This book is designed for students pursuing a course on Finite Element Analysis (FEA)/Finite Element Methods (FEM) at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the areas of mechanical, civil, and aerospace engineering and their related disciplines. It introduces the students to the implementation of finite element procedures using ANSYS® FEA software. The book focuses on analysis of structural mechanics problems and imparts a thorough understanding of the functioning of the software by making the students interact with several real-world problems.
To this end :
• 38 problems have been solved thoroughly in ANSYS® Multiphysics™, two problems solved in ANSYS® Workbench™, and 12 problems solved using FEM.
• 135 problems have been given as exercises.
Besides students, the book will be also immensely useful as a reference to practising engineers and consultants.
Organized into eight chapters, the book begins with an introduction to the finite element method and discusses its application to solid and structural mechanics problems through simple examples. The readers are then exposed to the ANSYS® graphical user interface along with a general procedure for solving static structural problems. A generalized step-by-step procedure is presented throughout the book for analysis of trusses, beams, plane stress and plane strain analysis, axisymmetric and three-dimensional solids, etc. Finally, the book ends with an analysis of miscellaneous engineering problems using pipe, cable, link elements, etc., and also provides the procedure for the generation of engineering reports using ANSYS®.