Category Archives: Basic Analysis

Bolt Modeling in ANSYS—Method 1

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Hello All,

It’s been a long time since I have posted a tutorial. I have lot of topics ready for this blog but it is difficult to find apt models to suit the blog’s purpose of making the tutorials as practical as possible.

In this post, I have chosen a simple model for extracting shear loads for the bolts. Bolt modeling using line elements is explained. There are at least 5-6 other methods where you can model the bolts differently. Here is the link for the blog which explains in detail about the bolt modeling methods:

An Overview of Methods for Modelling Bolts in ANSYS

Line method is generally used for global analysis. By global analysis, I mean that all the components of the assembly are modeled and analyzed using a single analysis. This method is a conservative approach where large safety margins are common. Pretension is not included in this method. Note: In this video, beam elements are directly connected to the shell elements with a single node-to-node connection. In general, care should be taken to distribute the load to the nodes around the beam element (which is usually the size of the washer area).


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–Vamshi Goli


How to do Load Combination-method 3

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In this method, the load combination files created using LCWRITE command are used for comparing the results. This method is useful

  • When you just want to send the database file and the results files only instead of sending the complex project with all the details.
  • In other cases, where you want to load the .db file and results files into an external program.
  • If you have lot of cases, instead of numbers, the load case file names help identifying the results easily.

To use this method, before solving the model, Analysis Settings have to be changed as shown in the video below. After solving the model, database file(file.db file) is created along with the two load case files .L1 and .L2. Using the GUI interface(as shown in the video) or by using “LCFILE” and “LCASE” comands, you can load these load case results file and view the results. Here is the video illustrating the process:


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—Vamshi Goli!!

How to do load combination in ANSYS–Method 2

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In the previous post, load combinations using APDL commands are shown. In this post, load combination using multiple analysis systems in the Workbench project page.

With this method, both the analysis systems share the “Model” which includes Engineering Data, Geometry and Mesh. Only boundary conditions(fixed support and force) and post processing are recreated.

In the first analysis system, Vertical Load and Standard Gravity Acceleration Load is applied.

In the second analysis system, along with the vertical load and gravity, 5% force and 10% acceleration is applied in other two directions. The following video shows this method 2.



Look for the upcoming video where the ANSYS load case files are used to post-process the results.

Multiple Ways to change Material Properties in ANSYS

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In this post, I am going to show couple of methods to change the material. In ANSYS, material properties like Young’s Modulus, Poisson’s Ratio for a particular material are available under Engineering Data. You can add these materials to the project.  I used the same example project from the structural analysis of a plate.

In the following video, I have shown the following:

  • How to add material to the project
  • How to duplicate a material and edit the material properties
  • How to change material properties inside Mechanical using APDL commands. This method is useful especially if you are lazy enough to go back to workbench project page, add material or duplicate material to edit the material and then update the project to get the material added to the model. Using this method, you can avoid all that and directly edit the material property on the fly. Should be used only for quick checking. Otherwise you may forget the command snippet and wonder about the results.


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–Vamshi Goli