How to Add a Material to an Analysis in ANSYS(Illustrated Explanation)

How to Add a Material to an Analysis in ANSYS(Illustrated Explanation)

Adding materials to analyses that we will do in Mechanical very basic and important thing. Generally, you can use different materials for your different assembly parts in ANSYS®. In this article, you will find information about how to add different kinds of materials to your Mechanical analyses in ANSYS®. Selecting a proper material for your analysis is a very important thing in ANSYS® and also you can create your own materials in ANSYS Workbench.

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How To Add Different Materials In ANSYS®?

Select engineering data in ANSYS Workbench
Click on engineering data.

Firstly, to select materials for your analysis in ANSYS®, click on Engineering Data on your analysis on Workbench as shown by the red arrow above

Click on the Engineering Data Sources
Click on engineering data sources.

Secondly, to show the whole materials in the ANSYS® library, click on the Engineering Data Sources as shown by the red arrow above.

Select the General Materials in ANSYS Materials library
ANSYS® Material Library.

So, these are the whole materials inside ANSYS® that are defined. Also, this list will have created materials by you. After that, just click on one of these material libraries to select your material around them.

Select the materials that you want to add your analysis
Follow the steps…

For example, I selected the General Material library as shown by the red box above then I selected the Concrete material inside this material library as shown by the green box. To add this Concrete material to the analysis, just click on the plus button as shown by the green arrow above.

Book symbol appears on beside the materials that you select

Finally, if you add a material to the ANSYS® analyses from Engineering Data, a little book appears next to these materials. As you can see from the green box, you could add multiple materials to your analysis in ANSYS®.

In conclusion, it is confused creating and adding materials into the FEA simulations in ANSYS® Workbench. You need to know the difference, and creating materials is a completely different thing in ANSYS®. Also, you can add new properties to existing materials in ANSYS® Workbench to make simulations with the new property of that material.

Above all, you can check the articles about the ANSYS® Workbench material capabilities;

Creating a New Material in ANSYS® Workbench

Changing the Material Properties in ANSYS® Workbench

Assingning the Materials in ANSYS® Analyses


In other words, the material capabilities of ANSYS® are very comprehensive. You can make any analysis in ANSYS® with any materials if you know the properties.

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

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