ANSYS Mechanical Enterprise Capabilities

Nonlinear applications

Mechanical engineering software with nonlinear analysis techniques can include the simulation of contact, geometric and material nonlinearities. Mechanical Enterprise let’s you study the effects of all of these phenomena in unison or isolation.

The interface between parts simulated via contact can take into account friction, heating, pressure and cohesion to increase the accuracy of the real behavior of joints between parts, such as bolted connections, gaskets or other types of joints.

Advanced materials models for geomechanics, metals, hyperelastics and composites, combined with user-defined materials, provide a complete solution for nonlinear analysis. Metals, rubbers, soils, concrete, shape memory alloys and many more materials are easily incorporated into simulations using test data or built in to material model libraries.

For models with very large deformations, you can use nonlinear adaptive meshing to automatically continue solutions where a traditional approach may struggle.

Mechanical Enterprise Capabilities: Nonlinear applications


Mechanical Enterprise includes a full range of capabilities for dynamic FEA simulation. Transient (implicit and explicit), linear and rotor capabilities combine to provide a complete solution for simulations in the time and frequency domains. This is done within one interface so learning and set-up time can be reduced.

Explicit solutions make it possible to simulate high speed impacts and extreme deformation for things like drop, impact and forming simulations.

Linear dynamics solvers are faster than ever and can perform simulations of modal, harmonics, spectrum response or random vibration, as well as rotating machinery for rotor dynamics analysis.

Transient analysis, both implicit and explicit, can be used to look at time dependent events and take into account system inertia and other phenomena.

Mechanical Enterprise Capabilities: Dynamics

ANSYS SpaceClaim

ANSYS SpaceClaim handles all aspects of geometry preparation, including combining parts from different CAD systems or cleaning up and removing unwanted features. Creating mid-surface models or performing beam extraction are simple operations that can turn intensive simulations into much more manageable ones.

SpaceClaim is a direct modeling tool that can help you to create geometry from scratch, as well as to clean-up and repair dirty geometries in preparation for simulation, much faster than traditional CAD tools.

CAD files from many systems can be directly read in, and files from ECAD tools can be used to build electronics models. Faceted STL data can also be easily made ready for analysis, which is especially useful in reverse engineering or importing scan data. Advanced meshing tools are available to create a high-quality hex mesh even on complex geometries.

Mechanical Enterprise Capabilities: ANSYS SpaceClaim


While structural analysis can answer many engineering questions on its own, it’s often by using data from other analyses in a coupled manner that simulations really become true virtual prototypes. ANSYS Mechanical products enable you to connect to other simulation results directly from the project schematic. Coupled simulations between CFD and electromagnetics, for example, enable results from other solvers to be mapped onto structural simulations without the need to specify file locations or having to match meshes. You can even map 2-D data onto 3-D structures.

Data can also be imported from external, third party systems. Mechanical Enterprise lets you connect with CFD simulations for fully coupled, two-way transient simulations, often referred to as two-way fluid–structure interaction (FSI). This gives you more insight into engineering challenges where fluids and structures interact.

Mechanical Enterprise Capabilities: Multiphysics


Composite structures can impart material strength while reducing the weight of a component or product, resulting in substantial increases in energy efficiency. Engineers can essentially design the material and its shape depending on the materials used (polymers, carbon fibers, etc.) and the physical structure and sequence of the layers in the composite.

Mechanical Enterprise has both material and modeling capabilities to model composites with confidence. Layered composite structures can be modeled in the same way as they are manufactured: Layers are added to the model, and the draping, orientation and shear forces encountered by the fabric are captured and, if needed, turned into a 3-D solid model.

Post-processing can analyze failure criteria for a whole model in one step, identifying the failure mechanism, along with the element and layer of the model in which the failure occurs.

Modeling layered composites either in shell or solids, and with or without a core material, can be carried out with confidence. Engineers can combine composite parts with other, non-composite parts in one simulation to build whole assembly models for real engineering insight.

Mechanical Enterprise Capabilities: Composites


ANSYS DesignXplorer streamlines the optimization of structural analysis.

It takes parameters defined in any simulation or geometry system and allows you to build studies that find the best combination of input parameters to fulfill the optimization goals.

DesignXplorer can work with many different parameters, including geometry, materials, loading, meshing and user-defined values to drive optimization studies. A full range of available algorithms ensure that the most appropriate solution can be applied to the optimization. You can also choose to use third party tools or algorithms if desired.

DesignXplorer works with many analysis types, so whole systems can be considered in one project.

Mechanical Enterprise Capabilities: Optimization


Create customized, accelerated workflows and analysis types using the ANSYS Customization Toolkit (ACT) for specific analysis procedures within your organization.

ACT enables you to create wizards, custom simulation tools and even plug-in third party solvers to deliver a simulation tool that helps ensure best practices are followed.

Customization tools also make it easy to pass knowledge and techniques developed by experienced users through ACT extensions to other team members.

ACT extensions, once built, can be passed to colleagues or other companies, and even posted on the ANSYS app store so anyone can use them.

Mechanical Enterprise Capabilities: Customization


Structures that are located offshore are subjected to environmental loading from the effects of waves, currents and wind. The design requirements for these structures can be quite different from traditional land-based constructions. Simulating loading and its effects on structural response is a necessary component of the design process, and ANSYS provides a range of capabilities that can simulate the loading conditions and structural response across a broad range of applications. The choice of solution will vary depending upon the level of detail that is required for a specific application, from simplified models for truss-type structures to high-fidelity simulations that include all aspects of the fluid loading environment.

ANSYS Mechnical Enterprise Application: Hydrodynamics

Granta Materials Data for Simulation

Easily access materials input data for simulation, with broad coverage of materials classes, from within ANSYS Mechanical. This new dataset is drawn from the industry-standard materials data library, providing the material property data you need for structural analysis.

The data are collated and maintained by the ANSYS Granta data products team. Cambridge University spinoff, Granta Design, was acquired by ANSYS in February 2019, and is the leading provider of materials information and related software technology. Granta Materials Data for Simulation is based on proven sources, including Granta’s comprehensive MaterialUniverse database and the JAHM dataset from JAHM Software, Inc. Ongoing updates will extend the coverage of the data.

Key features:

  • Broad coverage of materials classes, with focus on metals and plastics.
  • More than 600 datasheets detailing physical properties to support ANSYS simulation.
  • Room-temperature materials properties of the following types for all materials:
    • Linear, isotropic elastic (Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio).
    • Failure (tensile yield strength and tensile ultimate strength).
    • Thermomechanical (thermal expansion coefficient).
    • Thermal (thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity).
    • Electrical (electrical resistivity).
  • Many materials also include temperature-dependent properties.
  • Fully integrated: Find the data you need and instantly apply them without leaving the Mechanical interface.


  • Easy access to the materials data you need, embedded within ANSYS Mechanical.
  • Simulation-ready — no time wasted on data input or conversion.
  • Data you can rely on — ensure accurate simulations with Granta data.
Granta Materials Data for Simulation