Editing the Properties of ANSYS Materials (Illustrated Explanation)

Editing the Properties of ANSYS Materials (Illustrated Explanation)

When we are building out analyses in ANSYS®. So, we need to be editing the properties of ansys materials in the ANSYS® library sometimes. In this article, we will show you how to add a new property in ANSYS® Engineering Data. You could add a new property to your material or ANSYS® material by following the steps that we introduced here.

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How to Add a New Material Property in ANSYS®?

Click on the Engineering Data in ANSYS Workbench
Click on engineering data.

Firstly, for editing the properties of ANSYS materials, double click on the Engineering Data of analysis as shown by the red arrow above in ANSYS®.

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

Then, click on the Engineering Data Sources above tab shown by a red arrow after double-clicking on Engineering Data to add a property to material in ANSYS®.

Select a material group such as General Materials
Follow the steps.

And then, select a material group as shown by the red box above then tick on the green box selection to add a material property in ANSYS®.

Select the ANSYS material that you want to edit
Select the material.

For example, if we want to add a new property to Gray Cast Iron, click on the Gray Cast Iron, all properties will open below in ANSYS®.

Selecting Material Properties to Edit

Select a material property from the menu at left side.
Filter engineerig data and toolboxes.

For instance to add a new property to Gray Cast Iron material, select a property that you want to add from the green box above. Also, the Filter Engineering Data as shown by the red arrow above if you couldn’t find your specific property in the green box. Then drag your material property to the Property tab such as Damping Factor as shown by the green arrow above in ANSYS®.

Edit the material property
Enter your material property value.

So, as you can see you could enter a value to the dragged material property in the red box above. The damping ratio is a dimensionless value, so there no unit of it. Also, if you add a material property that has a unit, you can select a unit for it.

Click on the Save button to use this material in ANSYS analyses
Save the changed properties of the material in ANSYS®.

After you are done with adding material properties to a material, you need to click on the Save button shown by the green arrow above to save your adjustments in ANSYS®. Then close from the Engineering Data to complete the material property adding process in ANSYS®.

There are also various features of ANSYS® to monitor the materials in FEA analyses.


Editing the properties of ANSYS materials is very simple as you see above.

Do not forget to leave your comments and questions below about adding new properties to ANSYS® Workbench materials.

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