Pre-Analysis & Start-Up — Lesson 2

Ansys Student software can be downloaded for free here.


There are three different theories for finding the solution for the bending of a curved beam. There is elasticity theory, where

There is Winkler-Bach Theory, where

And there is the straight beam theory, where


1. Now, let's load the problem into Ansys Mechanical and see how a computer simulation will compare. First, start by downloading the files here
The zip file should have the following contents:

  • Curved Beam Solution_files folder
  • Curved Beam Solution.wbpj

Please make sure to extract both of these files from the zip folder; the program will not work otherwise.

2. Double click "Curved Beam Solution.wbpj," which should automatically open Ansys Workbench (you have to twiddle your thumbs a bit before it opens up). You will be presented with the Ansys solution.

A tick mark against each step indicates that that step has been completed.

3. To look at the results, double click on "Results." This should bring up a new window (again you have to twiddle your thumbs a bit before it opens up).

4. On the left-hand side there should be an "Outline" toolbar. Look for "Solution (A6)."

We'll investigate the items listed under Solution in the next step in this tutorial.