Structural Mechanics

Structural Mechanics

The ANSYS mechanical software suite is trusted by organizations around the world to rapidly solve complex structural problems with ease.

Structural Mechanics

Structural mechanics solutions from ANSYS provide the ability to simulate every structural aspect of a product, including linear static analysis that simply provides stresses or deformations, modal analysis that determines vibration characteristics, through to advanced transient nonlinear phenomena involving dynamic effects and complex behaviors.

All users, from designers to advanced experts, can benefit from ANSYS structural mechanics solutions. The fidelity of the results is achieved through the wide variety of material models available, the quality of the elements library, the robustness of the solution algorithms, and the ability to model every product — from single parts to very complex assemblies with hundreds of components interacting through contacts or relative motions.

ANSYS structural mechanics solutions also offer unparalleled ease of use to help product developers focus on the most important part of the simulation process, understanding the results and the impact of design variations on the model.

No matter what the industry, increasingly larger models are required for simulation. Our structural solution incorporates parallel algorithms for faster computation time for these large models.

Solution Capabilities

Structural Mechanics

Mesh model and deformation results of an exhaust manifold.


  • Strength Analysis
  • Vibration
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Durability
  • Rigid Body Dynamics
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Composites
  • Optimisation
  • HPC For FEA
  • Topology Optimisation
  • Additive Manufacturing


Superior CAD Interface and Robust Meshing

Support all CAD systems, surface, tet, hex, hexdominant

Comprehensive Element Technology

Beams, shells, solids, gasket, pretension, 3-D axisym

Advanced Post-Processing

Expressions, custom results, reports, powerpoint export

ANSYS Workbench Platform

Easy to learn and use, re-learnability, knowledge capture

Auto Contact Detection for Assemblies

Fast contact detection saves

Extensive Library of Material Models

Elasticity, plasticity, hyperelastic, porous media and more

Advanced Solver Capabilities

Numerical methods that fit any model size, any model complexity and any hardware

Solver Customization and Scripting

Unique scripting language (APDL) and user defined routines for materials, elements, etc

Solution Benefits

Structural mechanics solutions from ANSYS offer best-in-class simulation tools for product design and optimization that increase productivity, minimize physical prototyping and help deliver better and innovative products in less time. These solutions tackle real-world analysis problems by making product development less costly and more reliable.

The image on the right shows a flexible Multibody analysis of a suspension-system.

Structural Mechanics



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