The instructions below include alternative command line entries that can be ignored if you
choose to use menu picks to perform the required tasks.
These are provided for your
You may find that it is sometimes more convenient to enter certain commands
directly at the command line.
***AS YOU WORK THROUGH THIS TUTORIAL, WITHIN ANSYS, ON THE ANSYS
TOOLBAR (UPPER RIGHT) CLICK ON “SAVE_DB” OFTEN!!!
1. Change jobname:
File -> Change Jobname
Enter “beam”, and click on “OK”.
Alternative Command Line Entry = /filnam, beam
Also, to enter the preprocessor, at the command line, enter:
2. Define element types:
Preprocessor -> Element Type -> Add/Edit/Delete
Click on “Add.
.”, highlight “Beam”, then “2D elastic
3”, click on “OK”, then “Close”.
Note that, in ANSYS, this element is sometimes referred to as “BEAM3”, because it is
element type 3 in the ANSYS element library.
Alternative Command Line Entry
3. Define the real constants for the BEAM3 elements:
Preprocessor -> Real Constants -> Add
Click “OK” for
The appropriate values for the given
geometry are: AREA=8; IZZ=(32/12); HEIGHT=2;
Leave the other fields blank, and click “OK”, then close the “Real
Note that the “1” following “r,” denotes that this is real constant set number 1.
“SHEARZ” term, entered as (6/5), allows shear deformation effects to be included in the
The value used is appropriate for a rectangular cross-section.
A different value
would be required, for instance, for a circular cross-section. This term can be left blank if
shear deformation effects are assumed to be negligible.