Superior CAD Interface and Robust Meshing

With Ansys mechanical solutions you can use your existing native CAD geometry directly with no translations, no IGES, and no middle geometry formats. Ansys has provided native, bi-directional, integration with the most popular CAD systems for more than 10 years and also provides integration directly into the CAD menu bar making it very simple to launch the world class Ansys simulation directly from your CAD system.

Since our geometry import mechanism is common to all CAD systems, it gives the user the flexibility to work with a single common simulation environment even while using multiple CAD packages.

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Automatic body-by-body meshing of a large cell-phone assembly for an Explicit Drop test analysis All HEX mesh of a complex automotive brake rotor assembly
Courtesy PTC
A high quality automatic tetrahedral mesh for a complex engine block
Courtesy PTC


We support the following CAD systems: Autodesk® Inventor®, Autodesk Mechanical Desktop®, Autodesk Inventor Professional Stress, CATIA® v4 and v5, Pro/ENGINEER®, Solid Edge®, SolidWorks®, Unigraphics®, CoCREATE Modeling™ and SpaceClaim®. The Ansys Workbench environment also supports neutral format files: IGES, Parasolid®, ACIS® (SAT), STEP – enabling the use of any CAD system able to export to any of these formats.

Ansys provides a wide range of highly robust automated meshing tools – from tetrahedral meshes to pure hexahedral meshes, inflation layers and high quality shell meshes. You have the ability to set your own mesh settings like surface or edge sizing, sphere of influence, defeaturing tolerances and much more.

Auto Contact Detection for Assemblies

Once the geometry has been imported, Ansys automatically detects and does setup for contacts or joints between parts of an assembly. You can modify contact settings and options and also add some additional manual contact definitions. Joints for flexible/rigid dynamics are automatically detected. Each contact or joint is easily identified using the graphical tools provided by the environment.

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Automated detection of contacts is performed
upon geometry import
Courtesy Pratt & Miller

Automated detection of contacts is performed
upon geometry import
Courtesy Pratt & Miller


Comprehensive Element Technology

The current generation of Ansys element technologies provides rich functionality with a consistent theoretical foundation coupled with the most advanced algorithms. The Ansys Mechanical software provides a large library of elements such as beam, pipes, shells, solids, 2-D planar/axisymmetric and 3-D axisymmetric, which have wide applicability including; composites, buckling and collapse analysis, dynamics analysis and nonlinear applications. The library also includes special purpose elements like gaskets, joints, interface elements, layered elements for composite structures.

These elements offer superior performance, functionality and support advanced material models and methods like remeshing/rezoning, fracture mechanics and coupled fields, while also accommodating distributed solver processing needs.

Solid Elements

2D quad/tri

3D – hexa/tetra/wedge/pyramid

Layered solids

Solid shell

4 Node tetra (stabilized)

Shell Elements

Lower/higher order

Layered shells

Special Elements




Cohesive zone


User elements

Beam Elements

Multi material beam analysis

Beam cross section definition

Coupled-Field Elements

Pore pressure elements

Fluid thermal


Thermal electric


Extensive Library of Material Models

It is vital to understand and accurately characterize material behavior while designing or analyzing an engineering application. Ansys provides a vast library of mathematical material models which aids the user to simulate various kinds of material behavior such as elasticity, viscoelasticity, plasticity, viscoplasticity, cast-iron plasticity, creep, hyperelasticity, gaskets and anisotropy. These constitutive models can be used to simulate various kinds of materials such as metals, rubber, plastics, glass, foam, concrete, bio-tissues and special alloys. In addition, in order to aid in finding parameters for these materials models, Ansys also provides a set of curve fitting tools.

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Curve fitting of hyperelastic laws to experimental data


Material Models

Isotropic/orthotropic elasticity

Multi-Linear elasticity


Anisotropic hyperelasticity

Bergstrom boyce

Mullins effect





Other Models

Cast iron plasticity


Shape memory alloy

Swelling material model

Gasket material


Gurson damage


Advanced Numerical Methods for Nonlinear Problems

With a solid foundation of element and material technology, Ansys structural mechanics offers various advanced modeling methods for different kinds of applications. There are modal, harmonic, spectrum, rotordynamics, flexible multibody dynamics, component mode synthesis, cyclic symmetry, delamination, composite failure, fracture mechanics, adaptive meshing, 2-D rezoning, sub-modeling, sub-structuring, element birth and death, topology optimization, among others.

