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Structural Analysis Software

Ansys offers structural analysis software solutions that enable engineers of all levels and backgrounds to solve complex structural engineering problems faster and more efficiently. With our suite of tools, engineers can perform finite element analyses (FEA), customize and automate solutions for structural mechanics challenges and analyze multiple design scenarios. By using our software early in the design cycle, businesses can save costs, reduce the number of design cycles and bring products to market faster.

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Provides fast and accurate life predictions for electronic hardware at the component, board and system levels in early design stages.

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High Level Features

With our comprehensive suite of structural analysis tools, engineers can simulate shock, drop and vibration, impact and penetration, smashes and crashes, occupant safety, heat transfer, solder fatigue, repetitive loading and much more. With a range of applications and product integrations, Ansys structural analysis helps you solve your toughest product challenges.


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Variation analysis and simulation orchestration

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July 2023


In 2023 R2, the structures product line delivers new features and capabilities that allow users to perform more accurate, efficient, and actionable structural simulation analyses, including:

  • Interface with Mechanical pythonically to automate capabilities and connect with other technologies using PyMechanical.
  • Perform accurate and robust turbomachinery simulations leveraging new enhancements, including imported load support for multistage cyclic symmetry analyses, a new forced response add-on using standardized capabilities, and a new advanced nonlinear multi-harmonic solver.
  • Explore a variety of drop test height and angle variations, with added support to concurrently solve multiple drop test analyses with the Ansys LS-DYNA solver.
  • Create a desired local region sub-model on a PCBA using the Sherlock pre-plug-in for Ansys Mechanical.
  • Export Ansys Motion's vibration results into Ansys Sound for acoustics analysis and psychoacoustic indicators for automotive, A&D, and heavy machinery applications. 
Ansys Mechanical 2023 R2



Ansys 2023 R2: Ansys Mechanical What’s New

Register for this webinar to learn about new Ansys Mechanical features for 2023 R2, including the release of PyMechanical, turbomachinery enhancements, solver advancements, and more.


Ansys 2023 R2: Ansys Sherlock and Electronics Reliability What’s New

As electronics become more pervasive across numerous industries, understanding reliability and failure risks becomes increasingly important. Attend our 2023 R2 webinar to learn about the latest software updates for electronics reliability simulation and analysis.


Ansys 2023 R2: Ansys Motion What’s New

Learn more about the latest software updates for our flexible multi-body dynamics solver, Ansys Motion – available in Ansys Mechanical from version 19.3 and onwards. Sign up for this informative webinar today.



Easily handle the complexity of the varied design environments you may face. The range of analytical tools enables you to create a product that meets your performance goals and holds up over time.

This capability includes connections to other Ansys products including Ansys CFD products, optimization solutions and external CAD systems. 

Mechanical loading, thermal stress, bolt tension, pressure conditions and rotational acceleration are just some of the factors that dictate strength requirements for materials and designs. Our products ensure your product’s viability and safety by predicting the strength required for the loads your design will experience in service.

It can have a substantial impact on durability and fatigue, leading to a shorter service life. You need to understand how your designs will respond to vibrations from phenomena such as brake squeal, earthquakes, transport and acoustic and harmonic loads to predict the behavior of products and components. Structural simulations can provide this understanding and help you to overcome your toughest vibration challenges.

Convection, radiation and conduction loads are obvious, but the need to include the effect of power losses and thermal energy from friction and external sources such as pipe flows means that analysts need to have more tools at their disposal to simulate thermal models accurately.

Fatigue or lifing analysis is a key enabler in building this product durability knowledge.

Drop tests are ideal candidates for an impact analysis. These impact analysis programs calculate the forces between two or more colliding bodies and the resultant deformation or damage.

It enables you specify where supports and loads are located on your model and lets the software explore the design space. For example, you can easily perform lightweighting of structures, extract CAD shapes quickly and explore designs and process parameters for additive manufacturing.

Examples could include suspension assembles in ground vehicles, robotic manipulators in manufacturing processes or gear systems within electric drivetrains. Simulating the motion of these systems gives insight into their performance over the range of dynamic loading experienced when in operation.

The design requirements for these structures can be quite different from traditional land-based constructions. Simulating the loading and the effects of these factors on structural response is a necessary component of the design. Ansys provides capabilities that can reproduce these loading conditions and responses across a broad range of applications. Ansys has solutions for different requirements depending on the specific application, from simplified models for truss type structures to high-fidelity simulations that include all aspects of the fluid loading environment.

Composite materials like carbon fiber, typically used in the aerospace and automotive sectors, are being used increasingly in energy, sports, construction and marine applications. Their composite nature, however, makes accurate simulation a challenge. Ansys offers a complete suite of tools to help you overcome this challenge.

This comprehensive solution spans the entire workflow — from design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) through validation, print design, process simulation and material analysis.

Our entire Ansys portfolio looks at the effects of electromagnetic, structural, fluid and thermal forces in combination. As a result, it predicts product performance with greater accuracy and provides seamless data transfer between physics solutions.



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Ansys rotating machinery simulation helps you to improve your designs of fans, pumps, and compressors by increasing efficiency, safety and durability.

Ansys Electric Motors

Electric Motors

Ansys electric motor design software progresses from concept design to detailed electromagnetics, thermal and mechanical analysis of electric motors.

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Battery Crash Simulations in Ansys LS-DYNA

Join us for this webinar to understand battery behavior under normal operating conditions and abuse conditions to optimize battery designs with Ansys LS-DYNA. 

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Electronics Reliability Using Ansys Sherlock

This webinar explores Ansys Sherlock automated design analysis software.

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Lightweighting Webinar Series
Lightweighting Webinar Series

This webinar series focuses on our lightweighting capabilities, which will help solve your toughest A&D engineering problems.

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Composites Webinar Series

Closing the Gap Between Composite Manufacturing, Design and Analysis.

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Ansys Mechanical: Extending your FEA capabilities beyond CAD-Embedded FEA Tools

Watch this webinar to gain an overview of applications typically beyond the capabilities of CAD-embedded FEA simulation.

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Electrical and Thermal Reliability Analysis of PCB with Ansys SIwave, Icepak, Mechanical and Sherlock

In this webinar, learn how Ansys SIwave, Ansys Icepak, Ansys Mechanical and Ansys Sherlock can be used as a comprehensive multi-physics solution to optimize PCB reliability.


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Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue

This white paper highlights thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) and Ansys' state-of-the-art nonlinear material models.


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