

Finite Element Method for Heat Transfer

Thermal Analysis of Fin and Chip

Unsteady Thermal Analyses of Fin

Phase Change Heat Transfer


Fluid Mechanics

Governing Equations for Fluid Mechanics

Finite Element for Fluid Mechanics

Flow Development in a Channel

Flow around a Tube in a Channel




Thermal and Structural Analysis of a Thermocouple

Chips Cooling in a Forced Convection Domain

Natural Convection Flow in a Square Enclosure

Oscillations of a Square-Heated Cylinder in a Channel


Meshing Guide

Mesh Refinement

Element Distortion

Mapped Mesh

Mapped Mesh with ANSYS




Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / General