With growing efficiency of computational resources, 3D analyses are becoming very common. However, 2D analyses are equally important in solving some specific types of problems very efficiently and accurately. When we need to perform an optimization study on hundreds of designs or analyze challenging nonlinear cases, 2D analyses can be a major timesaver in the overall design cycle. This video discusses how to efficiently analyze structures using a constant 2D profile.
3:22 - Discussion on types of 2D analysis
7:02 - Difference between 2D elements and 3D shell elements
9:43 - Using the “Align” tool (Assembly Constraints) in Ansys SpaceClaim
10:30 - Using the “Split Body” tool to extract the 2D profile of the solid geometry
12:24 - Specifying analysis type as 2D in the Workbench project schematic
16:56 - Evaluating results along a Path
19:04 - Performing Stress Linearization to obtain Membrane and Bending stresses
20:17 - 3D visualization of 2D model
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