June 18, 2006
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A Start-Up Manual for Using ANSYS in Undergraduate Engineering Courses
Finite element methods (FEM) have achieved considerable use within academia and industry, and therefore, justifiable motivation exists to present those techniques within an undergraduate engineering curriculum. FEM are typically introduced to upper-class students, if they are taught at all—well after their introductory solid mechanics courses. The objective of this paper is to describe the development of a manual intended for undergraduate engineering students. The manual is straightforward enough for sophomore students with no prior FEM exposure, and also is comprehensive enough to provide students with the skills necessary to complement their coursework with analyses of fundamental engineering concepts, such as beam theory and buckling. The manual has accompanying problem cases which are formulated and arranged to enrich current traditional engineering classes and also a training computer program which virtually eliminates ANSYS’s learning curve. ANSYS, the finite element software package taught in the manual, possess a broad help file, but the instructional material that accompanies the program can be difficult for sophomore students with little or no background in FEM and engineering analysis to understand. To bridge this gap, the manual introduces ANSYS to students simply and then provides them with the techniques to perform standard and advanced analyses. The manual is not meant to teach significant finite method theory; rather, it presents how ANSYS can be used to solve standard undergraduate engineering analyses. Furthermore, the manual strengthens students’ ability for self-instruction and the formulation of their own analysis approaches. Through these techniques, the manual has a continued impact on students. Additionally, the manual and case package have a website to support their continued development.
Keywords: ANSYS, Finite Element Methods, FEM, FEA, Undergraduate, Curriculum
I - Introduction
In recent years, industry-driven engineering programs nationwide place an appreciable emphasis on the proficiency of their graduates in the use and application of industry-standard engineering software for design, optimization, verification, analysis, etc. One class of such programs implements finite element methods.
Finite element methods (FEM) 1 is a broad technique that models phenomena described by a terminable number of data points or equations. These techniques are vital when an analytical description of the system either does not exist or is overwhelmingly complicated when conducted manually. FEM is often the only applicable analysis technique to study non- standardized shapes and/ or highly complicated loadings. As a result, FEM offers engineers and scientists many investigative techniques that would otherwise be unavailable, and therefore, it is used extensively within industry 2 and graduate studies 3, 4.
ANSYS is a prominent FEM software package within industrial and academic fields 1. The models analyzed by ANSYS are constructed either within (the solid modeling module of)
Wedlick, T., & Chang, S. R., & Sepahpour, B. (2006, June), A Start Up Manual For Using "Ansys" In Undergraduate Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1173
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