It is well known that Ansys software can simulate structural analysis such as statics, dynamics, nonlinear materials, and buckling analysis. The objective of solving and analyzing these problems is to estimate parameters such as stress and strain and predict if (or when) a structure might fail. The objective of the design engineer is to ensure that the structure, when subjected to appropriate loading, has minimum stresses and strains. Using the Ansys optimization tools, engineers can solve structural designs where multiple input parameters can control and optimize the design objectives.

This SimCafe Structural Course was developed by Dr. Rajesh Bhaskaran, Swanson Director of Engineering Simulation at Cornell University, and John Matthew Singleton Jr., in partnership with Ansys. It was last modified by Keith Alexander. It serves as an e-learning resource to integrate industry-standard simulation tools into courses and provides a resource for supplementary learning outside the classroom. The following course provides a detailed walkthrough of the Optimization analysis of a structural problem.

For more ways to learn, check out the Cornell edX course, A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations at __ansys.com/cornell__.

Cornell University also offers a *Fluid Dynamics Simulations Using Ansys* online certificate authored by Dr. Rajesh Bhaskaran. Learn more here: __https://ecornell.cornell.edu/fluiddynamics__