Supports and support types in ANSYS® Mechanical analyses are very important boundary conditions for FEA analysis. ANSYS® provides a wide range of mechanical and physical supports. One of these support types is ‘Elastic Support’.
With elastic support, you can define elastic constraints to bodies, faces, or edges which can deform in loading conditions.
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How To Define ‘Elastic Support’ In ANSYS® Analyses?
To define elastic supports, right-click on analysis, then hover your cursor on the ‘Insert’ tab. And click on ‘Elastic Support’ as shown above.
The definition of elastic supports is very basic. Select the required supporting geometries, faces, or edges according to your physical requirements.
Then enter a ‘stiffness’ value which is also a common factor for springs. This is because this support will act as a spring in the analysis.
So, the logic and the definition of elastic supports in ANSYS® Mechanical analyses is very simple.
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