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Ansys Mechanical
Rigid Body Dynamics

Course Overview

Utilize the power of the rigid dynamics explicit solver for efficient and robust evaluation of mechanical systems containing complex assemblies of interconnected rigid parts undergoing large overall motion. Apply procedures for analysis of machine and mechanism systems such as vehicle suspensions, landing gear assemblies, robotic manipulators, gear trains, amusement rides, engine components, and an innumerable variety of industrial conveyors, drives, indexers, linkages, and the like. Learn the comparative strengths of the explicit and implicit solvers, and how to use both approaches in a connected workflow for a best-of-both-worlds capability.


Teaching Method

Lectures and hands-on workshops give students the knowledge and confidence they’ll need to apply what they’ve learned to their own designs.

Learning Path


Learning Outcome

Following completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Carry out the basic end-to-end rigid body dynamics analysis procedure in Ansys Mechanical. 
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using the rigid dynamics explicit solver for analysis problems involving large motion.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the definition and use of bodies and connections for constructing multibody analysis systems.
  • Construct an analysis system that includes the large motion of both rigid and flexible bodies using condensed parts.
  • Understand how Python commands can be used to create advanced features and functionality.

 Available Dates

Date/Time Duration Event Type Location Language Course Cost Registration
15:00 - 17:00
3 Sessions
3-Sep-24 to 5-Sep-24
Virtual VIRTUAL EU English Subscription Only

Learning Options

Training materials for this course are available with an Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. Please contact us.


This is a 1.5-day live classroom course covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered in 3 x 2-hour sessions that include lectures only.

Virtual Classroom Session 1

  • Module 01: Introduction
  • Module 02: Procedure
  • Workshop 02.1: Rigid Body Basics
  • Workshop 02.2: Applying Motion Loads in Structural Analysis
  • Module 03: Connections - Joints
  • Workshop 03.1: Using the Assemble and Stops Features
  • Workshop 03.2: Constraint Equations

Virtual Classroom Session 2

  • Module 04: Connections - Contacts
  • Workshop 04.1: Gear Backlash
  • Module 05: Transient Multibody Analysis with Condensed Parts
  • Workshop 05.1: Transient Analysis of an Engine Assembly with CMS

Virtual Classroom Session 3

  • Module 06: Rigid Body Dynamics with Python
  • Workshop 06.1: Position of the Center of Gravity
  • Module 07: Co-Simulation with Rigid Body Dynamics
  • Workshop 07.1: Pong