MODELING IN ANSYS.
Nearly all finite element analysis models today are
built using a solid model. This CAD-type mathematical representation
of the structure defines the geometry to be filled with nodes and
elements, and can also be used to facilitate applying loads or other
analysis data. However, the solid model does not participate in the finite
element solution. All analysis is done on the FEA model consisting of
nodes and elements.
Once the modeling is done, the material of the model
has to be specified. ANSYS provides a database of materials from which the
material can be selected, or a material with user defined properties can
ANSYS provides a comprehensive list of elements to