ANSYS is a finite element analysis (FEA) software package. It uses a preprocessor software engine to create geometry. Then it uses a solution routine to apply loads to the meshed geometry. Finally it outputs desired results in post-processing.

Finite element analysis was first developed by the airplane industry to predict the behavior of metals when formed for wings. Now FEA is used throughout almost all engineering design including mechanical systems and civil engineering structures.

This tutorial is designed so that the reader completes each example in the order it is presented. The latter tutorials (frame and plate) assume the user understands certain functions of the program covered in earlier examples. First a truss is analyzed. This is the simplest of the three models investigated in this tutorial. This is also the longest of the three tutorials because it is the most detailed of the three examples and it does not assume any prior knowledge of the user.

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