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Displaying Structural Error Results In ANSYS For Mesh Refinement

ANSYS® provides a very useful result tool called ‘Structural Error’. By using this tool, you can see the maximum error occurrence on an element basis. So, you can refine your mesh structure according to these error results. 

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Here, we show you how to see the ‘Error’ results in ANSYS® Mechanical FEA analyses. 

How To See ‘Structural Errors’ In ANSYS® Mechanical?

Click on the ‘Error’.

If you built your whole model in ANSYS® Mechanical by defining the required boundary conditions and obtaining the required mesh structures, you can easily see the structural errors.


To do it, right-click on the ‘Solution’ tab as shown above then hover your mouse on the ‘Insert’ tab. From the ‘Stress’ or ‘Strain’ tab, you can select the ‘Error’ result tool as shown above. 

Click on the ‘Solve’ button above to see the possible structural errors in your analysis on a mesh element basis. 

Structural errors in ANSYS® Mechanical.

You can see all the possible mesh sections that errors can occur. So, you can refine your mesh structure in these areas. This is a very useful tool to do it. 

But you need to realize that these structural error solutions can be defective for non-linear analyses. 


Looking at the structural errors in ANSYS® Mechanical is very simple like that. 

Do not forget to leave your comments and questions below about looking to structural errors in ANSYS® Mechanical.

NOTE: All the screenshots and images are used for educational and informative purposes. Images used courtesy of ANSYS, Inc.


3 responses to “Displaying Structural Error Results In ANSYS For Mesh Refinement”

  1. Lukas Avatar

    The units in structural error are measured in Joules. How does this transfer to stress measured in Pascals?

    1. MB-Editor Avatar

      Pascal is a pressure unit. Joules is a energy unit. How can we make any transfers between these units?

  2. Joshua Avatar

    I am new to Ansys and am accustomed to interpreting SolidWorks error norm plot as a percentage. How would I be able to compare similarly to the Ansys plot measured in BTU/J?

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