In addition, Ansys structural mechanics also offers advanced capabilities which allow you to simulate a variety of physics phenomena, such as; thermal-stress, electro-mechanical, structural-acoustics, mass diffusion and simple thermal-fluid analysis.

Nonlinear Toolset

Nonlinear convergence controls

Contact diagnostics

Nonlinear diagnostics

2-D rezoning

Nonlinear stabilization

Partial solve

Implicit explicit transfer

Element birth and death

Initial stress/strain


Powerful Solver Capabilities

Ansys structural mechanics solutions offer a large library of equation solvers to the users out of the box. It contains the Sparse direct solver, the Preconditioned Conjugate Gradient (PCG) iterative solver, the Jacobi Conjugate Gradient (JCG) solution, etc. In addition, the Algebraic Multi-Grid (AMG) solver as well as distributed versions of the PCG, JCG, and Sparse solvers are available for use in large scale computing via parallel processing.

Solver Type





Distributed Memory

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Domain decomposition plot of a engine assembly
Courtesy PTC

Advanced Post-Processing

Ansys provides a comprehensive set of post-processing tools to display results on the models as contours or vector plots, provide summaries of the results (like min/max values and locations). Powerful and intuitive slicing techniques allow the user to get more detailed results over given parts of the geometries. All the results can also be exported as text data or to a spreadsheet for further calculations. Animations are provided for static cases as well as for nonlinear or transient histories. Any result or boundary condition can be used to create customized charts.

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Contour plots on bodies Results can be displayed on any part of the geometry Path plot



Ansys lets you explore your design in multiple ways. All the results you get must then be efficiently documented. Ansys will provide you instantaneous report generation to gather all technical data and pictures of the model in a convenient format (HTML, MS Word, MS PowerPoint).

Sample Report HTML/PDF

Solver Customization and Scripting

Customization capabilities through user elements, user materials and scripting using Ansys Parametric Design Language (APDL) provides flexibility and extends the capability of applications for mechanical solutions.

APDL is the foundation for accessing sophisticated features of the structural mechanics solver. In addition, you can use APDL to automate common tasks, build your own parametric model, design optimization, adaptive meshing, etc., as it offers many convenient features such as parameters, macros, branching, looping and repeating and array parameters that you can use in your day-to-day analyses.

Add-On Modules

Solving large models efficiently

Ansys offers shared and distributed computing capabilities for the entire solution phase, including the stiffness matrix generation, linear equation solving and results calculations. With multiple processors and memory distribution you can see significant speed-up in the time it takes to run your structural linear or nonlinear models.

Additional advanced techniques like component mode synthesis (CMS), cyclic symmetry analysis, VT accelerator and submodeling techniques will also help in handling large models efficiently.

Geometry defeaturing and editing

The Ansys DesignModeler tool provides modeling functions unique for simulation that include, CAD geometry modification, detailed geometry creation and concept model creation tools.

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Six-Sigma analysis and design exploration

Ansys DesignXplorer performs robust design analyses of any ANSYS Workbench environment simulation, including those with CAD parameters. The DesignXplorer software allows users to study, quantify and graph various structural and thermal analysis responses on parts and assemblies. It incorporates both traditional and nontraditional optimization through a goal-driven optimization method.

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Fatigue analysis for a better prediction of a product’s durability

The Ansys Fatigue Module adds the capability to simulate performance under anticipated cyclic loading conditions over the anticipated product life span. The Ansys Fatigue Module supports both stress based and strain based fatigue, constant amplitude, proportional loading and non-constant amplitude. Contour plots display fatigue life, damage, factor of safety, stress biaxiality, equivalent reversed stress and fatigue sensitivity.